University Park Blotter: a fist, a dog bite, a ghosted boyfriend

Crimes, incidents from Feb. 13 – 19, 2019


Note: The USC community is mourning student Victor McElhaney, who was killed early Sunday morning in an attempted robbery incident near campus. Our weekly blotter below only covers crimes and incidents in the University Park neighborhood from the week of Feb. 13 – 19, so will not include mention of this tragedy.


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).


For this week, we’re trying something different. Instead of listing incidents and crimes reported to both LAPD and DPS, we’re choosing an abridged selection of incidents, some criminal and some not, reported just to DPS. The times below reflect when the incidents were reported. In the style of old newspaper police blotters, here is our report for Feb. 13 – 19, 2019.


Feb. 13, 2019


Grand theft | 2:35 a.m. | Parkside Residential Building (3771 McClintock Ave.)

“A non-USC male reported that a student removed his electric tricycle from the location, rode it to another building and abandoned it.”


Obscene activity | 8:31 a.m. | Starbucks (3584 S Figueroa St.)

“A suspect was arrested for exposing his genitals in view of customers at the location.”


Battery | 1:23 p.m. | Adams Blvd. and Vermont Ave.

“A student reported that a suspect punched him in the face without provocation while he was waiting to cross the street at the location.”


Smoke alarm | 2:11 pm | 610 Childs Way

“A fire alarm was activated by smoke from burnt food.”


Theft | 6:36 p.m. | Kobunga restaurant (929 W. Jefferson Blvd.)

“A suspect removed a tip jar.”


Feb. 14, 2019


Welfare check | 12:29 a.m. | Alpha Chi Omega (813 W. 28th St.)

“A welfare check was conducted on a student at the location who was experiencing chest pains after consuming multiple medications, coffee and cocaine. The student was examined and released at the scene.”


Property damage | 11:11 a.m. | USC entrance on Jefferson Blvd.

“Strong winds knocked down a surveillance camera attached to a pole.”


Injury | 1:50 p.m. | Jefferson Blvd. and Trousdale Pkwy.

“A student declined medical attention after being bitten by a dog.”


Property damage | 3:20 a.m. | Grand Ave. USC Parking structure

“A staff member backed into a porta potty causing minor damage.”


Suspicious circumstances | 1:52 p.m. | Outside USC area

“A student’s boyfriend reported that he has [sic] been unable to contact her for several days while she was doing an internship at a university out of state and he was concerned about her welfare. The student was subsequently determined to be avoiding contact with her boyfriend.”


Feb. 16, 2019


Traffic collision with injuries | 12:25 p.m. | 29th St. and Hoover St.

“A non-USC male was struck by a vehicle while searching for something underneath his parked vehicle at the location. The male sustained unspecified injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.”


Feb. 17, 2019


Burglary | 3:51 p.m. | 1146 30th St.

“A suspect opened an unsecured second floor door to gain entry to the location, then he fled downstairs and through the front door when confronted by a resident armed with a knife.”


Vandalism | 9:36 p.m. | Shrine Parking Structure 754 W. 32nd St.

“Two suspects used spray paint to black out the lenses on two surveillance cameras on the fifth floor of the location.”


Feb. 18, 2019


Grand theft | 6:19 p.m. | Rock & Reilly’s (3201 S. Hoover St.)

“A suspect approached a student from behind and snatched her cellular phone from her hand while she was walking near the location. The suspect then fled on foot and disappeared from sight.”


Extortion | 4:25 a.m. | Outside USC area

“A student reported that a suspect is attempting to extort money from him by threatening to post a sexually explicit video of him on a social media site.”


Feb. 19, 2019


Missing clothing | 12:37 p.m. | A.C. Allen Cowlings and Ilium Residential College (3131 S. Hoover St.)

“A student reported five pieces of clothing missing.”


Obscene activity | 3:06 p.m. | Hazel & Stanley Hall Financial Services Building (851 Downey Way)

“Three staff members reported receiving multiple annoying phone calls from the same subject.”


Trespassing | 3:57 p.m. | USC Physical Education Building (3560 Watt Way)

“Six juveniles were detained for trespassing at the location and subsequently released to their guardians.”


How we did it: We looked at 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.


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 logs DPS makes publicly available on its website.


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