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Valentine's Day robbery suspects die in car chase [Updated]

Two men suspected of robbing a street vendor selling Valentine’s Day gift baskets were killed Sunday morning after their vehicle crashed into a parked car just south of downtown Los Angeles during a police pursuit, authorities said.

About 4:30 a.m., two men stole merchandise from a family-run vendor set up on the sidewalk at San Pedro Street and Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Lt. Samuel Rhone said.

“The victims dialed 911, and while they were on the line with the operator, they observed the suspects circling the block,” he said.

After spotting the responding officers’ patrol cars, the suspects sped away, Rhone said. The police pursuit lasted less than a minute and ended when the suspects crashed their Nissan into a parked car near Central Avenue and 27th Street, he said.

Officers were a few blocks away at the time of the crash.

The men, who have not been identified, were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

[Updated at 1:40 p.m.: The men have been identified as Charlie Francisco, 18, and Christian Francisco, 20, said Dana Bee of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. The two are residents of Los Angeles and are believed to be brothers.]

-- Corina Knoll

 
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This is the type of news story I like. Criminals getting killed after they've robbed hard working people.

Now that's what I call Instant Karma! :)

Great job by the police...they made an arrest, got a conviction in court and the suspects received the death penalty...and it's already been carried out...all in one incident...a happy ending...

As a black man, my take it is, the crook needed a killing, and received it.

Case closed.........and at a fantastic bargain for the tax payer!!!

How ironic. The vendor was probably unlicensed (as most of these so-called street vendors are) and the robbers probably desperate, unemployed LEGAL US citizens. Whatever the case, not a crime worth dying for. Only in America.

Hard to feel sorry for them.

I agree with Al.
Not worth dying for.

Parents ----hello!!!!!

Why is everyone happy about this? Two very young men died for making a dumb mistake, which we all have done before. The LAPD needs to reevaluate their pursuit methods. Instant Karma? Really? We should kill everyone for a misdemeanor!

Great! 2 less fools to worry about and their families are probably going to say, "they were good kids".

more vermin off the street

Whatever the circumstances, this is really sad. I pray that they did not leave children that will have to live with the consequences..........

LosAngeleno----"a dumb mistake, which we all have done before."

speak for yourself, a few of us have NOT robbed street vendors and led
police on a high speed chase.

I nevertheless have sympathy for their family.

They had choices: not to committ a FELONY (robbery),and to stop for the police once they were caught. I seriously doubt this is the first felony these poor guys committed. It is too bad they had to die, but do not blame the police for doing their job. Should they have just said what the heck, they do not want to stop, we should just let them go? If they did this reinforces not stopping to begin with and would make them even bolder for their next crime.

Wow, I'm really sorry to hear about the car damage. My condolences to the owner of the parked car.

You people who are cheering the death of these two men are the worthless scum in it all. They made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. Yes nothing like stealing from a street vender, but mistakes nonetheless. These two were only 18 and 20. They still had full lives ahead of them and they let it all go to waste for a few bucks in valentines flowers. It is very sad. Especially when people are happy that they died.

LosAngeleno, I wouldn't blame this one on the LAPD. I do feel bad for these two and their families but in the end it was entirely their fault. From the moment they stole what they did to the moment they clearly forgot their seat belts.

Darwin claims another set of winners. Quick enough to rob someone but too stupid to put on their seat belts.

Let's be clear, robbing someone at 4 in the morning is not a "dumb mistake" it is a choice. And a bad one.

At that time in the morning with no witnesses or bystanders I would not doubt it if the sqaud car pulled the "Pit manuever" on the teenage boys car ,thus causing it to crash and eject our victims to their premature death.We will know shortly if anyone comes forward with additional information.

LosAngeleno,

I don't know if your post is serious, or a spoof post, but robbery is a felony. Re the pursuit, how about this: pull over when the police try to stop you. These two are classic examples of bullies and criminals. They have no impulse control, and do what they want. They steal, they flee, and now we're supposed to feel badly for them? Do you honestly think this is the only crime they've committed?

And Al, I didn't see anything in the story regarding citizenship, and in any case, what difference does that make?

talk about karma. Man

The police get there, see the suspects in a vehicle give chase they crash and get killed now the police is at fault. How about the choices they made like robbing a street vendor at 4:30am and then fleeing. Robbery is a felony crime, it does not matter the value of something.

It's really something how misused the word "Karma" is as in the case of several of these posters. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with getting punished over a deed whether that deed is positive or negative. It simply means acquired conditioning over time and the consequences in someone's behavior. So in this instance, when these kids were young and were doing petty misdeeds, when it eventually lead to more serious kinds of infractions(as with this robbery)THAT was the Law of Karma, and NOT the fact that they wound up dead from the action. So there was NO way to predict that it would have the tragic result it did for everyone concerned(the vendor and the kids themselves).

I have made mistakes. But robbing a vendor is much more than your typical 'mistake'. Typical 'mistakes' are drinking too much. Being late to work and being fired. Forgetting to count your change and being ripped off.

Robbery is an entirely different offense. These guys are on their way to becoming hardened criminals.

Being thrown from a vehicle. You know that had to hurt.

Vito

Dgo said "You people who are cheering the death of these two men are the worthless scum in it all. They made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes."

WOW Dgo,calling us the scum. Has it occured to you that maybe but just maybe we the people are sick of criminal? Why were they on the streets at 4:30am instead of in bed like the rest of us? they would of been alive today enjoying Valentines Day with their signficant other instead of at the coroners.

I WAS DRIVING DOWN ADAMS N SAN PEDRO AND I GOT PULLED OVER BECAUSE THE COP SAID "YOUR VEHICLE FIT THE DESCRIPTION"!! THATS A 01-03 CIVIC!! MINE IS OLD!! LOL I WAS HANDCUFF AND EVERYTHING AND I WANTED TO LAUGH WHEN ANOTHER COP PULLED UP AND ASK IF HIS PARTNER FOUND ANY STUFF ANIMALS IN MY CAR! LOL! WHAT THE FUDGE AM I GOING TO BE DOING STEALING STUFF ANIMALS FOR?!?! LOL AND THE WEIRDEST THING IS THAT WHEN I WAS ON THE RED LIGHT INFRONT OF THE STAND, I TOLD MYSELF THAT THERE STUPID TO LEAVE ALL THERE STUFF OUTSIDE BECAUSE SOMEONE COULD ROBBED THEM AND IT HAPPENED! .....CRAZY WEEKEND...

 
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