Armed Robbery with Shots Fired N. Canon Dr. Update
Posted Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 6:04 am
By Sandra Sims
On Jan. 11 at approximately 5:35 p.m., Beverly Hills Police responded to a report of an armed robbery involving shots fired. A male suspect approached a male adult victim on the sidewalk outside the RiteAid on the 300-block of N. Canon Dr. The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded the victim’s property. After taking the victim’s property (jewelry), the suspect ran from the location. Sometime during his attempt to escape, the suspect fired at least one round from the firearm. No one was struck by gunfire and no one was injured during the robbery.
Witnesses at the scene described being “shocked” by the gunshots, with patrons rushing out of nearby restaurants and stores as police responded and gave chase.
Officers located the suspect inside a men’s clothing store in the 200-block of N. Beverly. But, the suspect ran from police out of the rear of the store. Police secured the area and began an extensive search. A large area of Burton Way and Dayton Way was cordoned off for some three hours as officers searched on foot and by helicopter for the suspect. Dozens of people waited on street corners, unable to return to their vehicles or enter restaurants. The suspect was eventually located in the 200-block of north Beverly/Canon alley at approx. 8:30 p.m. and safely taken into custody.
The robbery was a topic of conversation at the Canon Mural unveiling ceremony Jan. 12.
Beverly Hills Police Department Lieutenant Scott Dowling told the Courier the suspect was found after an extensive canine search.“He was hiding inside of our containment and we got him in custody without incident.”
Councilman Julian Gold noted that this was the second high profile police incident in a short period of time.
“This is the second time that there was an event and within days our police apprehended. We’d love to prevent a crime, but if we are going to have the crime this is the outcome we want, nobody gets hurt and we get the bad guy quickly and we put him in jail and hopefully, that will tell other people who want to do bad things, this is not the place to do it because you are going to get caught and you are going to go to jail,” said Gold.
Councilwoman Lili Bosse shared similar thoughts with the Courier.
“Think again if you want to do a crime in Beverly Hills because you are going to get caught. We have the best Beverly Hills Police Department, probably second to none in the world and there’s not a chance that if you are going to do a crime here that you’re not going to be caught right away.”
The suspect, identified by BHPD as Aaron Christopher Newsom, will appear in court on Jan. 14 charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery, Ex-Felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition by prohibited person, and discharging firearm. BHPD Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese told the Courier that Newsom also has an outside agency arrest warrant with the Los Angeles Police Department for carrying a loaded firearm.