Violent Valley home burglary suspects arrested

LOS ANGELES, CA — Three Los Angeles men suspected of participating in a series of violent North Hollywood home burglaries in Tarzana have been arrested, police said Wednesday.

According to Los Angeles police, the victims were followed home from clubs in the Hollywood area. One was beaten up and another was shot. In two of the cases, the victims were staying in short-term rentals when the armed suspects broke in.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives arrested Deja Childress, 34, of Ontario, Savion Jefferson, 32, of Los Angeles and Terry McGee, 27, of Los Angeles on Sunday shortly after a home invasion robbery in the 4300 block of Gayle Drive in Tarzana, police mentioned.

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Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery and Homicide Division served search warrants in Los Angeles and Ontario. They recovered six handguns and an assault rifle.

During Sunday’s robbery, the victims were sleeping when four suspects entered the home of a short-term rental through the backdoor, police say. Two of the robbers were armed and the suspects woke the sleeping victims and demanded their high-value jewelry, police said.

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The assailants severely beat one of the victims, before fleeing with the jewelry and other valuables, according to the LAPD.

Police said they believe two of the suspects in the Tarzana case were also involved in two other cases – a Nov. 29 robbery on Case Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood, where a victim who spent the night in a club in Hollywood was shot in the foot and stripped of its jewelry, and home robbed/invasion on February 13 in the 3900 block of Edenhurst Avenue in Atwater Village in northeast Los Angeles.

In the Atwater Village case, the suspects allegedly followed the victims from West Hollywood to their short-term rental. Two suspects forced their way into the house shortly after the victims entered.

The suspects, one of whom witnesses said was armed with a handgun, claimed the victims’ jewelry, police said. The suspects left with valuable jewelry and other possessions. The victims were not injured.

Anyone with information or video regarding these cases is urged to call detectives at 213-486-6840. After hours or on weekends, calls should be made to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

City and Patch News Service member Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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