September 25, 2020 UPDATE Preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the blue pick-up truck attempted to maneuver through the crowd of protestors, but was surrounded as he drove past the crowd. The protestors began beating his vehicle with sticks and tried to open the door to his vehicle. As he attempted to drive away from the situation, he struck a protestor who was in the street. That individual was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Hollywood officers stopped that driver several blocks away, where he cooperated with officers and provided information. His vehicle had evidence of damage from the confrontation with protestors. He was released pending the outcome of a hit and run investigation. Hollywood detectives will be canvassing the area today looking for potential witnesses and surveillance video that may have captured the incidents last night. While no arrests have been made, the investigation is still in its early stages and involves Hollywood detectives and investigators from LAPD’s West Traffic Division.
Hollywood: On the evening of September 24, 2020, approximately 7:00 p.m., a group of more than 300 protesters marched through Hollywood. While there were isolated reports of vandalism, the group was largely peaceful. The group eventually made its way onto Sunset Boulevard.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m., a blue pick-up truck traveling on Sunset Boulevard maneuvered through the crowd and became involved in an altercation. As the driver of the pick-up truck attempted to get away from the situation, he struck a protester standing in the street. That individual was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Moments later, a white Prius attempted to drive around that same protest and also became involved in an altercation with individuals in the crowd. A black pick-up truck leading the protests accelerated and pinned that white Prius in, forcing it to come to a stop. The driver of the Prius attempted to flee the area and reversed into a green mustang behind it. That vehicle was also participating in the protest.
Both the drivers of the pick-up truck and the green Mustang attempted to extract the driver of the Prius from his vehicle. However, that driver was able to get away from the scene.
Several blocks away, that motorist was detained by Hollywood officers. There were no injuries associated with that second incident.
All of the drivers and victims involved in both altercations have been identified by Hollywood Officers and the investigation is on-going.