Venice: On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Los Angeles Police Department patrol officers assigned to Pacific Division responded to a radio call of a burglary suspect there now.
Upon their arrival, a witness directed officers to the 200 Block of Windward Avenue, where a male Black suspect was seen forcibly entering a house. The witness then saw a female and the same suspect exit a window that lead to the roof of the house.
The victim, a 29-year-old female, was asleep upstairs inside her residence. She was awakened by the sound of her front door being forced open. The victim quickly ran to an upstairs window and escaped onto the roof as she called 911. The suspect exited the same window leading to the roof, but was unable to see the victim. No contact was ever made between the suspect and victim.
Officers saw both the victim and suspect on the roof. With the assistance of the Los Angeles Fire Department, a ladder was deployed to the roof, allowing the victim to climb down to safety. Once the victim was safe, officers ordered the suspect to climb down, and he complied with the officer’s orders. The suspect was arrested for Hot Prowl Burglary, and he was transported to Pacific Area Police Station.
Through the combined efforts of a community member, the LAFD and the quick response of the LAPD officers, this suspect is in custody, and his case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Pacific Burglary Detective Robyn Salazar at 310-482-6363. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.