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Street Robberies Anger Silver Lake Community: 'Why Didn't We Know Until Now?'

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Since December 30th, the Silver Lake and Echo Park communities have experienced ten street robberies where all the victims were males walking alone. Six of them took place in Echo Park around Sunset and Alvarado through the first week of January (only one took place later in the month) and in the last week, four were committed in the Rowena-Hyperion area of Silver Lake. One such incident over the weekend, where the victim later woke up in the hospital, spread like wildfire through e-mails and community-made flyers handed out on the streets.

Another victim was walking on St. George Street at 2:30 a.m. last Friday night when two male hispanic suspects walked up from behind him while he was talking on his cell phone. They asked him for his property, knocked him to the ground and used a knife to cut his face.

But not all the incidents have taken place late at night. One 19-year-old victim was robbed and stabbed at 3:30 in the afternoon on Glendale Blvd. The suspects pulled up in a car, jumped out, robbed him, and drove away.