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17 Gangs Target LA’s Wealthiest Residents In ‘Follow-Home’ Attacks

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Seventeen gangs are targeting the city’s wealthiest residents, often following them out of stores and restaurants before robbing them, according to a new Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) task force.

the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday the results of an investigation into the phenomenon of “tracked-home” or “tracked” thefts, which are part of a major crime wave experienced by residents in recent years.

the Time reported:

More than a dozen LA gangs are targeting some of the city’s wealthiest residents in new and aggressive ways, dispatching crews in multiple cars to find, track and rob people driving high-end vehicles or carrying expensive jewelry, according to police.

“There is not even any chance or opportunity for these victims to comply. They just run up to people and attack them, whether it’s putting a gun to their face or punching and beating them. [Capt. Jonathan] said Tippet. “Pistol whipping them too.”

The trend, in a city known for its affluence as well as extreme poverty, comes at a time when crime as a whole is under a microscope – with homicides, shootings and armed robberies all at high levels since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and candidates in the city’s ongoing mayoral race are decrying those increases as they vie for voters and wealthy donors.

There have also been several robberies and violent crimes during home invasions, including the murder of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant and young designer Brianna Kupfer. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón blamed Avan’t’s murder on the criminal justice “system”; Kupfer’s father blamed politicians for letting criminals go free.

In the current race for mayor of LA, businessman Rick Caruso, who has taken the lead in the polls, has backed an effort to recall Gascón.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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