Job search leads to jail for Glassell Park gang member

Consider this a lesson in how not get a get a job. Glendale police on Tuesday arrested 26-year-old Luis Leon, a reputed Glassell Park gang member, after he got into a fight with a rival gang member from Highland Park as the two men were looking for work at an employment center, according to the Glendale News-Press. The fight began outside the Verdugo Jobs Center on Central Avenue after a group of men that included Leon were entering the building as the Highland Park gang member was leaving, police said. One of the members of Leon’s group bumped into the Highland Park gang member and asked where he was from. Soon after a fight broke out, and Leon and another man chased the Highland Park gang member into the street.  Said a Glendale police officer:

“They demonstrated their people skills to potential employers,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Leon, who was one of many Glassell Park gang members named in a federal indictment, was on probation in connection with selling drugs, said the News-Press.


  1. It can be sad and tragic, but ultimately people are going to be who they are.

  2. That Sgt is has a good line in quips

  3. I blame society.

  4. Get their asses in jail and let them rot.

  5. I am glad to see that these young men are looking for jobs. I do believe in second chances and would hope they try again and leave old grudges behind.

  6. Eh, working is overrated. It’s not nearly as fun or productive as fighting someone because he lives one neighborhood away from you.


  8. Eriberto Aguilar

    You know, because a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do, I guess…

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