HIGHLAND PARK — The neighborhood’s nightlife has grown more lively with the arrival of new bars, restaurants and music venues along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard. But now police have issued a warning to the patrons of these establishments and residents in general about a recent string of late-night street robberies.
There have been six robberies along the York and Figueroa corridors in July, with most of them taking place the week of the 15th, said Senior Lead Officer Mark Allen with LAPD’s Northeast Division. The robberies have occurred late at night or in the early morning hours when the bars and restaurants that line the streets are closing, said Allen. Victims have had their phones, wallets and cash taken.
One suspect has been apprehended in relation to a robbery and another suspect is being sought by police. The suspects are described as Latino males in their early 20s. The incidents are not believed to be related, said Allen.
While police often advise persons to walk in pairs late at night, that safety tactic has not deterred these robbers who “are out there searching for someone,” Allen said. In fact, pairs of victims were robbed in parking lots.
“Robbers are looking for the element of surprise,” Allen said. “When your face is buried in your phone or you’re not paying attention is when you can become a victim. Just be vigilant and know your surroundings.”
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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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