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Police seek accomplice after arresting man in Koreatown holdups

December 30, 2010 |  3:42 pm

Police are seeking help in identifying the accomplice of a man who was arrested for more than of 20 robberies in Koreatown during November and December.

The suspects waited outside apartment buildings, then followed residents into parking structures where they demanded money and other valuables. The suspects claimed to be armed but it isn’t clear that they ever displayed a weapon, said Det. Lt. John Radtke.

The man in custody is Sammye Johnson, 40, of South Los Angeles, who was recently released from state prison. He’s being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail and his parole also has been revoked, Radtke said.

Among other alleged crimes, Johnson and his partner are under investigation for the robbery of at least two restaurants in Koreatown.

Officers apprehended Johnson on Dec. 16 after the robbery of two victims in the 400 block of Western Avenue. Police arrested him as he tried to drive away.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the other suspect should call detectives at (213) 382-9463.

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