Ever since Los Angeles County adopted its emergency “Zero-Dollar” bail rule early in the pandemic—resetting bonds to $0 for most minor crimes and even some felonies—it’s become quite a challenge for even some of our most accomplished criminals to stay arrested in this town. But accused scofflaw James Langdon, 47, was apparently undaunted by the odds, getting himself busted a miraculous three times in just 16 hours in Glendale on Sunday, before cops could finally keep him locked up.
As KTLA reports, Langdon began his day at around 3:00 a.m. on February 13 when Glendale Police Department officers spotted him pacing in a parking lot near the intersection of Colorado St. and Louise St. The cops then observed Langdon running out of the lot and darting through a crosswalk against a solid “Don’t Walk” sign. When they tried to apprehend the alleged jaywalker, he sped off on foot.
Officers pursued, “a brief struggle” ensued, according to a GPD press release, and then the police held Langdon for observation before placing him under arrest for obstruction. Prior to booking, Langdon requested medical attention, so he was taken to an area hospital, issued a notice to appear in court at a later date, and released.
The authorities next crossed paths with Langdon at around 7:00 in the morning when they responded to a trespassing call at a business on the 1400 block of E. Chevy Chase Dr. There, police found that Langdon had entered the business and was allegedly “attempting to gain entry to a closed part of the business with a screwdriver,” but was thwarted when an employee interrupted his work.
The suspected arch criminal was arrested again, and booked again. But, as the Glendale PD notes, “due to L.A. County’s emergency ‘Zero-Dollar’ bail order, Langdon was released from custody within three hours of being booked with a notice to appear in court at a later date.”
It’s not known where Langdon spent the next few hours, but he resurfaced just before 7:00 p.m. At that time, Langdon was on the scene at an apartment building on the 600 block of Balboa Avenue, where a burglary had just occurred. The residents had come home to find their door ajar, their belongings in disarray, and they could hear a male voice coming from within the unit.
The man behind the voice “was later identified as 47-year-old James Langdon of Los Angeles,” police say.
Once Langdon caught sight of the officers, he locked himself in the apartment, which was unoccupied by that point. With the situation escalating, police set up a perimeter, called in members of Burbank’s K-9 unit, and negotiated with Langdon until he agreed to come out of the bedroom where he had barricaded himself. He was then arrested without further incident.
Langdon allegedly caused $6,000 worth of damages to the apartment and the apartment complex. These acts put Langdon over the bail threshold. He was arrested and booked on charges of burglary and felony vandalism. As of Thursday, Langdon was being held in custody on $150,000 bail, and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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