Councilman’s son a witness to a Highland Park robbery

One of the sons of  First District Councilman Ed Reyes was  in Highland Park last week when his friends were robbed as they rode their bikes on Monte Vista Street and Avenue 56.  Capt. William Murphy of the LAPD Northeast Division provided details of the crime in his most recent Northeast Newsletter:

“You may have heard that Councilmember Ed Reyes son was a witness to a robbery (his two friends were robbed as they rode their bicycles on Monte Vista at Ave 56). Our Gang Unit jumped on this quickly and within two days arrested 2 of the three suspects involved (still working on the other). We received DA filings for robbery on the suspects.”

The suspects, who pretended to have a gun, made off with  bikes, cell phones and other property.   Councilman Reyes, who lives in Cypress Park, has four children. Police did not identify which of Reyes’ sons witnessed the crime.

Photo from Council District 1


  1. The same thing happened to me around Ave. 54 in September! They knocked me off my bike when I was riding, and got in my face. I almost laughed at the guy sticking his finger in his shirt. Then three more guys showed up for his backup.

    There’s a big white apartment building where they live on 54. A whole bunch of Avenues and wannabe cholitos have been pushed into those few blocks by improvements to the neighborhood around them. Landlords won’t rent to these guys anymore, so between 52 and 56 is a pretty shady place to walk alone at night.

  2. Jon,

    Read the writing on the walls. That neighborhood is definitely not Avenues turf. It is Dog Town gang. (Monte Vista 53rd Clique to be exact.)

    Surprised to find there is markedly much less Dog Town graffiti around this neighborhood in the past week. Probably a result of the recent heat being put on this gang from the LAPD.

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