A Los Angeles man was arrested three times in less than 24 hours Sunday. James Langdon, 47 was initially arrested by Glendale police for obstruction and released. Not long after he was arrested a second time for trespassing and again released. Langdon was arrested one last time for burglary, the Glendale Police Department (GPD) stated in a public release.
Patrol officers saw Langdon run across a crosswalk that displayed a solid “Don’t Walk” sign just after 3:00 a.m. The officers attempted to stop Langdon, but he ran from the officers.
When the officers caught up with Langdon, there was a brief struggle and he was arrested for obstruction. Before he was booked, Langdon asked for medical attention and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.
A few hours later, an employee of an auto body shop saw Langdon attempting to break into a closed-off area using a screwdriver, and he was arrested for trespassing. However, due to District Attorney George Gascón’s zero-bail policies, Langdon was released again.
Glendale PD officers arrived at an apartment building on Balboa Ave around 7:00 p.m. Sunday in response to a burglary call. Residents said when they got home, their apartment doors were open, things were displaced and they could hear a man shouting in the apartment.
“He had actually gone and put their clothes on, was drinking alcohol in their apartment, making a mess, destroying things,” Glendale Police Sgt. Christian Hauptmann said.
Langdon caused around $6,000 worth of damage before barricading himself in a bedroom. When he finally exited the bedroom he was arrested for burglary and felony vandalism.
“If you’re allowing someone to commit three crimes in a 16-hour span and, you know, basically, terrorize people in Glendale without any public safety concern, and I don’t think George Gascón cares,” LA County Deputy DA Jon Hatami said.
After his third arrest, Langdon was placed in jail on $150,000 bail, according to the release.