The woman held onto her purse as the robbers—police identified as two women— “battered” her, police said, before taking her wallet and fleeing on foot.
Police said the robber got in the car and attacked after the victim refused to hand over his wallet and cellphone.
Long Beach police are investigating a robbery near MacArthur Park Friday evening where a man was knocked unconscious but was not seriously injured police said.
Police say the woman pulled a gun on an employee attempting to stop her from stealing alcohol.
The day after the attack on Sunday, customers lined up to buy fruit from the victim’s cart, and some drove by just to hand him money.
Police were first called to the home in the 1800 block of 57th Street, which is next to Harte Elementary School, at about 12:50 a.m.
The lizards, which are Australian Lace Monitors worth over $75,000, were stolen from JTK Reptiles on the afternoon of Nov. 29 last year.
Long Beach police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection to a theft at a liquor store that took place Thursday night near the Washington neighborhood.
The man told police he was getting into his car when the two robbers opened his passenger-side door and took $70,000 in cash and a bag of diamonds.
Detectives believe the suspects committed the robberies—on the street and of local businesses—at different times of the day and night between Oct. 30 and Dec. 17.