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Los Angeles Police Department Recruit Officer Graduation Ceremony for Class 5-12

Friday, November 2, 2012 – After completing a challenging and rigorous 920 hours of training over a grueling 24 weeks, Class 5-12 had their graduation ceremony this morning at the Los Angeles Police Academy. Chief Charlie Beck welcomed to the LAPD family the 39 new police officers. To hear Chief Beck address the graduating class, please lick on the link below.

Chief Beck address the graduating class podcast


42-Year-Old Man Found Dead at His Front Door

Los Angeles: LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the murder of 42-year-old Erik Poltorak.

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, around 11:20 a.m., Wilshire Area patrol officers responded to a murder investigation at a residence in the 300 block of North Laurel Avenue.  When the officers arrived they were directed to Poltorak by his co-worker who had come to the residence and discovered Poltorak dead on the front porch.  Poltorak had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue personnel responded and pronounced Poltorak dead.

Detective’s investigation revealed that several neighbors heard what sounded like gunshots early in the morning, around 2 or 2:30 a.m., but police were not called at that time.  There is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213) 382-9470.  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.”

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Man Found Dead Inside Apartment

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Area Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed 27-year-old Leonardo Siro Islas.

On November 1, 2012, around 7:25 a.m., Islas was found by his neighbors dead inside his apartment.  The neighbors called 911 and Harbor officers responded to the 1070 block of West 252nd Street.  When officers arrived they found Islas suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Islas dead.   

The motive for the shooting is unknown.  There is no suspect description.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Harbor Area Homicide, Detective Isidro Rodriguez (310) 726-7887.  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.”

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Koreatown Attempt Murder Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles: On Thursday, November 1, 2012, around 3:45 p.m., Olympic Area patrol officers responded to a “Shooting in Progress” call at a business located in the 3400 block of Wilshire Boulevard.  When the officers arrived they were directed to the fourth floor where they confronted the suspect, 52-year-old Ji Tae Kim who was armed with a handgun.

Kim was standing over the victim, a 44-year-old male, who was lying on the floor of his office bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds.  Kim immediately surrendered to officers and was taken into custody without incident.

Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and is listed in critical condition.

West Bureau Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting.  The motive behind the shooting is unknown at this time.  

Ji Tae Kim has been booked for Attempted Murder  and  is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213) 382-9470.  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.”

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Celebrities Team-Up with LAPD to fight juvenile delinquency Charity Campaign Kickoff

1-Cup Campaign podcast

Los Angeles:  The Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL) is kicking off its 2012-2013 “1-CUP” campaign to raise funds to provide Hollenbeck Area youths and their parents with resources, services and the support needed to help raise healthy and successful children.  The campaign hopes to raise $250,000 to serve 1,000 underprivileged children.

In addition to raising funds, the campaign’s goal is to raise awareness of the problems associated with delinquency and underachieving, and to shed light on how easily people of every age and socioeconomic background can be part of a solution that positively impacts the community.  Juvenile delinquency costs our state tens of millions of dollars each year. This can be prevented and it starts with “just one cup!”

The campaign features descriptive videos featuring a variety of celebrities including Edward James Olmos, Ed Begley, Jr., Ken Baker (E! News), Luc Robitaille (LA Kings GM), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Bryan Clay (Gold Medalist), Esai Morales, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  Chief Beck said, “By donating just the cost of a cup of your favorite premium coffee each week, $5 per week or $20 per month, you can sponsor a child and provide him or her with the valuable support and services that empower youths and help them succeed at achieving their goals.”

The three-month campaign which includes a series of PSA in local networks including CBS, ABC, PBS, and LA City Channel 35, hopes to raise 1,000 cups (each cup represents a person committing to the $240 annual donation).   The group is also accepting one-time donations in any amount and the donation process is easy.  Donations can be made by visiting www.1-cup.org  and clicking on the “donate” button.

Corporate leaders are encouraged to get involved in the campaign’s Corporate Challenge.  It’s easy too.  Designate a team leader and recruit friends and colleagues to help raise funds.  Recruit other corporations and make it a challenge.  If you would like to create a personal team, you can do that as well. Anyone can create a team, and by visiting www.1-cup.org, you can see which celebrities are signing up to create teams.

More information about all of Hollenbeck PAL’s projects is available at the LAPD Hollenbeck PAL’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/lapdhollenbeckpal.
 
For more information on the 1-CUP Campaign, please visit www.1-cup.org or contact Lorraine Garcia at (213) 819-4451 or by email at lorraine@lapdhollenbeckpal.org.

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Suspect Accelerates Van at Officer in Attempt to Evade Arrest

Update:
November 7, 2012

The officer involved in the below officer-involved shooting has been identified as
Police Officer II Tom Appleby.

 

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect that attempted to run over a police officer.

On October 30, 2012, Van Nuys officers responded to the corner at Hazeltine Avenue and Riverside Drive to an unrelated radio call.  When the officers arrived they saw a man running northbound in the parking lot being chased by two employees from a nearby business.  

The officers observed the suspect manipulating his waistband as he was running and they began chasing the suspect on foot.  The suspect entered a white, late 90’s, Chevrolet Astro van and accelerated the van at one of the officers, striking one officer, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.  

The suspect was able to drive away in his Astro Van.  He is described as a male, white, in his late 30’s.

Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.  

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at (213) 486-5230. 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.

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San Fernando Valley Fraud Ring Busted

Los Angeles.  Detectives arrested a brother and sister who owned San Fernando Travel this morning, November 1, 2012, after a 3-month-long investigation that amounted to grand theft and auto insurance fraud.

“They should have called their business No-Go Travel because if you bought a trip or insurance from the Ramirez clan you weren’t going anywhere,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “Worst of all, their victims were their own neighbors who worked so hard and saved so long for the small trips they would purchase.”

One victim, Eustoria Rodriguez, purchased a trip to Mexico City to get away after the death of her baby.  She paid $1,500 for a travel voucher that turned out to be worthless.  Another victim, Irsa Cuarto, bought a trip and car insurance for her daughter.  Only after the daughter was in an accident, they discovered the policy had not been paid by the Ramirez’s.

Armed with warrants, detectives arrested Adriana Ramirez, 44, and her brother, Carlos H. Ramirez, 41, this morning, then served search warrants on the siblings’ homes.

The pair has sold the trips and insurance out of a store front in Panorama City for at least five years, but they locked the doors about one month ago.  “We expect there are many more victims out there, and we’d like them to come forward,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “And anyone who may have purchased car insurance through these two people should verify their policy is real.”

Detectives have identified 30 victims so far, some cases going back to 2009.  Losses are estimated at $30,000 and expected to go higher as other victims come forward.

Adriana and Carlos Ramirez live in separate residences in Sylmar and Santa Clarita.  San Fernando Travel is located at 15244 Parthenia Street, Panorama City.  The Ramirez’s are being booked for Grand Theft at the Mission Police Station.  Their bail has not been set.

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Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective William Cooper, Mission Burglary Unit, at (818) 838-9866.  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 follow the prompts.

In addition, detectives have identified three victims who are willing to be interviewed by media.  All three speak Spanish, one victim speaks English. To coordinate interviews with the victims, please call Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.

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Possible Murder Suspects Captured on Tape

Los Angeles:  LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two possible murder suspects whose images were captured on a surveillance video leaving the store of a murder in Hollywood.

On June 24, 2010, around 9:00 p.m., two men entered a medical marijuana clinic located in the 1600 block of North El Centro Avenue, Hollywood.  The suspects entered the clinic, stabbed the victim repeatedly, and left the location with about $3000.00 worth of marijuana and the closed-circuit recording equipment.

Despite numerous interviews and man hours, no one has come forward with any information that would assist in developing leads in this murder investigation.  Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti received approval for a reward in the amount of $50,000.00 to be offered to anyone for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the persons responsible for the death of Mr. Ila Packman.  The suspects are described as two males.



Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Detectives at 213-486-6890.  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.

     
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Search Warrants Served, Arrests Made at Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Los Angeles:   Detectives from the Topanga Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail (NED) served a search warrant at a medical marijuana dispensary and a residence in the west San Fernando Valley, resulting in two arrests and a cache of narcotics, money, guns, and other evidence of illegal drug sales.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, around 2:00 p.m., Topanga Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail detectives converged on a commercial marijuana dispensary in the 19900 block of Ventura Boulevard.  At approximately 3:00 p.m., they served a search warrant at the dispensary owner’s house in the 14700 block of Valleyheart Drive.

The search warrants were obtained after an investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana from the dispensary on Ventura Boulevard.  Sherman Oaks resident, 54-year-old Gennady Tikhonov, and North Hollywood resident, 39-year-old Vyacheslav Bugakov, were arrested for Possession for Sales of Marijuana and booked at Valley Jail Section.  They are being held on $20,000 bail.

Investigators recovered cash from the dispensary, approximately one pound of hashish with an estimated street value of $4,500 and around 17 pounds of dried marijuana with an estimated street value of $51,000.  One hand gun was recovered from the dispensary and two more handguns from the owner’s residence.  Additionally, sophisticated indoor hydroponic marijuana grows, consisting of approximately 200 mature marijuana plants, were discovered at both locations.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Topanga Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail Detectives, Detective Carlos Figueira at 818-756-4850.  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.

     
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Notes from the October 30, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked Commissioner Robert Saltzman for attending the Compstat meeting. He said his presence displays the influence of the Police Commission since Compstat is the primary tool of changing, adjusting or modifying behavior in the Los Angeles Police Department. Chief Beck also stated overall violent crime was down 7.6% for the year in the City.

• The Inspector General’s report, dated October 24, 2012, relative to the Operation-Valley Bureau Narcotics Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit (IAID No. 12-001) was approved. The purpose of the audit was to determine whether the Department’s internal controls were sufficient to ensure Narcotics Enforcement Units were operating within Department, State and Federal guidelines. The audit tested arrest and search warrant packages, standard based assessment reports and financial disclosure documents. The Office of the Inspector General determined the audit was complete and of good quality.

• The Executive Director’s report, dated October 25, 2012, relative to the Official Police Garage Towing & Storage Rates for 2013 was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated October 25, 2012, relative to the Rampart Area Detective Command accountability Performance Audit (IAID No.12-0470) was approved. Some of the objectives reviewed were detective work product, search and Ramey warrants, case clearances, case categorization and supervisory roles as it relates to felony cases which were bypassed and referred to the City Attorney’s office for filing. The audit revealed the bypass of felony cases and the evaluation of the detective Divisional felony warrant files were out of compliance. Protocol standards were not followed by detectives in 9 out of the 22 felony cases referred to the City Attorney’s office.  Twenty-two search warrant packages were missing, but copies have been obtained and the warrants have been served with due diligence.