On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Captain Ernest Eskridge, Area Commanding Officer, Foothill Area; Captain Elaine Morales, Patrol Commanding Officer, Foothill Area and Burglary Detective III Al Munoz, Foothill Area visited the home of 8-year-old Alejandro Elias in Pacoima to present him with a new bike!
Why? On May 4, 2016, eight year-old Alejandro Elias had his bicycle taken from his fenced front yard. This theft is significant because Elias has a passion for riding bikes and did so with his little brother. His passion made him an instant member in the community of people who ride bikes. Everyone has a story around their first riding experience. Alejandro, right from the start, riding his bike was about freedom and feeling alive, this was taken from him and he was sad.
When Foothill Area Burglary Detectives saw pictures attached to the crime report of Alejandro and his little brother riding their bikes, they took up a collection and notified the local Target Store, who generously assisted with the purchase of a new bike, along with a Target gift certificate.
This act of generosity by LAPD Commanding Officers, a Burglary Detective and Target store certainly helped restore the child’s faith in justice.
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