Los Angeles: In early 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Robbery Special Section (RSS), identified an ongoing crime trend of follow home robberies. The suspects target victims in Los Angeles, follow them, and commit the robberies as the victims go into isolated areas such as a parking lot or as they arrive home (SOURCE: Los Angeles Police Department). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Los Angeles Police Department released information about a robbery that occurred on 8th Street just south of the FIGat7th open air shopping mall, and just a few blocks from the GRAMMY Museum LA Live, the Los Angeles Central Library, and the luxury hotel Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department this week released case information describing that on Monday, April 11, 2022, around 12:02 p.m., a female victim was at a jewelry store in the Jewelry District of Downtown Los Angeles when she was followed by suspects in a silver Dodge Challenger. As the victim approached the intersection of 8th Street and Francisco Street, a suspect exited the Dodge Challenger, approached her vehicle, and with an unknown hard tool, shattered her driver side window. The victim attempted to drive away but was unable due to heavy traffic. When her vehicle was stopped, the victim exited her vehicle and ran westbound on 8th Street seeking help. The victim attempted to flee on Francisco Street, but the suspects continued to chase her. She returned to 8th Street and ran westbound.
Next, the suspects continued to follow the victim in their vehicle, accelerating and striking the victim as she ran westbound on 8th Street. Once on the ground two suspects emerged from the Dodge Challenger. Both of the suspects were armed with a handgun. The robbery victim immediately removed her watch and threw it on the street. The suspects retrieved the watch and drove away.
A witness, who had run toward the danger, responding to the woman’s call for help, then helped the victim off the street after the robbery offenders fled in the Dodge Challenger.
The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.
Suspect 1 is described as a male, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, white shoes, and a full ski mask. He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
Suspect 2 is described as a male wearing a black sweater, light blue jeans, and armed with a handgun.
Robbery-Homicide Division’s Follow Away Task Force responded to the scene and assumed investigative responsibility for the case. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information or video regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Moreno and Detective Vargas at (213) 486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”
FOLLOW HOME ROBBERIES
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, in early 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Robbery Special Section (RSS), identified an ongoing crime trend of follow home robberies. The suspects target victims in Los Angeles, follow them, and commit the robberies as the victims go into isolated areas such as a parking lot or as they arrive home.
LA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón recently has been the subject of a recall for mishandling prosecution of violent criminals. In February 2021, an effort began to place a proposition on an upcoming ballot to remove Gascón from office. The most visible supporter of the recall is Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, but the recall is led by former District Attorney Steve Cooley, along with Desiree Andrade and Tania Owen — two women who lost relatives to violent crime.
On May 22, 2021, circulation of the recall petition was approved by the L.A. County Registrar. Proponents of the recall had until October 27, 2021, to collect at least 579,000 valid signatures, or 10 percent of Los Angeles County voters. The recall effort came up short of gathering the necessary number of signatures and the organizers canceled their recall effort in September 2021 in order to reorganize and attempt another recall campaign. The Association of Deputy District Attorneys — collective bargaining group for more than 800 deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles County — on February 22, 2022 voted in favor of recalling Gascón. Eighty-three percent of its members participated in a Gascón recall vote. Of those who voted, 97.9% voted in favor of recalling Gascón.
In 1978, Gascón joined the Los Angeles Police Department as a patrol officer and eventually attained the rank of Assistant Chief of Police under Chief William Bratton. In 2006 Gascón became Chief of the Mesa Police Department, where he squared off against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and anti-immigrant groups. In 2009, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gascón to be San Francisco’s Chief of Police. In 2011, when then District Attorney Kamala Harris vacated her seat after being elected California Attorney General, Newsom appointed Gascón to be San Francisco District Attorney.
Formerly a Republican, George Gascón is affiliated with the Democratic Party, and has been described as a liberal and progressive district attorney.
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