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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Robbers armed with baseball bats assault victims in Echo Park & Franklin Hills

LAPD police helicopter over Echo Park.Police said that a pair of men armed with baseball bats might have been responsible for two separate street robberies and assaults that took place less than an hour apart in  Echo Park and Franklin Hills earlier this week.  Both crimes were reported shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 7 in unlighted areas with little vehicle or foot traffic. One of the victims in the Echo Park robbery, which took place near Laveta Terrace and Scott Avenue, was beaten in the leg; the victim in the Franklin Hill assault near Ames Street and Ben Lomond Place was struck in the head. The Northeast Division in an email alert sent this afternoon said:

“While both crimes occurred miles apart , they have a variety of similarities that have led us to believe that they were committed by the same suspects. The investigations continue, and at this time there is nothing that indicates that the victims were chosen based on sex, descent, race, or sexual[ preference]. It does appear that the most common factor is the location of each crime and time of day. Both areas were dark with little vehicle or foot traffic. It has not been determined if the incidents are gang related.”

Both suspects were described as male Latinos between 16 to 20 years of age who were wearing dark colored hoodies. The suspects were seen driving away from one robbery in a white, four-door sedan, possibly a 1980 model.

Last month, in Silver Lake, robbers also armed with baseball assaulted two men in separate incidents.  Police did not say if the August robberies were connected to this month’s crimes.

Click on the link for the full version of the police alert.

On September 7th, 2010 at approximately 12:05 AM a street robbery occurred in the Echo Park area. The victim, a female, was walking near Laveta Terrace and Scott Avenue with a male friend. Two suspects appraoched on foot, one armed with a baseball bat. They demanded the victims property then struck the victims friend on the leg with the bat. The victim complied and surrendered her property. The suspects then fled the area by vehicle.

Approximately 50 minutes later near Ames Street and Ben Lomond in the Franklin Hills area, a lone male was walking home when he was approached by two suspects that were armed with baseball bats. The suspects demanded his property. When the victim refused and began to scream for help, he was struck on the head with the bat. The suspects fled on foot.

The suspects are described as being male hispanic, approximately 16 to 20 years of age and wearing dark colored hoodie`s. In one incident their vehicle was described as a white 4 door sedan, possibly a 1980`s model.

While both crimes occurred miles apart , they have a variety of similarities that have led us to believe that they were committed by the same suspects. The investigations continue, and at this time there is nothing that indicates that the victims were chosen based on sex, descent, race, or sexual preferance. It does appear that the most common factor is the location of each crime and time of day. Both areas were dark with little vehicle or foot traffic. It has not been determined if the incidents are gang related.

Anyone with any information on these two incidents is urged to contact the Northeast Robbery Detectives at ( 213) 485-2566 or after hours, the Northeast Watch Commander at (213) 485-2563. (DR#101119069 and 011119139)



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14 comments

  1. I live just up the street from Laveta on Scott, and while I don’t normally walk around late at night this is pretty scary. I never walk alone, always with a male companion, but it didn’t stop these guys. Next time I’ll be carrying only my cell phone and a couple of bucks, and leave the purse behind!

  2. I hope the low-flying helicopters that have been aggravating me for the past hour end up capturing these losers.

  3. We used to own a house just right on the corner on Laveta and Scott. The light brownish color dwelling….

  4. I live down the bock, and am sick and tired of ALL the crime going on in the East side… I don’t care if crime is up or down, I’m done with it. No more kids being shot, people walking at night or dodging bullets from a drive by. I’m ready to open carry a hand gun as allowed by state law. Many will say no, I say wait till it’s you who is the victim. Open carry, it’s your right.

  5. More guns is not the answer. Period. And it isn’t the Eastside, that’s across the LA River.

    Years ago there were nightly shots in Echo Park, glad to say I hear them only now and again. It’s popular among a certain segment to believe that a return to the Old West with opening carrying of heat is going to make them safe. False.

  6. I second that: the Eastside is east of the LA River, places like East LA and Boyle Heights.

    Plus it’s true, Echo Park is way safer now than it used to be. The robberies/assaults are because there’s an influx of people with money into the Silver Lake/Echo Park area walking around thinking nothing can happen to them. People should be careful at night anywhere, its common sense. Also if you look like a “hipster” you’re likely to be a victim because you might look: a)rich b)vulnerable c) like you don’t belong.

  7. I never felt as unsafe in 6 years in downtown Washington DC as I do here. And that’s saying something.

    We’ve decided to move downtown when our lease is up. Downtown has a bad rap but if you look at the stats its far safer than here. Also its clearly on a trajectory upwards, while Echo Park…well…clearly it could go either way. Why should we invest in a community that might well be going down? Better to plant roots in a nabe that clearly has a future.

    Thanks idiot teenage criminals! You’ve convinced one family to leave…only a few thousand more to go and you’ll have it all to yourself.

  8. Can you stop saying sexual “preferance” ? It’s orientation. Preference is a choice, orientation is biological. Thanks.

  9. Sonia Martinez Romaih

    I used to live in Echo Park and it was cool until the time I was mugged and then stalked by the people who mugged me. I left Echo Park, moved to Santa Monica and never looked back. it’s the best thing I ever did.

  10. “Downtown has a bad rap but if you look at the stats its far safer than here.”

    That is an absolutely untrue statement. I look at the stats every week on lapdcrimemaps.org and Echo Park is WAY more safe than Downtown. By a longshot. There is no comparison. Downtown is totally crime ridden.

  11. Yeah, but downtown pretty much sucks. And where in downtown DC did you live? Most of DC was pretty safe for the most part. Not much more crime ridden and dangerous than Echo Park, and I lived and worked in DC most of my life.

  12. Chris L:
    I’m a committed Echo Parker, but I like Downtown LA. It is definitely up and coming and has a lot to recommend it. And, you are right, it is only going to get better and it is a good investment. I agree with you about that. But I disagree that it is “safe.” You are absolutely out of your mind, delusional if you think Downtown is “safe”. It borders the largest skid-row in the country. Random, awful crime happens there all the time. If you want safer, I would go with Santa Monica or anywhere in the Westside. Maybe certain parts of the Valley. But not Downtown.

    Also, your statement about DC is incomprehensible to me.There is no way that DC is safer than Echo Park. I have not lived in DC since the 90’s, but back then, nobody I knew ever left Northwest section. Not only did people get robbed on the street all the time, two people I somewhat knew (interns on the hill, etc.) were raped and killed. DC is not a safe city.

    I am going to guess that you lived in NW DC. (But I could be wrong, and correct me if I am.) I would say that NW DC is comparable to the West-side in LA (somewhat multi-cultural, but pretty white and pretty wealthy over-all). So, in that sense, if you are saying that NW DC is safer than Echo Park, I would say, “Yeah, No Duh”. So is the Westside. They have very few poor people there (unlike Echo Park). But Downtown? Come on.

  13. I think the argument over what area is safer is misguided. Each neighborhood has its safe areas, and even unsafe areas can be perfectly fine for inhabitants who are reasonably careful – and vice-versa. I lived downtown for 3 years, between the river and Alameda, near 6th St. Right on the border of skid row. My loft was literally a block away from where Lily Burk was so brutally murdered. Nothing ever happened to me. No mugging, no robbery, not even any threatening behavior from the homeless men who dug in the dumpster by my parking lot every single day. As a matter of fact, some of them were quite helpful to me when I was carrying heavy things out there. 2 years ago I bought a house in Highland Park, right on the border with Eagle Rock – the “safe” part of HP, on a lovely street, with nice, “safe” neighbors. Within 2 months, my home was broken into and robbed. All my nice neighbors saw it happening and did nothing.

    It’s just the luck of the draw. I had the same experience years ago, when I lived in Echo Park, up in the hills on Altivo Way. This was 25 years ago, way before Echo Park got gentrified. Nothing ever happened. Everyone was nice, everyone was welcoming, I loved living in the neighborhood. I moved to Seattle, to a really white, middle-class neighborhood, and my house was broken into and robbed – twice.

    Go figure.

  14. My son & nephew were robbed in a very similar manner last Saturday nite, 10/9/10. Same MO – late nite, young guys, baseball bat, hoodies taking their wallets & cell phones. My boys got the license # of the car, but we have not heard anything from the police and have never gotten any phone call returned by them. Come on LAPD – you’ve got em on a silver platter if you’ll knock on a door!

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