University Park Blotter Jan. 22 – 29, 2019

Crimes and incidents reported to the LAPD and DPS in LA's University Park neighborhood.


Our Crosstown University Park Blotter is a weekly rundown of crimes in one neighborhood. University Park is unique in that there are two law enforcement agencies patrolling the area – the LAPD and the USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS).


You can find the first three weeks of 2019 here, here and here, where we recorded every crime reported to the LAPD.


For this week, we’re trying something different. Instead of listing every crime reported to the LAPD, we’re choosing an abridged selection of incidents, some criminal and some not, reported to both LAPD and DPS in the style of old newspaper police blotters.


Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019


From DPS:


4:03 p.m.

Traffic collision

Childs Way and McClintock Ave.

“A student on a motorized skateboard collided with a non-USC female as she was running across the street at the location. Both subjects sustained minor injuries and were examined and released at the scene.”


10:13 p.m.

Service – suspicious circumstances

Metro station – Expo Park

“A non-USC female suffering from a possible mental illness stated that a group of people assaulted her at the location a week ago, but her statements were incoherent and inconsistent and it could not be determined if a crime had occurred.”


The LAPD also reported three bike thefts and one shoplifting incident for this day.


Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019


DPS reported five thefts for this day.


From the LAPD:


11 a.m.

Lewd letters/telephone calls

1900 block of Park Grove Ave.

Victim received harassing electronic communications from suspect, who was known to him. Victim was a 26-year-old black man.


Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019


From DPS (besides the usual seven impounded bikes):


1:42 p.m.


37th St. and Catalina St.

“A suspect used unknown means to withdraw funds from a student’s bank account without authorization.”


5:22 p.m.


A Carl’s Jr. near campus

“A student reported that on two different occasions a male transient yelled racial slurs and cursed at her without provocation while she was walking near the location.”


Friday, Jan. 25, 2019


From DPS:


3:30 a.m.

Sexual assault

3335 S. Figueroa St.

“A non-USC female reported that she was sexually assaulted by her ex-boyfriend.”


12:14 p.m.


849 W 34th St

“A trespassing suspect who was possibly under the influence of a controlled substance was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.”


7:30 p.m.

Sex offense

30th St. and Royal St.

“A suspect on a skateboard approached a staff member from behind and pinched her buttock while she was walking near the location. The suspect then rode away and disappeared from sight.”


From LAPD:


2:20 a.m.


3300 block of Figueroa St.

The victim met the suspect on an internet chatroom site and was forcibly sodomized by them. The victim was an 18-year-old white female.


4:45 p.m.


900 W. Washington Blvd.

Suspect pulled victim’s hair and knocked her to the ground on the street. Victim was a 43-year-old Hispanic female and was known to the suspect.


8 p.m.

Battery with sexual contact

Adams Blvd. and Portland St.

The suspect grabbed the victim on the sidewalk and touched her genitals over her clothes. The victim was an 18-year-old female.


Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019


From DPS:


4:09 p.m

Missing/found persons

3518 Trousdale Pkwy.

“A non-USC male reported his juvenile daughter missing after she attended a class at the location. The daughter was located during a subsequent search of the area and she was reunited with her father.”


From the LAPD:


11:20 p.m.


3300 block of S. Figueroa St.

A homeless person vandalized a vehicle. The victim was an 18-year-old male.


Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019


From DPS:


12:47 a.m.

Domestic dispute

1149 W 28th St.

“A student and her boyfriend were involved in a verbal dispute at the location.”


2:00 a.m.


“A student reported that another student pushed him several times and placed him in a choke hold during a dispute.”


Monday, Jan. 28, 2019


From DPS:


11:57 a.m.

Service check

Biggy St. and Zonal Ave.

“A non-USC male reported that his wife, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was missing after he dropped her off at the location for an appointment and he was concerned about her welfare. The wife was located during a subsequent search of the area and she was reunited with her husband.”


9:51 p.m.


28th St. and Hoover St.

“A non-USC male was detained for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested for possession of a concealed hunting knife.”


From the LAPD: five bike thefts and one petty theft (sounds like the usual in University Park!)


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019


From DPS:


10:52 a.m.


23rd St. and Scarff St.

“A suspect approached a juvenile who was walking near the location and demanded his property. Fearing for his safety, the juvenile handed over his money, scooter and cellular phone, then the suspect rode away on the scooter and disappeared from sight.”


From the LAPD:


3:55 a.m.

Verbal threats

Jefferson Blvd. and Trousdale Pkwy.

Victim, who was a security guard, was verbally threatened on the sidewalk. The victim was a 24-year-old Hispanic male.


How we did it: We looked at both publicly available LAPD data and the daily log DPS of reports of incidents and crimes in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.


LAPD data and DPS logs only reflect incidents that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data that the LAPD makes publicly available through the Open Data Portal and the logs DPS makes publicly available on its website. On occasion, LAPD or DPS may update past crime reports with new information, or recategorize past reports. Those revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database.

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