Two Los Angeles County women accused of committing robberies while posing as police officers in Rancho Dominguez last week have been arrested, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.
The women, dressed in “police-type uniforms” and driving a 1999 Lexus RX300 SUV, stopped a bicyclist about 12:45 a.m. in the 18000 block of Susana Road last Friday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The women handcuffed and robbed the cyclist.
Minutes later, sheriff’s officials said the duo tried to rob a second person about a block away on Santa Fe Street, but the victim didn't have anything to give them.
Detectives were able to identify the women, one of whom had numerous tattoos on both arms, and began a surveillance operation on them, sheriff’s officials said.
The women were detained. Their names were not released.
Local resident Mario Sorto told NBC 4 he always suspected the two women, who he said would constantly harass immigrants while wearing police uniforms.
He said they usually would ask people in Spanish for ID. Sorto was suspicious as they drove a normal SUV without sirens. The vehicle has now been impounded by detectives.
Deputies serving a search warrant at the women’s home found a fake handgun, two uniform jackets with police-type patches, handcuffs, strip ties, a flashlight, gloves and other items, officials said.
The women face robbery charges in both cases, deputies said.
Anyone with information on the robberies was asked to call Det. Gus Ramirez at 310-847-8366.