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Caveat Emptor ~ Let the Buyer Beware!

Reseda. Police are warning the public to beware and follow some common-sense rules when buying or selling items through online sales services. A rash of robberies in the west San Fernando Valley have made police aware of criminals using the services as a means of finding or targeting victims.

"Whether you are offering for sale or buying an expensive item, the thief sees the chance of getting that item or the cash you bring," explained Lt. Kirk Kelley, acting commanding officer of the West Valley Patrol Division. "If you are buying, crooks are after the cash you will more assuredly bring; if you are selling, they are after the item based on your stated value."

Over the past two weeks, at least two unrelated robberies took place wherein criminals, posing as potential buyers, robbed sellers at gunpoint of either expensive jewelry or an iPhone.

"This is a new MO that goes beyond a single crew of thieves," added Lt. Kelley. "This is becoming a trend as the use of online sales services become more popular."

Here are some tips the public can follow to be safer when selling and buying online:

• Meet your potential buyer/seller at a safe, public place, like at a police station parking lot. A refusal to meet there should raise a red flag worth watching;
• Do NOT bring a buyer/seller to your home. This potentially brings a crook into your home to see ALL of what you might have to offer;
• Bring a companion with you on the sale;
• Be most cautious when selling expensive items that hold value, such as: jewelry antiques, collector's items, cell phones, coins. Crooks wants these items for resale.
• Remember, a person can be anyone they want to be, online. Crooks will create shill Facebook accounts.

"We offer this information so the public can be more aware," Lt. Kelley concluded. "Forewarned is forearmed."

Anyone with information is urged to call Lt. Kirk Kelley, West Valley Area, at (213) 374-7600. 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 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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Critical Missing 74-year-old Male

Los Angeles: The family of Alejandro Cabrera Cuque and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Cuque was last seen on November 28, 2016, in the 1300 block of West 73rd Street, in the City of Los Angeles. Cuque suffers from dementia and his family is in extremely concerned for his well-being.

Cuque is described as a 74-year-old male Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue pull over sweater, pink beanie, grey sweatpants and grey Crocs.

Alejandro Cabrera Cuque

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Alejandro Cabrera Cuque, please contact Missing Persons Unit, Detective Roman, at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed 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 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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The Watts Bears Win the Los Angeles County Pop Warner Southern Section Conference

Watts: The Watts Bears are the 2016 Pop Warner Junior Varsity Southern Section Conference Champs!

The Los Angeles Police Department's Community Safety Partnership has partnered with the Housing Authority to field a team of boys from the Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts, and Jordan Downs Public Housing Developments. The Watts Bears football team is comprised of some of talented hard working, young men, ranging in age from ages 8 to 13 year old. The team was created in an effort to provide a safe and positive outlet for well deserving kids who may not have an opportunity to play football. To be eligible to participate, the kids have to meet certain standards in school.

Coaching the team are LAPD Officers Grant Goosby, Otis Swift, Zarren Thompson and James Holliman. The officers use sports as a vehicle to introduce and reinforce the concept of strong character, positive values, personal responsibility and academic excellence. The coaches stress structure, discipline, team spirit, friendship, and positive competition.
This season the team beat Palos Verdes in the conference playoff game to take the title of "Conference Champions" for the first time in their six year existence. On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, players from the Watts Bears, who are on break from school, and the coaches, will join LAPD Chief Charlie Beck as his guests at the LAPD Recruit Graduation.

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Notes from the November 15, 2016 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established.  Commissioner Johnson mentioned this week’s elections created a lot of “anger and anxiety.”  Commissioner Johnson ensured the City of Los Angeles’ safety and security.  He reported on the Office of Inspector General’s Smart Phone App had been implemented.    

The meeting proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items, Department’s Report, dated November 10, 2016.  Commanding Officer of Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, Police Administrator Arif Alikhan began his report findings, giving a brief overview of his 140 page report on his prevention of bias policing, and the Departments’ commitment of preventing biased policing.  Captain Alan S. Hamilton, Officer in Charge of Recruitment & Employment Division presented on qualifications in acquiring new recruits for the Department.  Commanding Officer Dr. Dr. Luann P. Pannell of Police Training and Education presented Academy curriculum of workforce diversity promoting understanding and reducing of police bias.  Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs Group, Commander Stuart Maislin presented accountability measures in which the Department takes in compared to 5 other local city police department’s.  Police Administrator Arif Alikhan concluded the Department’s report by answering Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hills’ question of data factors that make up the public’s perception in Los Angeles.

The entire Department’s Report (summary and analysis) can be found on the Department’s Website.  

This concludes the Department’s Report.  


Los Angeles Couple Goes Missing

Update
November 18, 2016


Mariya Mitkova and Aaron Morganstein were located in Mexico in good health and will be reunited with their family.

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons' Unit is asking for the public's help in locating Mariya Mitkova and Aaron Morganstein.

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, around 3:00 p.m, the couple was last seen leaving their residence in the 2200 block of Shoredale Avenue, in the City of Los Angeles. The couple are frequent campers and were believed to have been headed to Joshua Tree National Park or the Imperial Sand Dunes.

Ms. Mitkova is described as a 27-year-old female White with blonde hair and blue eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs around 130 pounds. Ms. Mitkova was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with print on it and shorts.

Mr. Morganstein is described as a 33-year-old male White with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. Mr. Morganstein was last seen wearing blue jeans, brown collar shirt, grey hoodie, and brown hat.

The couple was traveling in a 2002 dark blue Subaru Outback with California license plate number 6PHR231.

Aaron Morganstein                  Mariya Mitkova

Anyone with information regarding the where abouts of Mariya Mitkova and Aaron Morganstein is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Unit Detective Guevara 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 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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Homicide in Van Nuys

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide Division is requesting the public's assistance in obtaining information to identify the suspect involved in the murder of a 37-year old man.

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, around 9:50 p.m., Van Nuys Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a "Roberry/ Grand Theft Auto" at the 7400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in the city of Van Nuys.

When the officers arrived they found the victim lying on the ground and a witness standing next to him. Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where the victim succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and the witness were in their vehicle travelling north on Sepulveda Boulevard when a man on a bike, later identified as the suspect, was riding south toward the victim's vehicle at a slow rate of speed. The victim honked at the supect and the suspect hit the victims front windshield window with his fist. The victim then got out of the vehicle and a physical altercation took place. The suspect punched the victim causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect entered the victim's vehicle and fled. The witness exited the vehicle as the suspect began to drive away. The victim unaware that the passanger had exited the vehicle grabbed the driver's side door, as the suspect began to drive away. The suspect rammed the diver's side of the vehicle against parked cars causing the victim to let go of the door. The suspect drove away on Sepulveda Boulevard.

The suspect was described as a male, Hispanic, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. He is approximately 20-30 years old, standing at about 5 feet 11 inches, and between 140-160 pounds.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Steve Castro 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 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.


LAPD Officers Save Life of 80s Rapper

Canoga Park. Four LAPD officers performed CPR for over 5 minutes on a man who collapsed at a bus stop near the Topanga Mall last Saturday evening, around 9 PM. Paramedics arrived and took over first aid, then rushed the man to West Hills Hospital, where he remains today, getting treatment.

"I died and these officers saved my life," said Kurtis Walker, aka Kurtis Blow, an 80s pioneering rapper, as he lay in his hospital bed days after being brought back to life on a West Valley street. "The police saved my life, a Black man. In this day and age, people need to hear that!"

"We didn't think too much about what we had done, but we were curious to see how the man was doing," explained Officer Chis Vege (pronounced VEGGIE), who is assigned to the Topanga Area Gang Unit. "So we drove to the hospital later that night, and several people made a big deal about us saving the man's life! We were happy for him and his family that he pulled through."

The incident began when a mall security guard saw a younger man yelling at an older man at the bus stop. The initial 9-1-1 call was described as a robbery. Officers Peter Parra and Felix Rodriguez arrived first and learned quickly there was no crime, but an argument between a 57-year-old man and his 20-something son. Officers Vege and his partner, Calvin Hill, Jr., arrived soon after. "As soon as we walked up to the group, the older man just collapsed," Officer Vege said. "We didn't think about it; we just acted. I swept his airway for obstructions, and Officer Hill started chest compressions."

After several minutes, Mr. Walker gasped for air, so the officers stopped compressions and rolled him on his side. "At that point, Walker stopped breathing again," Officer Hill explained. "So we rolled him back and I started compressions again, until paramedics arrived. I know the paramedics came quickly, but it seemed like a really long time when you're pressing on a man's chest, hoping he won't die." Witnesses estimated Officer Hill continued compressions for over 5 minutes.

The good-Samaritan officers still have not met Mr. Walker since the ordeal, but the singer wants to meet them as soon as he is out of the hospital. "The police are angels, and they are here to help us," Walker said last night to Sgt. Stephan Bell, who is writing the Life Saving Award commendation for the officers. "They got there so fast. If they got there any later, I would have died. I want to thank the officers from the bottom of my heart, no pun intended."

Mr. Walker is NOT available for visitors as of this release, however, a reunion will be arranged in the near future. Officers Vege and Hill will be available for interviews today, November 4, 2016, between 1 PM and 6PM, at the Topanga Police Station. News media can call (818) 756-4861 to verify availability and arrange an interview.

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62-Year-Old Man Killed in Hit and Run

Los Angeles: A fatal hit and run traffic collision occurred on Hyde Park Boulevard, east of West Boulevard.
On November 14, 2016, around 1:00 a.m., Mr. Charles Mays was deliberately laying in the middle of the street on Hyde Park Boulevard east of West Boulevard. A motorist traveling eastbound on Hyde Park Boulevard struck Mr. Mays. Two additional unknown motorists traveling eastbound on Hyde Park Boulevard also struck him. The first motorist stopped to get help for the Mr. Mays, however the two additional motorists continued traveling eastbound on Hyde Park Boulevard failing to stop and identify themselves or render aide. The two motorists are still outstanding and there is no description of the hit and run vehicles.Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and the pedestrian was pronounced dead at scene.

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.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact LAPD South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. 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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62-Year-Old Man Killed in Hit and Run

Los Angeles: A fatal hit and run traffic collision occurred on Hyde Park Boulevard, east of West Boulevard.
On November 14, 2016, around 1:00 a.m., Mr. Charles Mays was deliberately laying in the middle of the street on Hyde Park Boulevard east of West Boulevard. A motorist traveling eastbound on Hyde Park Boulevard struck Mr. Mays. Two additional unknown motorists traveling eastbound on Hyde Park Boulevard also struck him. The first motorist stopped to get help for the Mr. Mays, however the two additional motorists continued traveling eastbound on Hyde Park Boulevard failing to stop and identify themselves or render aide. The two motorists are still outstanding and there is no description of the hit and run vehicles.Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and the pedestrian was pronounced dead at scene.

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.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact LAPD South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. 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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Sun Valley Traffic Collision Claims Man’s Life

SUN VALLEY: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision, which left a 56-year-old male Hispanic resident of Sun Valley fatally injured.

On November 13, 2016, around 7:00 p.m., the driver, identified as Tess Torres, a 25-year-old resident of North Hollywood was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, white in color, southbound on Lankershim Boulevard when the truck collided with a 56-year-old male Hispanic resident of Van Nuys, who was on the roadway.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer M. Tucker at (818) 644-8114 or Valley Traffic Division Detective Officer-in-Charge William Bustos at (818)644-8021. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "web tips" and follow the prompts.

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