University Park Blotter: March 27 – April 2, 2019

A flood and a bird through a window

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).


Here are the blotters from March 20 – March 26, 2019 and March 13 – 19, 2019. In the style of newspaper police blotters, we choose a selection of incidents, some criminal and some not, reported to the LAPD and DPS.

March 27, 2019

From DPS:


Disorderly conduct | 12:15 a.m. | 2300 block of Portland St.

“A student reported that he confronted a suspect he observed climbing onto a balcony at his residence. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction and could not be located during a subsequent search of the area.”


Suicide | 1:13 p.m. | Outside USC area (location unknown)

A student died by suicide. (DPS was not available to provide more information.)


Incident | 1:32 p.m. | Parkside IRC (3771 McClintock Ave.)

“A student reported that he has been involved in an on-going [sic] dispute with a security guard stationed at the location and it has caused him to fear for his safety.”


From the LAPD:


Stolen bike | 8:40 a.m. | 700 block of W. Adams Blvd.

Suspect, who is homeless or transient, was spotted riding victim’s bike on the street. The suspect was known to the victim. The victim was a 22-year-old white female.


March 28, 2019

From DPS:


Service | 7:16 a.m. | Grand Ave. Structure (3701 S. Flower St.)

“FMS [Facilities Management Services] personnel responded to the location to free a staff member who was trapped in an elevator.”


Suspicious circumstances | 11:28 a.m. | Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (650 Childs Way)

A staff member reported that six days prior, three possible students took pictures of three elementary school children without their parental consent while they were visiting campus.


Disturbing the peace | 11:38 a.m. | Mark Taper Hall of Humanities (849 W. 34th St.)

“A faculty member who was reported to have been behaving erratically was subsequently transported to a local hospital for psychiatric care.”


From the LAPD:


Intimate partner assault | 12:50 p.m. | 2100 block of Park Grove Ave.

Suspect physically assaulted victim, who was or is their co-habitant or partner. Victim was a 29-year-old Hispanic male.


Petty theft | 2:52 p.m. | 800 block of Childs Way

Multiple juveniles attempted to steal merchandise from the store. A juvenile was arrested.


March 29, 2019

From DPS:


Sexual assault | 5:03 p.m. | 1300 block of W. 25th St.

A student reported that two years ago she had been sexually assaulted.


March 30, 2019

From DPS:


Service check | 7 a.m. | Hoover Street Residence (2827 S. Hoover St.)

“A welfare check was conducted on a student at the location after she did not respond to her boyfriend knocking on her apartment door. The student was unharmed when contacted by officers and stated that she had been asleep.”


From the LAPD:

Intimate partner assault | 7:30 a.m. | 2900 block of S. Flower St.

Suspect, who was victim’s former or current partner, physically assaulted him at a motel. Victim was a 30-year-old male student.

March 31, 2019

From DPS:


Suspicious circumstances | 10:23 a.m. | Adams Blvd. and Ellendale Pl.

“A non-USC male reported that his ex-boyfriend has been posting flyers in the area that contain derogatory information about him.”


Damaged property | 2:05 p.m. | Hoffman Hall of Business Administration (701 W. Exposition Blvd.)

“A window on the third floor of the location was shattered, possibly after being struck by a bird.”


Suspicious circumstances | 9:40 a.m. | Neely Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Building (923 Bloom Walk)

“A student reported that someone has twice turned off the water supply for an experiment he is running at the location and he believes the act is an intentional attempt to impede his progress.”


From the LAPD:


Battery with sexual contact | 11:35 a.m. | Hoover St. and Jefferson Ave.

Suspect touched victim inappropriately as victim rode by on a bicycle. Suspect also physically assaulted victim. The victim was a 20-year-old Asian female.


April 1, 2019

From DPS:


Water leak | 6:34 p.m. | Vivian Hall of Engineering (3651 Watt Way)

“A suspect activated an eye wash station on the sixth floor of the location, causing water to flood multiple rooms and leak onto the fifth floor. The eye wash station was turned off and FMS personnel responded to clean up the water.”


From the LAPD:


Battery | 11:35 a.m. | 2400 block of S. Figueroa St.

After a traffic-related altercation, multiple suspects physically assaulted victim at a fast food restaurant. Victim was a 34-year-old Hispanic male.

April 2, 2019

From the LAPD:


Burglary | 5:28 a.m. | 3300 block of Figueroa St.

While victim was asleep, suspect entered their unlocked residence and removed their property. Victim was a 20-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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