Robbers target teens walking home from Los Alamitos High
Three 15-year-old students walking home from Los Alamitos High School were robbed and a fourth sexually assaulted in separate incidents, police said.
Authorities are looking for two men they believe are responsible for the crimes, which occurred in a 20-minute span shortly after the school day ended Thursday.
In the first robbery, one of the suspects made a gesture suggesting he had a gun in his jacket and forced a boy to hand over his cellphone, Los Alamitos police said in a statement.
When the suspects realized that a girl walking nearby had seen the robbery, they ordered her to walk toward them and relinquish her cellphone. When they discovered the phone didn't work, they gave it back.
The girl he was walking with was shoved against a car while her breasts were fondled.
The suspects were described as two black men, one in his 20s, the other as young as 18. Police say they may have been driving a dark, older model Kia or Hyundai.
One suspect is 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 with a medium build, black short hair and a goatee, KTLA-TV reported. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with white lettering, baggy jeans and sneakers. He had a tattoo on his neck and an earring.
The second suspect was 6 feet to 6 feet 2 with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a dark shirt, dark jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Police planned to step up patrols around Los Alamitos High on Friday and were warning students to be alert to their surroundings.
"We suggest that you walk in pairs, always be aware of your surroundings, and just be conscientious to move away from strangers, Los Alamitos Police Sgt. Rick Deleon said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Los Alamitos police detectives at (562) 43l-2255.
-- Alan Zarembo