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LA City Councilman Says Crime Is Making Residents ‘Sick and Tired of Feeling Unsafe’

Los Angeles City Council Member Traci Park on Thursday lashed out at the city’s public safety problem, blaming the city’s catch-and-release and criminals-are-victims policies for making the city unsafe. city.

During a press conference, she said of crimes such as the brutal attacks on two women on the canals of Venice are unacceptable.

“People in the city of Los Angeles are tired of feeling unsafe,” she said. “No woman, no visitor, no family should be unsafe in any neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles, let alone our city’s premier tourist destination,” she said. “Our businesses are being pushed to the brink and consumers are paying for it.”

The first incident occurred on Saturday, April 6, around 10:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Strongs Drive, when the suspect approached a woman walking from behind and struck her in the head with a hard object, rendering her unconscious.

About an hour later, the second woman was attacked in a “similar manner” near the Sherman Canal, police said. Both victims suffered significant injuries.

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Park said there are “unstable and potentially dangerous” people roaming the streets, and said Los Angeles is “getting a bad rap.”

“This time it was two innocent women minding their own business and just walking through the canals,” Park said. ‘It could have been any of us: your neighbor, your colleague, your friend, your sister, your wife. It’s time we get serious about public safety in Los Angeles.”

Anthony Jones, 29, was arrested Thursday evening in San Diego. Jones is suspected of hitting the women with a hard object, leaving them both unconscious. Police also said there was a sexual element to the attacks, but no further details were released.

“I am proud of the tireless work and dedication to public safety shown by everyone involved in this case, especially our specialized detectives,” LAPD Chief Dominic Choi said in a statement. “I thank Councilwoman Park for her continued support as she continually works together to ensure the safety of our communities. The people of Los Angeles are safer today because this predator is in custody.”

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Jones was being held in lieu of $3.25 million bail, according to jail records.

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