A 31-year-old man has been arrested and is facing felony charges in a home invasion robbery on Aug. 17 in the Beverly Grove area in which an elderly female victim was attacked inside her home by a masked assailant.
The robbery occurred around 2:25 p.m. in the 6600 block of West Fifth Street. A lone male suspect entered the residence and confronted the victim, police said. The suspect, who was wearing a Halloween-type mask, pistol whipped the victim and demanded access to a safe, authorities added. The victim complied and the suspect stole jewelry from the safe before fleeing.
The victim called police and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division conducted an extensive search in the surrounding area. Detectives from the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division were assigned to investigate the robbery.
Police announced on Aug. 18 that the suspect was arrested later the same day of the robbery in the 1200 block of Meadowbrook Avenue, near La Brea Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard. The assailant was identified as Dillon Anthony Klincke, of Los Angeles.
Authorities believe the crime started as a burglary, and there is no evidence that it was a follow-home robbery. LAPD spokesman Jeff Lee confirmed Klincke was in custody for the robbery, but declined to provide any further information because of the ongoing investigation. The suspect is being held on $175,000 bail. Authorities plan to release more details as they become available, Lee added.
The victim sustained bruises and lacerations during the robbery. She was treated by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and released at scene, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Robbery-Homicide Division at (213)486-6840. During weekends and off-hours, call (877)LAPD247.