The LA Times reported last week that star basketball player Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers did not attend a team shoot-around because of a home-invasion robbery at the house of a neighbor in his community. Apparently, a SWAT response resulted in the arrest of three people after a standoff at the home of one of Bryant’s Newport Beach, CA neighbors, while two suspects were still at large. Four of the suspects were apparently armed with handguns.
In this case, Bryant himself was not the target of the home invasion, although high-profile individuals are often tempting for criminals because so much information about their intended victims is available in the public domain. The home invasion took place inside a private gated community, which should prompt Bryant and the other residents to consider whether they should strengthen the security posture of their community.