LAPD Reports ‘Troubling Increase’ in Armed Robberies
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore reported Sept. 20 a “troubling” 52 percent increase in robberies that involve a firearm compared to 2019. Robberies overall are up 17 percent compared to the same time last year.
“Robberies are consistently a challenge” for the department, Moore said in a meeting with the Los Angeles Police Commission.
Earlier this month, LAPD encountered two separate incidents involving a suspect with a firearm.
On Sept. 20, officers attempted to stop a suspect who they believed was driving a stolen vehicle when the suspect purposely drove off Harbor Freeway and into an encampment. The suspect fired in the direction of officers before being detained successfully without officers firing back….
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