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Police search triggers traffic jam in Echo Park*

Police divert northbound Glendale Boulevard traffic on to Bellevue Avenue

Los Angeles police officers have blocked off Glendale Boulevard in both directions next to Echo Park Lake early this evening as they search for an armed robbery suspect. All surrounding streets — Alvarado, Temple, Bellevue and others — are jammed with cars, trucks and buses  whose drivers are trying to find their way out of the mess. Meanwhile, residents who live at or near the intersection of Clinton Street and Belmont Avenue, including those at the Lago Vista condos above Echo Park Lake, have not been able to reach their homes because police sealed off streets where they are conducting their search. One officer who was diverting traffic at Glendale and Bellevue Avenue said one suspect was still at large shortly after 6 p.m.

A black sedan (pictured below) believed to be connected to the search could be seen behind police lines on Clinton Street near the Lago Vista complex.

Photo by Echo Park resident

* Update: Five suspects, including a 16-year-old  driver, were apprehended, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester of the Rampart Division in a comment to this post. “This incident began as a strong-arm robbery at 4:20 pm, at the restaurant at 534 N. Hoover St. Three young males got out of a black Ford Fusion and accosted a pedestrian, robbing him of his laptop. They got into the car and left. A bystander recorded the license plate number and phoned the police. The car, with a disabled persons license plate, turned out to have been reported stolen in Buena Park earlier today.”



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24 comments

  1. It’s been a traffic-plagued week for Echo Park, especially when the power went out.

  2. I bet that went nicely with backed up traffic towards the 2 from the rush hour closure of the 5 today …

  3. I witnessed a robbery at Cafecito Organico on Hoover this afternoon (laptop theft/ assualt) and they got away in a black sedan which had been reported stolen earlier today. Might be the same guys. I hope the police got the thieves and recovered the laptop and whatever else these guys stole on their crime spree.

    PS- Be alert and careful with your laptops and personal belongings when you’re working outside. I sit at Cafecito to work all the time and it never hit me how easy it is for someone to run up and just grab your computer and run. Luckily no one was hurt.

  4. This incident began as a strong-arm robbery at 4:20 pm, at the restaurant at 534 N. Hoover St. Three young males got out of a black Ford Fusion and accosted a pedestrian, robbing him of his laptop. They got into the car and left. A bystander recorded the license plate number and phoned the police. The car, with a disabled persons license plate, turned out to have been reported stolen in Buena Park earlier today.

    At 5:20 pm, Rampart officers saw the car, with five occupants, at Glendale Blvd. and Bellevue Ave. A stop was attempted, and the car’s driver fled. A short pursuit resulted, with the car crashing into a fence in the area of Clinton St. and Belmont Ave. A containment was established, and all five were taken into custody. The investigation regarding the robbery and auto theft are continuing, and appropriate charges are being initiated. The suspect driving the car was 16 years old, on probation for auto theft, and was wearing a monitoring bracelet on his ankle as terms of his probation when detained. Robbery and auto theft detectives from Rampart and Northeast divisions are investigating. Minor injuries were reported only to one suspect, who fell from a tree while attempting to escape. No force was used by officers. The canine unit responded, however was not used, and shortly after arrival cleared for another request elsewhere in the city.

    I’ll update the post as developments occur.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  5. About that monitoring bracelet… Was anyone monitoring it? Like while he robbed people and stole cars?

  6. Thank you for the update and great work!

  7. Good job guys!

  8. Great job, LAPD. Hats off to the boys and gals in Blue who put their lives on the line every day!

  9. they must’ve shot homeboy with a tranquilizer dart and WOMP out the tree he fell. that happened to me once.

  10. Lt. Wes, Is it common practice for responding officers who are maintaining a perimeter to LIE OUTRIGHT about what is going on to prevent someone from getting to their home inside the perimeter? I was told by the officer at Santa Ynez and Bonnie Brae that police and gangsters were engaged in a GUN BATTLE and it was not safe for me to go home and basically told me to GTFO. I found another way home that wasn’t blocked, and learned from another officer outside my house that was not the case at all. Seems sort of irresponsible to me, whatever the officer’s intentions.

    • Ryan,

      Our officers are expected to be professional at all times, and it is expected citizens will inquire as to the nature of a road closure. If you like, e-mail me and please tell me where this contact took place, and describe the officer. I know everyone that was out there, and I’ll speak with him or her. You needn’t give your full name or description.

      Wes
      [email protected]
      (213) 484-3400

  11. Who cares what he told you? The fact is you couldn’t go through! Get it through your head, no means no! Stop being a cry baby!!!!

    • Agreed Tommy !
      @Ryan
      Im sure information was muddled at best in the heat of it all .
      Would you rather the officer say , ” i don’t know whats going on , but go
      ahead and go through ”
      Than have some moron shoot at you or run you down with their car ?
      Be real .

    • thanks officer tommy! wow…. just… wow.

  12. Yeah, like Thomas Jefferson said: Never, ever question authority!

    • I’m afraid the previous commenters would have no clue who Thomas Jefferson is… it’s unfortunately not rare for the uneducated to be willing to be lied to.

  13. Armed suspects in a stolen car running through houses, Why would you want to go home and deal with that. Great Job LAPD

  14. Great job, LAPD…….and thanks to Lt. Buhrmester for your always helpful and cogent posts!

  15. This article stated incident happened around 4:20pm. I live on the corner of Sunset Blvd. & Boylston St. Traffic was already backed up from bumper to bumper around 1 pm when I was driving. So I really don’t know what caused the horrible traffic earlier in the afternoon, since I’ve moved to the area for 2 months now and have never seen Sunset Blvd being this way.

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