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VAN NUYS

'Starlet Bandit' hits again at BofA branch

The "Starlet Bandit" held up a Bank of America branch this week, fleeing with an undetermined amount of money, authorities said.

The robbery occurred about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at 7225 Woodman Ave., near Sherman Way, said Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

The robber is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 160 to 180 pounds. She was wearing large sunglasses and carrying a cell phone during the robbery, Eimiller said.

The robber got her name after robbing a Bank of America branch in Hollywood on March 25, wearing what witnesses described as "movie star sunglasses," Eimiller said.

Anyone with information on the robbery was asked to call the FBI at 310-477-6565.

SUN VALLEY

Blaze damages part of home and garage

Fire damaged part of a single-family house and garage in Sun Valley on Wednesday, but no one was hurt.

There was no immediate word on what caused the fire, which was reported in the 11900 block of West Peoria Street at 3:37 p.m., said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Twenty firefighters put out the flames within 13 minutes, he said.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

Pedestrian struck by car is sought

Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a pedestrian who walked away after being hit by a car. Another woman pedestrian was seriously injured.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, 21-year-old Mirna Payes-Gonzalez and an unidentified woman were crossing northbound Beck Avenue on Victory Boulevard in a crosswalk.

A car driven by Willie Lee Graham, 45, of North Hollywood hit the two pedestrians as he turned west onto Victory, police said.

Gonzalez suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local area hospital, where she was in critical condition. The unidentified woman stood up after being hit and said she wasn't hurt, then left the scene, police said.

Graham stopped and attempted to help the two pedestrians. No charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police urge anyone with information to call Valley Traffic Division Officer Daniel Menesez at 818-644-8020. After hours and on weekends, call the Valley Traffic Division Watch Commander's Desk at 818-644-8000 or the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

-- Staff and Wire Services
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