Los Angeles: Over the past several days, there has been a pattern of carjacking incidents identified by Southeast Area’s Robbery Detectives involving the use of the social media application, ‘Tagged’. The social media application allows users to engage with each other via messages or video chats. The suspects meet potential victims on the application, then lure them to Southeast Area, where they are robbed at gunpoint of their property and vehicles. The suspects are described as a female Black, between 16-20 years of age and a male Black, between 17-20 years of age.
On December 15, 2022, around 6:00 p.m., a carjacking involving a green Honda Civic occurred in the Southeast Area. Around 9:00 p.m., Southeast Area patrol officers located a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle taken in the carjacking. The officers confirmed that the vehicle was taken in a carjacking and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The suspect vehicle failed to stop for the officers and a pursuit was initiated, which was terminated when the suspect vehicle collided into a parked vehicle at 88th Street and Menlo Avenue. Several suspects were detained immediately after the crash and a short time later, additional suspects were detained in the area.
A total of six juvenile suspects were detained in connection to the carjacking and a handgun was recovered from inside the suspect vehicle. Four suspects were arrested for Carjacking. One suspect was arrested for Felony Evading, and one suspect was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property. Due to the ages of the arrestees, their names will not be released.
Southeast Robbery Detectives are looking to make the community aware of this pattern involving the social media application “Tagged” and urge the community to report any similar incidents to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is urged to call Southeast Area Robbery Detectives at (213)-972-7813. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.