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Laker "Pride" Gets Out of Hand

By Ed Fuentes and Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, June 14, 2009, at 10:28PM
Laker Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LAPD makes an arrest at Olympic and Hill hours after the Lakers won their 15th NBA championship.

The scene outside Staples Center turned ugly Sunday night, leaving a trail of vandalism as small but rowdy groups were dispersed from the area. Multiple small fires were set in trash cans and dumpsters, and at least one store and a gas station Downtown were looted.

Looking for 2010 information? Check our story from the night of the Lakers' 16th NBA Championship.

News choppers hopped from one spot to another as rowdy clusters of people fanned out from the Staples Center area.

While the fires set did not appear to cause any significant damage, looters did strike at least two businesses Downtown. They hit The Holy Grail, a sneaker shop on Pico, between Figueroa and Flower, and the Shell station at Olympic and Grand.

As of 10:30pm, the numbers have certainly dwindled, but isolated incidents continue.

10:38pm — Reports now of windows broken out in the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and/or Robeks at Ralphs.

10:51pm — Rioters running down 11th toward Evo / Luma after LAPD broke up their scene at 11th/Flower.

10:56pm — @katfam reports window and neon sign broken at BottleRock, on 11th.

11:10pm — @BrianInLA uploads a photo of smashed Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf window.

Monday, 9am — KTLA just reported that included in the looters at The Holy Grail was at least one individual who lived above the store. LAPD reportedly made an arrest this morning. The store says that it lost $150,000 in merchandise.

10:30am — They got mentioned in the comments, but definitely worth pointing out the L.A. Times' photo gallery from the night.


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