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Central Area Weekly Update: April 13, 2009

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 08:49AM

Each week Captain Blake Chow, Commanding Officer of LAPD's Central Division, sends out an email to the community. Captain Chow has agreed to let blogdowntown bring his emails to our readers.

As of April 11, 2009 Central reported the following crime numbers. All numbers are YTD unless otherwise noted.

  • Violent Crime up 3 percent. This is down from being up 6 percent last week.
  • Homicides are down 100 percent (more on this below)
  • Rapes are down 15 percent
  • Robbery is down 1 percent (was up 6 percent last week. This has been trending down for the last 6 weeks )
  • Agg Assaults are up 10 percent (13 more crimes this year vs last)
  • Total Violent Crime is up only 11 crimes from last year.

There are no patterns with respect to violent crime this week.

  • Property Crime is down 18 percent
  • Burglary is down 27 percent
  • Grand Theft Auto is down 21 percent
  • Burgl from Motor vehicle is down 18 percent
  • Personal Theft is down 15 percent

Total Part I Crimes are down 13 percent for the division.



This Sunday AM a double homicide occurred at the Lamp Lodge.

Around 5 AM Sunday morning, persons called police, reporting “shots fired” at the Lamp Lodge, 630 S. Stanford Street. Police officers found two bodies at the hotel. Paramedics pronounced both men dead at the scene. Neither man was identified. One man was estimated to be in his mid-fifties and the other in his mid-twenties. It appears as though this may end up being related to narcotics dealing. I will send out more information with respect to the suspect if it becomes available.

I have also attached our press release for more information.

Last couple of weeks we have been working, along with the Fashion District BID a series of burglaries in the southern part of the Division. Over the weekend two individuals were arrested near Pico and Santee with a few thousand dollars of designer shirts.

Art Walk

Art walk appeared to go well and was a great event for everybody. Thanks to those community members involved in helping the display issues on the sidewalk last month. We will continue to have the Senior Leads out there as a footbeats.


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