A block of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park tonight attracted a swarm of police activity after officers responded to a pair of unrelated incidents across the street from each other. With LAPD and media helicopters hovering overhead, police blocked off Sunset Boulevard west of Alvarado Street at about 8: 3o p.m. as Rampart Division officers investigated and detained several persons suspected of selling drugs inside and in front of Lucy’s Laundrymart. Meanwhile, across the street, officers with the Northeast Division pulled over a stolen vehicle they had been following for several blocks. The two events found restaurant patrons and laundrymat customers wondering what was going on as police cars and officers flooded the area. “It got really busy, really fast,” said Sgt. Joel Miller with the Rampart Divison.
Miller said no arrests were made on his case after officers found no narcotics on several suspects, who were released. One individual, however, did flee the scene, he said. Meanwhile, on the north side of Sunset, Northeast Division officers took two males – a father and his 14-year-old son – into custody – after they were pulled over driving a Honda sedan that had been reported stolen from the LAPD’s Pacific Division, said Officer Robert Ruiz. Ruiz said the vehicle had been followed for several blocks after a license plate check revealed it had been stolen. The driver and passenger were taken into custody without incident, he said.