Pop singer Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery

Bieber Accused of Attempted Robbery
(Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Bieber has been accused of attempted robbery, a Los Angeles Police Department official said on Tuesday, following media reports that he had tried to snatch a young woman's mobile telephone.

Bieber, 20, has not been arrested or questioned, said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. A spokeswoman for Bieber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Police said the 20-year-old has been accused of attempted robbery. It was Monday night here at the Sherman Oaks Castle Park where Bieber allegedly tried to snatch a young woman's phone. Bieber has not been arrested or questioned, police said. The incident comes as the Canadian singer is due to stand trial in July in Miami. He faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an expired license.
Police said the 20-year-old has been accused of attempted robbery. It was Monday night here at the Sherman Oaks Castle Park where Bieber allegedly tried to snatch a young woman's phone. Bieber has not been arrested or questioned, police said. The incident comes as the Canadian singer is due to stand trial in July in Miami. He faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an expired license.

Instagram photo of Justin Bieber at Yasukuni Shrine posted to Twitter by the Tokyo Reporter, which Bieber later removed from the photo sharing site.

This photo illustration shows a woman looking at a picture of Japanese Yasukuni shrine posted on the Instagram account of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber after his visit to the controversial shrine in Tokyo on April 23, 2014. The troubled Canadian pop prince posted the snap of the Yasakuni shrine on his Instagram account -- tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers -- but later took it down. 'Thank you for your blessings,' the 20-year-old star tweeted as he posted the picture, showing the backs of two people standing in front of the massive shrine pavilion. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Justin Bieber appeared briefly in front of Judge Joseph Farina, via video, clad in red jail-issued scrubs at Miami-Dade Circuit Court in Florida, Ja. 23, 2014. Bond was set at $2,500. (Walter Michot/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 05: Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Justin Bieber and Rick Ross attend Ciroc party at Vanquish Lounge on February 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 05: Justin Bieber attends Ciroc party at Vanquish Lounge on February 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 05: Justin Bieber attends Ciroc party at Vanquish Lounge on February 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 28: A general view of the media in front of the 52 police division on January 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Justin Bieber turned himself into police to face potential charges for assault. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 29: Justin Bieber appears at a police station in connection with an alleged criminal assault on January 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 29: Justin Bieber appears at a police station in connection with an alleged criminal assault on January 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 29: Justin Bieber appears at a police station in connection with an alleged criminal assault on January 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 29: A general view of the police station where Justin Bieber appeared in connection with an alleged criminal assault on January 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
The media and fans mill outside a Police Station in Toronto, Ontario after Canadian pop star Justin Bieber turned himself into police January 29, 2014. The young heartthrob will go before court on March 10, Toronto police said in a statement that came out just over two hours after he had handed himself in, amid chaotic scenes. The charges are the latest run-in with the law for the teen star after his Los Angeles home was searched because he allegedly hurled eggs at a neighbor's house, and his arrest in Miami Beach on January 23 for drag racing and impaired driving. AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 23: Justin Bieber is released from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest on January 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 23: Justin Bieber is released from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest on January 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 23: Justin Bieber leaves Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center following his arrest for DUI and resisting arrest on January 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 23: Justin Bieber leaves Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center following his arrest for DUI and resisting arrest on January 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 23: Justin Bieber prepares to stand on his vehicle after exiting from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on January 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach police found the pop star street racing Thursday morning. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Singer Justin Bieber leaves the Turner Guiford Knight correctional institute after posting bond on his DUI arrest on Thursday, January 23, 2014. (Hector Gabino/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
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Detectives have interviewed the victim, who reported the alleged crime, Herrera said. The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles.

Media reported Bieber allegedly tried to take a young woman's mobile phone, according to Sgt. Paul McLaughlin with LAPD's Devonshire Division, which includes Northridge and other areas of the San Fernando Valley.

It was reported to police on Tuesday. No other information was available.

The Canadian singer is due to stand trial in July in Miami on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an expired license. In February, Bieber was charged with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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