Owner and store employees fend off attempted knife-point robbery at Vana Watch and Jewelry

Photo courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department

The South Pasadena Police Department (SPPD) is searching for two individuals involved in an attempted stabbing and robbery at Vana Watch and Jewelry Friday morning, Dec. 14.

The suspects entered the building at 10:54 a.m. and pretended to browse the store’s wares for about five minutes before one suspect brought out a knife and attempted to stab the business owner, Jean Boujekian. Another store employee, Boujekian’s nephew, then pulled a gun from behind the counter and pointed it at the suspects, who immediately fled the scene. The entirety of the event was recorded by surveillance cameras and is posted on the SPPD YouTube channel.

Boujekian called 911 and officers quickly arrived at the store, which is located directly across the street from the SPPD station at 1401 Mission Street. Nothing was reported stolen from the store and no one was injured in the attack. 

The suspects have been described as African American male adults who fled in a green Chevy Malibu. Residents with information are encouraged to contact SPPD detectives at (626) 403-7280 or LA Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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