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Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of an Apartment Rental Scammer NR18229dm

 

Hollywood: On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division arrested Johnny Ray Gasca for numerous counts of grand theft stemming from an apartment rental scam.

Mr. Gasca was named in several crime reports that noted similar patterns. The victims responded to a Craigslist post advertising a room for rent in the Hollywood area. After collecting a security deposit and first month's rent, but before the agreed upon move-in date,
Mr. Gasca told the victims the room would not be available on the contracted date. An excuse Mr. Gasca gave some of the victims involved the death of the current tenant's family member which required a delayed move-in date. Various excuses continued until the victims demanded their money back. Ultimately, many of the victims never received a full refund. Detectives have reason to believe Mr. Gasca has continued to similarly defraud victims in the Hollywood area.

Johnny Ray Gasca


Additional victims who may have not reported the incident are encouraged to contact Hollywood Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2930. 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 onlinetip. 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 80-Year-Old Female NR18228ml

 

Northridge: The family of Gloria Amanda Polanco, and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating her.

Ms. Polanco was last seen on August 27, 2018 around 3:00 p.m., near 8400 block of Wilbur Avenue in the City of Northridge.

Ms. Polanco is described as a 80-year-old Hispanic female with black hair, brown eyes, 5'3"and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Ms. Polanco was last seen wearing Red Sweater with a mickey logo, Burgundy pants, suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's. Ms. Polanco is an elderly woman and her family is concerned for her safety.

Sandra Robinson

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Polanco please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, 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 ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. 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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Metropolitan Officer-Involved-Shooting in Rampart Division NRF051-18cr

 

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence.The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Rampart Area neighborhood late Monday evening.

On August 20, 2018, around 11:27 p.m., Metropolitan Division uniformed officers were conducting crime suppression in Rampart Division. While driving on the 2200 block of Ocean View Avenue, they observed a lone male black individual (later identified as Dennis Smith) straddling a bicycle in the middle of the road and observed him commit a traffic violation. The officers initiated a traffic stop for the violation and as the passenger officer exited the police vehicle, Smith got on his bicycle and rode off. The driver officer then drove forward in an attempt to cut Smith off as his partner ran after him. Smith suddenly cut in front of the police vehicle, reached into his cargo shorts, removed a handgun and pointed it directly at the driver officer, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting.

Smith then fell off his bicycle and ran on foot as both officers went in foot pursuit. The short foot pursuit ended just outside of the St. Vincent Medical Center, at which time the officers were involved in an additional use of force, in order to effect Smith's arrest. Smith was not struck by gunfire and only complained of chest pains. Smith was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment and was released for booking. Smith was eventually booked for (69 PC) of the California Penal Code.

During the foot pursuit Smith discarded a handgun that was recovered and later determined to be a pellet gun.

Fortunately, no officers or persons were injured as a result of this incident.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD's policies and procedures.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637(C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.

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Missing 21-Year-Old Male NR18227dm

 

Topanga: The family of Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

It is believed Matthew was last seen on August 10, 2018, at 9:30 p.m., in the 2600 block of
Stearns Street in the City of Simi Valley. His vehicle was located on August 11, 2018.
It had been abandoned on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook, and above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas.

Matthew is described as a 21-year-old White male with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr.


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr., please contact the L.A.P.D.'s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. 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 onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


LAPD is Seeking the Public’s Help, Identifying a Burglary Suspect Operating in Koreatown NR18123ti

 

UPDATE
On August 16, 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Area Detectives arrested 54-year-old Marcelino Perez for Residential Burglary.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the person responsible for several residential burglaries in the Koreatown area dating back to February 2017. Between February 20, 2017 and April 24, 2018, at least 12 apartments were burglarized during daytime hours.

The suspect is described as a a male White or Hispanic in his mid-40s, approximately five-feet nine-inches tall, and weighing approximately 165 pounds. He has short hair and a distinct nose.


If you have any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of this burglary suspect, contact Detective Michael Lorenz, Olympic Detectives, at (213) 382-9443. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 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 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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Animal Cruelty Task Force Investigation Update on Pitbull Death NR18223ne

 

Los Angeles: On August 7, 2018, Los Angeles Police Department's Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) members began receiving calls from the public inquiring about a dog named "Cargo", that reportedly had been sexually assaulted and abandoned near 85th & Central. Public inquires and social media searches revealed a rescue group, Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF), had located an injured dog on the evening of August 6th at the above listed location. GRFF's Facebook information, posted in real time and updated over the course of several days, indicated the dog had been thrown from a vehicle by two male Black suspects. GRFF had the dog treated at a local vet clinic and posted on social media the dog may have suffered "vaginal trauma". GRFF reported that "Cargo" later died as a result of an "aortic tear" caused by blunt force trauma. The public demanded an investigation and justice for "Cargo".
Los Angeles Police Department ACTF investigators contacted GRFF requesting further information believing a crime had occurred. GRFF stated they recovered a "sick dog only", and did not report these events to law enforcement as a criminal incident, nor did they ask ACTF to investigate.
While under intense public criticism and media scrutiny, the three assigned ACTF investigators have been solely focused on this case since August 7th and have continued to follow all leads. Investigators have canvassed the area multiple times, spoken to several witnesses, obtained search warrants, reviewed video, interviewed veterinary staff, and had a forensic veterinarian complete a second necropsy.
At this point in the investigation, it has been determined that the person who adopted the dog did not provide false information to OC Animal Center when adopted. Witness accounts do not support GRFF's Facebook posting that two male Blacks threw the dog from a car. Multiple witness accounts describe a female Hispanic dropping the dog off in front of a location, possibly several hours before the dog was recovered. This person has not been identified.
The statement posted on GRFF's Facebook page regarding the dog suffering "vaginal trauma" was discovered to be a Vet Technician's observation only. This observation was not supported by the treating veterinarian, nor the forensic veterinarian. It is the forensic veterinarian's expert opinion the dog was not sexually assaulted by a person or animal. The dog was recently spayed, possibly in heat, and had several litters, which may have accounted for the Vet Technician's observation. These observations were shared with GRFF before the dog was seen by a veterinarian.
The treating veterinarian saw the dog for the first time, the following morning, after it had passed away. The dog had briefly recovered, was up, barking and wagging her tail before she suddenly died. The treating vet did not identify death by aortic rupture caused by blunt force trauma. The forensic veterinarian concluded the same. The opinion of both the treating and forensic veterinarian is that the cause of death is unknown. Lab tests on varying tissue samples are pending to help possibly identify cause of death.
The Los Angeles Police Department's Animal Cruelty Task Force has concluded with certainty that "Cargo" was not adopted from OC Animal Care for malicious reasons; "Cargo" was not sexually assaulted and then thrown from a vehicle by two male Blacks. Due to events beyond the owner's control, the dog was placed in a home on a temporary basis. The owner intended on retrieving the dog when his situation was resolved. He was unaware his dog had died and is saddened by the loss.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 486-0450. 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 onlinetip. 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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LAPD Rolls Out Another Volunteer Patrol, Literally

Canoga Park: The LAPD's Topanga Police Station announced its latest effort in crime fighting: an 8-person Volunteer Community Patrol, at a morning news conference in front of the police station. Four of the patrol force and the two dedicated electric cars were present, and the event ended with the cars heading out on patrol.

"There's an old adage: 'the police are the people and the people are the police'," explained Capt. Maureen Ryan, commanding officer of Topanga Area. "These citizen patrols will become added eyes and ears on the street, deterring crime and reporting suspicious activity."

Police will send the patrols into neighborhoods where property crime is spiking; crimes like: residential burglaries, car burglaries, and porch pirating. "These visible patrols act as force multipliers, allowing sworn officers to address violent crime and crimes in progress, while sleepy residential areas get patrols that officers might not otherwise be able to provide," added Dep. Chief Kris Pitcher, who oversees the entire San Fernando Valley, and was captain at Devonshire Area when the first volunteer patrols were started several years ago.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, City Council District 3, greeted all the volunteers. "I am proud to help launch and financially support the Volunteer Patrol Program at the LAPD Topanga Station," he told the group. "Now, all three divisions in my district have more eyes and ears in the community; folks who are empowered and trained to help our law enforcement and report crime on our streets."

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Critical Missing 71-Year-Old Female

Los Angeles: The family of Sandra Robinson, and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating her.

Ms. Robinson was last seen on August 12, 2018 around 2:00 p.m., near 7th Street and Figueroa Street in Los Angeles.

Ms. Robinson is described as a 71-year-old Black female with gray hair, brown eyes, 5'3"and weighs approximately 147 pounds. Ms. Robinson was last seen wearing a black V-neck T-shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, was carrying a black purse and wearing a gold chain. Ms. Robinson is an elderly woman and her family is concerned for her safety.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Robinson please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, and Detective M. Palmer at (213) 996-1800. 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 onlinetip. 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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Cannabis Grow Take Down

Panorama City: On August 12, 2018, at 3:50 a.m., Mission Division patrol officers received a radio call of a burglary in progress in the 13000 block of Saticoy Street in Panorama City. When officers arrived, six suspects were detained. While completing a search of the location for additional suspects, the officers observed a large size cannabis grow within the commercial building. The six individuals were booked for 459(a)PC-Commercial Burglary. Five of the six arrestees have extensive criminal backgrounds and have gang affiliations.

During the investigation, it was determined the location does not have a legal Department of Cannabis Enforcement permit to cultivate marijuana. Mission's Narcotics Enforcement Detail, Safer Cities Initiative, and patrol officers followed up and served a search warrant at the location and recovered over 600 pounds of cannabis in various stages of cultivation. The cannabis has an estimated value of over $750,000.

Mission Area's Commanding Officer Captain Natalie Cortez said, "The City of Los Angeles has a very clear process for obtaining a permit for legal cannabis grow. This location was operating in an illegal and clandestine manner. It's these types of illegal unpermitted locations that infiltrate our communities by bringing in crime. Mission Area is dedicated to enforcing these types of illegal locations to keep our neighborhoods safe."



If you have any information regarding illegal marijuana operations in Mission Division, please call (818) 838-9300. 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 onlinetip. 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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Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW) Involving a Vehicle

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for striking a man with his vehicle.

On Saturday June 9, 2018, around 11:30 p.m. at a parking structure located in the 800 block of S. Figueroa Street, the suspect driver became upset with the victim, a parking lot attendant, and attempted to lift the gate arm to exit the parking facility. After failing to move the arm the suspect entered his vehicle, then used it as a weapon to strike the victim. The suspect then fled. The victim sustained minor injuries. The suspect is described as a male, possibly Persian, black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, 30 to 55 years old, with black facial hair. The suspect's vehicle is described as a 2015-2018 black BMW M6 4DR with Galpin Ford dealer plates.

To View Video Surveillance, go to:
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Anyone with additional information is urged to call Central Division Detectives, at 213-996-1849. 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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