Police arrest woman shown harassing neighbors, yelling slurs in viral video, Long Beach officials say

A Long Beach woman shown screaming racial slurs and vandalizing property in a viral video was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of violating a restraining order, authorities said.

Police say 58-year-old Lorrene Lake was taken into custody just after midnight in the 2300 block of East Second Street following a dispute with a neighbor. When officers arrived, police said, they discovered Lake had violated a restraining order and arrested her. At the scene, officers also seized an inoperable firearm from Lake, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Lake was booked on suspicion of one count each of felony criminal threats, illegal possession of a firearm and a misdemeanor violation of a restraining order, according to the LBPD. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Officials identified Lake as the woman in a video that’s been circulated by multiple influencers and high-profile social media accounts. In the video, she can be seen repeatedly harassing neighbors and vandalizing their property.

At one point she tells a person recording her: “What are you videotaping for? The cops aren’t going to do sh*t,” while implying the person recording should be hung by a noose.

The video garnered the attention of local officials after amassing more than 80,000 likes on the social media platform TikTok.

It’s not clear when the video was recorded, but it appears to include multiple incidents. Court records show a neighbor at Lake’s apartment complex was granted a restraining order against her in June.

The neighbor who sought the order said Lake had been rude in the past, but the situation escalated on June 23 when Lake began yelling, cursing, shattering glass and threatening to stab or harm herself. The neighbor called police, who left without making an arrest, according to the restraining order application, but then Lake allegedly confronted the neighbor by banging on the door and telling them to come out of their apartment.

According to the neighbor’s account in court documents, police returned at the neighbor’s insistence and watched the videos of Lake’s behavior. Later that day, according to the neighbor, an officer called to say they’d placed Lake on a 72-hour mental health hold. An LBPD spokesman, however, said the department has no record of ever placing Lake on a mental health hold.

“I don’t feel safe or at peace,” the neighbor wrote in the application, which was filed on June 24. “I fear for my life and safety after her 72-hour hold ends.”

Most recently, at an Aug. 5 hearing, a judge extended the restraining order—which was set to expire—until 2025.

Police say their investigation is ongoing.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information about the restraining order.

Managing Editor Jeremiah Dobruck contributed to this report.

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