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Monday, September 26, 2016

Bullet hole marks the spot of Echo Park’s most recent bike theft

NeighborhoodWatchLogo.JPGHow brazen are bike thieves? An Echo Park woman who lives in the 1800 block of Montrose Street near Echo Park Lake describes  how she and her boyfriend watched a trio of young men walk off with his blue beach cruiser from their apartment building early Sunday morning. The trio ignored the couple’s taunts and threats to call the police. One of the thieves even asked to be photographed. Then things got serious when one of the men pulled out a gun:

“My boyfriend shouted from the balcony, “I hope your mom likes my bike!” One of the boys (black rimmed glasses) yelled “don’t say sh*t about my mom” and pulled out a pistol and shot at my boyfriend. This was about 3am this morning (Sunday, 7/25/10). He missed, thank goodness, but the bullet is lodged in the side of our apartment building, only about 2 feet below where my boyfriend was standing.”

Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division said detectives have been assigned to follow up on the incident.  “What they’ll do is contact the victims (which they likely already have done) to see if there are any details that the victims have recalled since the incident, and do a more thorough canvass of the neighborhood.”

Click on the link below to read a more detailed account of the bike theft.

“We live on Montrose near Glendale Blvd. by the park… just last night, 3 guys (16-20 years old probably) dressed in black hoodies (with their hoods up) came onto our balcony (it’s accessible by the main stairs) and took my boyfriend’s bike that had been sitting there for a few days while being repaired. It was a royal blue beach cruiser with red tires (not rims, but bright red tires).

We heard the gate so we went outside and saw them taking the bike down the stairs and onto the street – not even shocked that we were talking to them and watching them take it. I asked them if they wanted me to call the cops now or to wait until they were gone. One kid told me to take a picture. My boyfriend said, “I hope that speed tastes good” (assuming they’re selling it for drugs I suppose). My boyfriend shouted from the balcony, “I hope your mom likes my bike!” One of the boys (black rimmed glasses) yelled “don’t say sh*t about my mom” and pulled out a pistol and shot at my boyfriend. This was about 3am this morning (Sunday, 7/25/10). He missed, thank goodness, but the bullet is lodged in the side of our apartment building, only about 2 feet below where my boyfriend was standing.

Be on the lookout – these kids/young men are about 5’9″ to 5’10″, Latino, the “rocker”/”skater”/”emo” type – one has long hair almost to his chest. In addition to the black hoodies, the rest of their clothes were black.

We reported this to the police – I suggest you guys keep reporting anything like this, or report if you see these type of kids hanging around at night.

**The eerie thing is that they were all so calm while we were watching them from our balcony walk away with the bike and very calm when engaging in conversation with my boyfriend – of course until the guy got angry and shot. But even after the shooting, they walked away calmly, no running, nothing.”



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8 comments

  1. Jesus. Taking a few moments to process this so I don’t rage-comment.

    In the meantime, I’m really glad this couple wasn’t hurt or killed.

  2. why didnt her boyfriend simply pull out his own firearm and shoot back?

  3. In Silver LakeMy neighbor on Kenilworth, had a creepily similar incident. She tells me that she watched 2 young men walk down the driveway and around the back of the house across the street, steal a bicycle, and walk out. When she called out to the from her balcony, they shrugged her off. She called it in to the cops a few days before the above took place.

    Bill Bratton’s ‘Broken Windows’ approach to crime fighting seems especially valid here. Sometimes petty theft is just that, sometimes it is the beginning of something more. The police need to take notice. And maybe they are– last night, 2:30am, a police helicopter was circling with searchlight. The center of the circle seemed to be Ivanhoe school.

  4. Aldo Thee Apache

    The police really need to do more about ‘minor’ crimes like this and graffiti.
    It ceases to be minor when residents catch these shits in action and get shot at.
    The solution is pretty simple:
    Lock a bike in the park at night and wait. No doubt those same little perps will descend upon it. Pop them and it’s no longer petty theft when you find their gun.
    Ditto for gang tagging. There’s a wall a block from me that gets hit almost every single day, the same spot incidentally where a 6 year old was gunned down last year. Paint the wall white, hide in an unmarked van, wait for armed vandal to spraypaint wall. Problem solved.
    Funny how the LAPD has all the money in the world to build themselves a new police station and a fancy new park downtown, but cry ‘sorry, woefully underfunded’ when it comes to taking care of such low hanging fruit as these brazen criminals above.
    Maybe someone should do what the city of Bell did.

  5. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division

    We utilize sting operations of the type you described, usually once a month at minimum. One example:

    http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2010/05/echo-park-bike-busts/

    If you’d like to assist us in our efforts and make your community better, please contact me. One of our core values is quality through continuous improvement. We cannot implement that improvement on our own, and concerned citizens with good ideas are a valuable resource.

    Wes
    (213) 484-3400
    [email protected]

  6. So any of you “Dirty Harry” wannabees willing to take Lt. Buhrmester up on his offer to help reduce these types of quality of life crimes? You’re either part of the solution of part of the problem, if you do nothing then you are part of the problem.

  7. yikes… that’s right around the corner from me. good thing my last bike got stolen over a year ago and i never replaced it.

  8. to vietnamese frankenstein–probably because killing someone over a bike is insane

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