Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Police investigate online video of home invasion

Authorities are investigating a violent intrusion into a home in the Fairfax area after the video surfaced on social media.

The robbery took place at Block 100 on North Fuller Avenue at about 10:30 pm on Nov. 26, but no official announcement was made until Friday after police learned of the online distribution of the video, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The video, captured by the doorbell camera, shows two suspects, one of whom is armed with a pistol, approaching three victims standing at the front door of their house. Police said the victims went home from the restaurant. Both suspects in the video are wearing tactical vests with the word “Police” on the back.

You can hear them say, “Raise your hands up.”

He then orders the victim to open the front door before punching him in the face.

This video ends, but police say the suspects broke into the house where the additional people were.

“The suspects continued to physically attack the victims while collecting property,” officials said.

One victim sustained serious facial injuries.

Three more suspects arrived during the robbery. The police said that a large amount of money and jewelry were found among the items taken from the house.

Officials said they learned of the surveillance footage on Friday after it circulated online. They contacted the victims, who then drew up a report.

An Instagram user who was one of the first to post the video online said he got it from a friend but does not know the source. As of Friday evening, his post has been viewed over 340,000 times.

Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez said he could not comment on why the victims did not file a police report immediately after the incident.

Tactical vests, such as those worn by the suspects in the video, are usually issued by police departments, he said, but copies or reproductions are known to have been purchased or created.

The incident follows a string of crimes that have caught the attention of residents and officials in Los Angeles, including a string of robberies and the murder of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant early Wednesday morning at her Beverly Hills home.

LAPD Chief Michelle Moore announced last week that he is creating a task force to tackle an alarming rise in re-robberies, saying the department has not had a brutal robbery “like this in decades.”

Officials on Friday said it was too early to say whether suspects in the Fairfax incident followed the victims home.

“But I’m sure that with everything that happens, they are going to look very closely at it to find out who is to blame,” Lopez said.

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