LA QUINTA – A 60-year-old Phelan woman who was attempting to sell dogs was robbed at gunpoint by the suspects who were under the guise of potential customers. At around 8:54 p.m. officers from the La Quinta Police Department responded to Adams Street and Blackhawk Way in La Quinta for the report of a robbery that had occurred. The woman agreed to meet at a specified location with the female suspect in order to proceed with the sale of two dogs.
The male and female suspects arrived in two separate vehicles and approached the woman demanding the dogs. The male suspect threatened with a firearm. Both the male and female suspects each grabbed a dog and fled from the location towards Blackhawk Way and Dune Palms Road. The uninjured victim attempted to follow the male suspect, but stopped when he threatened her.
Both suspects were described as being Hispanic, the woman in her early 20’s, heavy set with bleach blonde shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a purple shirt at the time of the robbery. The male suspect was described to be in his early 20’s, around 6’ tall with a thin build. The male was last seen with a bandanna over his face, dark shorts, and a long sleeve blue and red jersey with a hood. The man was driving a black and burgundy economy sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima.
The investigation is ongoing, authorities are seeking any information that may lead them to the identity and/or location of the suspects. Anyone with information can contact Investigator Melissa Nieburger at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station at 760-863-8990 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).
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