Authorities Report Another Follow-Home Robbery In Fairfax, One of 110 Similar Incidents
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - The Los Angeles Police Department has reported yet another follow-home robbery that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A Los Angeles woman was reportedly followed home to her house at 737 North Gardner Street at around 2 a.m., where she was confronted as soon as she entered her home.
The woman was robbed at gunpoint, and suspects reportedly took up to $4,000 in cash, multiple pieces of diamond jewelry and her Gucci purse.
The suspects, of which authorities report may be around eight people, fled the scene. Thus far there is no indication to any of their identities.
Somewhat jarring footage can be seen in a video that was posted on Twitter by user @MelroseAction, which can be seen here.
There are no reports of any injuries at this time.
Early this week, LAPD issued a warning to Angelenos about a new trend in "follow-home robberies." They listed areas like Melrose Avenue and the Fairfax District as common areas of interest in these crimes.
Authorities indicate that this may be related to a string of more than 110 similar incidents across Los Angeles.
Follow-home robbery suspects apparently target victims carrying expensive purses or jewelry. Once a target has been located, normally at a high-end restaurant, bar, shopping center or night club, the suspects follow that person to their home or business and rob them.
Authorities have suggested that these robberies may be tied to up to six different street gangs in the Southland.
Earlier this week, television host Terrence Jenkins, better known as Terrence J, was the victim of a follow-home robbery, when he was held at gunpoint in his Sherman Oaks home. This is the second incident that Jenkins was involved in, as a similar attempt had been made months earlier.
Residents are not only fearful, they are worried. Many are afraid to leave their homes for anything, even to go for a walk.
One resident, Peter Nichols, who runs the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, had this to say about the string of crimes: "We've been working so diligently on trying to clean up crime in the business district, so for this to occur in the residential area is totally shocking."
Other locals feel that not enough is being done.
In response to the rash of robberies, the LAPD has increased police presence in the area, and they urge anyone who feels like they might be a potential victim in one of these instances to reach out to authorities immediately.
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