BY LUCY GUANUNA
ECHO PARK — Police are investigating the Monday morning robbery and assault of an elderly man in his home on one of Echo Park’s most desirable streets.
The 73-year-old victim was in his garage in the 2000 block of Park Drive when the suspect broke in and assaulted him at about 10 am, said detective Jeana Franco with LAPD’s Northeast Division.
The suspect, described as an African-American male in his 20s, took the victim’s cell phone and then forced the resident into the back seat of his new Audi SUV, said Franco. As the suspect was pulling the victim’s SUV out of the garage, the victim jumped out of the back seat.
The suspect sped off in the SUV in an unknown direction. The car has yet to be recovered, said Franco.
No further information was available at this time.
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Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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