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A Nightmare for North Hollywood Business Owner: How the Government’s Bungled Operation Left Carlos Peña in Ruins

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Business owner in LA County obliged to compensate for damages incurred during SWAT raid

In 2018, North Hollywood business owner Carlos Peña experienced a nightmare when his almost 30-year-old print shop was destroyed by a federal fugitive. The intense situation involved U.S. Marshals and the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT team, with snipers and even a tank present within minutes.

Peña watched in horror as his printers, ink, T-shirts, and banners were contaminated and destroyed after 13 hours of trying to flush out the suspect using tear gas. Despite his insurance covering some of the damages, his claim for equipment and lost wages was denied twice by the U.S. Marshals.

Unfortunately, due to a judge’s ruling that governments can seize property during criminal investigations without the obligation to pay for damages, Peña found himself at a loss. With 80% of his business gone, he now operates out of his garage and has lost his trust in the government’s ability to provide assistance when needed most.

Peña expressed his frustration and outrage after the judge ruled that the City of Los Angeles would not be responsible for paying for the damages caused by the SWAT team two years ago. Despite extensive damage caused by the operation, the fugitive was not caught, leaving Peña feeling abandoned and disillusioned.

By Samantha Nguyen

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