An Echo Park woman who lives on Valentine Street north of Baxter Street heard some shuffling outside her bedroom Wednesday morning followed by a loud noise. She went to looked out the window to find someone else looking in – a young man in a hooded sweat shirt who had broken off the screen. “I yelled at him and motioned for him to get out,” said the woman in an email.” He took off up the hill into our backyard and then was gone.”
The suspect was later seen by a neighbor changing sweatshirts and running down the public stairway that leads from Princeton Street down to the Dash bus stop at Echo Park and Donaldson Avenue. That’s where police apparently apprehended the suspect:
what I said and they caught the guy sitting on a wall at the bottom of the stairs (possibly waiting for a bus?), with the sweatshirt tucked beneath his arm,” said the woman, who did not want her name revealed. “At the end, he admitted he did it (I think he’s pretty young, possibly a minor, but not sure…) They said he lives in Compton but used to live in Echo Park, so he knew the area. Officially, because he broke the screen, he’ll be charged with burglary.”
The LAPD Crime map shows that a burglary was reported at Echo Park and Donaldson at about 10:15 AM.
* Update: The suspect – 18-year-old Jonathan Fuguemann of Compton – “may be responsible for other burglaries,” said Lt. Steven Flores with the LAPD Northeast Division. “We got a break in that an attentive resident saw him breaking into a house in the 2200 block of Valentine St.,” Flores said via email. “Quick response by uniformed officers was able to lead to his capture a short distance away. He admitted to the crime.”
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