Multiple felony charges were filed today, December 20, 2016, against 22-year-old Long Beach resident Dylan Derrick Watson for his involvement in multiple armed robberies throughout Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire.
Fortunately, none of the victims were injured during three robberies in Long Beach:
- On November 29, 2016, a suspect entered an electronics store in the 2100 block of South Street, brandished a handgun, and demanded cell phones and cash from the employee. The suspect fled with the items.
- On December 5, 2016, a suspect entered an electronics store in the 1400 block of W. Willow Street, brandished a handgun, and demanded cellphones and cash from the employee. The suspect fled with the items.
- The following day, it appears the same suspect entered an eatery in the 3400 block of Cherry Avenue, brandished a handgun, and demanded cash from the clerk. The suspect fled with cash.
While Long Beach Robbery detectives were investigating the incidents, they learned of similar robberies in Montclair and the Inland Empire, and contacted with those agencies. Based on the suspect’s physical description and the manner in which the robberies were carried out, investigators believed that the same person was responsible for these crimes. Long Beach detectives, with the assistance of Hemet Police Department and other police agencies in the Inland Empire, identified Dylan Watson as the suspect wanted in connection with the robberies.
On December 16, 2016, Long Beach detectives located Mr. Watson in the 5100 block of West Century Boulevard in Inglewood and arrested him. Pursuant to the arrest, detectives served a search warrant, towed the suspect’s vehicle, and recovered evidence related to the robberies.
On December 20, 2016, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. Defendant Watson was charged with six counts of robbery and four counts of possession of a deadly weapon. He is currently being held at the Long Beach City Jail with a bail set at $2.012 million dollars.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Long Beach Robbery Detective N. Mora at (562) 570-5536. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.