Beverly Grove Police Respond to Shoplifting Call

Suspects ram stolen van into Chanel store in Beverly Grove, and injure four employees A Los Angeles Police Department officer escorts a crime scene crew to search a vacant mall parking lot in the…

Beverly Grove Police Respond to Shoplifting Call

Suspects ram stolen van into Chanel store in Beverly Grove, and injure four employees

A Los Angeles Police Department officer escorts a crime scene crew to search a vacant mall parking lot in the Beverly Grove neighborhood after an incident Saturday in which a suspect smashed into a store and broke into an ATM. less A Los Angeles Police Department officer escorts a crime scene crew to search a vacant mall parking lot in the Beverly Grove neighborhood after an incident Saturday in which a suspect smashed into a store and broke into… more Photo: Bimberly Photo: Bimberly Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Suspects ram stolen van into Chanel store in Beverly Grove, and injure four employees 1 / 4 Back to Gallery

Beverly Grove police responded to an early Saturday morning shoplifting call. But they had a surprise when they arrived on the scene of a violent store robbery a few miles east in the middle of the mall.

According to police, a van containing four black men jumped the curb and drove into a Chanel store at Fashion Bug.

The men stole $2,300 worth of merchandise. That’s $2,300 worth that was being offered for public sale and was later discovered by security cameras.

Beverly Grove police say one of the alleged robbers, who was wearing a ski mask, struck a store employee in the head with a weapon and forced him into a bathroom at gunpoint. Then they drove away.

Police were able to find three men inside the van at the scene.

One of the suspects, Michael C. Williams, 34, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, evading police with a stolen vehicle and battery on a police officer.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carjacking. He also faces additional charges for resisting arrest, carjacking and other violent crimes, according to police.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and battery on a police officer.

A third suspect, 22-year-old Robert B. Brown, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, receiving stolen property and attempted carjacking.

The fourth suspect, an 18-year-old, remains at-large.

No one was in custody Saturday afternoon.

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