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Armed men rob MB nail salon

by John Tawa

Two men conducted a brazen armed robbery of a Manhattan Beach nail salon Friday afternoon, escaping with several thousand dollars in cash and property.

According to Manhattan Beach Detective Sergeant Tony DiGenova, the men entered the Artesia Boulevard business from the rear entrance and, after one man showed his gun, ordered patrons and employees to lie face down on the ground. They then ransacked the business and stole purses from the customers. Before leaving, one of the men grabbed the salon's cordless telephone and smashed it on the floor.

The robbers are described as African American adults between 20 and 22 years of age, each approximately five-foot-seven and 150 pounds. They might have fled the scene in a newer model red Camaro or Firebird.

The salon robbery is the city's fourth armed robbery in the past five weeks. On Aug. 18, two armed men robbed a Union Bank of California branch on Sepulveda, entering the bank at 11 a.m. and ordering customers not to move. One suspect jumped over the counter and demanded money while the other acted as a lookout. The suspects fled with a large sum of money in a black Mercury Cougar, which they abandoned in the south lot of the Manhattan Village Shopping Center before jumping into another vehicle and speeding off onto Marine Avenue.

One day later, a man entered the Bank of America branch on Highland Avenue and handed a teller a note demanding money and indicating he had a gun. The teller handed the suspect a large sum of money. The suspect fled on foot and was last seen in the area of 12th Street and Morningside Drive.

On Aug. 27, a lone suspect entered Fry's Electronics on Sepulveda Boulevard at noon, pointed a gun at one of the store employees and demanded money. The employee handed the suspect two bags containing cash and checks.

Anyone with information about any of these armed robberies should contact Detectives Ford or Nilsson with the Manhattan Beach Police Department at (310) 802-5120. ER


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