Suspects ram stolen van into Chanel store in Beverly Grove
Police have named the robbers by their last names. They are Brandon Lee Johnson, 25, and William James Hines, 29, both of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Their vehicle was described as a blue 2003 or 2004 Ford Windstar van, California license plate number 18A2W3. Los Angeles police are in the Beverly Hills area and are asking that anyone who may have witnessed a crime to call LAPD at 213-486-5600 or 213-382-5500.
One of the victims was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The other was taken to the hospital and released.
Police are investigating whether the vehicle was stolen.
The incident took place about 7 p.m. at the store, located at 726 W. La Cienega Blvd., Police Chief Michel Moore said in a news release.
Police are looking for a second suspect who they believe is riding in a burgundy or burgundy-colored Honda Accord with no front license plate, Moore said. He described the driver as 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen driving west on W. La Cienega at the intersection of W. Laurel St. and W. La Cienega Boulevard.
About an hour earlier, a man and woman were robbed at a store in the 7300 block of La Cienega Boulevard, authorities said.
Two men and a woman were standing in a vehicle in the 8600 block of La Cienega Boulevard when two men knocked the man, who had just bought a bottle of water, out of the vehicle and told him they had a gun, according to police records.
The men then made off with the bottle of water and the man’s cash, police said.
About 3:15 p.m., police responded to the intersection of La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards in connection with a man who had been robbed of his driver’s license and a credit card, authorities said.
According to an LAPD report, the man told police that he and his wife were returning home after buying food on their way to work. After parking the car and waiting for a short time for the woman