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Saturday, January 28

900 block of Maine Avenue. At 8:56 p.m., police were dispatched to shots heard and found a male teen with multiple gunshot wounds, in the alley. Long Beach Fire Department personnel transported the victim, 17-year-old Jose De Jesus Flores, a resident of Long Beach to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Monday, January 30

Adderley Drive near Woodruff Ave. and Los Coyotes Diagonal. A NextDoor post described a suspicious male “walking slowly, passed my house looking in the kitchen window at me” at 6:30 a.m. “Another neighbor saw him around 5 a.m. He was in a different neighbor’s driveway and up on my porch looking in the windows and door several times. My neighbor was outside and asked him what he was doing and he said he was looking for David.” A neighbor heard loud yelling and found the person in his driveway. “He told him to leave and 30 minutes later, the front windshield of his car was shattered.” The police questioned him at the bus stop around noon, but didn’t take him in. About 6 p.m., he came back asking for David. “My husband told him there was no David and never had been and he needed to move along. He proceeded to escort him down the block along with several other neighbors who had seen him during the day. He appeared to be altered; there was definitely something not right.”

Tuesday, January 31

CSULB Liberal Arts Building 5. A hateful message, “wetback lives don’t matter” was found on the men’s restroom wall. CSULB spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh confirmed a photo of the message has been circulating online. CSULB President Jane Close Conoley and ASI President Marvin Flores responded to the “despicable and cowardly message,” stating that they stand in solidarity with students, faculty and staff in “speaking and acting against challenges that seek to marginalize and oppress them.”

3800 block of E. Willow St. The Alpert Jewish Community Center was evacuated at 9:15 a.m. after a bomb threat. Police said that after a “methodical and thorough search” with help from police K-9s, no devices were located, thus the threat was deemed a hoax. Other Jewish Community Centers, including one in San Diego, have received similar threats.

Thursday, February 2

Atlantic Avenue and Via Carmelitos. The first of several residential robberies occurred in the early morning hours at the Carmelitos Senior housing complex. According to police, four of these crimes occurred between Feb. 2 and Feb. 5 from 5:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. All of the victims were females, 63 to 95 years. “In most cases, a male adult suspect knocked on the door, forced his way inside, and physically assaulted the victims. Stolen property included purses, cell phones, and cash. In one case, the victim was walking near the residential complex when the robbery occurred. The most recent incident escalated to a sexual assault. The suspect rang the victim’s doorbell, forced his way into the residence, sexually assaulted the victim, and fled with cash.”

Eastside. At 9:37 a.m., a woman in face makeup resembling the rock band KISS was swinging a stick in a provocative manner.

Friday, February 3

Bellflower Blvd. north of Harco St. What resembled a gas station line of 40 cars from the early 1970s lent itself to the question: Whaaa? Several in the area saw that the vehicle traffic entered the Girl Scouts parking lot, thus solving the mystery with the key term, “Smores.”

Monday, February 7

200 block of Obispo Ave. A tenant in an apartment building was aware that a female tenant in the same building had been evicted. When he saw two young males carrying backpacks enter the supposed empty apartment, he grew concerned. When he saw them leave with full backpacks, he wondered if a burglary had occurred. He followed them in bare feet to Broadway and Orizaba. At 1 p.m., he confronted them. They told him the woman was still in the apartment, post-eviction, and they were visiting her. Nuff said. Moral of the story. Wear shoes when following potential bad hombres.

Tuesday, February 8

Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. Some homes and businesses were evacuated because of two suspicious devices discovered at 8:35 a.m. Los Angeles Police Bomb Squad rendered the devices inert, harmless, couldn’t go boom. Residents and workers in the area were allowed to return just before 10 a.m.

Thursday, February 9

3600 block of Pacific Ave. At 7:30 a.m., a male thought to be the same one who attacked women at Carmelitos Senior Center, attacked a 90-year-old bedridden female and took a few items after the attack.

Friday, February 10

South Los Angeles. The suspect in the robberies and sexual assaults of five elderly women, Melvin Earl Farmer Jr., 39, and a suspected accomplice, Sophia Yim, 31, both of Lynwood were arrested.

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