Man charged in Vons parking lot crime, now linked to ECC robbery

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A Hawthorne man recently charged in a Gardena robbery, is now being linked to robbery of two El Camino College students near the campus, according to authorities.

Police said that Jhakaree Tyree King, 20, of Hawthorne was arrested two weeks ago after a woman was robbed at gunpoint in the Vons parking lot on Redondo Beach Boulevard just east of Normandie Avenue, as reported last week in the Daily Breeze.

Two other men were arrested in connection with the parking lot holdup.

A Hawthorne man recently charged in a Gardena robbery, is now being linked to robbery of two El Camino College students near the campus, according to authorities.

Police said that Jhakaree Tyree King, 20, of Hawthorne was arrested two weeks ago after a woman was robbed at gunpoint in the Vons parking lot on Redondo Beach Boulevard just east of Normandie Avenue, as reported last week in the Daily Breeze.

Two other men were arrested in connection with the parking lot holdup.

Gardena police arrested King, Brandon Allen Ray and Ryan Christopher Daivs Sept. 5 after a woman walking across the parking lot and talking on her cell phone was robbed just past noon, police said. The men pulled up to the victim in a white truck. One man exited the vehicle and police said he pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her cell phone.

Somebody called authorities and shortly after, Gardena police flagged down the white truck and arrested the men.

Gardena police Detective Mike Sargent said that police recovered the gun and phone in the suspect’s vehicle.

South Los Angeles sheriff’s detectives noted King’s arrest and linked him to the ECC student robberies, while Los Angeles police detectives are investigating him in connection with another crime in the agency’s Southeast Division area, authorities told the Breeze.

In both El Camino Village robberies, students turned over their cellphones at gunpoint. The robber then escaped in a white GMC vehicle with paper plates, authorities said.

King was the only one of three men, to be identified by EC victims. He is alleged to have pointed the gun and committed the crime, authorities said.

The Breeze article said that Ray, 21, was charged with conspiracy in the Gardena robbery, while Davis, 23, was charged with conspiracy and being an accessory to the Gardena crime. King and Ray appeared in Torrance Superior Court, Sept. 22. Their cases were postponed to Dec. 20. Davis also is scheduled for arraignment that day.