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 taken a series of actions against the property owners and resident gang members and associates of the notorious San Fernando Valley (SFV) Peckerwoods gang, a white supremacist criminal street gang, at three separate single family residences, two in Canoga Park and one in Granada Hills.
All three homes are alleged bases of operations for members of the SFV Peckerwoods, and have been the sites of rampant criminal activity, including illegal gun and drug sales, as well as places to make pipe bombs, store stolen property, and recruit and train associates in counterfeit and identity theft. One was informally abated and two are the subjects of lawsuits.
“We're fighting to prevent white supremacist gangs from threatening our neighborhoods with their toxic brew of violence, crime and hate,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “My office will continue to take every step we can to combat them--and all that they stand for.”
“These properties are near schools and libraries and we need to do everything in our power to make sure that our children are safe and grow up in a Los Angeles that empowers tolerance and equality,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. “I commend City Attorney Feuer for taking action against this gang that has been engaged in criminal activity and peddling hate in our communities.”
“This group not only represents a significant public safety threat to our local communities, but also represents an assault on our values of tolerance and equity here in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “I want to thank City Attorney Feuer’s office for their commitment to eradicating this notorious white supremacist gang from our communities.”
The City Attorney has filed an abatement lawsuit against Johnny Reed, a member of the SFV Peckerwoods gang and a shot caller for the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, who resides at the single-family residence at 16440 Index Street in Granada Hills. Also named as defendants are Monica Lewis, the owner of the property, as well as her two adult sons, Norman and Robert Lewis. The property is located within 1,000 feet of John. F. Kennedy High School and Jane Addams High School and has a reputation in the community and among law enforcement as an alleged hub for white supremacist gang members and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.
Documented criminal activity at the property this year includes:
In June, a member of the SFV Peckerwoods was arrested at the property on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle. Officers also recovered methamphetamine, credit cards, two California identification cards and a social security card, none of which were in the suspect’s name.
In September, law enforcement officers arrested two individuals at the property for burglary. One arrestee was allegedly a member of the SFV Peckerwoods residing at the property and the other was a member of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, a white supremacist organization.
In October, law enforcement officers recovered heroin and methamphetamine from the property during an arrest of Defendant Johnny Reed and Robert Lewis for narcotics sales. Norman Lewis was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm.
The City Attorney also filed a lawsuit against Erik Cutshaw, a known associate of the SFV Peckerwoods gang, who resides at the single-family residence at 7244 Loma Verde Avenue in Canoga Park. Also named as a defendant is his brother, Kenneth Cutshaw, the owner of the property. This property is 500 feet away from the Canoga Park Branch Library.
Erik Cutshaw has been arrested at least three times since 2012 in connection with criminal activity at the property. In November 2016, Defendant Erik Cutshaw was arrested by LAPD and ATF officers for illegal sales of narcotics and illegal sales of a 9 mm handgun, magazines, and ammunition during an undercover operation. Officers recovered 36 stolen automotive radiators stored onsite.
Another location, 7756 Farralone in Canoga Park was informally abated by the City Attorney after Erik Cutshaw was arrested for allegedly planting a pipe bomb under a vehicle parked outside the property, a residence of a rival gang member. The bomb exploded at that location, which is directly across the street from Columbus Middle School. The City Attorney has successfully worked to cease the gang and nuisance activity at the 7756 Farralone property and it is not the subject of any of the lawsuits. All occupants have been evicted, and the property is currently listed for sale.
The filed lawsuits involving the 16440 Index property in Granada Hills and the 7244 Loma Verde property in Canoga Park seek an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on each property, removal of any fortifications and structures that inhibit the service of search warrants, and prohibiting the installation of surveillance cameras, among other safety provisions. The injunctions will also prohibit any members or known associates of the San Fernando Valley Peckerwoods, or any other criminal gang, from accessing the properties at any time.
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.