Woman beaten in attempted Silver Lake street robbery *

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.


  1. The victim's family would also like to extend most heartfelt thanks to the neighbors who heard the screaming and were so brave to come out risk their lives help. The victim is a good person who would do the same to help someone else. Without the neighbors brave actions, this could've been much worse. We need to stick together and fight back when necessary. Again, thank you neighbors.

  2. Scary stuff. Glad to have this site to alert us, otherwise we'd have no idea. Thanks, Eastsider.

  3. hope he tries me. I caught a guy in my house about a year ago. LAPD hauled him off bloody and broken after he tried to assault me.

  4. does anyone know with the seemingly sharp increase in violent crime in the area if the police/community are doing anything new to fight against it? as a resident here, it's getting pretty scary.

  5. On Thursday, April 15, the Silver Lake Improvement Association (SLIA) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are hosting a community meeting at the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (650 Micheltorena St.). The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to raise concerns and offer suggestions for keeping their community safe. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

  6. A terrible experience for the poor girl – even more terrible though is the "you might also like:" and the subsequent story options – gee, I don't know, they're all my favoritesWhat is the world coming to?

  7. i wish i could make it to the community meeting tonight. if anyone goes, would love to hear about what is discussed. thanks!

  8. I'll be there and I intend to take notes and hope to learn and share ideas.

  9. The meeting was helpful. There are plans to alert the community about the numerous robberies and property thefts around Silverlake. They encouraged everyone to sign up for the LAPD Northeast Newsletter available by going to http://www.lapdonline.org/ and sign up for e-policing, view crime maps by address, etc. and sharing information with neighbors about observations around the streets. From what I gathered at the meeting, it is clear the divisions surrounding Silverlake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, etc. are overrun with crime and we as a community need to maintain a proactive attitude and prevent crime at the neighborhood level. We do this by not making ourselves a victim: not walking alone at night, not leaving ANYTHING in a locked vehicle and being aware of our surroundings at all times. We also need to maximize our resources by using 911 only when there is a crime in progress and not for property theft. One person asked if 911 calls took longer to respond to and the police advised everyone that was not the case. It came to mind later that everyone using a cell phone as their primary telephone should be sure to update their emergency address with their cell phone company, making sure college students using a family cell service have their address adjusted to their college location. Several members of the community complained about people digging through the recycle bin and a couple of people made what I felt was a sad assumption that most of those people are capable of criminal activity. The fact that they are willing to dig through the garbage to find something to recycle for cash is indicative of a work ethic and maybe some morals. A robber has NO work ethic. Sorry, I'm not a writer!

  10. Agree – those who scavenge through the trash have a tremendous work ethic, and for the most part are very respectful of those from whom they are scavenging.

  11. I received an email today that Northeast's Division Neighborhood Prosecutor has been reassigned and there will not be an immediate replacement. I have to wonder if that will impact crime in our community.

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