University Park Blotter April 10 – 16, 2019

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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 April 3 – 9, 2019 and  March 27 – April 2, 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.


Apr. 10, 2019

From DPS:


Vandalism | 7:27 p.m. | Troyland Apartments (955 W. Adams Blvd.)

A suspect used a bottle to shatter the rear windshield of a student’s vehicle while it was parked at the location.


From the LAPD:


Theft | 1:40 a.m. | 2500 block of S. Figueroa St.

Suspect robbed a victim who was homeless or transient and was unconscious when the crime took place. Victim was a 55-year-old white female.


Criminal threats | 10:15 a.m. | 900 block of W. 21st St.

Suspect, who was victim’s former or current partner, threatened to kill her over email or text message. Victim was a 45-year-old black female.


Theft | 3:30 p.m. | 3200 block of Flower St.

A juvenile approached victim from rear, snatched their property and ran. The victim and passenger were traveling on public transportation. Victim was a 25-year-old white female.


Apr. 11, 2019

From DPS:


Suicide attempt | 5:02 a.m. | 1200 block of W. 37th Pl.

“A student was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and psychiatric care after an apparent suicide attempt.”


From the LAPD:


Attempted robbery | 4:20 p.m. | Hoover St. and Adams Blvd.

Suspect demanded money from victim and brandished a gun while both suspect and victim were at a stoplight. The suspect and victim were both in vehicles. The victim drove off safely.


Apr. 12, 2019

From DPS:


Dispute | 2:30 p.m. | USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work (644 W 34th St.)

“A student reported that she has been the subject of ongoing harassment by another student and it has caused her to fear for her safety.”

Apr. 13, 2019

From DPS:


Robbery | 3:32 p.m. | Physical Education Building (3560 Watt Way)

A juvenile reported that the day before, two other juveniles approached her while she was watching people play basketball inside the location, pulled her to the ground by the hair and began kicking her. The victim reported that the subjects then grabbed the juvenile’s backpack and fled from the building.


Apr. 14, 2019

From DPS:


Narcotics | 12:09 a.m. | 1300 block of 30th St.

“A non-USC male who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance was transported to a detox center for care.”


From the LAPD:


Aggravated assault | 9:05 p.m. | 2200 block of S. Hoover St.

Suspect, who is homeless/transient, threw a concrete block at victim.


Apr. 15, 2019

From DPS:


Arson | 9:30 p.m. | Department of Motor Vehicles (3615 S. Hope St.)

“A suspect set a tent on fire outside the location.”


Dispute | 10:58 p.m. | Davidson Continuing Education Building (3415 S. Figueroa St.)

“A student reported that another student has attempted to instigate a fight with him on two occasions and it has caused him to fear for his safety.”


From the LAPD:


Weapon brandished | 5:05 p.m. | Hoover St. and Adams Blvd.

Suspect made a bomb threat while on a bus and threatened to kill the bus driver. No bomb was found.


Apr. 16, 2019

From DPS:


Fraud | 11:43 a.m. | 1300 block of W. 35th St.

A student reported that the day prior, a suspect claiming to be a police investigator contacted her and stated that her Social Security number was being used for criminal activity. The suspect advised the student that she would need to pay for a new Social Security card and she complied.


Traffic Collision | 2:02 p.m. | Howard Jones Football Practice Field (3505 McClintock Ave.)

“A student on a bicycle collided with a tree at the location while attempting to avoid being struck by a vehicle. The student sustained unspecified injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.”


From the LAPD:


Vandalism | 2:10 a.m. | Adams Blvd. and Figueroa St.

Suspect, who was homeless or transient, used a metal pipe inside a business establishment to cause $400 worth of damage or more.


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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