University Park Blotter April 17 – 23, 2019

Two egg events and other much more serious incidents

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 and USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS).


Here are the blotters from April 10 – 16, 2019 and April 3 – 9, 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.


April 17, 2019

From DPS:


Domestic violence | 4:25 p.m. | Pardee Tower (614 Hellman Way)

“A staff member reported that she was assaulted by her husband at the location.”


Robbery | 10:15 p.m. | Adams Blvd. and Vermont Ave.

“A suspect approached a non-USC male near the location and ordered him to put his hands in the air. Fearing for his safety, the male complied, then the suspect removed a cellular phone from the male’s pocket and fled on foot.”


From the LAPD:


Shoplifting | 11:50 p.m. | 3000 S. Figueroa St.

Suspect jumped behind the counter at a tobacco shop, then escaped with merchandise.


April 18, 2019

From DPS:


Battery | 1 a.m. | 30th St. and Shrine Pl.

“A student reported that a possible student exited a vehicle and punched him in the head multiple times during a confrontation near the location. The subject then returned to the vehicle and drove away.”


Disorderly conduct | 2:46 p.m. | Seaver Science Center (920 Bloom Walk)

“Three juveniles were observed prowling bicycles. One juvenile was detained and released to his parent.”


Possession of fake IDs | 7:57 p.m. | Banditos Tacos and Tequila (900 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.)

“Multiple students were cited for possession of fake Id’s.”


From the LAPD:


Battery | 1:00 a.m. | 30th St. and Shrine Pl.

Multiple suspects exited a vehicle and physically assaulted a victim on the sidewalk. The suspects used a vehicle to escape.


Aggravated assault | 5:20 p.m. | Hoover St. and 23rd St.

Suspect, who was homeless or transient, attempted to attack a victim with a folding knife. Suspect was arrested.


April 19, 2019

From DPS:


Property damage | 3:50 p.m. | Shrine Parking Structure (754 W 32nd St.)

“A student reported that the paint on the hood of his vehicle was damaged when someone smashed an egg on it.”


From the LAPD:


Theft | 5:35 p.m. | 600 block of Exposition Blvd.

Suspect, who was a juvenile, approached victim on the train and snatched their property from them. According to the LAPD, this was an instance of organized crime.


April 20, 2019

From DPS:


Disturbance | 12:05 a.m. | 2700 block of Menlo Ave.

“Officers shut down a party hosted by a student at the location due to multiple noise complaints.”


Alcohol overdose | 11:16 p.m. | Cowlings and Ilium Residential College (3301 S. Hoover St.)

“A student was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment following an alcohol overdose.”


From the LAPD:


Burglary | 8 p.m. | 1100 block of W. 23rd St.

Multiple suspects smashed the lock and forced open the door of a business. They ransacked the store and left with merchandise worth less than $950.


April 21, 2019

From DPS:


Service | 5:16 p.m. | William and Leslie McMorrow Residential College (835 W. Jefferson Blvd.)

“Officers responded to a report of two students trapped in an elevator at the location and assisted them in prying open the elevator doors to get free.”


From the LAPD:


Intimate partner assault | 10 p.m. | 1200 block of W. 23rd St.

Suspect, who is or was the victim’s mother’s boyfriend, grabbed victim and choked her.


April 22, 2019

From the LAPD:


Theft | 10:30 p.m. | 1000 block of W. 34th St.

Suspect stole property from victim that was worth $950 or more while victim was asleep or unconscious at a basketball court. Victim was a student.


April 23, 2019

From DPS:


Suspicious circumstances | 6:46 a.m. | 1900 block of Norwood St.

“A staff member reported that he found several broken eggs on the front porch of his residence.”


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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