Los Angeles Police Make Arrests in Spate of Graffiti on Downtown Skyscraper
Two individuals have been apprehended by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in connection with a series of graffiti incidents on an abandoned skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles. The unfinished tower, part of the $1 billion Oceanwide Plaza project, has been the target of extensive tagging across multiple floors.
Graffiti Covers 30 Floors of Unoccupied Skyscraper Across from Grammy Venue
The Graffiti vandalism occurred over several nights, with witnesses reporting individuals tagging the building’s balconies. The unfinished skyscraper is located directly across from the Crypto.com Arena, where the Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday.
LAPD Responds to Calls of Vandalism and Trespassing at Oceanwide Plaza
LAPD officers responded to reports of trespassing and vandalism at the Oceanwide Plaza construction site on multiple occasions. On January 30, a group of more than a dozen individuals were spotted spray-painting the building. While most of the group fled the scene, two individuals were arrested on trespassing charges. In a separate incident, officers responded to a call regarding Graffiti on the 30th floor but the taggers had already fled by the time they arrived.
Police and Property Management Collaborate to Secure Site and Remove Graffiti
The LAPD is working closely with Oceanwide Plaza management to enhance security measures at the site and prevent further vandalism. Additional safety precautions are being implemented, and efforts are underway to remove the Graffiti from the building’s exterior.
Oceanwide Plaza: A Stalled Mixed-Use Development Project
The Oceanwide Plaza project, which was intended to be the tallest residential tower in Los Angeles, began construction in 2015. The project was envisioned as a mixed-use development featuring high-end condominiums, a Park Hyatt hotel, and retail and restaurant spaces. However, construction came to a halt in 2019 due to funding issues faced by the Beijing-based developer.
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