UCLA students confront burglar, ‘escort’ him from their residence

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

UCLA students living off campus stopped a burglary in progress Monday evening, confronting the suspect mid-crime and “escorting” him out of their home.

It happened Monday around 5 p.m. on the 600 block of Gayley Avenue, just off UCLA campus in Westwood.

According to the UCLA Police Department, a man believed to be about 22 years old climbed a wall into the backyard of the occupied home and entered through an unlocked door.

The residents, all UCLA students, caught the man as he tried to steal items from the home. They recovered the stolen items and then took the suspect off the property.

What happened next is unclear, but UCLA police say no arrests were made and no injuries were reported.

The suspect has been described as a white man standing about 6 feet 2 inches and weighing around 200 pounds. He has brown hair and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, gray pants and brown shoes, police said.

The attempted burglary remains under investigation and the UCLA Police Department is urging students and campus community to secure their residences by locking all windows and doors, avoid poorly lit areas when walking at night and utilize the UCLA Safe Ride Service and Community Service Officers evening escorts.

Police also encourage anyone to report suspicious activity to police by calling the UCLA PD 24-hour non-emergency line at 310-825-1491. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.