Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a mansion in Hollywood Hills West on Thursday after receiving calls of “unknown trouble” and neighbors hearing the screams of a woman coming from inside the residence, authorities announced.
While police did not say precisely what time the call came in, officers responded to 1754 Sunset Plaza Drive and discovered a group of squatters living in the multi-million-dollar residence, which had been abandoned and trashed.
Three people, a man and two women, who were at the mansion were taken from the residence and handcuffed by police.
“It’s an abandoned house,” an LAPD officer said. “They’re just trespassing, squatting. The screaming was somebody, I think they got bit by a dog.”
The trio was cited for trespassing and released, two of them telling KTLA it was just a misunderstanding.
“I was hired to clean up, take the squatters out, get the house ready for lease or for sale,” one of the women said.
The property, which was at one time listed for more than $10 million, is now littered with debris and feces, and the once sprawling views of Los Angeles are covered by graffiti.
Neighbors in the area, who also did not want to speak on camera, said they’re anxious with strangers coming and going at all hours and the crime that comes with it. One woman who lives nearby said that the three people removed from the house Thursday had been there about four or five days, but that the issue with squatters has been taking place more often.
“I didn’t know it was going on. I’m just finding out,” another neighbor told KTLA. “It doesn’t make me too happy. It makes me aware of my surroundings a little bit more.”
In Jan. 2022, a 41-year-old man barricaded himself inside the home with a dog after allegedly pointing a shotgun at a person. The man was only taken into custody after an hours-long standoff involving SWAT officers. It was believed that the man had been squatting in the vacant home, police said at the time.
While it might take action by the city to get the multi-million-dollar home cleaned up, the vandalism does not appear to be hurting the area’s property values as very large, elaborate homes are still being built throughout the canyon, KTLA 5’s Rick Chambers reported.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 12, 2023
Squatters are taking over and tormenting homeowners ???? pic.twitter.com/YEDwqqBtgi
— Joni Job (@jj_talking) August 10, 2023
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