LA gangs have found their profitable business in the wealthiest residents in Hollywood.
The LA Times reported that there’d been a surge in robberies, crimes that happened once the victims left luxury boutiques and hotels, ritzy restaurants, nightclubs, and other locations.
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A suspect wanted for a follow-home robbery has been arrested by LAPD Robbery Homicide Detectives.
Cheyenne Hale was arrested & a handgun was found on him. A search warrant of his home yielded 7 more handguns, $21k, and large quantity of drugs.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 12, 2022
A woman is run down and robbed of her watch by gunmen Downtown. It’s one of more than 200 “follow-home” robberies carried out by 17 South L.A. street gangs, the LAPD says. Eyewitness News with the troubling trend frustrating police. Tonight at 11 from ABC7 https://t.co/7mApPOpStw pic.twitter.com/WSxK6wBJNk
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 13, 2022
LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet leads a task force tracking the criminals. The Times added:
In some cases, police determined that gang members inside high-end venues served as “spotters” for those outside, Tippet said, alerting them when wealthy targets were heading out.
Shots have been fired in 23 cases, and two victims have been killed, said Tippet, who also heads the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, which investigates high-profile crimes.
“In my 34 years on the job, I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.
The trend, in a city known for opulence as well as extreme poverty, comes at a time when crime overall is under a microscope — with homicides, shootings and armed robberies all at elevated levels since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and candidates in the city’s ongoing mayoral race denouncing those increases as they vie for voters and wealthy donors.
The report also added that “same suspects keep getting released from jail and reoffending while awaiting trial.”
Furthermore, the report cited a case where 18-year-old Matthey Adams was given as an example.
[Adams] was involved in eight separate follow-off robberies over a sixth-month period starting last fall, including one in which two UCLA students were robbed of two watches worth nearly $145,000 after leaving a club, a second in which two foreign tourists were robbed of watches worth $73,000, and a third in which $51,000 in property was stolen.
During the course of the eight robberies, which occurred between September and February, Adams was arrested three times. The first time was on Jan. 9, when Moore said Adams was found in a car that had been used in one of the robberies and where a gun was also found. Online court records show no charges were ever filed against Adams in that case, suggesting prosecutors were unconvinced they could win a conviction.
Adams was arrested again on Jan. 27 and a third time on Feb. 21, and in both cases charged with illegal gun possession. Court records show he was ordered released each time without having to pay bail. The reason was a pandemic-related rule, aimed at reducing the jail population, that requires L.A. County defendants to be released without posting bail for certain offenses.
Adams couldn’t be reached for comment.
CBS reported that “many as five carloads of people have followed home some targets, swarming them to steal watches, handbags, or cars before they have much of a chance to resist… In one case, a man was arrested this month on suspicion of robbing a victim of two watches worth an estimated $600,000.”
Video of two recent holdups supplied by the LAPD show an “outrageous display of arrogance on the part of these criminals, to think that they can just run amok in our city and terrorize our citizens,” Police Commission President William Briggs said. The report added.