On Friday afternoon, Lamas Jewelry, located about half a mile from Azusa Pacific’s East Campus was burglarized by an armed robber. The Glendora Police Department and other law enforcement officers have contained the area and are actively investigating and searching for outstanding suspects.
The robbery took place in the Peachwood complex, which also houses APU’s Office of University Relations (UR), just four doors down. UR employees are on lockdown until further notice.
The APU community was informed of the robbery by a text/email/phone call from Campus Safety (DCS) at 12:53 p.m. APU’s Azusa campuses are not on lockdown; however, the community is advised to stay away from the area of Barranca and Route 66.
ZU News will provide updates as they come in.
There was a reported shooting. According to Andrew Mendez of Azusa City News, police officers were involved in a shooting in Glendora near Vecino Drive and Route 66.
“At least one patient was transported to an area Trauma center according to Los Angeles County Fire,” Mendez said. “Traffic is shut down between Barranca Avenue and Grand Avenue, along Route 66.”
According to Mendez, multiple Glendora Schools are on lock down, but there isn’t a threat to students.
UR is still on lockdown. Employees report they are safe and secure. According to DCS, the area will remain on lockdown until Glendora Police Department Officers are satisfied there is no ongoing threat to the businesses or residents within the containment area.
Update at 4:09 p.m.
Glendora P.D. released a statement regarding the armed robbery, including a description of the suspect. Officers are still searching for suspect.
Update at 5:07 p.m.
One of the suspects in the armed robbery case was arrested at 4:45 p.m. and another was shot and killed by Glendora police, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
According to a statement made by Los Angeles Sheriff Lt. Robert Westphal at a recent news conference, the suspect had not followed police commands and was shot. They were then taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. The names of the suspects have not been released, but one woman is reported to have been found in her car near the scene and was arrested.
UR employees were let out from lockdown under police supervision at approximately 5:10 p.m, but Stanton Elementary School on 725 S. Vecino Ave. and Foothill Christian School at 242 W. Baseline Road are still under lock down.