For the second time this week, police have closed off streets in Angeleno Heights and an LAPD helicopter is hovering overhead as officers search this morning for a burglary suspect who eluded them two days ago. This morning’s search began after 10 a.m. when detectives spotted the man — described as a light-complexioned, male Latino with no shirt and black shorts – who is believed to live in the area, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. “We think he’s contained within someone’s backyard,” Buhrmester said.
Residents should call 911 if they see him. A police canine unit is on the way to assist in the search.
Last night, a helicopter hovered over Angeleno Heights during another police search. One resident was told it involved a burglary suspect but Buhrmester had no details about that incident.
Update: The suspect was apprehended shortly before 1 p.m. near Sunset Boulevard and Laveta Terrace, said Buhrmester. He provided more details about the suspect:
Arrested was Joseph Gutierrez, 34, Los Angeles. He was booked at our Metropolitan Detention Center for burglary, due to a crime reported at 12:15 am on September 28, 2011. He was chased two times prior to today, thus the conflicting reports of his being in custody. He is also being investigated for up to four other break-ins in the Sunset Blvd. area in the last week or so. He is not known to have hurt anyone, and is believed to be involved only in property crimes.