Darren Richmond, 37, was arrested for an unrelated crime on Tuesday, May 22, when LAPD detectives noticed he resembled the suspect caught sucker punching and robbing a man the day before at a Best Buy on the 1000 block of La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood, according to Sheriffs’ Information Bureau Deputy Armando Viera.
It was unclear what crime Richmond committed that resulted in his arrest by the LAPD, but detectives from the department contacted the LASD West Hollywood Station with their information. According to Viera, detectives at the LASD West Hollywood Station confirmed Saturday morning that the man in LAPD custody and the man in the surveillance video were both Richmond.
The video shows Richmond pacing throughout the Best Buy store while eating a bag of Cheetos around 7:50 p.m. Monday. Richmond approaches his victim from behind and without any apparent provocation unleashes a punch to the man’s head that sends him to the floor.
“After the assault, the suspect picked up the victim’s cellphone and fled from the store on foot through the rear emergency exit door and out of view,” West Hollywood Station Sgt. Jeffrey Bishop said.
Richmond has been charged with both the crime that led to his arrest by the LAPD and the Best Buy robbery, Viera said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LASD West Hollywood Station at 310-855-8850 as detectives continue their investigation. People can also submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).