University Park Blotter: Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2019

Crimes and incidents


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 USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS).


You can find the last two editions of our blotter here and here. In the style of old newspaper police blotters, we’re choosing a selection of incidents, some criminal and some not, reported to both LAPD and DPS.


Jan. 30, 2019


From DPS:


Sex offense | 5:30 p.m. | Engemann Student Health Center (1031 W 34th St.)

“A student reported that she was sexually assaulted.”


From LAPD:


Shoplifting | 6:40 p.m. | 3100 block of S. Hoover St.

A customer took merchandise from a store.


Jan. 31, 2019


From DPS:


Trespassing | 7:34 a.m. | 3100 block of S. Hoover St.

“A homeless male being disruptive was arrested for trespassing.”


Suspicious circumstances | 10:25 p.m. | Ellendale Trojan Apartments (2620 Ellendale Pl.)

“A female student reported receiving unwanted emails from an unknown person.”


Fake identification | 11:30 p.m. | Rock and Reilly’s (3201 S. Hoover St.)

“A student was cited for attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID.”


From the LAPD:

Battery – simple assault | 1:10 p.m. | 3000 block of Figueroa St.

Victim was physically assaulted in a parking lot. Victim was a 26-year-old Hispanic female.


Feb. 1, 2019


From DPS:


Alcohol overdoses | Between 10:24 p.m. and 1:41 a.m. | The Row (28th St), Target Express (3100 S. Hoover St.), Downey Way entrance of USC, University Gateway Apartments (3335 S Figueroa St,) and Birnkrant Residential Hall (642 W 34th St)


Five students were “transported to a local hospital for medical treatment following an [sic] alcohol overdose[s].”


From the LAPD:


Attempted burglary from vehicle | 11 a.m. | 600 block of W. 35th St.

Suspect attempted to pry open victim’s vehicle and vandalized it. Suspect used their own vehicle to escape.


Feb. 2, 2019


From DPS:


Alarm accidental | 7:57 a.m. | Kathleen L. McCarthy Honors House (3096 S. McClintock Ave.)

“A fire alarm was activated by steam from a hot water faucet.”


“Hot prowl” (the suspect burglarized the residence while the occupant was in it) | 9:12 a.m. | Phi Delta Theta House (1005 W. 28th St.)

“A suspect was arrested for removing property from the location.” The suspect was in the house at the same time as other residents.


From the LAPD:


Vehicle stolen | 3:45 a.m. | 2200 block of S. Hoover St.

Multiple suspects aimed a handgun at victim on the street and demanded that he give up his vehicle. Vehicle was carjacked. Victim was a 36-year-old Hispanic male.


Theft | 7:00 a.m. | 2600 block of Orchard Ave.

Suspect used bodily force on victim and removed her property. Suspect and victim were living together at the time of the crime. Victim is a 21-year-old Hispanic female.


Burglary | 9:20 a.m. | 1000 block of W. 28th St.

Suspect, who was homeless, entered a student residence while the student was in it and attempted to take their clothing or jewelry. Suspect was arrested. Victim was a 19-year-old white male.


Feb. 3, 2019


From DPS:


Domestic dispute | 1:00 a.m. | 24th St. and Toberman St.

“Two non-USC males were involved in a verbal altercation at the location.”


Violation of restraining order | 6:03 p.m. | USC Caruso Catholic Center (844 W. 32nd St.)

“A former student was arrested for entering the location in violation of a restraining order.”


Feb. 4, 2019


From DPS:


Traffic collision | 8:33 a.m. | Charles Lee Powell Hall (3737 Watt Way)

“A student collided with a garbage truck while riding her bicycle near the location. The student sustained a cut above her eye and was transported to SHC [Student Health Center] for medical treatment.”


From the LAPD:


Battery | 4:00 p.m. | Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa St.

Suspect used bodily force on victim while they were sitting together in a vehicle. Suspect was victim’s mother. Victim was an 18-year-old black female.


Feb. 5, 2019


From DPS:


Suicide attempt | 12:43 a.m. | McClintock Apartments (3131 McClintock Ave.)

“A student was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment after consuming an unknown quantity of over the counter medication in an apparent attempt to harm herself.”


Suicide attempt | 3:59 a.m. | 2300 block of Portland St.

“A student was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment after consuming an unknown quantity of over the counter medication in an apparent attempt to harm herself.”


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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