Silver Lake residents spread the word about violent attacks *

At least four men in Silver Lake have been the victims of violent assaults in recent weeks, including one man who was beaten and robbed at gunpoint last Friday near Rowena, reports CBS2. The attacks have not only frightened residents but have also triggered frustration and anger that the LAPD failed to warn the neighborhood about the violence. One Silver Lake resident spread the word via personal emails to friends and handmade fliers slapped on windshields about nine attacks she heard about:

“I am scared but really really pissed at the police for keeping the 9 assaults, one after the other on the down- low so, I’m going to spread the word somehow and someway,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified, in an email circulated around the area.

The woman, in a separate email to The Eastsider, said “all of the neighbors in my building came out of their apartments to discuss their frustration once they heard the bad news, then we mobilized together to create and distribute a flier, call the media and contact our councilman.”

I called the LAPD’s Northeast Division this morning to get details but so far I have not heard back. There’s no information about the assaults on the division’s web page or the LAPD Newsroom. In an era when your councilman can Twitter you about what he’s eating for dessert, the LAPD still seems slow about getting the word out when it comes to neighborhood crime. Silver Lake resident John Seva, interviewed by CBS2, posed a question many others are asking about the assaults:

“How come we don’t know about it?”

* Update @ 4:13 PM: The LAPD will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. today at the Northeast Division police station to discuss the assaults and street robberies – which now number 10 – in Silver Lake and Echo Park, according to an email from the office of Silver Lake Councilman Tom Labonge. More details on LAist.

* Update @ 10:46 PM: Councilman Garcetti issued a statement with a few more details about the street robberies – four in Silver Lake and six in Echo Park – since the end of December.

Related Post: Map of robbery locations and a brief summary of the Silver Lake community meeting on the attacks. The Eastsider LA

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