Echo Park vandals take aim at buses

The recent surge in vandalism – from the tagging of walls and trees to stone throwing at cars and homes – across Echo Park and Elysian Heights has also involved attacks on Dash buses that run on Echo Park Avenue. “They are getting rocks thrown at them,” said Bobby Hill, the LAPD senior lead officer for Echo Park, at last night’s meeting of the Echo Park Improvement Assn.

The rock throwing, tagging and other acts of vandalism prompted the LAPD to ask for help in looking for a group of youths aged 12 to 14 who are believed to be responsible for most of the problem in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. Hill said he believes the young trouble makers are being spurred on “to make their presence known” by older members of the Echo Park gang.

Overall reported in crime in Echo Park, however, fell 14% in 2009 compared to the previous year, Hill said.

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