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'Stun gun bandit' robs downtown L.A. boutique, shocks clerk with electrical device

December 17, 2009 |  2:13 pm

Stungun Detectives are looking for a man they dubbed the "stun gun bandit" who robbed a downtown boutique and shocked a store clerk as he fled with the cash, said Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The robber was armed with a handgun Tuesday when he demanded cash from the store in the 1000 block of Los Angeles Street, Vernon said.

The suspect, described as a tall, white man in his 50s or 60s with gray hair and a blue baseball cap, walked up to the clerk and flashed the gun, Vernon said. When the clerk opened the cash register, he grabbed the money and brandished the stun gun.

"After the young woman gave up the money, the robber pull out a stun gun and shocked her on the arm just to be mean," Vernon said.

"You can hear the stun gun sparking as the man holds it against the woman's arm," said Vernon, describing security video of the attack. "It must have been very unnerving for her. It was completely unnecessary."

The suspect's face was obscured in the video, but detectives believe he will be recognizable to people who see him.

"A guy like this shouldn't get away with robbing a store or being mean," Vernon said.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Det. Al Rasch at (213) 972 1245.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: A surveillance image of the "stun gun bandit."