LOS ANGELES

Two men were charged Friday for breaking into the home of U.S. Congresswoman and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Karen Bass and stealing guns, according to officials.

“Everyone deserves to be safe in their home. Residential burglary is a violation of that safety in the most fundamental way,” District Attorney George Gascón said. “Gun thefts have increased since the pandemic began. Many of these stolen guns are then used to commit violent crimes.

We will hold accountable the people responsible for breaking into Rep. Karen Bass’s home and stealing firearms from her or any other law-abiding gun owner in Los Angeles County.”

Patricio Munoz, 42, and Juan Espinoza, 24, were each charged with one felony count of first-degree residential burglary and two counts of grand theft of a firearm.

On September 9, the two defendants are accused of breaking into the Baldwin Vista home and taking two handguns. They fled and were later arrested, according to officials.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

By Raul

Raul Hernandez is a former journalist. He has worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years at the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Times, Press Enterprise in Riverside, California and the Ventura County Star in California. He was a court reporter for more than 20 years.

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