LOS ANGELES – In a sustained effort to rid the city of gang and crime infested properties, City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed lawsuits against the owners of a duplex and fourplex in South Los Angeles. The apartment buildings are alleged strongholds for the Neighborhood Crips street gangs and have been the sites of rampant criminal activity including drug sales and gun possession.
“No neighborhood should have to endure these conditions,” said Feuer. “We’ll continue to target centers of illegal activity like these and take back our communities.”
"When we confirm clear evidence of drug sales and illegal weapons, it is incumbent on the city to take proactive steps to get to the source of the problem" said Councilmember Harris Dawson. "This is a smart approach that will mitigate the immediate problem of drug sales as well as prevent future problems by placing corrective conditions on the property, so that it doesn't go right back to being the neighborhood drug house."
The City Attorney has filed an abatement lawsuit against Christopher Darnell Evans and Carl Amos, trustees for the duplex building located at 4406 S. Gramercy Place and within a half-mile of four public schools and two churches. Evans is a documented 46 Neighborhood Crips gang member and has taken over the property following the death of his father in 2012, allegedly encouraging and participating in narcotics sales and gang crime.
Just in the past two months, LAPD officers have conducted four controlled narcotics purchases at the property and made multiple narcotics-related arrests of gang members. Defendant Evans was allegedly involved in selling narcotics during at least two of the purchases. LAPD also made two arrests at the property including one of a gang member for concealing a gun in a vehicle and one of a felon in possession of a stolen gun.
A concurrent lawsuit was filed against Darwin and Ethel Hudson, the owners of a fourplex apartment building located at 5700 South Budlong Avenue. The property is allegedly controlled by the 57 Neighborhood Crips criminal street gang and used as a walk-up site for narcotics sales out of the garage. The property is located within 1,000 feet of a middle school and elementary school.
Between September 2015 and May 2016 LAPD conducted 12 controlled narcotics purchases at the property including 10 rock cocaine purchases by informants.
Both lawsuits seek 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 40 actions similar to these and obtained 56 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 $270,000 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 this page. All reports may be made anonymously.