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Fatal Traffic Collision

Northridge: On October 06, 2017, around 10:55 p.m., a silver BMW/340i was traveling eastbound Lassen Street at a high rate of speed with another dark colored sedan. The driver of the silver BMW lost control of his vehicle east of Balboa Boulevard, it traveled in a northeast direction on the westbound lanes of Lassen Street and collided with a light standard on the north side of Lassen Street. The BMW continued traveling in a northeast direction and collided with a tree on the north side of Lassen Street east of Balboa Boulevard. The collision caused the BMW to become engulfed in flames.

The other dark colored sedan possibly black was last seen traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound Balboa Boulevard without stopping.

A total of four occupants that were inside the silver BMW died instantly from injuries sustained. Two of the four occupants have been identified as Amanda Alfar from Panorama City, and Leena Ammari from Van Nuys. The other two occupants names have not been released pending next of kin notification.




Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective II Lisset Fuentes at (818) 644-8029or Detective I P. Rivera at (818) 644-8036. 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 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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Los Angeles Dodgers Postseason

Los Angeles: In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion and parking delays, the Los Angeles Police Department is informing the public of the temporary "No Parking" restrictions near Dodger Stadium. The postseason begins on October 6, 2017. Please look for posted signs, as there will be "No Parking" on Ave of the Palm (Stadium Way) between Scott Road and Academy Road. The hours of "No Parking" will vary depending on the time of the game, but will be strictly enforced.

In addition to parking enforcement, LAPD officers will be patrolling the area to enforce the no tolerance policy for drinking in public or in the parks. Dodger fans are also reminded that there is no tailgating in Dodger Stadium. Everyone in attendance deserves a safe and fun-filled evening of baseball, so please respect the neighborhood and stay safe. Let's Play Ball!

If anyone has any questions, please contact Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

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California Values Act (SB 54) by Governor Brown

LAPD Statement on the Signing of the California Values Act (SB 54) by Governor Brown

Los Angeles: The Department welcomes the Governor's signing of the California Values Act (SB-54) which enacts into the law many of the policies and practices the LAPD has used for the past four decades to build community trust and keep communities safe from crime.

The new law takes a balanced approach to address the complex issues surrounding immigration and local law enforcement. The law protects the public by allowing local police officers to vigorously enforce criminal laws while enabling all communities, regardless of immigration status, who have been victimized by crime to help police officers apprehend and prosecute criminal offenders. The law also enables local police to continue working with our federal law enforcement partners to enforce criminal laws involving human trafficking, terrorism, narcotics, child exploitation, and other serious offenses.

"I want to thank Governor Brown and Senator DeLeon for their willingness to work with the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies to make SB 54 a balanced approach to protecting all communities from crime," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "The LAPD has reduced crime to historic lows through constitutional policing and building strong partnerships with all our communities, regardless of civil immigration status, and SB 54 strengthens our ability to continue this proven crime fighting strategy."

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Shooting Leaves One Dead And Two Injured

Boyle Heights Shooting Leaves One Dead And Two Injured

Boyle Heights: Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of George Castillo, a 37-year-old man. Two other adults were also wounded during the shooting.

The shooting was reported on Thursday, September 5, 2017, at around 1:07 a.m., in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. The victims were standing on the sidewalk when they were shot by an unidentified suspect. George Castillo was transported by paramedics to a local hospital where he died. The other two victims were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and remain hospitalized. Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting as being gang-related.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hollenbeck Homicide detectives at (323) 342-8964. 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 LAPDOnline.org, and click on "Web Tips" and follow the prompts.

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Burglary Crew

Tarzana: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a burglary crew whose images were caught on video.

On October 3, 2017, around 10:45 a.m., a burglary occurred in the 19200 block of Linnet Street in Tarzana. Two suspects entered the residence, ransacked the bedrooms and fled the location with the victim's property.

One of the suspects was captured on camera leaving the residence. The suspects then entered a silver or gold SUV that was driven by a third suspect.

The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic, stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

The second suspect is described as a male wearing a mask. There is no description on the third suspect who drove the getaway vehicle.

Burglary crews like this one are organized and target affluent, single-family residences located within the San Fernando Valley. "The members of these criminal groups are usually comprised of career burglars," says Detective William Dunn of the West Valley Burglary Task Force. "They select homes based on the likelihood of having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. "They are known to 'scout' an area before a crime to identify unoccupied residences. Once they determine that a residence is unoccupied, they gain entry through a rear or side door. They have been known to disable an alarm. These residences are often ransacked as they search for money, jewelry and firearms.

The following tips will help prepare residents to protect themselves and their property from Burglars:
• Use video cameras around the exterior of your residence.
• Cameras with motion sensors should cover entry points from inside.
• Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
• Share video on social media which captures suspicious behavior with your neighbors.
• Ensure and safe is securely fastened to your floor to prevent its removal.
• Keep valuable items in a bank safety deposit box.
• Install an audible alarm system with the speaker out of site and reach, i.e., your attic area.
• Use laminated glass for rear and side doors, as it is more difficult to remove.
• Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly lit.

Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call Detective Armando Monarrez, West Valley Burglary Coordinator, at (818) 374-7768, or Detective William Dunn, (818) 374-7769, the case detective. 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.

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Investigation Leads to the Discovery of Human Remains

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division is currently conducting an investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a 23-year-old female (at the time of her disappearance) from the Devonshire Area of Los Angeles.

Over the past several months investigators have developed investigative clues that led them to a property located on Hot Springs Road in the community of Sky Valley in Desert Hot Springs.

Investigators learned that the remains of an individual may have been buried at that property.

Robbery Homicide Division with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Evidence Recovery Team and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department are currently in the process of excavating human remains located on that property.

At this stage in the investigation the Detectives are unable to determine if the remains are those of the missing female.

Due to extensive decomposition it will take several weeks to determine the identity of the remains.

The recovering of the humans remains is a slow and deliberate process designed to identify potential evidence and respect the dignity of the deceased.

Upon removal, the Los Angles County Coroners Office will begin the process of identify recovered human remains.

At this point in the investigation any further statements related to this case would be premature.

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Proposed Guidelines for Use of sUAS Released for Public Review

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department has posted its proposed guidelines for the use of a small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) for public viewing and comment.

The Department welcomes and encourages Angelenos to review the document and share their thoughts about the potential use of the small aerial video platform. These proposed guidelines provide strict parameters for the use of so-called "drones" in only a handful of situations and with the expressed approval from top officials within the Department. The LAPD is committed to ensuring public trust, maintaining transparency, and most importantly keeping our communities safe through fair constitutional policing. We understand these goals can only be achieved through partnerships and input from our residents when we explore new ways to make Los Angeles the safest big city in the country.

Here is the link to study the guidelines:

Please provide your input or comments to suas@lapd.online

If you would like to send us a letter with your input or comments, the address is:

Los Angeles Police Department
Office of Special Operations
sUAS Pilot Project
P.O. Box 30158
Los Angeles, CA 90030

The Los Angeles Police Department would like to thank you for taking the time to be a part of this important process.


Serial Commercial Burglary Suspect Arrested

 

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Patrol and Burglary detectives arrested Vincent Joseph Campbell for a series of commercial burglaries in the Van Nuys and North Hollywood Areas.

Beginning in September 2017, Van Nuys Area noticed an upward spike in commercial burglaries taking place in the early morning hours. The suspect, later identified as Vincent Campbell, was seen on numerous surveillance videos smashing the front window or prying the rear door to businesses located in various strip malls.

Campbell would cut power to the strip mall, attack surveillance cameras by removing them or smashed them on the ground, pulled alarm pads from the walls then ransacked the businesses causing extensive damage. Campbell took cash registers, computers, cash, jewelry and tools.

Detectives issued Crime Alerts and attended roll call providing information and photographs to patrol officers.

On Saturday September 30, 2017 around 5:00 a.m., Van Nuys Patrol units responded to an alarm call at the 13300 block of Victory Boulevard. The owner provided information to the responding officers that he could see a suspect inside his business attempting to take his cash register.

Upon arrival, officers recognized the suspect (Campbell) from the Crime Alerts.

Campbell refused commands to exit the business, and a perimeter was established. By this time, Campbell had punched through the drywall of the business next door and secreted himself in the crawlspace between the ceiling and roof with a stolen handgun.

Metropolitan K-9 units responded and ultimately took Campbell into custody without incident.

Detectives recovered evidence from a vehicle connecting Campbell to Van Nuys burglaries. A search warrant later that day resulted in the recovery of additional evidence connecting Campbell to numerous burglaries.

Campbell has prior arrests for Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Weapons and Narcotics. Although Campbell's spree was committed in only a two-week time span, Campbell has been linked to over twenty commercial burglaries in that time.

The dollar amount of damage caused by Campbell is extensive. Detectives filed twenty-two counts of commercial burglary and one count, ex-con with a gun.

Detectives have provided Vincent Campbell's of photo in case there may be additional victims of other unreported incidents and are asking for the public's assistance in locating them.



Vincent Campbell inside business
incent Campbell Booking Photo

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Area Detectives at (818) 374-9500. 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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Critical Missing 26-Year-old Autistic Male

 

North Hollywood: The family of Anthony Cisneros and the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Detectives requests the public's assistance in locating him.

On October 4, 2017, around 8:30 a.m., Anthony was last seen in the 5600 block of Whitsett Avenue in the city of North Hollywood. Anthony is diagnosed with autism and has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. His family is concerned for his safety.

Anthony is described as a 26-year-old male Hispanic with black hair, and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs about 200 pounds


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Anthony Cisneros, please contact the Los Angeles Department North Hollywood Division at 818-754-8300.

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.


Sexual Assault Suspect in Custody

 

Van Nuys: On September 28, 2017 at about 5:10 p.m., Van Nuys Area responded to call for of a rape suspect in the 1500 block of Sherman Way in Van Nuys.

Mateo Saucedo, 32-year old, was located and arrested after being identified by a victim as the person who tried to rape her.

On September 27, 2017 at 9:30 p.m., victim-1 had parked her vehicle on Matilija Avenue north of Victory Boulevard when Saucedo approached the victim and attempted to sexually assault her.

On September 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., victim-2 observed Saucedo loitering in the 1500 block of Sherman Way in Van Nuys, when Saucedo approached the victim and attempted to rape her.


Detectives have provided Mateo Saucedo photo in case there may be additional victims of other unreported incidents and are asking for the public's assistance in locating them.

This case was presented to District who filed 2 counts of attempted rape. Bail set $210,000.00.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Area Detectives at (818) 374-9500. 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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