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October 2020

By Angelia Coyne

(Hollywood, Calif.) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced L.A. City College to practically close down and cease operation, just like many other colleges across the country. Buildings and classrooms on City’s campus have been left unattended, except for the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds.  In spite of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies being on alert there, things can still happen on and around campus.

A dead body was found on Sept. 22 near the east side of campus on Melrose Avenue. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau has undertaken the investigation.

“The preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play or criminal evidence,” said Adolfo Pastrano, LACC Sheriff Team Leader. “At this time, I am not able to provide any further information.”

Because of the ongoing investigation, the identity of person and cause of death has not been revealed. The Collegian follow-up as more information regarding this case becomes available.

LACC has a large campus with lots of foot traffic. The college is located adjacent to the I-405, running alongside Melrose Ave., ending at the Metro Redline Station on the northwest corner of Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd.

With so much foot traffic, you can’t keep up with who’s coming in or going out. This week, they could tell.

On Oct. 2, LACC’s Maintenance and Operations building, located on New Hampshire Ave., behind the Student Union, across the street from the Braille Institute was burglarized.

“Person(s) unknown broke into the Maintenance and Operations building by cutting a chain-linked fence,” said Pastrano.” A tool box containing miscellaneous tools was stolen. A report was filed, and the case will be investigated by our Detective Bureau.”

If you are near the campus and see or suspect something, dial 291 on campus to reach the sheriff, or call 323-953-2911 to speak directly to the campus sheriff’s office.

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