Man and Girlfriend Arrested for Brazen Robbery in Hancock Park

A 38-year-old man and 22-year-old woman have been arrested and charged in connection with a robbery on May 12 in the 300 block of South Muirfield Road in Hancock Park.

The suspects, Ashton Dwight Carter and Teresa Whitaker followed the female victim from a post office to her home. The victim parked next to the curb in front of her house. As the victim was taking her children out of the back seat of her car, a black BMW pulled up and stopped in the middle of the street. Carter got out and robbed the victim at gunpoint.

The suspect threated to shoot the children if the victim didn’t give him her watch. The victim complied and the suspect got back in the BMW, which was driven by Whitaker. The suspects fled. No injuries were reported.

Footage from security cameras in the post office showed Carter and the victim were there at the same time. The suspect appeared to be paying close attention to the victim. The post office was the Nat King Cole postal station on the northwest corner of Third Street and Western Avenue in the Windsor Square / Koreatown area.

Hancock Park Robbery Suspects

The suspects were arrested at an undisclosed location on May 17. Police served a search warrant at Carter’s residence and found a BMW 535i, which they believe was used in the robbery, an additional BMW and a Mercedes Benz owned by the pair. Investigators also recovered a semi-automatic handgun, jewelry and over $56,000 in cash. The victim’s watch was not located.

confiscated handgun, dollars, bullets, watch

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Carter on May 19 with one count of robbery, three counts assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making criminal threats and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. When he was arrested, Carter was out on bail for a prior felony. Whitaker was charged with one count of robbery.

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