Police Nab One of the Suspects in the Botched Hold-Up of Local Jewelry Store


The South Pasadena Police Department has in custody tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 19, one of the men suspected of trying to hold-up by knife point a local jewelry store. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested 21-year-old Omar Bradley of Compton on suspicion of the attempted hold-up. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bradley in Compton earlier today.

So Pas Interim Police Chief Brian Solinsky confirmed the arrest that was first reported on Next Door, a community-based social media site, saying the investigation is still ongoing. Bradley was apparently arrested in the car that was used during the botched hold-up. 

“I am pleased to announce the arrest of Omar Bradley, one of the suspects in the attempted robbery of Vana Watch & Jewelry store,” Solinsky said in an email to the Review. “Mr. Bradley is a 21-year-old resident of Compton. He was arrested in the city of Compton by our law enforcement partners from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The relationships we have with our surrounding law enforcement agencies are vital to successful crime prevention and prosecution strategies. This investigation is active and we are working to identify and arrest the remaining suspect. The Police Department collected critical pieces of evidence and I am confident we will bring this person to justice.”

Two men, one was allegedly Omar Bradley, brandishing a knife tried to hold up the jewelry store Friday morning (Dec. 14), but were run off by the store’s employees. Nothing was stolen and there were no injuries connected with the botched hold-up that took place about 11 a.m. Friday, according to Jean Boujekian, the owner of Vana Watch & Jewelry, 1401 Mission St.

“We had two suspects come in the store right around 11:20 a.m. and they wanted to look at my Rolex watches and I asked them for an I.D. and a credit card,” Boujekian said during a brief interview in his store after the hold-up. “They didn’t furnish an I.D. and credit card but they came out with a knife and tried to stab me and tried to take the watches. We were able to chase them away.”

Boujekian immediately called police. The jewelry store sits directly across the street from the So Pas Police Station.

Police issued bulletins seeking the public’s help to arrest and prosecute the suspects of this brazen attempted hold-up in broad daylight. Although Solinsky said these types of events are rare in South Pasadena, it’s a good reminder to be cautious during the holiday season.

“Crimes like this are rare in South Pasadena,” said Solinsky. “The officers responded quickly and were able to collect a lot of evidence, including photos of the suspects… I am grateful that nobody was hurt during this unfortunate event. As a reminder to all, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious please call the Police Department to report it immediately.”

The two bolted from the store empty-handed and hopped in a 2006  Chevrolet Malibu, license plate 5YAC399, according to Boujekian.

Police were on the scene almost immediately and the investigation is ongoing. Also, he said So Pas residents came to their aid.

“We had multiple citizens that stopped to try and help out,” he said. “We want to thank the police and the South Pasadena citizens. This is an incredible community.”

The two suspects were African-American with one standing about 5 ft. 8 inches while the other was taller at 6 ft. 2 inches, Boujekian said.  The taller suspect was about 120 pounds, he added.

Ironically, Boujekian also said that his store was broken into afterhours about month ago and about $10,000 worth of watches were stolen.

“That’s why I have the security glass in the front window now,” he said.


Read the entire story with more interviews in the next print edition of The Review.