HOLLYWOOD — According to the LA County District Attorney’s office, three Bay Area men have been charged with committing a series of vehicle burglaries in Los Angeles and fleeing police twice in June and July.
Xavier Pittman and Damillion Williamson , both of San Francisco, and Jaurice Laxa of Daly City are each charged with seven counts of second-degree burglary of a vehicle, two counts of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly and one count of vandalism over $400, all felonies. The defendants also are charged with three misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.
The case was filed yesterday afternoon and arraignment is scheduled today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
According to prosecutors, the trio allegedly burglarized four vehicles on June 1 in Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire. Los Angeles Police Department officers identified the car being driven by the defendants and pursued them, but the men escaped.
Then on July 19, the defendants again are accused of breaking into three automobiles in Hollywood and the Fairfax district and then fleeing police. They allegedly damaged a parking lot gate arm and hit three vehicles during the chase before stopping at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
According to reporting from KTLA, LAPD Capt. James Roberts said the pursuit started in the Wilshire Division and at least one of the four people in the sedan was believed to be a member of an organized burglary crew of gang members from the Oakland and San Francisco areas.
Roberts said community members near the mall helped point officers to the suspects who parked in the parking structure and tried to walk out.
Three of the four people in the car were taken into custody as of 12 p.m. Friday.
The defendants each face a possible maximum sentence of seven years and six months in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail for each of them has been set at $310,000.
The case remains under investigation by the LAPD.
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