Suspect in Alleged Attempted Murder, Robbery in Custody

Manhattan Beach police report that the 18-year-old believed responsible for slashing the throat of an employee during a robbery has been caught. Details here.

About one week and seven hours after the crime took place, an inter-agency team has captured the suspect wanted for the alleged attempted murder of an employee at and robbery of the Cigar and Smoke Shop on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Tyler Rodgers was taken into custody by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's surveillance team Thursday around 11:30 p.m., said Detective Michael Rosenberger of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, the city in which the crime occurred.

Rodgers was found in the 7200 block of Crenshaw Boulevard hiding with a 16-year-old female runaway who had been reported missing. She was returned to her place of residence, said Rosenberger.

Rosenberger said the primary charges expected to be filed against Rodgers are attempted murder and robbery. Rodgers is in MBPD custody and will be transported to court Tuesday for an arraignment.

The store employee whose throat was slashed during the robbery is out of the hospital and mending, said Rosenberger.

Wednesday, MBPD and Gardena SWAT each served a search warrant at Rodgers' known residence and another location. Rosenberger told Patch Wednesday that evidence was recovered during the execution of the search warrants.

Rosenberger said the sheriff's had offered to help find Rodgers, providing 9 to 10 deputies for the search. Additionally assistance came from the L.A. County Probation Department and the Department of Children and Family Services.

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Dale Smith August 28, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Yea, he is a real nice guy, what losers you people are for supporting this guy. And for you folks that say this is attributed to poverty are full of it. This is due to bad parenting and a lack of values. There are many poor countries where people do not resort to this kind of behaviour. This sate is doomed, its because they are poor, no power plants in my city - what a bunch of losers
Faro Avay August 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Dale Smith. Are you telling me that he robbed the place due to bad parenting and a lack of values? No, the main reason he robbed this place is for money because he probably had very little and was desperate, not to mention irrational and borderline maniacle. Are you disputing the fact that poverty and crime/violence are not joined at the hip? Take money out of the equation and this crime does not happen. While I do agree that good parenting and instilling good values play a big part in the development and overall outcome of the adult and his or her chatracter, I also believe that in many cases even good parenting can be ineffective depending on the personality of the child. To your point, I GUARANTEE that this kids father was rarely if ever around and his. Bottom line is that you can have good parents/bad kids and vice versa. The media and societal attitudes/values (influenced by media) have a large hand in the molding of our children and they are, for the most part, not positive at all. This kid was living like a king compared to poor people in lesser countries yet he was so unsatisfied with his monetary situation that he decided to rob a damn cigar shop. American culture is all about the dollar first and values a distant second or third perhaps fourth.
brooke ellis November 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
i thank all yall that got my brother back i am his real blood sister my name is Hailey so i dont give no fuck wat all the media got to say my brother didnt mean no harm to that guy he is really nice and respectful and i love him to death #teamTYLER
brooke ellis November 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Dale Smith shut your mouth you dont know nothin bout him so keep ya mouth closed
Liz Spear November 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Hi Brooke, Glad you've gotten online to voice your opinions and feeling but please do keep offensive language such as the F word out of the mix.


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