LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Investigators believe a man who was shot dead outside a popular Hollywood restaurant in the wee hours of Tuesday was helping a woman who was being attacked by suspects likely linked to the recent spate of “home robberies” “.
The shooting took place at 2:09 a.m. in the 7100 block of Sunset Boulevard, outside the Bossa Nova restaurant.
Los Angeles Police responded by finding a 23-year-old man dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told the LAPD commission on Tuesday morning that the victim came to the defense of a woman was confronted by eight theft suspects approaching her from two different vehicles.
Moore said the victim “came to the aid of the woman who was attacked.”
It is not known if the suspects fled with objects or if the woman was injured.
Moore added that the murder was likely linked to the recent spate of home robberies in which suspects bring victims home, usually to high-end restaurants or nightclubs, and steal jewelry, handbags or items from them. ‘other expensive items.
Police have listed areas such as Melrose Avenue and the LA Jewelry District as the places of origin of these crimes.
Moore told the commission there have been at least 133 home thefts so far this year.
On November 10, several suspects were involved in an attempted armed robbery in Sherman Oaks in which they allegedly followed TV host Terrence Jenkins to his home and then opened fire on him. He was not injured.
On October 27, the home in Encino of Dorit Kemsley, star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, was broken into at gunpoint. Police said two suspects broke a sliding glass door and entered Kemsley’s home while she and her children were inside. Holding her at gunpoint, they reportedly threatened to kill her. They stole high-end handbags, jewelry and watches. A third suspect, the fleeing driver, then encountered the other two in a black van before fleeing.