The New Year begins with a midnight robbery for an Angeleno Heights couple *

NeighborhoodWatchLogo.JPGThis holiday season was not a very merry one for an Angeleno Heights woman and her husband. First, the woman and a group of friends were harassed by some men last month as they sang Christmas carols along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, with a man throwing a sucker punch at one of the carolers. Then, in a separate incident early this Sunday, the woman and her husband were robbed at gun point as they walked back to their home:

“My husband and I had taken the bus home and were walking
back to our place around 12:15 am up Douglas, south of Sunset when two guys drove up, parked on the east side of Allison, then walked briskly across the street and held us up at gunpoint on a not so well lit part of the sidewalk. Thank God they just took our wallets and my husband’s phone before running back off in their cars and driving out to Pasadena.”

How did she know the men headed to Pasadena? Her husband’s phone was equipped with a GPS system. The woman, who said the crime was reported to police, wanted to warn other residents to be on the lookout. She said that the robbers -described as two, heavy-set Latinos about 5′-10″ inches tall with short cropped hair – drove up in a dark-colored four-door sedan, maybe a Toyota.

“It just pisses me off,” said the woman, who did not want her name revealed. “What’s great about Echo Park is that it’s a neighborhood- I just hate it when some people take the neighborly part out.

Updated January 5: From Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division: “We are in possession of the report, and our detectives will contact the victims to ascertain if there is follow-up information, or any details that may have been left out of the initial responding officer’s report.

We will also offer the victims our assistance, if they would like us to contact the field deputy for the City Councilperson for that area (CD1, Mr. Reyes) regarding the feasibility of better street lighting. These folks were exercising awareness, however sometimes if the predators move quickly and unexpectedly, one can still become a victim of crime. I’m glad they weren’t injured.”

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