Koreatown On Alert: Manhunt for Crowbar-Wielding Vandal Who Damaged 30 Cars

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Los Angeles Police Department is intensifying their search for a man responsible for vandalizing at least 30 vehicles in a midday spree in Koreatown. The suspect, armed with a crowbar, wreaked havoc across a five-block radius, leaving a trail of damaged cars and distressed residents in his wake.

The incident, which unfolded between noon and 3 p.m. on Monday, saw the suspect targeting cars parked around Fourth and Seventh Street, as well as Westmoreland Boulevard and Virgil Avenue. He systematically smashed windows and bodies of vehicles, inflicting significant damage. One of the victims, Mileena Sosa, shared her distress, stating the repairs for her car’s back window and side mirror could cost between $300 and $400. “I was in tears. I was very frustrated,” Sosa said, echoing the concerns of fellow residents about the safety of their neighborhood.

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Samuel Jones, a Koreatown resident, expressed his dismay at the frequency of such incidents in the area. “It’s very common that this type of thing happens in this area,” he said, highlighting the community’s growing anxiety over these recurring acts of vandalism.

The LAPD is seeking information about the suspect, described as an adult man wearing a gray “Dallas” sweatshirt, black pants, black slippers, and carrying a neon green bag. Notably, the suspect wielded a yellow crowbar during the attack and is known to exhibit hostility towards bystanders.

Authorities are urging anyone with information regarding the vandalism or the suspect to contact the LAPD Olympic Station auto detectives at (213) 382-9370. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Shawn Henry

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