NEWS BRIEFS: Accident, Vandalism, Attempted Robbery

 

TWO-CAR ACCIDENT IN MALIBU:

A two-car accident occurred in the 34300 block of Pacific Coast Highway around 12:10 p.m. today, February 13. Both vehicles were destroyed. East and west bound-lanes of PCH in Malibu were closed just west of Decker Road/CA-23.

Los Angeles County Fire reported that when engines arrived at the scene, at least one of the vehicles was on fire. One person, whose condition is not known, was transported by helicopter to the hospital.

Around 1:20 a KCAL helicopter flew over the scene at Nicholas Canyon and sent photos of a burned up white Range Rover and another heavily damaged vehicle that also had its hood open and engine burned up with car parts strewn about the roadway.

Photo: KCALNEWS

VANDALISM AT NATIONAL CEMETERY, AGAIN:

Pro-Palestinian protestors have vandalized The Los Angeles National Cemetery, for the second time on February 12. The first incident was on January 7.

The National Cemetery, which opened in May 1889 and contains about 90,000 war veterans, including those from the Mexican-American War, the Civil Way, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The Westside Current reported that “Sam Yebri, a former candidate in the Council District 5 race and the first Persian Jew to run for City Council, expressed his dismay, stating, ‘This is the second time that one of LA’s most historic and sacred sites was defaced and desecrated by pro-Hamas extremists who disregard America’s history and honor. The lack of arrests and political condemnation after the first incident has emboldened these criminals.’”

A protest “Hands off Rafah,” was Monday afternoon outside the Wilshire Federal Building in Westwood. Organized by LA4Palestine, the group and its supporters demanded that the U.S. withhold aid to Israel.

Editor’s note: There is no justification for desecrating the gravesite of American heroes.

 

Arrests Made in Attempted Burglary Across from Brentwood Mart:

A consignment store TheRealReal, which offers luxury resale on the Santa Monica/Brentwood border, is the place to shop if you want a bargain.

For example, 14k .5 diamond cluster earrings normally retail for $2,000, but can be purchased at this store for $700. Gucci Wayfarer Tinted Sunglasses normally retail for $435, but here can be purchased for $261. Or a Prada Large Triangolo Jacquard Symbole handbag, which normally retails for $3,950 can be purchased for a mere $2,300.

Or if you don’t want to pay for items, be like the criminals who attempted to break into the store on 26th street, around 2:20 a.m. on February 9.

Individuals were captured on surveillance footage trying to access the store, which is located across from the Brentwood Country Mart, through back and front doors.

When Santa Monica officers responded, suspects attempted to flee and three were captured. A deployment of a K9 unit and LAPD air services led to the capture of two additional suspects.

The suspects were identified as Ryan Sims, Julio Mendoza, and Isaiah Lloyd, all 18, from Los Angeles, along with 19-year-old Mikel Nicholson of Carson. They were booked on charges of attempted burglary and resisting arrest. Additionally, a juvenile implicated in the crime was cited and subsequently released.

The Santa Monica Police Department is actively seeking additional information related to this crime to contact Detective Isaac Reyes at Isaac.reyes@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Lozano at Alfornso.Lozano@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander at 310-458-8427.

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