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Published on April 12, 2024
Los Angeles Detectives Seek Additional Victims in Social Media Robbery Ploy, Suspects ApprehendedSource: LAPD

In a calculated scheme of deceit and violence, Los Angeles detectives are on the hunt for potential victims of a social media robbery trap that snared at least two individuals in a grim dance of crime. On April 9, victims were lured via social media by a woman to an apartment on North Main Street, where they were ambushed by male assailants who brandished firearms and pilfered their belongings, one of the unfortunate souls felt the cold harshness of a gun against his skin, a cruel reminder of the price of misplaced trust, according to the LAPD Newsroom.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Area detectives, who suspect that the same crime has been repeated with other unsung victims are urging those affected to come forward. Suspects Sergio Carrillo, 26, and Magdalena Gallegos, 23, both residents of Los Angeles, were apprehended on April 10, and both have bail set at an unwelcome $100,000 each, as per the LAPD Newsroom

Those with information on the crimes or who have been victimized by this predatory ploy are implored to contact Detective Salas of Hollenbeck Area at 323-342-8956 or the station's main line at 323-342-8900; for those seeking the cowl of anonymity, tips can also be relayed through L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or through the “P3 Tips” mobile app selecting L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as the program of choice.