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Snarled Traffic as LAPD Seeks Car Theft Suspect

The young man had eluded officers Tuesday night on Silver Lake Boulevard.

UPDATE:  The EastsiderLA reports that one suspect was apprehended around 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

EARLIER: It was a long  night for folks who lived near the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue in Echo Park Wednesday night.

Officers from LAPD's Northeast division set up a perimeter around 9 p.m. and were still at it at after midnight Thursday, trying to locate a suspected car thief who had twice eluded them.

A local resident, the suspect had been handcuffed on the porch of a home on Alvarado Boulevard just north of Glendale early Wednesday evening, according to officers on the scene. His friends distracted police officers and he escaped, still wearing his handcuffs.

He had also escaped a perimeter set up early Tuesday morning near Silver Lake Boulevard and Sunset.

That search—which also kept a chopper in the skies for several hours—ended with the suspect escaping.

On Wednesday, an LAPD helicopter hovered over the area for several hours as the search continued.

Two dogs were finally released around 11:15 p.m, with another pair expected to arrive from LAPD’s K9 unit for backup.

JP November 10, 2011 at 04:35 PM
How about doing a story on the traffic nightmare the cops caused? As you can see in the photo most of the cops that responded were doing absolutely nothing. As I tried to pass through the 6-point intersection at Glendale/Berkeley/Alvarado, I counted 16 cops (16!!!!) leaning on their cars and talking. They definitely weren't in "pursuit" mode. Meanwhile traffic was backed up all the way to the 101 (as reported on KNX) on Alvarado and Glendale. I just don't understand why, for the sake of public safety, some of those cops couldn't help direct traffic. That interesection is confusing enough for most people now add trying to pull in 6 lanes of northbound traffic onto one lane on a side street. Ridiculous. Also, most of those people were trying to get on the 2-freeway going north. Making them go west on Berekely did absolutely nothing for those people. It a maze of side streets that even local residents would have trouble navigating and it does nothing to get people back to where they need to go. No wonder the guy was able to escape the perimeter. Epic LAPD FAIL. Seriously, can anyone at the LAPD explain why there were so many officers there who were doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING?!?!?!
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 10, 2011 at 05:08 PM
@When I was there around 12:30 am there was an officer further south on Glendale routing traffic through, and another officer at 6-point intersection you mention.
unknown November 10, 2011 at 05:09 PM
This guy who has not been caught must be laughing at LAPD officials not being to catch him.As an Echo Park recident all I have seen is LAPD spend angelenos money real well. Having over 20 units "maintaining" a perimeter, really is a whole like of s***.Not being able to go to your house for over 5 hours and then come out that they didn't catch really ticks residents off. As always LAPD has nothing better to but pay officers to stand around and keep recidents out of their house. Thank you LAPD for protecting and serving and wasting recidents time.
Northeast_Cu November 10, 2011 at 11:01 PM
There was a legitimate reason for the perimeter--an armed man approached officers, who had a handcuffed arrestee, and racked a .380 semiautomatic handgun. As officers dealt with the immediate threat--arresting the man, recovering the loaded handgun--the arrestee escaped on foot into the hilly terrain that is Echo Park. The arrestee was wanted for felony crimes. He had been apprehended earlier in a foot pursuit by Northeast GED officers, terminating in a barbershop at Sunset/Logan. As he was on formal probation, officers were conducting a probation check of his residence to search for additional evidence of his crimes. As he was in custody and handcuffed when he escaped, there exists additional liability on the LAPD (and by extension, the city of LA--and its taxpayers) to safely apprehend him. The perimeter was quickly set up, with a Command Post (CP) at Alvarado and Berkeley. Officers would be staged for tasks at the CP; many were needed to conduct the foot search upon arrival of K9 teams. But the officers were there for a reason, even if it seemed they were doing "absolutely nothing" at a given moment. DOT was requested and responded to direct traffic during the incident. This freed some officers to return to being available for handling radio calls for service. It also improved traffic. It was a long night for the local community. The inconvenience was not planned but a result of dealing with the cards dealt.
JP November 10, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Northeast CU--With all due respect, and I have pictures--the officers who were doing "absolutely nothing" were just standing around talking, joking (I sat through 7 traffic signal cycles right in front of them and could hear them) and not one of them was engaged in actively securing the perimeter and SIXTEEN OFFICERS and not a single one of them could even be bothered helping to direct traffic. THEY JUST DON'T CARE. Stop trying to cover them or make excuses. If you had been there you would have seen the same thing.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Thanks so much for the update. We also appreciate your many tweets behind the scenes updating us.
Northeast_Cu November 11, 2011 at 08:18 PM
JP--I was there. (I'm actually in several photos both here and in Eastsider.) I understand your frustrations. Believe me, we have ALL been there, stuck in the same spot for 20-some minutes wondering WTF is holding everything up. I was working the CP most of the incident. There was a delay in getting DOT to assist with traffic control. K9 teams were working an incident in Foothill division. Officers were on standby at the CP awaiting to be deployed in the foot search teams and to clear a known Echo Park gang location (possible friendly hiding spot for our fugitive). The primary unit also left temporarily to deal with pre-booking the second, armed suspect. So lots of little delays to deal with an issue that needed to be dealt with. The intersection of Alvarado/Glendale is a busy one. It's a major artery between the 101 and 2 freeways, between downtown and areas north--and even past 9pm, there is always a lot of vehicle traffic. We are acutely aware of that, but very little that officers could do to improve the flow of traffic given that we needed the street closed. I do maintain a Twitter feed (same name) and posted updates on the traffic for the simple purpose of advising local residents that the area is blocked. I am not a media rep for LAPD, and these comments are my own.

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