University Park Blotter: March 13 – March 19, 2019

Three intimate partner assaults

Our weekly Crosstown University Park Blotter is a rundown of crimes in one neighborhood. University Park is unique in that there are two law enforcement agencies patrolling the area – the Los Angeles Police Department (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 newspaper police blotters, we’re choosing a selection of incidents, some criminal and some not, reported to both the LAPD and DPS.



March 13, 2019

From the LAPD:


Vandalism | 12:55 a.m. | Adams Blvd. and Flower St.

Suspect threw a rock through the window of victim’s vehicle. Victim was a 67-year-old Hispanic male.


Criminal threats | 2:30 a.m. | 2800 block of S. Figueroa St.

Suspect threatened to kill victim as they drove past victim in a vehicle. Victim was a homeless or transient 36-year-old Hispanic male.


March 14, 2019

From DPS:


Suspicious Circumstances | 8:23 a.m. | Outside USC area (location unknown)

“A non-USC male reported that he received an email message containing a threat against a student from the student’s father.”


Sex offense | 4:58 p.m. | Location unknown

“A staff member was arrested by West Covina police for a sexual assault.”


From the LAPD:


Intimate partner assault | 3:10 a.m. | 28th St. and  Figueroa St.

Suspect physically assaulted victim and pulled her hair while sitting in a vehicle. Suspect was victim’s former or current partner. Both the suspect and the victim are homeless or transient. The victim was a 32-year-old black female.


March 15, 2019

From DPS:


Extortion | 12:03 a.m. | Founders Apartments (1610 Portland St.)

“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.”


From the LAPD:


Grand theft | 1 p.m. | 3200 block of S. Flower St.

Multiple juveniles overwhelmed victim and robbed him on the MTA Expo Line. Victim was a 41-year-old white male.


Intimate partner assault | 10 p.m. | Figueroa St. and Adams Blvd.

Suspect physically assaulted victim. Victim was a 66-year-old black male.


March 16, 2019

From the LAPD:


Intimate partner assault | 5:15 p.m. | St. James Park (W. Adams Blvd and Severance St.)

Victim was pushed to the ground by suspect, who was her former or current partner. Victim was a 47-year-old black female.


March 17, 2019

From DPS:


Battery | 11:27 a.m. | Barrack Hall (3670 Trousdale Pkwy.)

“A female who declined to identify herself reported that a suspect on a bicycle slapped her on the hip as he rode past her while she was walking near the location. The suspect then rode away and disappeared from sight.”


Suspicious Circumstances | 3:17 p.m. | University Park Campus Public Safety Office (3667 McClintock Ave.)

“A student entered the DPS office and reported that he believed his roommate, also a student, may be suicidal. The second student denied that he intended to harm himself when contacted by officers and they cleared the scene after he declined assistance.”


March 18, 2019

From DPS:


Theft | 3:51 p.m. | 1350 block of W. 29th St.

A suspect posing as a tech support agent tricked a student into paying to have alleged malicious software removed from her computer.


From the LAPD:


Prowler | 1:34 a.m. | 1200 block of W. 29th St.

An unidentified suspect entered a fraternity house while the residents were inside it.


March 19, 2019

From DPS:

Six students were transported to a local hospital after experiencing various illnesses.



How we did it: We looked at both publicly available LAPD data and the daily DPS log 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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