Critical Missing 12-Year-Old Juvenile

Los Angeles: The family of Claudia Bravo and the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On October 9, 2018, around 2:45 p.m., Claudia was last seen near the 100 block of West 69th Street, in the City of Los Angeles.

Claudia is described as a 12-year-old female Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds. Claudia was wearing a black shirt and tan pants. Claudia has not been seen or heard from since and her family is concerned for her safety.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Claudia Bravo, please contact Newton Division Watch Commander at 323-846-6553. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Video of Suspect from Vehicle vs Pedestrian Felony Hit and Run

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information regarding the events that led up to a hit and run collision that severely injured a 35-year-old male.

On September 29, 2018, around 4:45 p.m., a driver in a gray Toyota 4-Runner approached the intersection of Central Avenue and 43rd Place. The driver was seen exiting the parking lot of the Family Farms' Market via 43rd Place. The driver approached Central Avenue and struck the victim while the victim crossed the street walking eastbound in the crosswalk with a green light for pedestrians. By standers called for paramedics and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released the next day.

The driver failed to stop, identify himself/herself or render aid to the victim as required by law.

The vehicle is described as a gray Toyota 4-Runner or Sequoia, late model with front end damage. The driver is described as a Hispanic male, between 30 to 40-years-old, wearing a gray baseball cap.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise. Certified Collision Repair Centers also qualify for this reward.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Central Traffic Division, Detective Moses Castillo at 213-833-3713 and or email at 30215@lapd.online. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
 
 
 


Suspect takes Purse from Parked Vehicle

Wilmington: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Auto Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a burglary from motor vehicle suspect.

On September 29, 2018, around 11:35 p.m., Harbor officers met with the victim in the 800 block of West Pacific Coast Highway in the city of Wilmington.

The victim stated she drove to a local liquor store around 9:30 p.m., on West Pacific Coast Highway to drop off some items. She left her unlocked vehicle parked outside the location. The suspect approached the store and can be seen looking inside the victim's vehicle through the driver's side window.

The suspect walked away from the vehicle, however, immediately returned. He then went to the passenger door, opened it and took the victim's purse with personal items and money.

The suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, between 25-30 years of age, black hair, stands 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.



Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Harbor Auto Detectives at (310) 726-7850. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Shooting Victim Dies at Hospital

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for killing a man.

On September 28, 2018, at around 8:20 p.m., Mission Area Patrol officers received a radio call near the area of San Fernando Road and Bleeker Street. Officers arrived and located a victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Operation Valley Bureau Homicide was contacted and assumed responsibilities of the investigation. The investigation revealed that the victim was at a motel with friends, when the suspect appeared. The suspect and the victim were involved in an argument that resulted in the suspect shooting the victim in the upper torso. The suspect fled in an unknown vehicle.

Victim has been identified as 39-year-old Jimmy Marquez who was a resident of the City of Sylmar.

The Suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30's, no further description. He was driving a dark vehicle.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers.


Missing Mother and her 11-year-old Daughter

Update


Amanda Kay Key and Haley Marie Vilven are safe and have been located.
 

 

Update

On September 16, 2018, around 9 p.m., mother and daughter were last seen at a train station in the City of El Monte.

 

Los Angeles: The family of Amanda Kay Key and Haley Marie Vilven and the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit requests the public’s assistance in locating both individuals.

Amanda and Haley are missing from Oklahoma and were last heard from on September 15, 2018 possibly near the area of Union Station in Los Angeles.

Amanda Kay Key is described as a 40-year-old Caucasian female with brown hair, brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs around 160 pounds. Amanda is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

Haley Marie Vilven is described as an 11-year-old Caucasian female, with brown hair, brown eyes. She stands 4 feet 10 inches tall, and weighs around 100 pounds. Both Amanda and Haley’s clothing description is unknown.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Amanda Kay Key and Haley Marie Vilven, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to the 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Search Warrant Served on Commercial Building on Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department served a search warrant for narcotics and weapons violations related to criminal activity at a commercial building in the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

Beginning in June 2018, Hollywood Area officers became aware of illegal occupancy and criminal activity at a vacant commercial building in the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Officers had received information from community members who were concerned about the possibility of narcotics sales happening in and around the building. In June, officers went to the building and fewer than 20 people were told they needed to vacate the premise. Hollywood Area officers contacted the property owner to attempt to work with him to secure the building and prevent access by unauthorized individuals. Officers continued to monitor the area and since June have documented narcotics sales and weapons violations. In addition to the narcotics and weapons violations, officers who were aware there was no electricity in the building, saw wiring and cords which concerned them about the safety of the building. Based on the criminal violations, officers obtained a search warrant for the location from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

On September 12, 2018 at 3:00 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division, Special Weapons and Tactics team went to the building and removed 66 people, 60 adults and 6 juveniles. Hollywood officers searched the building and found one rifle and one shotgun. After the search was completed, the building was secured to prevent people from gaining access.

Everyone in the building, 66 people, were cited for trespassing. Of those 66 people, two of them were also arrested for 11366 Health and Safety code (Operating a Drug House), five people were booked on a probation or parole hold, and five people were booked for felony warrants not related to the investigation at the building.

Additionally, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed 25 criminal charges against Mehdi Boulour, owner of the commercial building at 6360 Hollywood Blvd., for various alleged building code violations and fire code violations. "Our office continues to work to prevent a tragedy like the Oakland Ghost Ship fire from happening here," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Our actions at this location are just part of our sustained effort to target properties we allege pose a public safety threat.


Changes at L.A. Board of Police Commissioners

Department's Reaction to Changes at L.A. Board of Police Commissioners

Los Angeles: The LAPD remains committed to civilian oversight, which is the cornerstone of "community-based" policing. Outgoing Police Commission Vice President Mathew Johnson and incoming nominee Eileen M. Decker are shining examples of that commitment in action. As a Police Commissioner, Johnson was pivotal in expanding the Department's use of less lethal tools, implementing our body worn video cameras and release of that footage, as well as supporting LAPD's work in de-escalation. While Johnson's leadership on the board will be missed, Mayor Eric Garcetti's new Police Commission nominee will no doubt pick up where he left off. Eileen M. Decker's depth of experience as a U.S. Attorney and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety will be an invaluable addition to the Board of Police Commissioners. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said, "The Police Commission is a crucial component to building trust with the residents we serve, and I look forward to strengthening that bond with Ms. Decker's partnership."


Suspects who Burglarized Baseball Player’s Residence Wanted

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division Burglary Special Section detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying burglary suspects.

On September 18, 2018, around 8 p.m., two suspects entered a residence located near the 5300 block of Louise Ave. The suspects ransacked the residence and then located a safe in the second-floor master bedroom. They dragged the safe from the master bedroom, down the stairs and through the living room to the front door entrance. The suspects fled the location, leaving the safe in the entrance way. A total loss of approximately $10,000 in damages was caused to the residence. An inventory is being conducted to determine the remainder of the property loss.

Both suspect-1 and suspect-2 are described as male Blacks, 20 to 25-years-old with slim builds. They both stand around 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall weighing around 160 to 190 pounds. Description of suspect-3 who is the driver is unknown. Suspect's vehicle is a black 4 door Toyota with paper plates.

The same suspects are believed to be involved in a prior attempt burglary at the same residence on August 30, 2018 around 11 p.m.




If you have any information, contact Commercial Crimes Division-Burglary Special Section, Detective Soriano at (213) 486-6940. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Rampart Division In-Custody Death

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**


Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an In-Custody Death that occurred in the Rampart Area.

On September 15, 2018, a female victim walked into the front lobby of Rampart Area station and advised the officers that the suspect, later identified as Tyler Evans, was now outside of the Rampart Station armed with a firearm. The victim further advised the officers that on September 14, 2018, she filed a Domestic Violence report naming Evans as the suspect.

Rampart uniformed officers along with a Rampart supervisor responded to the front of the station, contacted Evans and attempted to apprehend him. Evans refused to comply with the officers' directions, resulting in the deployment of a 40mm less lethal munition. Evans then reached into his pant pocket, retrieved a handgun and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Evans was pronounced dead at scene by Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics. No officers were injured during the incident and a firearm was recovered at scene.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the In-Custody death investigation.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department's policy. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the incident.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:

• During business hours at 213-486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


Missing 54-Year-Old Female

UPDATE
September 18, 2018

Paula Zepeda was located and reunited with her family member.


Los Angeles: The family of Paula Zepeda and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On September 10, 2018, around 7 a.m., Zepeda was last seen near the 7500 block of Owensmouth Avenue, in the City of Canoga Park. Zepeda has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Zepeda is described as a 54-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 145 pounds.

She was last seen driving a blue 2003 Ford Explorer SUV with California license 5ELX156.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Paula Zepeda, please contact, Missing Persons unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at

1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

 


Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Attempt Murder Suspect

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying an attempt murder suspect.

On September 16, 2018 around 7 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department's Central patrol officers received a radio call of "Assault with a Deadly Weapon victims" near the 700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A canvass of the area also located an additional victim near the area of 5th Street between Flower and Figueroa.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported all 3 victims to a local hospital in critical condition.


Based on the critical nature of the victims, Robbery-Homicide Division assumed investigative responsibility for the case. A canvass of the area determined that the crimes actually had occurred around 4:30 a.m., that morning.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video and is described as a male White or Hispanic wearing a blue hat, grey sweatshirt, black shorts and bright white tennis shoes. Suspect also appears to have dark bushy hair.

The suspect beat the victims with a baseball bat and went through the victims' pockets, taking property. The suspect was last seen leaving the area on foot. The suspect and baseball bat are still outstanding.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Robbery-Homicide Division, Detectives Daryn Dupree or David Holmes or Laura Evens, at (213) 486-6860, or Contact Real Time Analysis and Critical Response Division at (213) 484-6700.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Fatal Traffic Collision

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred Monday morning on September 17, 2018.

At 11:25 a.m., a blue, 2007 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound Van Nuys Boulevard negotiating a left turn onto westbound Oxnard Street collided with a (pedestrian) who was walking inside a marked crosswalk.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded, and transported the victim to a local hospital where she died from her injuries she sustained.

The victim was identified as Iris Cruz, 52-year-old female from Valley Village.

The driver remained at the scene.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective Lisset Fuentes at (818) 644-8021 or Detective Luz Montero at (818) 644-8035. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

 

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Missing 54-Year-Old Female

Los Angeles: The family of Paula Zepeda and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On September 10, 2018, around 7 a.m., Zepeda was last seen near the 7500 block of Owensmouth Avenue, in the City of Canoga Park. Zepeda has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Zepeda is described as a 54-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 145 pounds.

She was last seen driving a blue 2003 Ford Explorer SUV with California license 5ELX156.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Paula Zepeda, please contact, Missing Persons unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Burglary Suspects Caught on Video

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Area Burglary Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying burglary suspects.

The burglaries involve a Black female in her 20’s, who is posing as a Post Mates delivery person. She knocks on the door or rings the doorbell while holding a bag of food. If the resident responds, she announces herself as a Post Mates delivery person and says she has their food.

When no one answers, she waves over the other suspects, usually two male Blacks, also in their 20’s, and they respond to the rear of the residence. The suspects enter via an unlocked window or break a window to enter.

The suspects then proceed to ransack the residence, placing the victim’s personal belongings in bags and pillow cases, before exiting via the front door. The female is usually the driver, and they have been seen in various newer model vehicles with paper plates.

All the burglaries occurred between 4PM and 8PM.

There are at least four burglaries in Pacific Division with the same suspects:
-3000 block of Stoner Avenue on Friday, August 3, 2018,
-12000 block of Marine Street on Wednesday, August 29, 2018,
-12000 block of Clover Avenue on Thursday, September 6, 2018,
-3500 block of Grand View Avenue on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Pacific detectives believe there are numerous other burglaries related to this crew. Anyone with information on these burglaries or these suspects, please contact Pacific burglary Detective Robyn Salazar (310) 482-6363 or (310) 482-6313. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Murder in Sylmar

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a murder suspect.

On September 6, 2018, around 6:40 p.m., Mission Area patrol officers received a radio call of shots fired at San Fernando Road and Nurmi Street. Upon their arrival, officers located a victim laying on the ground, suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

Preliminary investigation determined the victim was approached by a dark vehicle, when a suspect exited the passenger side, an argument ensued and shots were fired. The suspect re-entered the vehicle and fled. There is no suspect description.

The victim’s name is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly
to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Vehicle vs Motorized Scooter Hit and Run

A Vehicle vs Motorized Scooter Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision with severe injuries

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information regarding the events that led up to a hit and run collision that severely injured a 34- year-old male that is now in a coma at a local hospital.

On August 4, 2018, around 8:55 p.m., a driver in a gray 2010 BMW 5 Series approached the intersection of Glendale Blvd and Waverly Drive. The driver struck the rear of the scooter that had a driver and one passenger. By-standers called for paramedics and the passenger was transported to a local hospital where he currently remains in a coma.

The driver of the BMW failed to stop, identify himself/herself or render aid to the victim as required by law. Detectives are trying to determine if there are additional witnesses with cell phone video or any information that will identify and assist with locating the suspected driver of the BMW. The driver was described as a male, with a beard, dark features, heavy set between 35-40 years of age. There was a female seated in the front passenger seat.



Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Central Traffic Division, Detective Moses Castillo at (213) 833-3713 and or email at 30215@lapd.online. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Detectives Seek the Public’s Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Beginning on June 28, 2018 to August 30, 2018, Robbery-Homicide Division's Robbery Special Section has been investigating ten robberies at Subway restaurants in the San Fernando Valley.

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, detectives arrested Frank Sanabria, 37 years of age, from Canoga Park and Stephanie Villareal, 36 years of age, from North Hills. The pair was identified as suspects in six robberies at Subway restaurants and seven additional robberies of gas station mini marts throughout the San Fernando Valley. On September 4, 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Sanabria with 10 counts of robbery and Villareal with five counts of robbery.

Four Subway robberies in the San Fernando Valley remain unsolved. Detectives believe this suspect is responsible for four Subway robberies and three liquor store robberies over a two-day period.

On August 5th, 2018, the suspect entered a liquor store in the 4000 block of Fulton Avenue. The suspect asked to see a bottle of liquor from behind the counter. When the clerk gave the suspect the liquor, he ran from the store with the bottle.

The following day, August 6th, 2018, the suspect committed five armed robberies in the Hollywood Area, West Hollywood Area and continuing into the San Fernando Valley.

On August 7th, 2018, the suspect returned to the liquor store on Fulton Avenue in Van Nuys and attempted to rob them at gunpoint. The suspect committed two robberies of Subway restaurants afterwards.

Detectives have released videos of one of the Subway robberies, the attempt robbery of a liquor store, and the theft that occurred at the same liquor store.

The suspect is described as a male White, possibly Armenian, with black hair, brown eyes, 5'10"- 5'11" tall, 160-170 pounds, 20-25 years of age. The suspect used a grey semi-auto handgun.








Dates, times and location of robberies committed by the suspect:

08-06-18 8:00 pm Liquor store 7000 block of Santa Monica Blvd (LASD West Hwd Area)
08-06-18 8:30 pm Liquor store 1700 block of N. Highland
08-06-18 8:40 pm Subway 8000 block of Laurel Canyon
08-06-18 8:45 pm Liquor store 13000 block of Roscoe Blvd
08-06-18 9:35 pm Subway 4000 block of Laurel Canyon Blvd
08-07-18 5:55 pm Liquor store 4000 block of Fulton Ave
08-07-18 6:00 pm Subway 13000 block of Burbank Blvd
08-07-18 6:30 pm Subway 12000 block of Burbank Blvd

If you have any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of this suspect, please contact Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section at 213-486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
 


Fatal Shooting in Sylmar

Sylmar: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects responsible for killing a man.

On September 2, 2018, at 1:00 a.m., Mission Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting at the 14500 block of Tyler Street in Sylmar. Upon Officers arrival, they discovered the victim down at scene with a gunshot wound.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victim, Pedro Hernandez, 19 years of age, was at a party when he was shot one time by an unknown suspect.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local area hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Rich Moakley, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1938. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Home Invasion Robberies in The San Fernando Valley

Encino/Woodland Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery- Homicide Division are investigating two home invasion robberies in the San Fernando Valley.

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, around 12:10 a.m., suspects armed with handguns forced their way into a residence in the 16800 block of Bajio Road in Encino.

The home was ransacked and the suspects took the victim's property consisting of money, jewelry, and cellular phones. The suspects fled in an unknown direction and no vehicle was seen.

On Saturday September 1, 2018, around 4:00 a.m., several suspects armed with handguns forced their way into a residence in the 22900 block of Hatteras Street in Woodland Hills.

The suspects confronted the victims and took their money and jewelry. The suspects fled in an unknown direction and no vehicle was seen.

In both incidents the suspects are described as three males, with no further description.

Detectives are still investigating to determine if both incidents are related or not.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives at (213) 486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of an Apartment Rental Scammer NR18229dm

 

Hollywood: On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division arrested Johnny Ray Gasca for numerous counts of grand theft stemming from an apartment rental scam.

Mr. Gasca was named in several crime reports that noted similar patterns. The victims responded to a Craigslist post advertising a room for rent in the Hollywood area. After collecting a security deposit and first month's rent, but before the agreed upon move-in date,
Mr. Gasca told the victims the room would not be available on the contracted date. An excuse Mr. Gasca gave some of the victims involved the death of the current tenant's family member which required a delayed move-in date. Various excuses continued until the victims demanded their money back. Ultimately, many of the victims never received a full refund. Detectives have reason to believe Mr. Gasca has continued to similarly defraud victims in the Hollywood area.

Johnny Ray Gasca


Additional victims who may have not reported the incident are encouraged to contact Hollywood Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2930. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Female NR18228ml

 

Northridge: The family of Gloria Amanda Polanco, and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating her.

Ms. Polanco was last seen on August 27, 2018 around 3:00 p.m., near 8400 block of Wilbur Avenue in the City of Northridge.

Ms. Polanco is described as a 80-year-old Hispanic female with black hair, brown eyes, 5'3"and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Ms. Polanco was last seen wearing Red Sweater with a mickey logo, Burgundy pants, suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's. Ms. Polanco is an elderly woman and her family is concerned for her safety.

Sandra Robinson

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Polanco please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.1(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Metropolitan Officer-Involved-Shooting in Rampart Division NRF051-18cr

 

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence.The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Rampart Area neighborhood late Monday evening.

On August 20, 2018, around 11:27 p.m., Metropolitan Division uniformed officers were conducting crime suppression in Rampart Division. While driving on the 2200 block of Ocean View Avenue, they observed a lone male black individual (later identified as Dennis Smith) straddling a bicycle in the middle of the road and observed him commit a traffic violation. The officers initiated a traffic stop for the violation and as the passenger officer exited the police vehicle, Smith got on his bicycle and rode off. The driver officer then drove forward in an attempt to cut Smith off as his partner ran after him. Smith suddenly cut in front of the police vehicle, reached into his cargo shorts, removed a handgun and pointed it directly at the driver officer, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting.

Smith then fell off his bicycle and ran on foot as both officers went in foot pursuit. The short foot pursuit ended just outside of the St. Vincent Medical Center, at which time the officers were involved in an additional use of force, in order to effect Smith's arrest. Smith was not struck by gunfire and only complained of chest pains. Smith was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment and was released for booking. Smith was eventually booked for (69 PC) of the California Penal Code.

During the foot pursuit Smith discarded a handgun that was recovered and later determined to be a pellet gun.

Fortunately, no officers or persons were injured as a result of this incident.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD's policies and procedures.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637(C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.

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Missing 21-Year-Old Male NR18227dm

 

Topanga: The family of Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

It is believed Matthew was last seen on August 10, 2018, at 9:30 p.m., in the 2600 block of
Stearns Street in the City of Simi Valley. His vehicle was located on August 11, 2018.
It had been abandoned on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook, and above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas.

Matthew is described as a 21-year-old White male with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr.


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr., please contact the L.A.P.D.'s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(877-527-3247).Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


LAPD is Seeking the Public’s Help, Identifying a Burglary Suspect Operating in Koreatown NR18123ti

 

UPDATE
On August 16, 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Area Detectives arrested 54-year-old Marcelino Perez for Residential Burglary.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the person responsible for several residential burglaries in the Koreatown area dating back to February 2017. Between February 20, 2017 and April 24, 2018, at least 12 apartments were burglarized during daytime hours.

The suspect is described as a a male White or Hispanic in his mid-40s, approximately five-feet nine-inches tall, and weighing approximately 165 pounds. He has short hair and a distinct nose.


If you have any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of this burglary suspect, contact Detective Michael Lorenz, Olympic Detectives, at (213) 382-9443. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Animal Cruelty Task Force Investigation Update on Pitbull Death NR18223ne

 

Los Angeles: On August 7, 2018, Los Angeles Police Department's Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) members began receiving calls from the public inquiring about a dog named "Cargo", that reportedly had been sexually assaulted and abandoned near 85th & Central. Public inquires and social media searches revealed a rescue group, Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF), had located an injured dog on the evening of August 6th at the above listed location. GRFF's Facebook information, posted in real time and updated over the course of several days, indicated the dog had been thrown from a vehicle by two male Black suspects. GRFF had the dog treated at a local vet clinic and posted on social media the dog may have suffered "vaginal trauma". GRFF reported that "Cargo" later died as a result of an "aortic tear" caused by blunt force trauma. The public demanded an investigation and justice for "Cargo".
Los Angeles Police Department ACTF investigators contacted GRFF requesting further information believing a crime had occurred. GRFF stated they recovered a "sick dog only", and did not report these events to law enforcement as a criminal incident, nor did they ask ACTF to investigate.
While under intense public criticism and media scrutiny, the three assigned ACTF investigators have been solely focused on this case since August 7th and have continued to follow all leads. Investigators have canvassed the area multiple times, spoken to several witnesses, obtained search warrants, reviewed video, interviewed veterinary staff, and had a forensic veterinarian complete a second necropsy.
At this point in the investigation, it has been determined that the person who adopted the dog did not provide false information to OC Animal Center when adopted. Witness accounts do not support GRFF's Facebook posting that two male Blacks threw the dog from a car. Multiple witness accounts describe a female Hispanic dropping the dog off in front of a location, possibly several hours before the dog was recovered. This person has not been identified.
The statement posted on GRFF's Facebook page regarding the dog suffering "vaginal trauma" was discovered to be a Vet Technician's observation only. This observation was not supported by the treating veterinarian, nor the forensic veterinarian. It is the forensic veterinarian's expert opinion the dog was not sexually assaulted by a person or animal. The dog was recently spayed, possibly in heat, and had several litters, which may have accounted for the Vet Technician's observation. These observations were shared with GRFF before the dog was seen by a veterinarian.
The treating veterinarian saw the dog for the first time, the following morning, after it had passed away. The dog had briefly recovered, was up, barking and wagging her tail before she suddenly died. The treating vet did not identify death by aortic rupture caused by blunt force trauma. The forensic veterinarian concluded the same. The opinion of both the treating and forensic veterinarian is that the cause of death is unknown. Lab tests on varying tissue samples are pending to help possibly identify cause of death.
The Los Angeles Police Department's Animal Cruelty Task Force has concluded with certainty that "Cargo" was not adopted from OC Animal Care for malicious reasons; "Cargo" was not sexually assaulted and then thrown from a vehicle by two male Blacks. Due to events beyond the owner's control, the dog was placed in a home on a temporary basis. The owner intended on retrieving the dog when his situation was resolved. He was unaware his dog had died and is saddened by the loss.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 486-0450. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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