Two Suspects Arrested in Robberies in the Silver Lake Area

February 11, 2009 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

This is from the LA Times Blog today.  After purchasing pepper spray and carrying it with me during walks with my dog, I am glad to hear that there has been some closure to this awful situation.  One of the things I love most about Silver Lake is how safe I feel here.  Let’s hope the community continues to galvanize to prevent events such as this from happening again… read on.

Two suspects arrested in robberies in the Silver Lake area

4:13 PM, February 10, 2009

City and police officials this afternoon announced the capture of two juvenile gang members who were allegedly involved in a string of robberies in the Silver Lake area. The arrests were made Saturday by undercover officers tracking local gang members believed to be responsible for the robberies, said Capt. Bill Murphy of the LAPD’s Northeast Division. Two males–a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were taken into custody on suspicion of armed robbery. A search warrant at their homes led to the recovery of several items connecting them to the robberies, Murphy said. The suspects are believe to have committed two of the four violent robberies near Hyperion and Rowena avenues, Murphy said. A third incident occurred in the LAPD’s Rampart Division, he said. The suspects, Murphy said, lived near Los Feliz. Residents became aware of the robberies after a man was severely beaten shortly after midnight Jan. 31 near Rowena and Hyperion. The attack left residents on edge, believing that the assault was a hate crime. But city and police officials quickly downplayed the rumors. “We have no evidence at all that that is the case. We believe [the victims] were just targeted because they made the best robbery victims that they could find,” Murphy said. “The victims ranged from juvenile to adults of different races. The commonality is that they were single males and that [the robberies] occurred late at night.” In most of the nine robberies, the suspects used a gun or knife to take wallets, cellphones and iPods from their victims, Murphy said. Six robberies occurred in the Echo Park area from Dec. 30th through Jan. 21st, Murphy said. Most of the incidents occurred along the Sunset corridor, from Alvarado Street to Vermont Avenue, where several eclectic restaurants, bars and nightclubs are situated. “We have a very simple message for those who will continue to commit crimes in our community: You will get caught, and you will go to jail. Today we see an evidence of that,” said Councilman Eric Garcetti, whose district includes Silver Lake and Echo Park. “These are our streets, not their streets,” he said. –Ruben Vives

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