The Valley has seen its fair share of crime during the current recession. Car break-ins. Knock-knock bandits. And now, armed robbery with semi-automatic weapons.
Just last night, a woman was robbed at one of the busiest and most public intersections in the Valley, at Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon. At 9:30.
Are you paying attention, Mr. Mayor? While you continue to play coy about your intentions to run for Governor, the city of Los Angeles is spiraling out of control. Do something, before citizens begin arming themselves for their own protection.
As for Erin Muir, he is her entire email account of what happened last night, posted with her permission:
So, I am writing this to REMIND and WARN all of you about your safety. Tonight I was robbed at gunpoint at a Wells Fargo atm. I am perfectly safe and fine and all they got was money and my phone. BUT the police came to my home after, and the people who robbed me did another robbery later this evening as the police were taking my report- we heard the report coming in on the walkie talkies. I am writing to warn you all to be careful. I am about as carefree as they come, so I sometimes need to learn this lesson myself! But the police who came to take the report told me that usually, when a crime like this happens a few times with “success” (i.e. not getting caught,) the criminals will strike again within a month because they become bolder. So. Please be SO careful with yourselves.
First of all, I was in my car and rolled up to the Wells Fargo ATM at Ventura and Laurel Canyon about 930 at night. Two men with masks and guns came to my car and took money and my cell phone.
Later they did another robbery at Van Nuys.
I, of course, thought the guns might be fake and maybe I should drive off, then again, I didn’t want to take that chance and get shot. And, the criminals that did it, while wearing masks, seemed very nervous and very young. There were two men, one about 5’10” and one about 5’7″, both wearing hoods and very skinny. Both had semi automatic guns. (I don’t know if they were real or fake but just assume they are real.) They wore hoodies sweatshirts- dark and grey- and blue jeans. Non descript.
So, the police told me that the BEST thing would have been for me to pull into the nearest area with lots of light and people (like the Trader Joes/ PinkBerry shpping area right there) and ask anyone to use a cell phone and call them immediately. That way they could maybe have caught the two men earlier and a second crime might not have happened. I was freaking out and drove around looking for a police station instead of doing something rational like that. Also, I reported my cell phone stolen immediately, and they said that it is possible that they COULD have tracked the location of my phone had I left it “unreported” for a day or so. So, just some things to think about.
I’m just so shocked. Really. I mean. I know crime happens and I have had it happen to me in the past- my car was broken into over the holidays while I was out of town; I once had my purse stolen in Barcelona (they got my passport AND my ex boyfriend’s insulin and needles. That was a hell of a trip….) but…. GUNS. That’s no joke. I am SO thankful it isn’t a WORSE story. We have heard the horror stories and I, for one, will not use an ATM at night anymore and will not be so carefree with myself, in or out of my car.
Anyway, be careful out there. Don’t be fearful, but… don’t be dumb, either!