Actor Terrence J escaped unharmed after being the victim of an attempted armed robbery early in the morning on Wednesday.
The Think Like a Man star, whose full name is Terrence Jenkins, was followed to his home in the Sherman Oaks suburb of Los Angeles where he was blocked by a silver Jeep Cherokee with four masked men, according to KTTV.
Former BET and E! News host Jenkins, who had a passenger in his car, was then reportedly called out of his vehicle. As he drove away, his car was shot at. The incident is said to have occurred around 3 a.m. local time, no one was injured.
Jenkins, who was driving home from Hollywood at the time of the attempted robbery, allegedly stopped a California Highway Patrol officer and reported the incident.
Los Angeles Police Department officers, who were filed a report, ransacked the television personality’s home to ensure there were no suspects in his property. No one was found and the woman inside was reportedly unharmed.
KTTV also reported that police arrested a woman and arrested a man at a Best Western in Inglewood later on Wednesday in connection with the crime. At least three other suspects are said to be still open.
“People need to be aware of their surroundings, especially when they leave nightclubs, restaurants and whatever,” reported KTTV LAPD Sergeant Hector Olivera.
“It seems that the suspects are targeting people who either have expensive jewelry, expensive cars or the like,” added Olivera.
Newsweek has reached out to representatives from Jenkins and the LAPD for comments.
KABC-TV’s Eyewitness News spoke to a Jenkins neighbor who said the popular San Fernando Valley neighborhood was safe and quiet.
“I am alarmed. I am shocked,” said resident Bernard Adams of the point of sale. “I walk around this area every morning. I’ve never seen or heard anything like it since I’ve lived here.”
Earlier this week, the LAPD’s robbery and homicide division issued a community warning warning of the surge in follow-home robberies in the southern California city.
“Suspects have located victims in Los Angeles, followed them and then committed the robbery when the victim arrives at their home or business,” the bulletin said.
It continued, “Victims have been followed from places like Melrose Avenue, the Los Angeles jewelry district, nightclubs, and high-end restaurants in Los Angeles.
“The target of these robberies was expensive jewelry, including watches and necklaces, as well as expensive purses. The victims were also attacked for the type of vehicle.”
Terrence J attends the Black Carpet Premiere of Hidden Empire’s new movie “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2” at Regal LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center on June 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. The actor was reportedly the victim of a “follow home” robbery in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
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