CRIME – Officer Espin Reports January: Homeless Encampment off El Medio

The beach detail discovered an encampment in a high fire severity zone.

Pacific Palisades Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin has released the crime report from January.

“Overall part one crime is lower,” he said in a January 26 email. “The only category that experience a rise was residential burglaries. We have had five since the beginning of January.” (Part one crimes include: homicide, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, human trafficking and motor vehicle theft.)

Espin also works with the beach detail.

After residents had reported unusual activity near the El Medio trail, located in a high fire severity zone in the Santa Monica Mountains, beach detail officers investigated yesterday, January 31. Officers, Yunphian, Liam and Margin found an abandoned tent and stove.

The stove was found in the brush.

Pacific Palisades Task Force volunteers Carlos Rodriquez and Bruce Schwartz, aided Sharon Kilbride in cleaning the abandoned camps.



January 2, noon to 3 p.m., Los Liones and Tramonto Drives. Suspect used a tool to gain access to victim’s vehicle and removed victim’s backpack.

January 8, 1:20 to 1:40 p.m., at Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway. Suspect smashed vehicle window, removed property and fled.

January 9 to 10, 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., in the 1100 block of Fiske Street. The vehicle was broken into, and property taken.


January 3, 4:45 p.m., in the 1400 block of Floresta Place. The suspect entered the residence through a dog door, went to the bedroom and office and ransacked victim’s belongings. It was unknown if anything was taken. Suspect fled through the front door. A neighbor provided a Ring video of suspect and suspect’s vehicle. An additional trespass report was taken from the neighbor.

January 11, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the 1100 block of Cumbre Alta Court. Suspect broke window with unknown object. Suspect entered, ransacked the property and took jewelry and fled. Fingerprints were requested.

January 14, 6:17 p.m., in the 1100 block of Lachman Lane. Suspect shattered victim’s sliding glass door to gain entry. Suspect removed safe from residence and fled. The safe, containing jewelry was valued at $1,137,000. Video surveillance was captured.

January 18, 6:20 p.m., in the 15000 block of Sunset Boulevard. Suspects removed victim’s secured property from a shopping card and fled.

January 18, 6:20 p.m., in the 1000 block of Glenhaven Drive. The victim was in a bedroom, when the bathroom door opened, and a suspect entered. Once the suspect realized someone was in the house, the suspect fled. The victim then checked the bathroom and found there was an open window and the screen had been cut.


January 8, 2:09 a.m., in the 17000 block of Sunset Boulevard. The suspect gained entry into the garage and took victim’s motorcycle and fled.

(Attempted) January 8 to 11, 9 to 10 a.m., in the 17000 block of Sunset Boulevard. Suspect gained entry to garage and tried to start vehicle. Suspect was able to move vehicle 10 feet and then left it at that location.

January 19 to 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., in the 1800 block of Palisades Drive. A vehicle was taken from the street.


January 15, 2 to 4 p.m., in the 16000 block of Alcima Avenue. The suspect, which was known to the victim, sexually assaulted the victim.


January 3, 1:30 p.m., in the 400 block of Sycamore Road. The suspect pried open the victim’s bathroom window with a crowbar, and entered victims’ residence while they were asleep. The suspect woke victim and demanded property (jewelry, credit cards, purse). The victim, fearful, handed items to the suspect. The suspect fled in a waiting vehicle. CCTV possible and latent prints were requested. The suspect dropped a cell phone and that was booked as evidence.

(Editor’s note: about this robbery, Espin wrote that detectives were able to review security cameras from a neighboring residence. Espin suggests that is helpful to have security cameras angled to the street so that incoming and outgoing traffic and people are recorded.)


January 12, 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the 16000 block of Sunset Boulevard. The suspect, seen on victim’s Ring camera, removed keys from front door and fled.


January 18, 1:24 p.m. in the 15200 block of Sunset Boulevard. The suspect approached victim from behind, pushed the victim and attempted to take victim’s phone.

Officer Brian Espin

Contact: Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin (310) 444-0737 or by email

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