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 a lawsuit against the owners and managers of the Chesapeake Apartments, a 425-unit apartment complex in Baldwin Village. The apartment complex is an alleged stronghold for the Black P-Stones street gang and has been the site of rampant criminal activity dating back to 1996, including homicides, shootings, drug sales, robberies, assaults, and gun possession.
"Negligent, callous management has allowed the Chesapeake Apartments to become a hotbed of terror in this neighborhood," said Feuer. "We’ll continue to hold property owners responsible for these harrowing conditions as we take back our communities."
The City Attorney has filed an abatement lawsuit against Swaranjit Nijjar and several entities associated with him, who collectively own and manage the large apartment complex located at 4616 Rodeo Road in Baldwin Village. The 17-plus-acre property is directly across the street from Dorsey High School and View Park Continuation High School, within 639 feet from Coliseum Street Elementary School and 126 feet from the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex.
The property has been documented over the years as the site for hundreds of violent crimes, including homicides, attempted murders, robberies, assaults, and rapes as well as multiple gang-related shootings and armed robberies. LAPD officers have recovered at least a half dozen weapons from the property within the past few years. The complex has also been the site for numerous drug buys from various locations throughout the property, including apartment buildings, a laundry room and a parking lot.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on the property and comprehensive physical and managerial improvements including: secure fencing and gating throughout the property’s perimeter; an internet-connected video monitoring system; improved lighting; improved tenant screening and lease enforcement procedures; and armed, licensed security guards. The lawsuit also seeks a court order requiring Nijjar to live at the apartment complex until the nuisance activity is abated.
Since July, 2013, City Attorney Feuer has filed 98 nuisance abatement lawsuits, securing 96 injunctions and collected more than $1 million. Feuer has also 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.