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Weho Police Blotter: Murder, Vehicle Burglary, Domestic Abuse and Child Assault

Of 50 crimes reported in West Hollywood from July 23-29, one was murder, one was domestic abuse, one was child assault and 13 were vehicle burglary -- six of of those cases happened in 900 block of Palm Avenue on Sun., July 29.

There were 50 crimes reported in West Hollywood the week of July 23-29 according to CrimeMapping.com, which aggregates daily crime reported directly from the .

Monday, July 23, 2012

  • 11:08 a.m. Petty theft (shoplifting) in 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 11 p.m. Domestic violence in 8700 block of Shoreham Drive.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • 1 a.m. Petty theft in 8400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 11 a.m. Residential burglary in 1000 block of Vista Street.
  • 2:15 p.m. Petty theft (shoplifting) in 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • 1:38 a.m. Grand theft at Fairfax Avenue and Willoughby Avenue.
  • 2 a.m. Vehicle burglary in 1000 block of Harper Avenue.
  • 7:30 a.m. Petty theft (shoplifting) in 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 8:30 a.m. Residential burglary in 1000 block of Gardner Street.
  • 10 a.m. Child assault in 900 block of Ogden Drive.
  • 3:15 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1200 block of Sweetzer Avenue.
  • 4 p.m. Petty theft in 8600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 5 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1200 block of Havenhurst Drive.
  • 7:45 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1200 block of Havenhurst Drive.
  • 10:30 p.m. Non-aggravated assault in 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard.
  • 11:30 p.m. Petty theft in 800 block of Westmount Drive.
  • 11:30 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1200 block of Sweetzer Avenue.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • 2:04 a.m. Grand theft at La Brea Avenue and Romaine Street.
  • 9:36 a.m. Petty theft in 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 12:43 p.m. Petty theft (shoplifting) in 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 2 p.m. Petty theft (shoplifting) in 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 2 p.m. Petty theft in 8500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 3:30 p.m. Grand theft in 8500 block of Sunset Boulevard.
  • 6 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1200 block of Hayworth Avenue.
  • 9 p.m. Grand theft auto in 8300 block of Clinton Avenue.
  • 9 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1200 block of Flores Street.
  • 9:30 p.m. Petty theft in 800 block of Westmount Drive.
  • 9:40 p.m. Strong-arm robbery at Fountain Avenue and Formosa Avenue.

Friday, July 27, 2012

  • 4:30 p.m. Grand theft in 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard.
  • 4:30 p.m. Burglary in 8200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 6 p.m. Petty theft from auto in 900 block of Kings Road.
  • 6 p.m. Grand theft from unlocked auto in 1300 block of Laurel Avenue.
  • 8:15 p.m. Murder in 1400 block of Fairfax Avenue.
  • 11 p.m. Petty theft from auto in 1200 block of Laurel Avenue.
  • 11 p.m. Grand theft in 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • 12:53 a.m. Vehicle burglary in 600 block of Robertson Boulevard.
  • 7:30 a.m. Petty theft in 8500 block on Sunset Boulevard.
  • 2 p.m. Petty theft from auto in 8100 block of Norton Avenue.
  • 3:30 p.m. Residential burglary in 1200 block of Sweetzer Avenue.
  • 4:40 p.m. Petty theft in 900 block of Larrabee Street.
  • 6 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 1000 block of Hayworth Avenue.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • 1:24 p.m. Petty theft (shoplifting) in 8300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • 4 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 900 block of Palm Avenue.
  • 6:30 p.m. Two cases of Vehicle burglary in 900 block of Palm Avenue.
  • 7:45 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 900 block of Palm Avenue.
  • 8 p.m. Petty theft from auto in 800 block of Hammond Street.
  • 8 p.m. Grand theft auto in 900 block of Palm Avenue.
  • 9:15 p.m. Vehicle burglary in 900 block of Palm Avenue.
  • 10:45 p.m. Petty theft from auto in 900 block of La Jolla Avenue.
Djaluvit August 04, 2012 at 09:00 AM
If the murder on 7/27 in the 1400 block of Fairfax was on the west side of the street before reaching the Rite Aid at Sunset, then it occurred in WEHO. The east side of Fairfax from Fountain up to Sunset is in LA. First the shooting in Plummer Park, now this barely noticed murder on Fairfax, and all those car burglaries on Palm -- no section of our tiny city is escaping what appears to be an escalating crime wave. Let's watch out for each other and quickly call the sheriff's office at 310-855-8850 if we spot suspicious activity.
David August 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'm very surprised that there were 50 crimes in West Hollywood.I live in L.A.near Fairfax and Hollywood Blvd. and I hardly ever see any storm troopers patrolling my neighborhood.Oh I see them driving by on Hollywood Blvd.but hardly ever see them on the side streets.
Wesley McDowell August 04, 2012 at 04:25 PM
In addition to the 6 car burglaries reported here, there were 12 more with 2 stolen cars at 939 Palm in the early morning hours of Monday, July 30. This was reported to Patch but so far there has been no mention anywhere. It does seem that if there were this many car burglaries on the same street in about a 12 hour period someone would want to get the word out. Maybe this will be included next Saturday morning, almost 2 weeks after it happened. Thanks Patch for staying on top of the news and keeping us informed.
Brian Hamilton August 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I just called the West Hollywood sheriffs station and spoke with a very helpful deputy, regarding the criminal homicide which occurred on July 27 in the 1400 block of Fairfax Avenue. I'm curious to know whether an individual suspect is in custody, or is the perpetrator still wanted. The deputy told me that this crime is definitely in LAPD's territory, after asking someone else in the office for verification. So, I would guess that the crime occurred on the east side of Fairfax, or North of the West Hollywood border.
joninla August 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Thank you for explaining the details of your call. You have actually brought up the always problematic situation of criminal activity/acts that occur on any of the streets that make up the most unusual, awkward, irregular boundaries of West Hollywood. I am not sure there is a solution, but with the increasing crime, the 'edges of the city' (which given it's unique mile long but very narrow and the odd inclusions and exclusions throughout - means almost every street/area of the City) continue to leave a gap of Protection from the exact type of situation of not knowing ... is it on the Weho Side or the La Side of the Street. I don't know what the answer to the problem is, but the increasing crime and the violent/deadly nature of so many in the recent past, the City is failing in its basic obligation to ensure adequate Public Safety Services to the residents. I don't want to have to wait for another violent murder in our tiny City for the 'mute' City Council/Leaders to continue to ignore the violence in our city and I make another impassioned plea for leadership ... that will again be ignored with no action (but fancy parking meters - they're up and running overnight - where are the City's Priorities? Public Safety is a mandate the Elected Council took an oath to uphold. Fancy parking meters is a frivolity that at best will squeeze more money for the City and more likely has an element of corruption and misuse of money.
scott ferguson August 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Could you present any evidence to support your claim that the Council is ignoring violence in the city? Someone saying it is ignoring it isn't proof. If they are, it's very to important to know this. So please fill us in. I know different parts of the city have different experiences, but I have never in my life ever felt safer.
scott ferguson August 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Also, I'd like more details on this particular murder. Any murder is terrible, but as far as any of our safety is concerned, if it occurred as part of a robbery or other crime (stranger on stranger) it is a different level of threat than if involves people who know each other (awful, but little or no threat to me). My guess is this was the latter, since a murder on or around Sunset near West Hollywood would if stranger on stranger almost certainly have been big news, since the media always make a much bigger deal of a crime like that in our environs, whereas they ignore it in most of the metro area.
Brian Hamilton August 06, 2012 at 07:20 AM
That is precisely why I would like to know the details about this homicide, Scott. In addition to knowing whether the perpetrator has been apprehended at the scene or is still wanted.
joninla August 06, 2012 at 09:24 AM
If you are directing your inquiry to me, I think you are asking 'would' I provide you 'evidence' rather than 'can I'. Would I present you with evidence on this story and my comment or anything else? Absolutely not. I shall not take time to entertain your bizarre game playing over this or any other past or future issue. You debunk everyone's comments and demand 'proof'. Do your own homework if you care or just go on bloviating with no intent to contribute or even participate in a community discussion as a rational person.
Djaluvit August 06, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Yes, details would be nice. You can get some details (but probably not on the latest crimes) at Monday night's City Council meeting when the "Public Safety Update" is given by city staff and Sheriff Dept. officials. It's Item 4.A. on the agenda -- you can even have 2 minutes to speak about your public safety concerns.
joninla August 06, 2012 at 09:34 AM
You are incorrect in your statement that crime, especially violent crimes, only have the potential of increasing the average incident of such crime for any given area measured. Crime breeds more crime. There are numerous learned theories about why this happens consistently, but there is not certainty about the statistical fact. This is not the first nor an isolated incident of Murder in less than the last year for a city one square mile. The increase has already begun with no single common thread for all the recent murders. But your feel safe. Good for you. I feel neither more or less safe personally, but my concern is for all the people living in our community, the increased threat to the safety of our law enforcement officers that becomes more risky as crime rates rise (and less risky as crime rates go down) and I mostly fear another person or people may become the next victim(s) and that I find very upsetting.
James F. Mills August 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Sheriff's officials say the death on July 27 in the 1400 block of Fairfax Avenue was not a murder, but rather was due to natural causes. http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/death-on-fairfax-avenue-was-due-to-natural-causes
scott ferguson August 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Jon You are the one who made the blanket statement that the supposed big uptick in crime (if it indeed is happening) is the fault of the city council. Your statement. Of course a reasonable person would ask the one stating such a thing to back it up. You can turn it into an attack on me (your usual tactic), but it does nothing to prove your statement. This for me has little to do with West Hollywood (as do most of my opinions, such as on term limits and referenda). In the case of crime statistics, it is demonstrable fact that the American public wildly exaggerates crime rates, encouraged by news media which blasts these stories for ratings and (mostly Republican) politicians who since the 1968 campaign (Richard Nixon) have used the fear of crime to convert voters to their side. Making possibly baseless and unsubstantiated comments about a possible crime wave in West Hollywood is a lesser example of shouting fire in a crowded theater. If you have anything to back up this claim (a murder of unknown cause not actually in West Hollywood doesn't qualify) or how this is the fault of the council, I'd be happy to hear the explanation. It would be useful information for all of us to have.
scott ferguson August 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thanks James for this very important update.
Sandy Pawliger August 06, 2012 at 07:51 PM
more ineptitude by Patch - it never occurred to the editor who put this together that the community might want to know more about a murder and he didn't bother to call homicide until today. Great reporting, dude. BTW - your competitors DID NOT report a murder. Maybe they called the Sheriff instead of just "calling it in?"
joninla August 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Would you be happier to have found out there was no error in the story and somebody had in fact been the victim of a violent homicide? Mis-reporting is common. Needless concern is nothing to make light of, but the concern for the crime rate and homicides in WeHo remains higher than normal/average for our City which has always had a higher than average crime rate than the rest of most of Greater Los Angeles. I am glad to hear there was no homicide, but with with the Plummer Park Incidents and the double-hit coming with the Bus Driver shot and a person Stabbed on nearby Orlando (I believe), I don't think anyone who was concerned after first reading this story, feel any more safe and secure had there not been this error in this one story, given all the other recent stories (and decaying corpses found - stories I found too disturbing to get into the details of those stories) that have become so common recently.
Sandy Pawliger August 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
You bet misreporting on Patch is common. Look at the election stuff the get wrong - they can't even get the numbers and order of candidates right. It's a fine thing that now murders took place, but that's a lot like reporting "dog bites man" instead of the other way around. no news may be good news to you, but in journalism reporting no news as is amatuerish.
Brian Hamilton August 06, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Thank you, James :-)

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