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Search Warrant Served on Commercial Building on Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department served a search warrant for narcotics and weapons violations related to criminal activity at a commercial building in the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

Beginning in June 2018, Hollywood Area officers became aware of illegal occupancy and criminal activity at a vacant commercial building in the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Officers had received information from community members who were concerned about the possibility of narcotics sales happening in and around the building. In June, officers went to the building and fewer than 20 people were told they needed to vacate the premise. Hollywood Area officers contacted the property owner to attempt to work with him to secure the building and prevent access by unauthorized individuals. Officers continued to monitor the area and since June have documented narcotics sales and weapons violations. In addition to the narcotics and weapons violations, officers who were aware there was no electricity in the building, saw wiring and cords which concerned them about the safety of the building. Based on the criminal violations, officers obtained a search warrant for the location from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

On September 12, 2018 at 3:00 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division, Special Weapons and Tactics team went to the building and removed 66 people, 60 adults and 6 juveniles. Hollywood officers searched the building and found one rifle and one shotgun. After the search was completed, the building was secured to prevent people from gaining access.

Everyone in the building, 66 people, were cited for trespassing. Of those 66 people, two of them were also arrested for 11366 Health and Safety code (Operating a Drug House), five people were booked on a probation or parole hold, and five people were booked for felony warrants not related to the investigation at the building.

Additionally, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed 25 criminal charges against Mehdi Boulour, owner of the commercial building at 6360 Hollywood Blvd., for various alleged building code violations and fire code violations. "Our office continues to work to prevent a tragedy like the Oakland Ghost Ship fire from happening here," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Our actions at this location are just part of our sustained effort to target properties we allege pose a public safety threat.


Changes at L.A. Board of Police Commissioners

Department's Reaction to Changes at L.A. Board of Police Commissioners

Los Angeles: The LAPD remains committed to civilian oversight, which is the cornerstone of "community-based" policing. Outgoing Police Commission Vice President Mathew Johnson and incoming nominee Eileen M. Decker are shining examples of that commitment in action. As a Police Commissioner, Johnson was pivotal in expanding the Department's use of less lethal tools, implementing our body worn video cameras and release of that footage, as well as supporting LAPD's work in de-escalation. While Johnson's leadership on the board will be missed, Mayor Eric Garcetti's new Police Commission nominee will no doubt pick up where he left off. Eileen M. Decker's depth of experience as a U.S. Attorney and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety will be an invaluable addition to the Board of Police Commissioners. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said, "The Police Commission is a crucial component to building trust with the residents we serve, and I look forward to strengthening that bond with Ms. Decker's partnership."


Suspects who Burglarized Baseball Player’s Residence Wanted

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division Burglary Special Section detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying burglary suspects.

On September 18, 2018, around 8 p.m., two suspects entered a residence located near the 5300 block of Louise Ave. The suspects ransacked the residence and then located a safe in the second-floor master bedroom. They dragged the safe from the master bedroom, down the stairs and through the living room to the front door entrance. The suspects fled the location, leaving the safe in the entrance way. A total loss of approximately $10,000 in damages was caused to the residence. An inventory is being conducted to determine the remainder of the property loss.

Both suspect-1 and suspect-2 are described as male Blacks, 20 to 25-years-old with slim builds. They both stand around 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall weighing around 160 to 190 pounds. Description of suspect-3 who is the driver is unknown. Suspect's vehicle is a black 4 door Toyota with paper plates.

The same suspects are believed to be involved in a prior attempt burglary at the same residence on August 30, 2018 around 11 p.m.




If you have any information, contact Commercial Crimes Division-Burglary Special Section, Detective Soriano at (213) 486-6940. 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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Rampart Division In-Custody Death

**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 In-Custody Death that occurred in the Rampart Area.

On September 15, 2018, a female victim walked into the front lobby of Rampart Area station and advised the officers that the suspect, later identified as Tyler Evans, was now outside of the Rampart Station armed with a firearm. The victim further advised the officers that on September 14, 2018, she filed a Domestic Violence report naming Evans as the suspect.

Rampart uniformed officers along with a Rampart supervisor responded to the front of the station, contacted Evans and attempted to apprehend him. Evans refused to comply with the officers' directions, resulting in the deployment of a 40mm less lethal munition. Evans then reached into his pant pocket, retrieved a handgun and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Evans was pronounced dead at scene by Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics. No officers were injured during the incident and a firearm was recovered at scene.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the In-Custody death investigation.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department's policy. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the incident.

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.


Missing 54-Year-Old Female

UPDATE
September 18, 2018

Paula Zepeda was located and reunited with her family member.


Los Angeles: The family of Paula Zepeda and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On September 10, 2018, around 7 a.m., Zepeda was last seen near the 7500 block of Owensmouth Avenue, in the City of Canoga Park. Zepeda has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Zepeda is described as a 54-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 145 pounds.

She was last seen driving a blue 2003 Ford Explorer SUV with California license 5ELX156.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Paula Zepeda, please contact, 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.

 


Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Attempt Murder Suspect

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying an attempt murder suspect.

On September 16, 2018 around 7 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department's Central patrol officers received a radio call of "Assault with a Deadly Weapon victims" near the 700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A canvass of the area also located an additional victim near the area of 5th Street between Flower and Figueroa.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported all 3 victims to a local hospital in critical condition.


Based on the critical nature of the victims, Robbery-Homicide Division assumed investigative responsibility for the case. A canvass of the area determined that the crimes actually had occurred around 4:30 a.m., that morning.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video and is described as a male White or Hispanic wearing a blue hat, grey sweatshirt, black shorts and bright white tennis shoes. Suspect also appears to have dark bushy hair.

The suspect beat the victims with a baseball bat and went through the victims' pockets, taking property. The suspect was last seen leaving the area on foot. The suspect and baseball bat are still outstanding.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Robbery-Homicide Division, Detectives Daryn Dupree or David Holmes or Laura Evens, at (213) 486-6860, or Contact Real Time Analysis and Critical Response Division at (213) 484-6700.

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.


Fatal Traffic Collision

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred Monday morning on September 17, 2018.

At 11:25 a.m., a blue, 2007 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound Van Nuys Boulevard negotiating a left turn onto westbound Oxnard Street collided with a (pedestrian) who was walking inside a marked crosswalk.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded, and transported the victim to a local hospital where she died from her injuries she sustained.

The victim was identified as Iris Cruz, 52-year-old female from Valley Village.

The driver remained at the scene.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective Lisset Fuentes at (818) 644-8021 or Detective Luz Montero at (818) 644-8035. 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 CrimeStoppers at 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 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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