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Larchmont Village Resident Mugged


Last Thursday a Larchmont Village resident was viciously attacked while she was getting personal items out of her car parked directly in front of her home on the 500 block of North Gower. The incident occurred so fast, the victim hardly had time to react.

According to the victim, it happened around 9 pm in the evening just after she parallel parked her car in front of her home. The victim got out of the car and went to her trunk to remove a tote bag from her car — she’d taken to storing the bags in her car so as not to invite anyone to break into her car.

While her head was down and she was looking in her trunk, the resident noticed a dark red or maroon colored car stop and a young African-American male jump out and scurry toward her with his head down. He was wearing a hoodie with some kind of fringe around the edges. He vocalized something that disarmed her and made her think it could be one of her teenage son’s friends about to play a joke on her. But then she was hit  in the back of the head. As she was reeling from the first hit, the assailant delivered a second blow under her chin.

At this point, she said she could see his face and his eyes were large, like he was as freaked out as she was, but he was still coming toward her and she was trying to back away.  She realized he had something in his hand. She let out a huge scream and her husband and son came running out of the house. She said the guy was grabbing at the handbag on her shoulder. Her husband grabbed the keys and attempted to chase the guy, who had jumped back into the car while her son called 911. Within a few minutes, a fire truck showed up with four firemen, who began attending to her injuries. About 20 minutes LAPD arrived. After telling her story to the police, she went to the hospital, where she was treated with four staples in the back of her head and two stitches under her chin.

The victim lost her purse containing all her credit cards and her cell phone. The SIM card was dumped from the phone nearby. Monday, she said someone tried to purchase two computers and some musical instruments on for delivery to an address in Los Angeles. She’s been working with LAPD detectives to pass along any information.

The victim is a tough-minded positive person who says she refuses to give into the fear, but she’s definitely wants to do all she can to help LAPD catch the criminal and to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

“I am going to be much more aware of my surroundings,” she told the Buzz. “No one should have this kind of reminder but this may help someone else be safe, be sure to look around before you get our of your car.”

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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