LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed two gang nuisance abatement lawsuits against the owners of an apartment complex and a nearby fourplex that are controlled by rival gangs. The properties have facilitated a deadly decade-long gang feud that has intensified in the past year with continual shootings, guns recovered from gang members and other illegal activity.
"For too long, the residents of these South Los Angeles neighborhoods have lived in a war zone," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “Our lawsuits aim to shut down these gang strongholds and stop the bullets from flying."
A public nuisance abatement lawsuit has been filed against Main-South Central Associates, LP; the owner of a 36-unit apartment complex located at 9310 South Central Avenue. The property serves as the headquarters for the Be Bop Bloods criminal street gang and the epicenter for local criminal activity. The property is also located directly across the street from a youth development center and within 2,000 feet of two elementary schools and a church.
Since 2011, LAPD officers have made 30 arrests at the property for gun possession and narcotics activity. During that same period there have been eight documented shootings, including a homicide in September 2015, with 17 loaded guns recovered from the property.
A second lawsuit has also been filed against Analia Bortolo, Lawrence Green and Roslin Childers-Green, the current and former owners of the fourplex located at 857 East 90th Street. The property serves as a stronghold for the Family Swan Bloods, a rival street gang to the Be Bop Bloods who share a common “turf” boundary. Escalating gang activity originating at the property occurs within 2,000 feet of two churches, a high school and a recreation center.
Since 2011, there have been five documented drive-by shootings including a recent incident in September 2015, one stabbing, nine loaded guns recovered and six arrests at the property for gun possession.
The civil nuisance abatement actions seek that the owners reside at the properties until the nuisance is abated, an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on the property, physical and managerial improvements to the property including: an internet-connected video monitoring system; improved lighting; secure gating and fencing; improved tenant screening and lease enforcement procedures; and armed, licensed security guards.
Since July, 2013, City Attorney Feuer’s Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit has filed 38 actions similar to this one and obtained 53 injunctions requiring comprehensive physical and managerial improvements to nuisance properties. In this same time period, the office has also successfully secured the closure of five gang/narcotics locations and recovered over $236,000 in costs and fees.
Feuer also recently established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and/or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He's asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting the City Attorney’s website. All reports may be made anonymously.