Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the owner of an alleged gang stronghold in Watts known as a major hub for local street gang activity, shootings, gun possession and illegal drugs.
The lawsuit is part of an effort by Feuer and law enforcement to rid neighborhoods of crime infested properties. Six lawsuits have been filed against the owners of properties in Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Venice and Del Rey since the beginning of the year.
“For far too long, residents of this Watts neighborhood have lived a nightmare because of the violence emanating from this house,” Feuer said. “My office is committed to ridding our communities of gang strongholds like this.”
The public nuisance abatement lawsuit was filed against Willie Mae Hawthorn, the primary owner of a single-family home located at 2127 E. 110th St. The property is located on a cul-de-sac routinely plagued by gang graffiti, and is 100 feet from a nursing and convalescent home and less than 800 feet from Grape Street Elementary School and San Miguel Catholic School.
According to Feuer’s office, the property is a longtime stronghold for members and associates of the Ten Line Gangster Crips street gang. The property’s association with criminal street gangs has allegedly resulted in the site being directly related to 12 shootings in the past 14 years, resulting in the injury or death of six people. The property has also been the site of four arrests in the last year, and 10 firearms have been confiscated from the property. The gang is also known to allegedly use the property as a base for assaults, narcotics sales and robberies.
The civil abatement action seeks an injunction restricting gang and criminal activity on the property, including prohibiting all known gang members from entering or staying there. The lawsuit also seeks greater perimeter security, as well as lighting and monitoring systems. Failure to comply with the terms of the proposed injunction could result in the closure of the property.
Since July, 2013, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office’s Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit has filed 36 lawsuits against the owners of nuisance properties. The office has also recovered $166,000 in costs and fees.
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