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LAPD releases composite sketches of Los Feliz predator

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LAPD has released composite sketches of the suspect they believe is responsible for a wave of burglaries and sexual assualts in Los Feliz that began in March.

Multi-unit buildings and single family structures along and near Los Feliz Boulevard were targeted, and police say the suspect entered through doors or windows, taking computers, money, jewelry and clothes.

The suspect also targeted single women, making sexual contact with several sleeping victims during a number of the break-ins, said officials. 

Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch published the photos Monday, and reports the incidents occurred "in the rectangle formed by Los Feliz Boulevard, Seneca Avenue, Riverside Drive and Griffith Park Boulevard."

LA Weekly published the Community Notification on Monday and reports that officers connected the string of break-ins and assaults when a woman came forward in August after realizing a dream she thought she had was actually a real attack. 

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MC cop: LL Cool J subdues home intruder until real police arrive

LL Cool J arrives at the Staples Center

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LL Cool J arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012.

Law enforcement Loves Cool James, and home intruders should listen to lyrics.

LL Cool J, who plays a special agent on NCIS: Los Angeles, caught an actual bad guy inside his own home, mama said

Authorities say the rapper/actor grabbed and held a burglary suspect on Wednesday morning inside his Studio City home until the police arrived.

A 911 call was received just before 1 a.m. from a person who said her father found an intruder in their home, and was holding him downstairs.

Officers arrived and took the unnamed man into custody. The suspect, who they say had minor bruises, will be arrested on suspicion of burglary. 

A representative for LL Cool J says the 44-year-old and his family were not hurt, and that he is cooperating with police.

Nothing was apparently stolen from his home.

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LAPD tells Los Feliz to lock its doors and windows

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Los Feliz Boulevard

Los Feliz is currently on LAPD's radar for a number of nighttime sexual assaults and burglaries reported in the area. 

Multi-unit buildings and single family structures along Los Feliz Boulevard have targeted by an individual that police say entered through doors or windows. 

The suspect -- who reportedly took computers, money, jewelry and clothes -- also made sexual contact with several sleeping victims, say officials. Suspect information was released by the Northeast Area LAPD:

  • Male
  • Hispanic
  • 5’7”-5’10”
  • 160-180 lbs.
  • 25-35 years old
  • Mustache, dark complexion and slim build

Residents are being advised to keep doors and windows locked, and to pay close attention to their surroundings. Detectives with the LAPD Special Assault Section, Robbery-Homicide Division are asking the public to contact them with any pertinent information.

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West Side deputies sift through two truckloads of stolen items following Woodland Hills arrest

An “arduous investigation” by West Side sheriff’s detectives has led to the recovery of two truckloads of personal items stolen from residences, commerical properties and storage units around the region. But it may be just as arduous getting all those items back to their rightful owners.

According to investigators from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, authorities looking into a string of residential and commercial burglaries received a tip leading them to a parolee named Richard Traber. They followed up, and on May 15 entered his Woodland Hills home to find much of the stolen property they were looking for.

In fact, Traber’s home, where he had been living for only two months, was stuffed full of electronics, antiques, paintings, hair products -- “so many different things,” Sheriff’s Det. Ginni Alvarez told KPCC.

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Police announce task force to tackle ‘door-knock’ burglary ring

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Top brass from the Los Angeles and Glendale police departments gathered in Panorama City on Thursday afternoon to announce the formation of a joint task force designed to stop a regional burglary ring.

Police arrested four men on Tuesday -- following a daylong manhunt in Glendale -- that they believe are part of the ring, composed of South Los Angeles gang members who target affluent neighborhoods around the San Fernando Valley.

Police say the ring is large and well organized, with thieves using rental cars and listening to police scanners as they roam affluent neighborhoods. They said the four men who were apprehended Tuesday are among 18 recent arrests believed to be part of a rash of “door-knock burglaries,” in which thieves simply knock to make sure no one is home, then break in and take jewelry, electronics and other valuables.

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