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Robbers who invaded Westminster home escape after police chase

Westminster Home Invasion Robbers Escape After Police Pursuit

Three men are on the run after allegedly breaking into a family’s home in Westminster and holding a man at gunpoint while they ransacked his bedroom in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Westminster Police Department received a 911 call around 1:30 a.m. from a woman reporting a robbery at her home in the 13400 block of Milan Street. Responding officers arrived within minutes and spotted three men in hooded sweatshirts leaving the area in a gray van with blacked-out windows.

A pursuit ensued as officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspects managed to evade capture near the intersection of Bolsa Chica Road and Westminster Boulevard. The victims, including a man, woman, and two young girls aged 7 and 4, stated that the suspects were armed with two handguns. The intruders allegedly held the man at gunpoint as they demanded to know the whereabouts of any money before making off with several valuable items.

The Westminster Police Department is urging anyone with information about the home invasion to come forward and contact detectives at (714) 548-3783 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS. Tipsters have the option to submit information anonymously through the Crime Stoppers website.

This brazen home invasion has left the community of Westminster in shock and has prompted heightened vigilance among residents. The swift response of law enforcement and their ongoing efforts to apprehend the suspects serve as a reminder of the commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the community.

The Westminster Police Department is committed to investigating this incident thoroughly and will work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice. The cooperation of the public in providing any relevant information is crucial in assisting law enforcement in their pursuit of the suspects. It is imperative that we stand together as a community against such acts of violence and criminal behavior.

As the investigation unfolds, residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities. The safety and security of our neighborhoods remain a top priority, and with the partnership of the community and law enforcement, we can work towards creating a safer environment for all. Let us stand united against crime and support one another during this challenging time.

In conclusion, the Westminster Police Department seeks the support and cooperation of the public in their efforts to investigate this home invasion and bring the perpetrators to justice. By coming together as a community and remaining vigilant, we can empower law enforcement in their pursuit of the suspects and contribute to the safety and well-being of our neighborhoods. Every piece of information, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in the ongoing investigation. Together, let us strive to create a safer and more secure environment for all.

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Forest Lawn Drive now free of RV encampment and parking

Nancy Sexton was thrilled when city crews cleared out more than 50 RVs in December that had been parked near her business for months, blocking parking spots and leaving behind trash and waste on Forest Lawn Drive.

Then she realized the long stretch of road near Barham Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills was suddenly off limits for not just parked RVs, but all parked vehicles. Much of the curb was painted red. No parking signs lined the sidewalk.

“It’s a dumb decision,” said Sexton, who owns the Muse Rooms, which offers leased office spaces. “It’s frustrating.”

The more than 50 RVs, which had been stationed along the winding road for months as a semi-permanent living encampment, were removed in December as part of the city’s operation known as Inside Safe. One goal of the program, which is part of Mayor Karen Bass’ initiative to bring people living on the streets indoors, is to end the cycle of homeless encampments being cleared by the city only to return a few weeks later.

But days after the RVs were removed, Sexton said, the curb was painted red and parking was limited. The new red zone is about a quarter mile long, running between Warner Bros. Studios’ Gate 9 entrance and North Coyote Canyon Drive.

The areas that do allow parking, meanwhile, have two-hour limits.

City officials also said the decision to restrict parking was done out of fire safety concerns, not to keep the RVs from resettling along the road. Sexton has her doubts.

The lack of parking along the street suddenly imposed a new, unexpected expense on her clients, prompting some to look elsewhere. The red curb has also become an irritation for some students and workers at the New York Film Academy and businesses nearby.

A road with RVs lining its right side.

RVs are parked on Forest Lawn Drive on June 27, 2023, in Burbank.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

Since the no-parking signs went up, Sexton said, she’s lost two regular members and two potential clients. All of them had aired concern about the lack of street parking and the added expense of paying $12 a day at the parking structure on site.

The parking fee, Sexton said, doubled the monthly costs for some members.

“I didn’t know how much of a problem it was going to be until there were people saying, ‘I can’t pay $12 a day,’ ” she said. “I’m really feeling it now.”

The situation highlights some of the unintended results as city officials look to address homelessness and the concerns of businesses and homeowners affected by makeshift encampments, whether they involve tents, vehicles, or both.

RV encampments have sprung up across the city amid a housing crisis that has left many people priced out of permanent homes. Local officials have looked for ways to address the issue, including new regulations that have targeted overnight RV parking.

According to the mayor’s office, the Inside Safe program has addressed 39 encampments so far, moving more than 2,400 people into interim housing and an additional 440 into permanent housing since December 2022.

Bass spokesperson Zach Seidl said the RVs that were removed from Forest Lawn Drive were themselves causing parking issues in the area, as well as raising other significant safety and public health concerns.

Members of the surrounding community have said removing the RVs “has helped on all three fronts,” Seidl said in a statement. “This operation has saved lives.

Stella Stahl, spokesperson for Councilmember Nithya Raman, said the city has helped many of the RV residents along Forest Lawn Drive to find housing indoors.

In a statement, Stahl credited the decision to limit parking to a request by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which called the area a “high fire severity zone.” A 2019 brush fire in the area burned more than 30 acres and threatened homes and businesses.

In a Sept. 19, 2023, letter, LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman asked the city Department of Transportation to install “Tow Away No Stopping Any Time” restrictions on the road due to the stopped and parked vehicles there.

To avoid the hassle of looking for parking, cinematography students Sanchin Vinay, Yifan Xiang, and Davide Picci carpool to their classes at the New York Film Academy, which shares a building with the Muse Rooms. Eliminating the RVs has opened some spots to them, although Picci said they’d been able to find spaces on the street before — “really far down.”

A couch on a sidewalk near an RV.

The curb along Forest Lawn Drive, where someone has left a couch.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes they pay the $12 for the daily parking to avoid being late for class. Carpooling helps cushion the cost.

Leslie Bates, a film production instructor, said she heard of students and faculty members having “volatile” interactions with the RV residents.

Now that the RVs have

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