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Man Killed in Hit and Run Collision

San Fernando Valley: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects involved in a hit and run traffic collision that killed a man.

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, around 3:25 a.m., the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Sherman Way and Vineland Ave. A male was driving a 2007 Nissan with three passengers. His vehicle collided with multiple parked vehicles and a light pole, at which time, two of the three passengers were ejected. The driver and a passenger fled the scene on foot, failing to stop and render aid to the two ejected passengers, as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced one of the ejected passengers dead at scene. He has been identified as 23-year-old Juan Alberto Torres of Sun Valley. The second passenger was transported to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.

There is no description of the driver and passenger.

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 Valley Traffic Detective Fuentes at (818) 644-8029, or Detective Montero at (818) 644-8035. 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 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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MAYOR GARCETTI NAMES MICHEL MOORE AS NEXT CHIEF OF THE LAPD

JUNE 4, 2018 — Mayor Eric Garcetti today selected Michel Moore as the next Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Moore, currently Chief Charlie Beck’s First Assistant Chief, is a widely-respected law enforcement leader who has played a key role in the historic reforms undertaken by the LAPD in recent years.

“Mike Moore is the right leader at the right time to accelerate our progress in bringing crime down, deepening trust between officers and our communities, and improving working conditions for our rank-and-file,” said Mayor Garcetti. “His experience, strong character, and commitment to the demands of 21st century policing will serve the people of our City well. His leadership will strengthen a Department that’s considered a north star for law enforcement worldwide.”

Moore, a more than 36-year LAPD veteran who currently serves as First Assistant Chief and directs the Office of Operations, would be the 57th Chief of the LAPD if confirmed by the City Council.

Prior to his current post, Moore served at nearly every level of the Department, rising through the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, commander, and deputy chief. He has overseen operations and officers in the Rampart Area, the San Fernando Valley, and West Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, he has played a central role in matters ranging from counter-terrorism and the use of force to fiscal, personnel, training, and other management issues that are front and center in the Department’s work and success.

“I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to lead the extraordinary men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department — and to serve the people of this City as its next Chief of Police,” said Chief Moore. “Together, we will do our part to keep the momentum going in reducing crime, enhancing public safety, building the confidence of our communities in this Department, and living up to our values of compassion, understanding, and trust.”

The Mayor’s nomination is subject to City Council confirmation.

 

Audio - Mayor Announces New COP

 


Seeking Two Persons of Interest

Man Suffered Fatal Gunshot Wound Seeking Two Persons of Interest

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department and Newton Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of two persons of interest.

On May 16, 2018, around 7:45 a.m., Newton officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting", in the area of Fortuna Avenue and 57th Street, in the City of Los Angeles. When officers arrived they found the victim, later identified as 40-year-old Victor Orduna, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Earlier, the victim had exited his residence and was on his way to work when the shooting occurred. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Orduna to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and located surveillance video capturing two males riding their bicycle in the area before and after the shooting.

The first person of interest is described as a male Black, 20-30 years of age, riding a white "fixie" type of bicycle.

The second person of interest is described as a male Hispanic, 20-30 years of age, riding a peach or pink beach cruiser and wearing an orange reflector vest.



Anyone with information on this murder is encouraged to contact Newton Homicide Detectives at (323) 846-6556. 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 can 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.

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Notes from the June 5, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

 

Commissioner President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. President Steve Soboroff made a short statement on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s selection of the next chief of police of the LAPD saying it was excellent. All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s presentation and discussion relative to the 2017 Use of Force Year-End Review Report, as set forth. No action required. This item will be placed on agenda in two weeks for additional questions and comments.            

Department’s verbal presentation and discussion relative to the current information available on the City and Department Open Data website link. No action required

Department’s report, dated May 29, 2018, relative to the Inmate Welfare Fund Audit (AD No. 17-015), as set forth. [BPC #18-0176] was approved.

Department’s report, dated May 29, 2018, relative to the Operations-West Bureau Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit (AD No. 17-012), as set forth. [BPC #18-0177] was approved.

Department’s report, dated May 29, 2018, relative to the Asset Forfeiture Audit (AD No. 17-017), as set forth.  [BPC #18-0178] was approved.

The Report of the Chief of Police was given by Deputy Chief Jon Peters. Chief Peters reported on an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred on Tuesday May 29. Uniformed officers reported to a stabbing radio call where the suspect prevented officers access to the stabbing victim. The suspect refused to comply to the officers’ commands. After numerous attempts to communicate with the suspect, officers deployed tazers, beanbag shotguns, and two 40mm sponge rounds. The suspect armed himself with a pick axe and charged at officers resulting in an OIS. Chief Peters provided an updated on Part IA crime statistics. Chief Peters reported there are 10,035 sworn personnel, 2,939 civilian personnel, over 400 reserve officers, 259 specialists and almost 1,799 cadets.

Audio - Police Comission June 5, 2018

 


Officer-Involved-Shooting in Foothill Division

 

**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 Pacoima neighborhood early Wednesday morning.

On May 29, 2018, around 11:48 p.m., Foothill Division uniformed officers responded to a stabbing radio call for service, at a residence on the 10900 block of Telfair Avenue in the City of Los Angeles.

Upon the officers arrival they immediately encountered the suspect (later identified as 29-year- old Bryan Rodriguez) standing under a carport preventing them from providing emergency assistance to the stabbing victim. The officers initiated verbal commands with Rodriguez and after several attempts to communicate with him and warnings that force may be used, the officers deployed multiple less lethal munitions at Rodriguez. He then threw various heavy objects (chairs, cement blocks and broken ceramic pieces) which injured three officers. Rodriguez armed himself with a large pick axe and charged at the officers, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting.

Rodriguez was struck by gunfire and was transported by the awaiting Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. In addition, the LAFD transported the stabbing victim for medical aid and was listed in stable, but serious condition.

The three officers, were also transported by LAFD to a hospital, where they received medical treatment for their injuries and were eventually released.

Rodriguez' pickaxe was recovered from the scene and booked as evidence.

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 scene 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. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.

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.


Critical Missing 42-Year-Old

 

Northridge: The family of Ramon Velez and the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area detectives are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Ramon was last seen on June 1, 2018, at around 10:00 p.m., walking outside to get some fresh air from his residence in the 18500 block of Prairie Avenue in Northridge.

Ramon has a diminished mental capacity and a medical condition which requires medication to maintain his health.

Ramon is described as a 42-year-old male Hispanic, with black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighing 120 pounds. Ramon was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, and wearing a brown permanent medical helmet.

Ramon Velez


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ramon Velez, please contact Devonshire Area Watch Commander at 818-832-0633, as well as 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.