Echo Park armed robbers crash vehicle into building after police pursuit


ECHO PARK —  Two armed suspects who held up Uber customers waiting for their ride crashed their getaway vehicle into an empty building after a brief pursuit early this morning, police said.

The suspects with a handgun walked up to the Uber customers at about 3 a.m. near Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street and told them to hand over their possessions, said Lt. Richard Parks with the LAPD Northeast Division.  As police arrived on the scene, the victims saw the suspects in a Prius. Officers pursued the vehicle until it crashed into an apartment building under construction at Temple and Coronado streets in Historic Filipinotown.

One of the suspects was apprehended and a gun recovered from the scene, Parks said. The other suspect remains at large.

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  1. Thanks LAPD for getting one of the robbers and a gun. Would it be too much to ask that witnesses give police information one the guy who got away? If you’re afraid to do so how about emailing or calling anonymously?

    As the victims recognized the guys when they saw them in their car, how about giving public the descriptions, also? At least for the one who’s still loose.

    To provide anonymous tips, text CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone and begin the message with the letters LAPD.

    You may submit an anonymous tip anytime, anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)

    • OneOfThreeVictims

      We actually didn’t see him. Contrary to the story, he stayed in the car during the robbery. However, I suspect he looked like a male with masculine features. Probably somewhere between 5’4″ and 6’2″. Probably 150-250lbs. He was *not* African-American. I recognized the car by the license plate number when they pulled into the gas station where we were filing the police report. The police know what we know, so no, it would not be too much to ask. Would you like anything else?

      • I did not mean to offend you, and I was not asking that you, one of the victims, give informarion to the public, but that the police do so and that the media pass information along. Perhaps you’re not aware of the atmosphere of fear and apathy which surrounds those witnessing crimes in many areas of our city. They see nothing. Anyway, if there are witnesses to this crime, not victims, my request is the same…report to the police.

        • One further comment. I live less than half a mile from where you were robbed.

        • Not everyone is afraid, a large number of people that have grown up in Los Angeles just don’t tell the cops anything because they don’t believe in snitching, and/or they have a don’t-talk-to-cops rule that’s an often natural extension of growing up in our city. Or it just may be cause it was happening to yuppie gentrifiers (they love to use Uber, and act like they are too cool to be touched by crime thereby not having an understanding of the mechanics of street crime and it’s subtle cues that mark someone as a viable victim) and people just don’t give very many sh*ts when they see a crime committed against members of that demographic. And that’s the real deal. So don’t assume that everybody is scared. A lot of people just don’t care if yuppies get got, and that’s just the way it goes.

          • I have to agree with Smear.

          • I was born and grew up in Los Angeles and never had that attitude.

            Not caring if someone is robbed at gunpoint, just because they may be new to the neighborhood, is almost sad if it weren’t so reprehensible.

          • If yuppies look out for other people regardless of class and race, and actually report crimes when they happen, then I’m glad that pretty soon they will have taken over all of echo park and the surrounding areas. Out with the old, please!

  2. neighborhood informant

    Temple Street is too active there hide out aint too far from there either its in the alleys all three going into coronado and plata behind the convalescent home and the cops still can’t stop them graffiti everywhere.

  3. Plata st.once notorious for Cocaine sales, now has a neighborhood watch.
    Good Luck to You.

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