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Two arrested in home invasions

July 21, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

A parolee from South Los Angeles has been arrested in connection with a series of "hot prowl" break-ins and home-invasion robberies at the Oakwood apartments on Barham Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, police said Monday.

Norris Denton, 27, of Los Angeles and an unidentified 17-year-old accomplice were arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with at least seven crimes reported over the last month at the housing complex near Universal Studios, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Alan Hamilton.

The suspects allegedly pulled a gun on a man who was on his way to the laundry room and forced him back into his apartment. They ransacked the apartment, taking cash and other possessions, and repeatedly beat him, Hamilton said.

The suspects fled and discarded a semiautomatic handgun, which police later recovered. Denton was arrested after attempting to carjack a motorist, Hamilton said.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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