A Silver Lake family is warning neighbors to be on the look out for a man who chased down and beat their 20-year-old daughter as she took a walk on Sunday night in the hills near Sunset Junction. The attempted robbery took place at about 9 PM near Maltman Avenue and Winslow Drive south of Sunset Boulevard, according to LAPD crime information via Everyblock.com The woman was out for regular stroll when she was chased by a man – described as a light skinned African American or Latino male with a goatee wearing hip-hop style clothing – who knocked her down and punched her repeatedly as he tried to take her shoulder bag, said the mother of the victim. “He had the chance to run off with her bag [but he] continued to … hit her on the head and punch her in the face,” said the woman who did not want her name or her daughter’s name revealed. “It was just a horrible experince for my daughter and our family.”
The Sunday night attempted robbery took place one day after a woman was shot in the arm in northern Silver Lake during an attempted purse snatching on Glendale Boulevard. The mother of the victim in Sunday’s attack said the robber – who was hearing a blue sweat shirt and a grey sweat pants and hat – has not been apprehended as far she knows. Detectives with the Rampart Division said they are not aware of the man being involved in other attacks, she said. In the meantime, the woman is preparing to distribute flyers across the neighborhood to warn other residents of the Sunset Junction area, where another violent robbery took place last month on Sunset Boulevard near Goldent Gate Ave.
“We are happy here. We never had a problem [like this] before,” said the woman. But “we just want everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times walking around the Sunset Junction area, especially walking at night up in the hills.”
* Update: Some readers have noted that Silver Lake residents concerned about neighborhood crime can attend a previously scheduled meeting – hosted by the Silver Lake Improvement Assn. and the LAPD – on Thursday, April 15 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held at Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 650 Micheltorena St.