Man arrested in connection with attempted Echo Park rape

Police earlier this week arrested a man suspected of trying to rape a woman after breaking into her Court Street apartment in the southern edge of Echo Park apartment on February 25. The suspect, Britt Dixon, 26, was arrested without incident near Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way on Tuesday, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division. Dixon is being held on $1.1 million bail. “Investigators are reviewing other crimes to ascertain any possible link,” Buhrmester said in a comment posted on this week’s Eastside Crime Watch.

Also, Buhrmester provided more details about an afternoon shooting last week a block from Rosemont Elementary.

Here’s the run down on the shooting and arrest from Buhrmester:

The other most significant crime (none are insignificant if you are its victim) listed was an aggravated assault which occurred on February 23, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at Court St. and Roselake Ave., bearing DR No. 10-0206925. A known gang member, Chris Escalante, 21, was crossing the street when for unknown reasons, he locked eyes with a driver who had stopped for him. As the driver proceeded by, Escalante fired a volley of shots at him from a semi-automatic pistol. This occurred, unfortunately, within very close proximity to Rosemont Elementary School.

As people ducked for cover, a passing detective from Olympic Division heard the shots and was told by witnesses of the shooting. The detective saw Escalante running south on Roselake Ave., and radioed for assistance. Other units arrived and a cordon was set up, and Escalante was taken into custody without incident. He abandoned the pistol, but it was found quickly, on the sidewalk where he had run.

Escalante was booked at Metropolitan Jail Section for attempted murder, with bail set at $1.08 million. Luckily, nobody was hit by gunfire in this instance. The reason the bail was that amount was due to enhancements for discharge of a firearm during a violent crime, felon in possession of a firearm, a firearms offense in proximity to a school, and the gun was stolen.

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