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    LA DA files felony charges against suspect in break-in at Mayor Karen Bass' home

    By Leah SarnoffAlex Stone,

    2024-04-21

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    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has filed felony charges against the man accused of breaking into Mayor Karen Bass’ home on Sunday morning.

    The suspect – Ephraim Matthew Hunter, 29 – was charged with felony residential burglary with a person present charge, felony vandalism charge and one prior strike from a previous case in Massachusetts, Gascon said. Hunter was being arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

    The suspect allegedly shattered a glass door at the Getty House in the Hancock Park neighborhood in Los Angeles Sunday morning and broke in while Bass, her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild were inside, according to investigators.

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    Brian Van Der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag - PHOTO: Karen Bass speaks at a news conference

    Hunter allegedly caused $5,000 to $10,000 in damage and left bloodstains from a cut he sustained during the alleged incident around the home, the DA's office said.

    "There were no injuries to the occupants during this incident," the LAPD said in a statement Sunday, adding, "The suspect was taken into custody without incident."

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    Gascon says his team believes Hunter was targeting the mayor based on his actions.

    Attorney information for the suspect was not immediately available. The investigation is ongoing, officials said.

    The mayor's spokesman, Zach Seidl, released a statement Sunday, saying, "The mayor is grateful to LAPD for responding and arresting the suspect."

    ABC News' Ivan Pereira contributed to this report.

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