Pair arrested on robbery charge

A teen and 29-year-old man were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of trying to rob a pair of workers sitting inside a pickup truck, police said.

Officers took the 17-year-old teen and Robert Chavez, both of Glendale, into custody just after 3 a.m., after searching for them in the 1200 block of South Glendale Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

A third suspect got away.

The pair allegedly approached the workers in a South Glendale parking lot and demanded a ride to Lincoln Heights.

The workers, who were trying to get to their truck to go to work, refused to give the men a ride, Lorenz said. But the men would not leave the workers alone and asked them for money.

When the workers turned down their demands, the men allegedly threatened to shoot if they fled, Lorenz said.

The workers drove off anyway and notified a police officer who was issuing a traffic citation.

The third suspect was described as a Latino male and in his late teens or early 20s. He wore a baseball cap, prescription eyeglasses, a gray T-shirt, black pants and a black backpack.

Anyone with details about the robbery may call the robbery unit at (818) 548-3987.

Veronica Rocha

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