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LAPD Forms New Task Force After Latest Follow-Home Robbery

LAPD Headquarters with L.A. City Hall reflected on the building's mirrored façade.
LAPD headquarters.
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The latest in a string of follow-home robberies in the city of L.A. turned deadly this morning, prompting the LAPD to create a new task force.

The effort comes after a man was fatally shot this morning in Hollywood during an attack believed to be tied to follow-home robberies.

At 2 a.m., a man sitting in his car came to the assistance of a woman who was being attacked in front of Bossa Nova restaurant on Sunset Blvd.

"We haven't seen a robbery series like this in decades. And we intend to not allow it to continue,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said at today’s Police Commission meeting.

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The newly formed Robbery Homicide Follow-Home Robbery Task Force will add additional resources from the LAPD's Gang Narcotics Division and Metropolitan Division to help investigate well over 100 follow-home robberies.

In early 2021, LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division began seeing a trend where victims were followed either to their homes or business then robbed.

Detectives liken these crimes to a spate of “knock-knock” burglaries that occurred throughout the city a few years ago. In those instances, police identified “different crews/gangs” as the perpetrators.

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