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9 Street Robberies in Silver Lake-Echo Park Concerns Community

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UPDATE, Feb. 4: More detailed information and the community meeting info can be found on this new article.

An e-mail has been floating around the Silver Lake-Echo Park area talking about a recent series of robberies over the past month:

This past Friday January 30, a friend of mine was brutally assaulted walking from Blair’s near Hyperion to Edendale Bar and Grill on Rowena. It was maybe between 11:30 PM or 12:30 AM near the West Silver Lake Street entrance on Rowena. He was pulled into the back of a dark driveway, had a gun pressed against his temple and then savagely thrown to the ground and beaten, crushing his left cheek; he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened next. He couldn’t see both suspects but got a look at one who he describes as a tall, young Hispanic male.
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The e-mail, which has the community questioning why the police have been silent on the issue until now, continues to state that police officers at the hospital mentioned this was one of nine robberies of a similar nature (the full text of the e-mail is posted below).

According to Captain Lance Smith of the LAPD's Northeast Division, there were nine violent robberies in Silver Lake and Echo Park in January. Four of them were centered around Rowena and Hyperion and another four happened near Sunset and Alvarado. "We don't think there's association between all nine," he said over the phone. The ninth incident happened at an ATM in another part of the division.