With baseball bats and crowbars, vandals destroyed a car in the 4500 block of Lomina Avenue in Lakewood.

A neighbor told KTLA that the owner watched from the window as six cheeky burglars attempted to steal the catalytic converter from his car. Then, as the owner yelled at them to stop, they threatened her.

Brian Cuaron, a Lakewood resident, said the incident made him “very, very angry”.

“They were going to kill that woman. It was as simple as that. You saw the guy with the bat above his head and he was right by his door. He was going to hit her on the top of the head,” Cuaron said.

This is not the first time the neighborhood has been the victim of a crime. Neighbors tell KTLA there is out of control in the area, including a flash mob that invaded a Home Depot in November and stole goods.

“It’s over, everywhere. We had the smash and grabs just locally here at Home Depot. We’ve had a lot going on in the neighborhood,” Lakewood resident Gregory Slaughter said.

Surprisingly, the neighborhood is close to the Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Department’s Lakewood station, but victims said deputies don’t always respond quickly.

“The average wait to report a burglary or one of these crimes is over two hours here in Lakewood,” said Lakewood resident Danny King.

The neighbors are now joining forces, they want the city council to form a task force to tackle the criminals.

“What do the cops do, if they can’t control their own area behind their sheriff’s station, how are they going to control anything else?” Curon asked.


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