The following crime report is supplied by the Los Angeles Police Department West L.A. Division. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
Kidnapping, home invasion and carjacking rampage
Between 7 and 8 a.m. Aug. 11 in the 100 block of Marquez Place, 15700 block of Bowdoin and 16800 block of Sunset, Brian Cruz, 44, of Los Angeles, was arrested for carjacking/kidnapping after entering the first victim’s home and demanding car keys. The suspect carjacked a second victim and did a home invasion/carjacking on a third victim, according to Los Angeles police. He’s been charged with four felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon; three counts of carjacking; two counts each of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, criminal threats and reckless driving causing injury; and one count each of kidnapping and false imprisonment by violence.
- 200 block of Notteargenta – Between 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. July 29, a suspect entered a home through an unlocked door and took a camera and a laptop computer.
- 1100 block of Via de la Paz – At 5:55 a.m. Aug. 5, two suspects entered a construction site and took tools. Police describe the suspects as a white man, 5’7” and 180 pounds, between 40 and 50 years old. The second suspect is a white man, 5’9” and between 20 and 30 years old.
- 200 block of Monte Grigio Dr. – Between 5:15 and 5:35 p.m. Aug. 5, the suspect entered a home through an open door and took jewelry and iPads.
- 17000 block of Bollinger – Between 5 and 10:15 p.m. Aug. 11, a suspect entered a victim’s home by prying open a window and took jewelry.
- 14600 block of Drummond – Between 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and 6:30 a.m. Aug 4, a suspect entered a vehicle and took golf clubs, sunglasses and an iPad.
- Temescal Canyon/Sunset – Between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10, a suspect smashed a window on a vehicle and took a purse, money and keys.
- 1100 block of Monument – Between 12 and 6:30 a.m. Aug. 10, a suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and took a wallet, money and credit cards.
- 600 block of Kingman – Between 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and 8 a.m. Aug. 11, a suspect entered a victim’s vehicle and took gift cards.
17500 block of Posetano – At 12:05 p.m. Aug. 3, a suspect, who has been identified, smashed the front window of a home.