Karen Bass, Congresswoman, and current Los Angeles mayoral contender stated that a burglary had occurred at her house on Saturday, September 10, with only two guns taken. However, Bass claimed on Wednesday that the Los Angeles Police Department informed her that they had arrested two suspects. After some delay, the Department confirmed Bass’ statement.
Bass made the comment in an interview with Elex Michaelson, a reporter at Los Angeles television station FOX 11.
Bass claimed that the guns were kept in a safe box in a closet. Bass also said that she was informed by LAPD detectives that they had two suspects in her custody. The initial Department press release regarding the burglary only mentioned one person, which caused delays of several hours. The Department then updated its release with the following addendums:
During the commission of the criminal offense, the vehicle and license plates of the suspects were identified at the residence where the victim lived on September 9, 2022.
The vehicle was discovered in the vicinity of Sylvan Street and Hazeltine Avenue on September 13, 2022, at 7:15 PM. Van Nuys officers from Los Angeles Police Department observed the suspects get into the vehicle and drive off. The vehicle was stopped and the occupants were taken into custody.
Suspect-1, 42-year-old, Patricio Munoz was arrested for 459PC-Residential Burglary. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail (Booking #6464056).
Suspect 2, 24-year-old, Juan Espinoza was arrested for 459PC-Residential Burglary. He is currently being held on no bail (Booking #6464057).
The case will be submitted to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing considerations.
This revision/addition clarifies the real and alias names of suspects.
Suspect-1, 42-year-old, Patricio Munoz was arrested for 459PC-Residential Burglary (Booking #6464056). Munoz provided an alias of Matias Milito to arresting Officers and was subsequently booked under that name.
Suspect-2, 24-year-old, Juan Espinoza was arrested for 459PC-Residential Burglary (Booking #6464057). Espinoza provided an alias of Baltazar Rodriguez to arresting Officers and was subsequently booked under that name.
Bass reacted to being asked about the type of guns she had. She then spoke briefly about personal safety, and how she doesn’t object to people owning guns. Bass was the co-sponsor of House Resolution 318 in 2013, which among other proposals, called on state legislators not to accept stand-your-ground laws. Although it is possible to argue that the repeal of stand-your-ground legislation does not invalidate the castle doctrine, it definitely weakens the doctrine.
There are no new curious actions or incidents involving Bass. Jennifer Van Laar reported that Bass accepted a secret scholarship at the University of Southern California (USC) on Tuesday, September 13, 2013. This private institution then sponsored legislation that would have funneled public funds to the school through stipends to train social workers. Multiple questions remain unanswered in the case of gun theft, despite Michaelson asking them. What type of guns were involved? How did the burglars or burglars find out that there were guns in the box, which was supposedly locked? What was the reason for nothing else being taken? To deduce many, shall we say peculiarities, a houndstooth cap does not suffice.