Hollywood’s homeless problem has stretched out into the hills as squatters were believed to be involved in trashing a more-than $10 million mansion.
Thursday, reported calls of “unknown trouble” dispatched officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to the Hollywood Hills West “Villa Allegra.” Once there, they discovered three individuals amidst the trashed and graffiti-covered property.
Tags and indecipherable symbols were spray-painted alongside messages that read “SEX” and “f*ck rich people” on interior and exterior walls and panoramic windows looking out over the hills of the residence once listed at over $10 million, according to KTLA.
Initially tipped off by a neighbor to sounds of screaming, police also found trash, debris and feces throughout the mansion. An LAPD spokesperson contended, “This kind of call is not unusual for Hollywood, honestly.”
As previously reported, residents in Hollywood have been outspoken about homeless encampments, particularly those nearby several schools in central Hollywood where witnesses have reported “people naked running around.”
Local resident Jeannie Vasquez added to ABC 7 in July, “It looks like a junkyard on our block, and it’s just not safe. There’s needles on the ground, also there’s a lot of broken glass. You’re getting catcalled.”
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Los Angeles City Councilman Hugo Soto-Martinez reserved the authority to order the tents removed but refrained from doing so believing it would be detrimental to efforts at finding permanent housing solutions.
“I didn’t know it was going on. I’m just finding out. It doesn’t make me too happy. It makes me aware of my surroundings a little bit more,” one neighbor told KTLA of the people found at the Sunset Plaza Drive residence. Meanwhile another told the media that the three alleged squatters had been there for “four or five” days before they were removed.
“I was hired to clean up, take the squatters out, get the house ready for lease or for sale,” one of two women found at the mansion claimed.
Along with a man who had been discovered there, they were cited for trespassing by the LAPD before they were released.
One officer had said, “It’s an abandoned house. They’re just trespassing, squatting. The screaming was somebody, I think they got bit by a dog.”
However, an LAPD spokesperson contended that “Officers did make contact with the property owner, so it’s definitely not abandoned, but it’s unclear if somebody lives there.”
After the three individuals were released by the police, officers returned to the site when another call reported that a candle had been seen burning in the living room of the mansion. However, a spokesperson told the New York Post, “There was no suspect seen, no movement.”
On top of the two calls Thursday, the address in question had been the scene of a Jan. 2022 incident when a 41-year-old squatter had barricaded himself inside with a dog after allegedly pointing a shotgun at someone. KTLA suggested the city may need to act to restore the mansion.
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