LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Police Department indicated a suspect has been arrested for a violent robbery that transpired on October 1. The LAPD reported that an organized protest and march for tenants occurred in the Hollenbeck community of Los Angeles.

In the midst of the protest, several members of the group engaged in criminal conduct which necessitated the intervention of law enforcement.  When officers tried to make an arrest for the criminal activity, several members in the crowd got involved in a violent altercation with officers trying to free the person who was arrested.

One suspect obstructing the arrest was able to forcibly remove both personal and Department property from the possession of a uniformed police officer, and was able to evade arrest.  The actions by members of the crowd to disrupt the arrest resulted in injuries to seven officers.

LAPD’s Major Crimes Division investigated the incident and identified the primary suspect, Gustavo Otzoy, 57.  On October 3, Otzoy was taken into custody and booked for 211 PC / Robbery.  His bail was set at $50,000 (Booking No. 6688342). The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on October 5, where they filed one count of 69 PC / Felony Resisting Arrest. The defendant remains in custody. The Los Angeles Police Department will continue the investigation into additional crimes related to this incident.