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Boy Reportedly Attacked, Robbed of Bicycle

Victim received minor injuries, suspects still sought by police.

A 12-year-old boy was reportedly hit by a man and robbed of his BMX bicycle Friday night.

The boy received minor injuries and only complained of pain. The boy was transported to an area hospital as a precaution, police said.

The attack happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 400 block of South Myrtle Avenue. The boy was walking his bicycle when he was approached by the suspect, who hit him once on the side of the head and took the boy's bike, said Lieutenant Nels Ortlund of Monrovia Police.

According to witnesses, the suspect rode off on his bike and was then accompanied by another male. The two rode out of sight, Ortlund said. Police conducted a search of the area by ground and by air, but could not find the suspects.

The bike stolen was described as a boys' BMX bike with a black frame, red handlebars and red forks.

The first suspect is described as a male white in his late teens or early 20s wearing a blue hoodie. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male in a red shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000 and ask for the watch commander.

Citzen September 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM
A attempt to steal my bike in front of thriftys happened in broad daylight. They chased me through the streets, Tried to kick me off my bike and the only thing that saved me was pulling into a strangers drive way.....It happened In 1972 !!!! Nothing has changed all that much.
Geo September 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM
sarge, you are right. we all need to be vigilant about our surroundings
Daddy O September 27, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Fortunately, physically my son is ok, emotionally this assault has really "dinged" him in his carefree, exploratory character. Im sure anyone attacked from behind by someone twice their size would be affected as such. This occured down the street from our home. It has helped him hearing all the kind words from all of you, his friends, teachers & parents that have shared their emotions & condolences. Its pretty sad that someone of that size & stature has to prove himself by coldcocking a child from behind. I hope it has built his ego enough so that he doesnt have the need to prey on any other children in our community. I hope this incident has gotten the information out to all of the parents & kids in our community, as Monrovia Police Dept has informed us, that the street fair is not safe for our children w/out direct supervision. I must admit that we lived in a false sense of security that this kind of stuff only happens on tv, not in our All American City. Thank You to the Monrovia PD & FD for taking such good care of my son and keeping us in check w/ this rollercoaster ride. Maybe this would be a good time to tighten our community and figure out a way that we can get the streets & street fair back to what it was meant to be and stop blaming the Police Dept for societies shortcomings, expecting them to be everywhere @ once.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 27, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Daddy O, thanks for the update on your son. It saddens me to think that he still suffers from this. Please let him know his neighbors in the community are cheering him on. If counseling would help, f it's not a resource you have so that the child is returned to as whole as can be expected, there are services offered through United Way on a sliding scale basis. I used to know of some off the top of my head and would be happy to research what's available if you want the help. In the meantime, do you think it might feel a little less the victim (of which he obviously was) if he got a couple of lessons in self-defense? I don't know what you've made available to him. I have this gut instinct that says if you think it would help him, we could ask if one of the schools in the area might be able to accommodate him for free or a reduced charge as a community service. Thanks for being a great dad, and if you are interested in the suggestions I've offered (you're closest to this so you will know what he needs) and need help pursuing, just ask. I'm sure he is a little gun shy right now. So very sorry this happened.
Roberta Buckmaster September 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Yes, thanks to Monrovia PD and FD I was notified right away of my grandson's mishap and was able to be with him while at the hospital. Too bad that the reality is that there are thugs out there preying on our children. Be a good neighbor and watch your surroundings and report when you see something suspicious. Thank you Monrovia Services for helping my boy!

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