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Cops and Loss Prevention Professionals Work and Play Together

While Giving Back to the Community

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA) a partnership between law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals is hosting its first annual LAAORCA Softball Tournament.

The event will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex in West Covina. LAAORCA members will collect toys and clothing to benefit “Para Los Niños” a non-profit organization.

Para Los Niños provides high quality, enriched, nurturing child development services to over 800 children from primarily low-income families at seven locations throughout Los Angeles County. Programs and services include; A Charter School, After-School Programs, Youth Development, Family Services, and Clinical Services.

In the spirit of giving back to the community during a financially difficult holiday season, law enforcement entities, including the United States Secret Service, loss prevention professionals, and major retailers from throughout the greater Los Angeles area will come together to network and team build. Participants in this event will not only donate their own time, but they will donate gifts to benefit Los Angeles area youth and young adults.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) invites anyone interested in volunteering or supporting this worthwhile event to contact LAPD’s Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-8739.  LAPD’s Central Area Officers will be on hand to collect all gifts and deliver them to the good people at Para Los Niños. Interested persons may also go to LAAORCA.org for additional information.

Traffic Collision Leaves a Motorcyclist Dead

Los Angeles: On November 07, 2012, at 4:55 p.m., a man, riding a 2005, Suzuki, RS motorcycle, was traveling northbound on Bundy Drive collided with a 2010 Lexus IS250 negotiating a left turn from southbound Bundy Drive to eastbound Missouri Avenue. The collision caused the motorcycle rider to be ejected and collide with the roadway. The motorcycle continued in a northbound direction and collided with a 2010 Scion, XD, stopped southbound Bundy Drive at Missouri Avenue in the left turn lane. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and pronounced the motorist dead.

The identity of the motorist was withheld until next of kin has been notified..

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call West Traffic Division investigator Officer H. Garcia at 213-473-0234. 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.”

Double-Murder Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting deaths of 29-year-old Gustavo Lopez and 22-year-old Rafael Aguilar-Rodriguez.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at around 3:52 p.m., the suspect walked into his brother's (victim- Lopez’) bedroom and shot him multiple times for no apparent reason. The suspect then opened fire on his brother's friend (victim-2 Aguilar) who was visiting at the time.

Officers responding to the shooting scene found the suspect inside the residence along with the victims. The suspect, 25-year-old Isreal Lopez of Los Angeles, was taken into custody without incident and the weapon believed used in the killings was recovered at the scene.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics arrived and pronounced Lopez dead at the scene with multiple gunshots wounds. Victim-Aguilar sustained a single gunshot wound and was transported to USCMC where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Preliminary investigation revealed the motive for the shooting appears to a long standing dispute between the suspect and his brother. Lopez was booked for murder and held on $1 million bail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Carrillo or Alfaro at 323-342-8959 or 323-342-8956 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.”

Notes from the November 6, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

•    Police Commissioner President Andrea Ordin said she will be attending the Police Cadet graduation later this month and is really looking forward to it.

•    Police Commissioner Rafael Bernardino stated he attended the graduation of class 5/12 at the Police Academy last Friday.  He said the ceremony was something special to watch and urged people who have never attended one to do so.

•    Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked Commissioner Bernardino for attending the recruit graduation and said he recommended people attend the Police Cadet graduation scheduled for later this month.  Chief Beck completed his comments by saying there are currently 9,925 sworn police officers and 2,903 civilian employees in the Department.

•    The Department’s report, dated October 30, 2012, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor for Police Officer Nuria Vanegas, was approved.

•    The Department’s report, dated October 30, 2012, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor for Sergeant Michael Flanagan, was approved.

•    The Department’s report, dated October 29, 2012, relative to the Blake-Justice Consent Decree – Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Annual Report, was continued until next week.

•    The Department’s report, dated November 1, 2012, relative to the transmittal of the grant application for the 2012 Prison Rape Elimination Act Demonstration Projects Grant Award, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.

•    The Department’s report, dated November 2, 2012, relative to the request for approval of first amendment to contract no. C-117357 between the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles for reimbursement for data conversion services on traffic citations issued by the Los Angeles Police Department, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor.

Police in Search of Hit and Run Suspect

Los Angeles: On Sunday, March 25, 2012, around 2:00 a.m., a hit and run collision occurred on Wilshire Boulevard at Spaulding Avenue in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  A man driving a dark BMW with no plates or possible European plates struck a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident walking southbound crossing Wilshire Boulevard, inside of a marked crosswalk.  The driver of the car failed to stop, identify himself or render aid to the victim.  Los Angeles Fire Department personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he was in serious condition.

The suspect is described as possible male, Middle Eastern, in his thirties, with dark hair and dark eyes.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD West Traffic Division, Traffic Detective Section, Detective B. Johnson at 213-473-0228 or 213-473-0234.  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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Two People Shot in Front of a Church

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who fatally shot 25-year-old Andres Ordonez and injured another.

On Sunday, November 4, 2012, at around 6:20 p.m., Rampart Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an “Ambulance Shots Fired” at Beverly Boulevard and Reno Street.  When the officers arrived they found two people shot.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital.  Ordonez, was pronounced dead, the second victim was treated for a gunshot wound and is in stable condition.

The investigation revealed that both victims were attending services at the church located in the 3000 block of West Beverly Boulevard when they saw the suspect, a Hispanic female, spray painting the wall of the church.  Both victims approached the suspect in an effort to get her to stop spray painting.  During the exchange of words a second suspect exited a stopped vehicle and fired multiple shots at both victims, striking them.  Both suspects re-entered the waiting vehicle and drove away from the scene.  It is believed that the involved suspects have gang affiliations.
 
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives Martinez or Cortina at 213-484-3634.  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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Detectives Investigate a Case of Murder/Suicide in Topanga Division

Los Angeles:  On November 2, 2012, around 3:15 p.m., Topanga officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Death Investigation", in the 7100 block of Farralone Avenue, in Canoga Park.

When officers arrived and entered the residence they found two victims with gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene.  Both victims died from their injuries at scene.

Based on preliminary investigative information, it appears the decedents were in a dating relationship and the incident appears to be a murder/suicide.

The names of the individuals have not been released as notifications to family members are still being made by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Topanga Area Homicide Detectives at 818-756-3363 during business hours, or after hours and on weekends at (818) 756-4800.  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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A Woman Killed in San Pedro

Los Angeles:  On Friday, November 2, 2012, around 10:30 p.m., Harbor Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call, in the 3100 block of Almeria Street in the city of San Pedro.  The victim, 45-year-old Michelle Stamper and the suspect, 55-year-old Johnny O’Kane were in a dating relationship.  The victim and suspect were involved in a dispute.  O’Kane shot Stamper and then turned the gun on himself.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Stamper.  O’Kane was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound.

The motive for the shooting is a domestic dispute.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Harbor Area Homicide, Detective David Alvarez at 310-726-7879.  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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