This is the moment a pair of brazen robbers cornered a mother with her baby on the driveway of her LA mansion as she waited for its electronic gates to close.
The Los Angeles Police Department, which shared the footage on Twitter Tuesday, is asking for help finding the suspects who robbed the mother in broad daylight on Sunday. The unidentified woman is seen in the video, shared on Twitter Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Department, walking into her driveway with her infant in a stroller.
The two robbers walk past the home, then turn around and walk inside before the electronic gates could close. They then back the woman against the wall of her property, take a diaper bag off her back and grab a cooler from inside her stroller before fleeing in a car parked outside.
‘Fearing for her and her child’s safety, the victim complied’ with the thieves demands that she hand over her belongings, the LAPD wrote in its Twitter post. The horrific incident appears to have been a crime of opportunity, with the robbers strolling past the open gate, then apparently making a decision to go inside on spotting the vulnerable woman by herself.
A pair of brazen thieves cornered a mother with her baby in the driveway of her Los Angeles mansion as she waited for its electronic gates to close
They demanded she hand over her belongings before stealing a diaper bag and a bottle cooler, then fleeing in a silver sedan
The robbery happened on Sunday around 5.10pm in the city’s wealthy Hancock Park neighborhood. Police described the suspects as being black men in their 20s who took off in a silver sedan with tinted windows.
The average cost of a house in Hancock Park is currently $1.9 million, according to Redfin, and prices listed on Zillow range from $499,000 and $25 million.
The brazen mugging comes amid a surge in robberies, home invasions and ‘smash-and-grab’ shoplifting incidents throughout Los Angeles and California. Los Angeles alone has seen a 3.6% increase in robberies this year as compared to last year.
There were 7,386 robberies in Los Angeles this year through November 20, the LAPD’s most recent data, as compared to 7,386 last year.
Just Tuesday, legendary music executive Clarence Avant’s wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Avant, was killed by gunshot in what police fear may have been a home invasion at their $7 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
Shocking photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the musician’s decimated sliding glass doors, though police pointedly declined to confirm that robbery was the suspected motive, saying all possibilities are under consideration.
The robbery happened in the city’s wealthy Hancock Park neighborhood, where the price of a home averages at $1.9 million
There were 7,386 robberies in Los Angeles this year through November 20, the LAPD’s most recent data, a 3.6% increase from the 7,386 reported the same time last year
Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that at least one burglar made it into the $7 million mansion before Jacqueline was killed, although it is unclear if that person was apprehended, and no description for a possible suspect has been issued.
Tributes have since been pouring out for the noted philanthropist, including from Bill Clinton and Magic Johnson, and Tyler Perry is vowing to devote ‘every available resource’ to tracking down those responsible.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the victim’s family said: ‘The entire Avant and Sarandos families wish to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support and heartfelt condolences for Jacqueline Avant.’
The break-in came after a weekend that saw three people gunned down, including retired police officer and father of two Kevin Nishita, who was working as a security guard protecting a television crew reporting from the scene of a smash and grab.
Nishita was on assignment to guard the KRON4 team on Wednesday when a robber targeted the TV crew for their cameras. Nishita, a former police officer, confronted one of 12 masked robbers to protect the reporters, and the thief shot him in the lower abdomen. He was rushed to Highland Hospital to undergo surgery, but died on Saturday morning.
It comes amid a surge in robberies and crime through Los Angeles and California, including a home shooting Tuesday that killed Clarence Avant’s wife
Investigators work the scene of Jaqueline Avant’s murder after an apparent home invader shot and killed her
Oakland security guard, father-of-two and grandfather-of-three Kevin Nishita was one of three people killed in Oakland over the weekend. He was shot while protecting a TV crew reporting on smash-and-grab raid.
A news team from KRON4 had been reporting last Wednesday on a robbery which had involved 12 armed thugs wearing masks and hoods targeting a Prime 356 clothing store in Oakland, when security guard and ex-cop Kevin Nishita was gunned down. (pictured: Police are seen arriving at the scene following the incident)
KRON4, its parent company Nexstar Media Inc., Nishita’s employer Star Protection Agency and the Oakland Police Department have issued a $32,500 reward for information on the suspects.
‘We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,’ KRON4’s Vice President Jim Rose said in a statement. ‘This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area.’
Cities across the state of California also saw a torrent of violent robberies during the week of Black Friday despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vow to crack down on organized ‘smash-and-grabs’ plaguing the state.
On Friday, the Bottega Veneta store in LA’s trendy Beverly Grove shopping district saw a large group enter the store at 5:21 p.m. and snatch pricey merchandise before one robber pepper-sprayed someone in the face, the LA Police Department reported.
Meanwhile, eight people made their way into a Home Depot in Lakewood at 7:55 p.m. and stole sledgehammers, wrenches and hammers, threatened customers and then fled in 10 getaway cars.
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department told CBS that the Home Deport robbery was especially worrying because the tools stolen could likely be used to rob more stores in the area.
Newsom promised last week week to provide an ‘exponential level of support’ in the next state budget to help cities combat retail theft rings.
He also pledged to increase police patrols across the state in shopping malls to discourage looters on and around Black Friday, but to no avail.
Newsom said that his plans for next year’s budget will ‘substantially’ increase funding for cities to address organized retail crime, and last week promised to ‘step up’ police patrols to deter looters around Black Friday.
‘We need to break up these crime rings, and we need to make an example out of these folks,’ Newsom said. ‘We cannot allow this to continue.’
But the comments were met with ire from Republicans who argued Newsom had embraced soft policies that set the stage for the very burglaries he pledged to combat.
One include Proposition 47, which voters passed in California in 2014 and bars prosecutors from charging suspected shoplifters accused of stealing less than $950 worth of merchandise with felonies.
Police officials have blamed California’s lax attitudes towards non-violent thefts and robberies for the string of crimes, which included 20 robbers smashing their way into a Nordstrom at The Grove retail complex in LA on November 22, making off with $5,000 worth of merchandise; and a CVS pharmacy in the city was struck just an hour later, where looters stole $8,000 from a cash register.
Nine people have been charged in connection with robberies last week at Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Bloomingdale’s in the downtown area and in Union Square, a posh shopping district popular with tourists that was teeming with holiday shoppers.
Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, said: ‘We’re not talking about someone who needs money or needs food. These are people who go out and do this is for high profit, and for the thrill.’