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Crimes Involving Homeless Suspects Are Expected To Rise Again This Year

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According to reports, crimes involving homeless individuals jumped by more than 50 percent in 2018 compared to the year prior. An NBC4 investigative series finds the numbers are on track to be even higher this year. 

The biggest increase in crimes that involved a homeless suspect include rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The Los Angeles Police Department also shared numbers on crimes where homeless individuals were victimized, which have also increased. As part of NBC4’s investigation into the spike in crimes, investigative reporter Joel Grover talks with victims of crimes and an array of mental health and addiction experts to explore how the lack of resources and the role of the criminal justice system play into this. Grover sits down with Larry to discuss what he’s learned and Andy Bales, CEO of Downtown’s Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter joins the conversation as well. 


Joel Grover,  investigative reporter working on NBC4’s Streets of Shame project; he tweets @JoelNBCLA

Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission; he tweets @abales