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December 7, 2022 -- A homeless man who is a suspect in a series of local robberies was charged with two counts of robbery Tuesday after holding up an adult store on Santa Monica Boulevard, according to police.

Kelly Blake Carr, 47, who is wanted for burglary in Louisiana, was also linked to the robbery of an adult store on Lincoln Boulevard in October.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of robbery against Carr after he was arrested for an armed robbery at Adult Love Boutique, 1319 Santa Monica Boulevard, at around 4:30 p.m Saturday.

Robbery Suspect holding up adult store
Footage of robbery in progress at Adult Love Boutique (Courtesy SMPD)

The employee at the store reported that the suspect was armed with a handgun and stole cash before fleeing, said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

"SMPD Officers arrived in less than two minutes and noticed a male changing his clothing near the crime scene and attempted to detain him," Flores said.

The man, later identified as Carr, disobeyed the officers’ commands and fled on his bicycle, Flores said.

Officers chased Carr and detained him in the BMW dealership parking lot a block away, according to police.

They recovered the backpack Carr discarded while fleeing and found the replica handgun used in the robbery, Flores said.

Officers also found the stolen cash and "a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance resembling methamphetamine on Carr’s person," he said.

"During the detention, Carr admitted to the crime and during a field show-up the employee and witness both positively identified him as the suspect."

Carr was booked for robbery, delaying arrest and possession of methamphetamine.

Officers also discovered Carr had a warrant out of DeSoto Parish County in northwestern Louisiana for burglary and an out of state warrant for possession of cocaine, police said.

Robbery Homicide Detectives linked Carr to an armed robbery on October 16 at Secret Desires, an adult store at 2432 Lincoln Boulevard.

In that robbery, Carr "selected items then walked to the register before producing a handgun and demanding money," Flores said. "Carr then fled on his bicycle before police arrived."

SMPD Detectives believe Carr may be responsible for other robberies in the area that could lead to additional charges, Flores said.

Anyone with any information about the incidents or suspect should contact Detective I. Tavera at 310-458-2201 ext. 2256 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

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