Police are seeking the public’s help in finding an alleged East Los Angeles gang member suspected of using a skeleton mask to conceal his identity during a string of recent armed robberies in Montebello.
Montebello police on Wednesday identified the suspect as Daniel Joseph Macias, 22, who they say is a member of the Lott Street gang.
Authorities say Macias is responsible for at least four armed robberies in the city, each of which had similarities. The suspect was described as a man wearing a skeleton mask and a hooded sweatshirt who was armed with a revolver-style handgun with a long barrel. The holdups began Friday and ended Monday.
Macias is accused of robbing a woman Friday in an apartment complex parking lot with a handgun similar to the one used in the other robberies. He told her to hand over her backpack and when she refused, he pistol-whipped her, police said.
Police said Macias, who was not wearing a mask at the time, ran off with the backpack, which had her car keys inside. The woman was taken to a hospital and after being released, she realized that her black 2009 Volkswagen SUV had been stolen.
Lt. Larry Jackson said Macias used the SUV during the subsequent robberies, which occurred at a doughnut shop, a burger restaurant and a Wienerschnitzel. In all, he made off with about $2,600 from the businesses.
Authorities found the SUV abandoned Wednesday in San Bernardino County. Detectives linked Macias to the robberies through evidence found in the vehicle and tips from the public. The woman also identified Macias as the person who robbed her, Jackson said.
Police describe Macias as 5-foot-8 and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and is considered armed and dangerous. Macias is known to frequent East Los Angeles, Montebello and parts of San Bernardino County.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Adams at (323) 887-1256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:50 a.m.: This article was updated with additional details about the robberies.
This article was originally published at 10:25 a.m.