Daily Brief: Over 100 ‘Follow-Home’ Robbery Cases Under Investigation

Also, BTS makes music awards history; Wisconsin Holiday Parade tragedy claims five lives
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» The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating more than 100 cases of “follow-home” robberies, a trend that has been happening for the past several weeks. Due to the new crime trend, LAPD detectives started tracking various robberies in which they found that most victims were being followed from areas such as Melrose Avenue, the Jewelry District in downtown, high-end restaurants, and nightclubs from Hollywood and Wilshire Area. [Fox 11]

» At Sunday night’s American Music Awards event, which took place in Downtown L.A., BTS took home the artist of the year award, marking the first time an Asian act has won the prestigious award. The K-Pop band also won awards for favorite pop duo or group and favorite pop song for “Butter.” [Daily Beast]

» Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured on Sunday evening after an SUV crashed into a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Waukesha police chief Dan Thompson told reporters on Sunday that a “person of interest” is in custody, but did not elaborate on whether the person was the driver of the SUV. [New York Magazine]

» Spotify has removed the default shuffle button from albums at singer Adele’s request. “This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry!” The British superstar tweeted a day after her album 30 released. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you Spotify for listening.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Following the not guilty verdict for Kyle Rittenhouse—the teen who fatally shot two men and injured another during a protest in Wisconsin last year—several protests took place throughout the country including in Los Angeles over the weekend. As people gathered in Oakland to protest the trial’s outcome, Gov. Gavin Newsom reacted to the verdict via Twitter saying, “America today: you can break the law, carry around weapons built for a military, shoot and kill people, and get away with it. That’s the message we’ve just sent to armed vigilantes across the nation.” [KTVU]


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