Couple follows mom and kids home from post office before robbing them


A Los Angeles couple was arrested after following a woman and her children home from a post office and threatening the family at gunpoint, police said


A California couple was arrested last week on robbery charges after police accused them of following a mother and her children home from a post office. As the woman was getting her two children out from their car seats at their home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, the male suspect exited a vehicle, a BMW 535i, and approached the woman, according to a release from the Los Angeles Police Department.


The man demanded the woman hand over her watch while pointing a gun at her and her children, threatening to kill them if she refused, police said. She complied, and the suspect returned to a BMW driven by a woman, according to the release. Detectives learned the male suspect had been watching the woman and her children inside a post office before following them home, police said.


After receiving a search warrant, police searched Carter’s home, the BMW 535i, and an additional BMW and Mercedes owned by the couple. Police said they found a semi-automatic handgun, jewelry and over $56,000 in cash at Carter’s home.

The woman’s stolen watch, however, is still missing.


Carter was charged last Thursday with one count of robbery, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making criminal threats and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said. Carter was out on bail for a prior felony arrest. Whitaker was charged with one count of robbery.


Police believe the two may have been involved in similar incidents both reported and unreported and are asking victims to contact LAPD.