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Mayor Karen Bass (Photo: NNPA)
Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
Published: 22 April 2024

A 29-year-old suspect has been apprehended following a break-in at Getty House, the official residence of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass. The incident took place at approximately 6:40 a.m. on April 21, when the suspect allegedly smashed a back window to gain entry into the Hancock Park home.

Bass and her family were present in the residence at the time of the break-in. Importantly, no injuries were reported during the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) promptly responded to the scene and arrested Ephraim Matthew Hunter, a Los Angeles resident, who has since been booked on charges of burglary.

While the LAPD has not yet disclosed a possible motive for the break-in, residents expressed surprise at the audacity of the attempted intrusion.

Jud Grubbs, a Hancock Park resident, commented on the robust security measures surrounding Getty House. “It’s got a fence, a gate, all the way around. I’m sure there are cameras, and there’s usually a lot of presence around the house,” Grubbs told KTLA 5’s Rachel Menitoff.

Whether Hunter interacted with Bass or her family during the break-in remains unclear. Authorities have not released further details about the intruder.

In response to the incident, the mayor’s office issued a statement expressing gratitude towards the LAPD for their swift response and apprehension of the suspect.

Getty House, a historic property built in 1921, has served as the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles for decades. Former Mayor Tom Bradley lived there from 1977 until 1993, and Bass took residence in January last year.

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