Crimes on WeHo’s West Side last month were up 96 percent over October 2020, Lt. Bill Moulder of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department told the Public Safety Commission in his report Monday night. 62 percent of all Part One crimes committed last month originated on the West Side.
Commissioner Robert B. Oliver questioned the sharp rise.
Moulder pointed to pickpocketers taking advantage of re-opened businesses and crowded streets. There were 39 instances of pickpocketing, 26 of which were felonies.
Targeted robberies are also an issue, he said.
Chairperson Tory Berger was concerned about the six armed robberies that occurred last month.
“That’s unusual to me,” he said. “We don’t usually have those, we usually have like one or two.”
“Yeah, in the last several months we’ve had some armed robberies, obviously, in the West Hollywood area,” Moulder said. “Our detectives and those of our neighboring cities, L.A., as well as Beverly Hills, have also been experiencing the same issues and have been working together on them.”
Commissioner Kerri Balbone requested information on the reported rapes that occurred in October.
In three of the rape reports, Moulder said, the victims knew the alleged perpetrator; one involved a conflict over the use of a condom. In another report, the victim claimed their drink was spiked, the latest in a rash of recent accusations. It’s part of a larger problem that Moulder said his department is working on currently.
Moulder had no updates regarding the homicide that occurred Oct. 28, when deputies responded to an apartment complex located in the 7300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard near Plummer Park and found a woman with gunshot wounds.
The victim was taken to a hospital where she later died of her wounds. This week she was identified as Kayla Hurst, 23, by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
An investigation into the shooting was ongoing and anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.