A murder that occurred yesterday in West Hollywood on the 8500 Blk of Holloway Drive has a connection to the Melrose area.
The same suspect arrested in the murder is thought to be the same person also arrested on 5/20 in our area on suspicion of a felony rape that occurred in the 800 North block of Gardner Street. It appears he committed the murder while out on $100,000 bail in the rape case.
The suspect, Blake Leibel, 35, owns a home in the 800 N. Blk of Gardner St. Since purchasing the home on Gardner, neighbors say that police have been called several times to that location. Some thought the past police visits were related to domestic issues.
Other neighbors say the Gardner home has recently become as a nuisance as a site of frequent late night parties — sometimes starting at 2 am or later.
A concerned neighbor living on that block recently circulated a flyer urging other neighbors to speak up and complain to police and the city attorney about the nuisance issues. It’s not known if LAPD or the city attorney were taking any action as a result of complaints.
Neighbors tell us that they believe the suspect had been seen in the past breaking into the property on Gardner for unknown reasons.