Authorities arrested a 41-year-old man accused of two separate strong-arm robberies earlier this month in West Hollywood and are asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims.
The first incident occurred at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 12 when the suspect, identified as Hardy Arriaza, followed a woman to her apartment in the 9000 block of Rangely Avenue.
“A struggle ensued, and the victim was able to break free and enter a neighbor’s apartment,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A little less than two hours later, Arriaza allegedly removed a kitchen window at a nearby residence on the same block and entered another woman’s home. The victim in that case heard the suspect and screamed.
“The suspect continued to enter the residence and threatened the victim,” the release stated, adding that the woman was able to flee her apartment.
When deputies from the West Hollywood Station arrived at the scene, they located the 41-year-old inside the second victim’s apartment and arrested him.
The investigation into Arriaza’s attempted strong-arm robberies is ongoing.
The 41-year-old is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing around 143 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Anyone with information about these two incidents or other similar crimes is encouraged to contact LASD Detective Zeff at 310-358-4033 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at L.A. Crime Stoppers.