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Homeless Man Reunited With Mother After 10-Year Separation

San Pedro: Michael Walker has been homeless in San Pedro for over 2 years. He suffers from mental illness and drug addiction. Michael lived in an endless cycle of drug abuse, which fueled his life of crime. After years of criminal activity, several city departments came together and found a resolution to help end the cycle of recidivism for Michael.

The Los Angeles Police Department-Harbor Area worked in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office to contact Michael's mother in Chicago, Illinois. Michael's mother yearned to see her son. Michael also desired to see his mother too as they had not seen each other for ten years due to Michael's state of addiction and homelessness.

The Office of Los Angeles City Council District 15, Councilmember Joe Buscaino and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority raised funds to reunite the two. Michael and his mother reunited at LAX airport on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. They subsequently flew back to Chicago together.

Harbor Division has established a heart-felt bond with this family and endeavors to maintain a relationship with them.

If anyone has any questions, please contact Los Angeles Police Department, Harbor Area Community Relations Office at 310-726-7921.


Burglary Suspect Caught on Video at Hollywood Apartment Complex

Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Area Burglary detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect.

On October 6, 2017 around 6:30 p.m., the suspect entered a large apartment complex’s subterranean garage. He loitered at the front door steps until he gained access to the apartment lobby when a delivery man exited. The suspect proceeded to the second floor and used an unknown pry tool to open the victim’s apartment door. The suspect placed the items into the bags obtained from the victim’s residence and exited the location.

The suspect is described as a male black, 25-30 years old, with a beard. He stands approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 170 to 190 pounds. He was wearing a bright orange Under Armor hooded sweatshirt, camouflage pants, and grey running shoes.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollywood Burglary Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2931. 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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Notes from the October 10, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

PC Mtg October 10

 

Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established.

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Commission President’s Report, dated October 4, 2017, relative to the Commission Liaison and Assignments, as set forth. [BPC #17-0400] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated October 4, 2017, relative to the Preventable Traffic Collision Audit (AD No. 17-02), as set forth. [BPC #17-0382] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated October 4, 2017, relative to the request for approval to negotiate an agreement with selected Lead Maintenance and Lead Mining for the Los Angeles Police Department, as set forth. [BPC #17-0385] was approved.

Chief Beck prefaced his general report with an update on the mass shooting incident that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. Over 70 off-duty LAPD personnel attended the event and were present at the time of the shooting. Many attended the concert with family members or large groups. LAPD dispatched six members of the Employee Assistant Unit to Las Vegas to liaison with medical staff to attend to the needs of LAPD employees.

Chief Beck added that several commissions are attending an event later today to bring people together and to begin the discussion of unity.

Chief Beck noted it is tough for a first responder to be a victim and not be able to do what they are trained to do. The LAPD psychologist has reached out to each member who attended the event to make sure their needs have been met, and the LAPD is doing everything it can to help these members.

Chief Beck added that one LAPD officer and two family members were shot in the incident.

Chief Beck provided updated crime statistics. Chief Beck reports 9,975 sworn personnel, 2,870 civilian personnel, 400 reserve officers and specialists volunteers, and 2,100 cadets.