The City Attorney’s Office is seeking to have a single-family home in the Winnetka area that has been an alleged hotbed of violence declared a nuisance with an accompanying order to abate the problem.
Numerous calls for police service have been logged for the home located on Quakertown Avenue on an otherwise quiet residential street with a half-mile of four schools, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Friday.
“Amidst this tranquil setting, the property stands out as a flashpoint for violence and other insidious property crime that absorbs limited law enforcement resources and threatens and endangers law-abiding citizens,” the suit states.
The lawsuit targets the home’s owner, Julie Lynn Chiaramonte, her son, Charles Jay Chiaramonte, and his girlfriend, Jaymie Elizabeth Swink. A representative for the trio could not be immediately reached.
The City Attorney’s Office filed the lawsuit “in an effort to eliminate the unacceptable level of crime that currently exists at and emanates from the property, the suit says.
Since February 2017, the LAPD has made multiple arrests and investigated multiple reported crimes at and connected to the property, including violent assaults and batteries, and property crimes, including identity-theft and grand-theft auto, according to the suit.
The presence of Charles Chiaramonte and Swink at the home, along with those with whom they associate, creates an atmosphere of “chaos and disorder” that has a negative effect on the surrounding community and on limited law enforcement resources, the complaint alleges.
From 2017-19, there were more than 50 calls for service related to the property, including some from Julie Chiaramonte, who “is in many ways a captive in her own home, living at the mercy of the chaos and disorder maintained by her son, his girlfriend and the many other individuals they allow to congregate at the property,” according to the suit.
In July 2018, officers arrested Charles Chiaramonte at the home on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly hit his mother with a metal pipe and told her, “I should (epithet) kill you,” according to the suit.
Julie Chiaramonte, who had called police, told officers she did not want her son living at the home, the suit states.
The “chaotic” atmosphere at the property is worsening, according to the complaint. In 2019 , there were 26 requests at the address for police service, making it the single-family residence with the most calls in its entire LAPD reporting district, the suit states.
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