Police searching for robbery suspect in Echo Park

There is more trouble today in central Echo Park, with police searching for a robbery suspect on Logan Street near Sunset Boulevard, a police officer at the scene said. Police had Logan Street blocked off  between Sunset Boulevard and Park Avenue as an LAPD helicopter hovered overhead. Police were advising residents who were trying to drive into the area that the street would be blocked for a while.

The search began only a few hours after a bomb scare one block away from tonight’s police activity forced the closure of Sunset Boulevard. Police destroyed what appeared to be a suitcase left in the middle of the Walgreens parking lot at Logan Street and Sunset Boulevard after a suspicious package was reported.


  1. I was wondering! Just came home and saw the cops and the helicopter is right above us. I guess I won’t walk to the taco truck for food…..Thank you for keeping us in the loop! The Eastsider is seriously my source for neighborhood news.

  2. I was watching the debate. Please keep us updated on what happened… I live around the area.

  3. Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division

    Good morning, Eastsiders LA. Regarding the containment, at 6:18 pm, officers received a call of a possible assault with a firearm just occurred. A caller was at a location near Echo Park Ave. & Park Ave., attempting to collect on a debt owed him by an ex-girlfriend. While he was doing so, the woman’s current beau pulled a handgun on him. The male was also reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine. Officers staged at a nearby loction with the caller, and formulated a “game plan,” then went to the house to make contact.

    At that point, the caller said he saw the suspect on foot in the area. Since he was reported to be in possession of a firearm and under the influence of narcotics, officers set up a perimeter and initiated a ground search. He was unable to be found, and at about 7:40 pm, the containment was concluded. A report was taken and the matter referred to detectives, as inconsistencies in the caller’s version of events clouded his statement. The female was interviewed and not held.

    We apologize for those inconvenienced by the perimeter, they are not initiated on a whim, a threshold for a threat to public safety and the suspect’s capture must be met before one is. Trust me, having been there, officers do not like denying access to good residents any more than you folks like being turned away. But if you have a question about being able to get home, contact an officer, tell them where you are trying to go, and see if they can escort you. They are under instructions on what areas are absolutely closed for access, and what areas may allow escorts.

    (213) 484-3400

  4. Thank you, Lt. Buhrmester! It’s good to see the LAPD weigh in on these matters and give advice/updates. The neighborhood would be a lot less enjoyable to live in if we saw police activity with no explanation.

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