According to the LAPD, over 100 cases of follow-home robberies have been taking place in high-end areas. This includes Hollywood, where, on Tuesday morning, 23-year-old Jose Gutierrez was found dead after trying to come to the aid of a female victim. According to police, the violence and number of guns involved in these types of circumstances are rampling up.

 

Witnesses have claimed that the suspects of this most recent crime drove away in a black Nissan and had handguns. According to ABC7 Los Angeles, Officers from the LAPD Hollywood Station arrived around 2:10 a.m. outside of the Sunset Blvd. Bossa Nova Restaurant after multiple call-ins regarding a shooting. Gutierrez was found unresponsive and reported dead at the scene. No arrests have been reported.

 

A witness recounts to CBS Los Angeles, “I heard a lot of shots. I couldn’t count how many. And then I heard a scream. This girl was constantly screaming ‘help.’ I come downstairs, the guy is laying down in front of the car. I check his pulse… he had too many gunshots in his head. So, there was nothing I could do.” It’s currently unclear whether suspects have taken anything or harmed the woman. And police claim that there may be up to 8 suspects involved in this incident.

 

A witness, Robert Jackson, told KTLA about what he saw during his break. “I hear some sirens, see a helicopter, that’s when I decide to jump out, walk down the street… And when I got to the corner, I just see the gentleman laying next to the car.”

 

LAPD Chief Michel Moore claims that the crime is connected to other “follow-home” robberies, in which robbers follow people with expensive vehicles, jewelry, or other belongings. The department has identified at least 133 likely instances of this type of crime. 

 

As a result, the police department will be creating a task force composed of robbery homicide detectives and resources from the Gang Narcotics Division and Metropolitan Division. Moore claims that the force will “work moving forward on identifying these individuals responsible and pursuing and bringing them before the criminal justice system.” Additionally, he urges that people should not attempt to protect their property or engage in any actions other than those that would minimize chances of becoming a victim to violence.

 

The task force will be composed of more than 20 detectives who will work to identify and stop threats to public safety posed by organized groups of criminals. Further, Moore explains the necessity of this, saying that robberies have decreased over the last two years but have also gotten a lot more violent. “[T]he potential for matters to escalate to something that we saw this morning,” Moore said.

 

Other examples of similar crimes have also been reported. One of these, described by NBC Los Angeles, occurred in Upland after robbers followed a couple for over 50 miles from a Hollywood bar. Reportedly, they had a stun gun and held the couple at gunpoint after one refused to give up his car. The robbers still left with a Rolex wristwatch. Police claim that the robbers came in two different cars, a white Mercedes sedan and a white Ford Mustang with a black top. The entire early morning encounter was caught on camera. There have also been reports of breaking and entering in the presence of children, as well as an attempt at armed robbery against TV host Terrence Jenkins.

 

Moore also pushes for persons to drive to a police station instead of to their homes if they realize they’re being followed. Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to call 877-LAPD-247.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.