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North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Area detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects.

On March 20, 2021, around 4:20 p.m., the suspects followed the victim out of a store and into a parking lot located near Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue. Suspect-1 pointed a dark colored firearm at the victim. The victim, in fear, ran to the other side of his car. Suspect-1 opened the victim's driver's side door and took a French Bulldog puppy out of the victim's vehicle. The Suspects then fled location on foot with the French Bulldog puppy.

Suspect-1 is described as a male, Hispanic, approximately 20-years-old with brown hair, brown eyes. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He was wearing black shoes, blue jeans, camouflage jacket, and red hat worn backwards with a distinctive "Gauge" earring.

Suspect-2 is described as a male, Hispanic, around 20-years-old, with brown hair, brown eyes. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He was wearing white shoes, blue jeans, and black sweater.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact North Hollywood Robbery Detectives, Detective Kojima at 818-754-8426 or 818-754-8424. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 323-846-6553 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

Unlawful Assembly Declared at Echo Park NR21095dm

March 26, 2021
As of this morning, the streets surrounding the Echo Park area are open for through traffic.


Last night, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) continued to deploy officers in the area of Echo Park in support of the announced park closure and to ensure the safety of the surrounding community. Our ongoing operations are the result of intensive collaboration with Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and his staff, the Mayor's office, Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks, and housing and other service providers at Echo Park.

An unlawful assembly was declared, and several dispersal orders were given in the area of Lemoyne Street and Park Avenue after numerous individuals amongst the protestors within the large crowd used high-powered LED strobe lights directed at officers' eyes causing temporary blindness. Repeated attempts to have the individuals stop their dangerous actions were unsuccessful. Efforts to isolate and remove those individuals were met with hostility and physical resistance from the larger crowd. Once the decision was made to initiate arrests, the crowd was surrounded and individually taken into custody without incidence of force or injury.

There were 182 arrests for 409 PC, Failure to Disperse, last night. During the course of the arrests, three individuals identified themselves as members of the media. Additional individuals identified themselves as members of the National Lawyers Guild. All were released at scene without further action.

Two officers sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment and released.

During the course of the protests there was damage caused to a marked LAPD vehicle and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's office on Sunset Boulevard was vandalized.

There were instances where less lethal devices were fired by officers during protest activities in the surrounding community in response to projectiles thrown at officers. Less lethal projectiles used by officers included (3) rounds of 37 MM, (1) round of 40 MM, and (6) rounds of Bean bags.

This morning, the last two individuals remaining inside the park declined repeated offers for housing from the service providers. Both persons were arrested without incident for Los Angeles Municipal Code sections 63.44 (B) (26) (d) Prohibition on erecting a tent in a City park and 63.44 (B) (7) Prohibition on using park areas or facility for a purpose contrary or inconsistent to its specific or designated purpose.

The Los Angeles Police Department thanks the Echo Park community for their patience last night. The Department continues to be committed to supporting our social service partners and elected officials in providing effective shelter and services for those persons experiencing homelessness. Echo Park remains closed to the public as sanitation crews begin clean-up operations.

The department remains committed to facilitating freedom of speech and requests that individuals express their views peacefully and lawfully.

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Echo Park: On March 25, 2021, about 8:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Officers deployed to assist with the Echo Park closure encountered a large group of protestors near Lemoyne Street and Park Avenue in the vicinity of Echo Park Lake. Extraordinary efforts were made to allow for a peaceful assembly and display of 1st Amendment-protected activity. Unfortunately, several instigators in the crowd demonstrated a willful intent to disrupt the peaceful activity and began to use strobe lights against the officers, an activity that has the potential to cause significant injury to the eyes. An unlawful assembly was declared by the Incident Commander after the unlawful activity of individuals threatened the safety of the officers and all those present.

The declaration was announced at least 5 times in a period of at least 30 minutes. Additionally, after each declaration was voiced over loudspeakers, a request was made for each member of the media to identify themselves, remove themselves from the crowd, and walk to the pre-identified Crespo location at Park Avenue and Glendale Boulevard. The protesters failed to disperse, requiring officers to safely establish containment and begin detaining individuals one by one.

As members of the group were being individually detained, the officers learned that several credentialed and non-credentialed members of the media were part of the group. Members from the Department's Media Relations Division were summoned to assist in identifying these individuals and they were released at scene without being arrested.

The Department requests that media personnel follow the lawful orders of officers at the scene of any demonstration which has been declared unlawful, as delineated in California Penal

Code §409. In this incident, it was noted that most members of the media remained at the pre-designated Crespo location as requested.