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Elderly Echo Park man assaulted and robbed in his own home

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.

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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7 comments

  1. Thanks for the report and head’s up. So glad the gentleman was able to get away. Any video around the area?

  2. this is so awful

  3. LA has never been cleaner and safer.

  4. My favorite part of this is how people on The Eastsider facebook page are jumping on this (and similar crime stories) to say ” See gentrification can’t stop crime! So glad an old person was robbed and beaten, maybe that’ll keep those hipsters out!”

    Meanwhile, the guy that was robbed probably was some innocent hispanic guy who lived here his whole life, and The Eastside Readers are literally cheering for this crime in hopes that hipsters will get scared.. lol, who wants to break the news to them that hispters don’t read online news or care about crime?

    • Beverly D'Angeleno

      People are still complaining about gentrification? Man, that ship sailed five years ago. The only gentrification happening now is that the hipsters are being priced out by the yuppies.

      • Yes, people are definitely still complaining about gentrification, although I see a lot less flying Mexican flags these days.

        I personally have a problem with this notion that crime and detritus is acceptably synonymous with Eastside neighborhoods. I really think as a community, we should be striving for something better for ourselves and fellow community members. It’s time to stop calling these neighborhoods “the hood” and more importantly, it’s time to stop defending acts like this and start calling them what they are – heinous crimes committed by criminals that belong in jail and stripped of their freedom and rights (and I’m not overly concerned with criminals’ rights at this point in time).

  5. Our all talk no action Senior Lead Officer shares the blame.

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