HOLLYWOOD, CA — Cops in Hollywood are searching for a woman whose victims found out the the hard way that she was a “knockout” in the wrong sense of the word: She picked multiple men up, knocked them out with drugs, and then robbed them.
Police say that there have been three incidents — two in L.A. and one in Studio City — and the woman’s MO was the same each time. She met her victims at a Hollywood club and other Los Angeles locations, went home with them, then allegedly slipped them some type of unknown drug. While they were out cold, she swiped loot, including expensive watches.
The suspect was described as a 20-year-old African-American woman; 5 feet, 6 inches tall; 120 pounds; with “a large tattoo on her left leg, left hip, and back,” according to the department.
“She’s targeting affluent guys wearing high-end jewelry, going back to their residences, incapacitating them, and, when they wake up, property is missing,” LAPD Detective Joseph Hampton told LA Weekly.
On March 5, the suspect met two men at a Hollywood club and went back to their home in Studio City. Police were unable to determine which drugs she used on them due to the fact that it was too late to run toxicology tests by the time the men reported the crime. But they say that the date-rape drug GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), which flushes out of the system in a few hours, played a role.
During the Studio City incident, the suspect was caught on camera. The Los Angeles Police Department this week circulated the photos of the suspect, who LA Weekly has dubbed the “Bandit Bae.”
Investigators believe the suspect might have had help — perhaps someone waiting to drive her away after the robbery.
Cops have also said that they believe other victims might be out there but that they may be reluctant to come forward because of embarrassment — or due to the fact that they may be married.
Police ask anyone with information to call them at (818) 754-8377 or (800) 222-8477.
Main photo: Footage of the “Bandit Bae” suspect [LAPD]