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Police seek witnesses to robberies in South L.A.

January 5, 2010 | 10:33 pm

Los Angeles police today said they had arrested a man who allegedly robbed a man in a wheelchair, but detectives are seeking witnesses to other robberies the suspect may have committed.Robbery

Gregory Butler, 23, was apprehended by detectives in South Los Angeles on Dec. 28 and booked on suspicion of robbery, the Los Angeles Police Department said. His bail was set at $170,000.

The 43-year-old victim was leaving a liquor store in the 4000 block of Long Beach Avenue on Dec. 5, the LAPD said.

A video surveillance tape captured images of a man grabbing the victim's necklace. The two scuffled, but the attacker ran away with the necklace and was seen heading west on Vernon Avenue, according to police.Robbery2

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5-feet-10-inches tall and about 160 pounds. He was wearing a burgundy hooded jacket with dark lining and white letters across the chest, blue jeans and white tennis shoes, the LAPD said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 846-6572.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Video images of liquor store robbery. Credit: LAPD