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Hollenbeck Detectives are Investigating a Shooting Death

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Homicide detectives are asking for the publics’ help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect responsible for the death of 24-year-old Joe David Lobos.

On Friday, June 29, 2012, around 12:51 a.m., Hollenbeck Patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting at Olympic Boulevard and Dacotah Street.  When officers arrived, they found Lobos in his vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced Lobos dead at the scene.

Detectives believe the victim was returning home from work and had stopped at an intersection near his home when an unknown suspect approached his vehicle.  The suspect, armed with a handgun, opened fire, striking Lobos multiple times.  The motive for the killing is unknown.   

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Garcia or Marin at 323-342-8996 or 323-342-8961.  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 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


Man Dies from Hit-and-Run Collision

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department South Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver responsible for a hit-and-run incident that killed an elderly man as he crossed the street.

On Monday, June 18, 2012, around 12 p.m., 78-year-old Jimmie Thomas of Los Angeles was crossing the street on Western Avenue and 55th Street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Western Avenue.  Thomas was taken to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a Black male with a light complexion in his mid-30s.  He also has a thin build with short hair and glasses.

The suspect vehicle failed to stop and render aid or exchange information and was last seen heading southbound on Western Avenue.  Witnesses described the vehicle as a grey or dark-colored 2000-2005 Ford Escape.  

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact South Traffic Division, Investigator Yount at 323-421-2500 or 323-421-2535.  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 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.


Chief of Police Message - July 2012

Chief’s Message
July 2012



As the Chief of Police, it is important to me that officers are constantly utilizing safe tactics in all of their daily activities. As a general rule when officers are riding in their patrol cars, the windows should always be rolled down and officers should be consistently scanning their surroundings for inherent dangers.  Unfortunately the influx of new technological equipment, such as smartphones, has made it much easier to become distracted than in years past. While I understand it is very tempting to check non-work related voicemails or return text messages from our loved ones, we must be diligent in maintaining officer safety and be aware of our surroundings in order to expect the unexpected and never be caught off guard. Moreover, as representatives of the finest police department in the nation, we are not above the law and LAPD officers should act accordingly.

Always remember, we can never predict when an event will occur on our shift that will forever change the course of our lives.  It is much better to be prepared than to be caught off guard.

General Services Police

Recently, the City approved the consolidation of the Office of Public Safety’s General Services Police (GSP) into the LAPD.  The GSP is currently responsible for the security at City Hall, the Convention Center, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Bureau of Sanitation, Recreation and Parks, and our City libraries. With 97 sworn officers and more than 100 civilian security personnel, these officers would be a sizable addition to our ranks.

A Task Force has been put together to plan the consolidation and negotiations have begun with the appropriate unions, but the total consolidation may take up to 18 months.  A new division, Security Services Division, will be tasked to manage many of the responsibilities, but the Areas will be delegated to respond to calls for service.  I know we will provide the outstanding service we are known for to these new customers, and more importantly we will welcome with open arms the current GSP employees into the LAPD family.            

Civilian Layoffs

By now you are all aware of the City’s financial troubles as we begin the new fiscal year. For the past couple of years we have had to endure the loss of personnel and resources while having to do more with less. However, it is our civilian employees who have had to endure the brunt of the City’s financial woes.

Earlier this year, we were faced with the possibility of laying off 159 of our filled civilian positions. These layoffs would have significantly impacted the entire Police Department and people we all know and have worked with; familiar faces and working relationships we have come to depend on. The Department never wanted layoffs and we did everything we possibly could to avoid them.

In May, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the 2012/13 budget with modifications that identified $16 million in savings and avoided layoffs which were scheduled to happen this month. The Committee approved $8 million for the first six months of the fiscal year to fund the positions, and set aside the second six months of funding for assessment and review of the City’s economic status in January. The Mayor has signed the budget with the modifications, making it official.

While this is only a temporary fix, it is a small battle won. Our civilian employees are some of our most valuable assets and I would hate to lose anyone. This development ensures our civilians slated for layoff will be with us through the rest of this year.

I know it has been difficult for our civilians hearing the constant chatter about their jobs being in limbo, but I want to thank you for your continued patience and professionalism throughout this ordeal. Rest assured we value your work as a Department and I will continue to keep you updated on any and all developments going forward.

History of Hollywood Area

Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, Hollywood represents glitz and glamour and the golden age of American cinema which makes it recognized worldwide.

Originally opened in 1913, Hollywood Area is situated west of downtown Los Angeles and is one of our most recognized areas. Serving a population of approximately 300,000, Hollywood Area encompasses the communities of Argyle, Cahuenga Pass, East Hollywood, Fairfax, Hobart, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Hollywood/La Brea, Little Armenia, Los Feliz, Melrose District, Mount Olympus, Sierra Vista, Spaulding Square, Sunset Strip, Thai Town, and Vine/Willoughby.

Hollywood Area is host to a number of special events including the Academy Awards and movie premieres, not to mention tourists from around the world. Hollywood Area has a staff of 409 employees and is located at 1358 North Wilcox Ave.


Fallen Heroes of Hollywood

A number of brave and heroic officers have given their lives in the line of duty while assigned to Hollywood Area:

Clyde Pritchett, EOW February 17, 1936

Clay Hunt, EOW February 22, 1955

Ian J. Campbell, EOW March 10, 1963

Robert J. Cote,     EOW July 31, 1969

Russell Lee Kuster, EOW October 9, 1990

Joe Rios, EOW January 20, 1993

Charles Dean Heim, EOW October 22, 1994

Significant Incidents

One of the most infamous line of duty deaths of a Hollywood officer was chronicled by Joseph Wambaugh, in his book, “The Onion Field.”

Closing

I hope you and your family enjoy the July 4th holiday. Always remember that the most important thing that we can do for our loved ones is to make it home safe at the end of our shift. Thanks for all you do each and every day.

Be safe,
Charlie



Summer Night Lights Begins 5th Year Of Violence Reduction Programming In Los Angeles

 

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Public Parks Host an Expanded Series of After-Hours Events to Reduce Crime and Violence during Peak Months for Gang-Related Activity

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Mayor Guillermo Cespedes, and 352 Youth Squad members, today announced the start of the 2012 season of the Summer Night Lights program, an expanded series of after-hours events in 32 public parks located in areas with high rates of violent gang-related crime.

Since its implementation in 2008, Summer Night Lights has successfully reduced violence in communities most impacted by gang activity by extending park hours until midnight, four days a week (Wednesday - Saturday), during summer months. The program aids violence reduction by providing meals, mentoring, and activities, including athletics and cultural enrichment, during peak evening hours for gang activity.

“Summer Night Lights has been a catalyst for change in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “This program provides hope, safety, and opportunity for local youth and has become a model for combating gang violence nationwide.”

Summer Night Lights also provides at-risk youth with the opportunity for employment and professional development. Youth Squad members undergo training on a variety of relevant topics prior to the start of Summer Night Lights and receive a stipend for their work implementing the programs. This year, training took place at California State University Los Angeles, providing many members with their first exposure to a college campus.

“One of the most direct ways that Summer Night Lights can impact neighborhoods is through the employment of local at-risk youth,” Gang Reduction and Youth Development Deputy Mayor Cespedes said. “The positive learning experiences they receive through training and program implementation will stay with them long after the summer is over.”

Last year, Summer Night Lights sites experienced a 35% reduction in gang-related part I crime, a difference noticed by one of its partners, the Los Angeles Police Department. The Summer Night Lights program works because of the partnerships that have been forged between the program, law enforcement, and community groups. This is an example of the City’s leaders working together to make Los Angeles safe.

“We must always strive to provide our youth with positive alternatives to enrich their lives, where they live and play,” LAPD Chief Beck said. “We must continue to develop partnerships with our youth organizations and community members in order to effect change in youth culture. This program works and we look forward to another successful summer.”

Half of the cost of the program is funded by private donors, including international corporations such as Walmart, making good use of public-private partnerships during a time of fiscal challenges across the nation.

“Our comprehensive Gang Reduction and Youth Development strategy represents a breakthrough in gang violence reduction,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “Today, Summer Night Lights has become one of the outstanding achievements of our efforts and a source of pride in some of our most crime-ridden communities.”

Summer Night Lights will operate in 32 Los Angeles City public parks from July to September, Wednesday through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.


Information Sought Regarding the Teardrop Rapist

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) Sexual Assault Section is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect linked to 35 sexual assaults since February 1996.

On June 15, 2012, around 5:30 a.m., a 29-year-old female Hispanic was walking in the area of 25th Street and Naomi Avenue.  She was approached by a man who attempted to converse with her and then produced a handgun and forced her to walk into an alley where he attempted to sexually assault her.  Fortunately, a vehicle came into the alley and the suspect fled on foot.

Detectives have identified 35 similar incidents of sexual assault that occurred between February 1996 and the most recent attack.  The assaults have been linked through DNA evidence and/or the suspect’s distinct mode of operation. 

The incidents have occurred within the following LAPD divisions:  Southwest, 77th Street, Southeast, Rampart/Olympic, Newton, and Wilshire Areas.  Three incidents also occurred within the Los Angeles County Firestone-Florence District.

All of the crimes occurred in the early morning hours between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.  The suspect typically walked up to each victim and engaged them in conversation before producing a knife or firearm.  He would then walk them to a secluded area and sexually assault them.  The victims ranged from 14 to 41 years of age.

The suspect is a male Hispanic, 40 to 55 years old, with brown eyes and brown hair.  He stands between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 6 inches and weighs between 130 and 170 pounds.  He has been described as having a light complexion, a possible teardrop tattoo(s) or scar(s) below one of his eyes and a mustache. He may also have attempted to remove his teardrop tattoo.  The suspect has been seen wearing a gray or dark hooded sweatshirt.  He has also worn a bandana, black baseball cap or dark-colored beanie.

The City of Los Angeles is offering a reward for up to $50,000 for information leading to the identity, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the series of sexual assaults.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to email tips to rhd-sas@lapd.lacity.org  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 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.



Two Men Gunned Down While Standing on Sidewalk

Los Angeles:   Los Angeles Police Department Mission Homicide Detectives are asking for the publics’ help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of suspect(s) who shot two separate victims.

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, around 10:48 p.m., Mission Area officers responded to a shooting call in the 8100 block of Sepulveda Place in Panorama City.  A 29-year-old male victim had been standing on the sidewalk when he was approached by an unknown suspect and shot.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he has been listed in critical condition.  

Detectives believe a suspect then approached a 31-year-old victim who was also standing on the sidewalk near the first victim. The suspect then shot the second victim in the torso with an unknown type of handgun.  The second victim drove himself to another local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound and minor injuries and then released.

Detectives are working with limited information and there is no solid suspect information at this time.  The motive for this crime is unknown.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Mission Homicide Detectives Schultz or Gutierrez at 818-838-9810.  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 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


Three Arrested for Attempted Murder of a Pregnant Woman

Los Angeles:  Three people are in custody for the brutal attack of a 23-year-old, four-month-pregnant woman early Saturday morning.  

On June 16, 2012, at 12:40 a.m., a young woman was inside her apartment in the 8600 block of DeSoto Avenue when two men and a woman entered her home and attacked her, using physical force and unspecified weapons in an apparent attempt to kill her.   

Detective’s learned that one of the suspects may have been in a relationship with the victim, and that the incident was probably a case of domestic violence as opposed to a random act.  The pregnant victim is listed in stable condition and is recovering from her injuries.  It appears the baby didn’t suffer any serious injuries during the assault.

The suspects are as follows:
26-year-old Brian Corder of San Pedro (possibly a former U.S. Marine)
21-year-old Stephon Crutchfield of Pasadena
19-year-old Fredericka Carmouche of Sherman Oaks

All three suspects have been booked for attempted murder and conspiracy and are each being held on $1 million bail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Devonshire Area Homicide, Detectives Richard Moakley or Stephanie Diaz at 818-832-0556 or 818-832-0532.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (584-3247).   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.


Notes from the June 26, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Police Commission President Richard Drooyan said he attended the Valley Bureau Hispanic Forum with Captain Todd Chamberlain.  He said it was a productive exchange of information and a very successful event overall.

Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended Chief Beck’s LGBTQ Community Forum held last week and said it was very well attended with a good Department turnout.  He said a broad range of issues were discussed and he received a lot of positive feedback on the LGBTQ Community Academy.  Commissioner Saltzman said it spoke to the solid relationship the Department has with the LGBTQ community.

Police Chief Charlie Beck stated the Department holds a lot of specific forums geared towards a lot of different demographics.  He said it shows a lot of progress on the part of both the Department and the community.  Chief Beck added the conversation at these forms speak more to greater issues in the community rather than to the individual issues of specific groups. 

The verbal presentation and update from the Commanding Officer and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) representative regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the Mission Area was given by Captain Todd Chamberlain and Ms. Betty Lee.  Ms. Lee informed the Board the biggest challenge their C-PAB is facing is getting more youthful members involved.  However she added Mission Area has the highest number of police cadets who also volunteer with fundraising efforts.  Captain Chamberlain added they have several committees including a Quality-of-Life committee, Membership Committee, Adopt-a-Block Committee and block captain trainings. He finished by saying they are holding their Officer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, October 10.

The Department’s report, dated June 14, 2012, relative to the confidential financial disclosure inspection (IAID No. 12-059), was approved.

The Department’s report, dated June 14, 2012, relative to the gang enforcement detail training inspection (IAID No. 12-037), was approved.

The Department’s report, dated June 12, 2012, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records – Foothill Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

The Department’s report, dated June 19, 2012, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records – Motor Transport Division, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.