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Knock-Knock Burglary Arrest

Encino: Detectives have released the photographs of suspects arrested on February 12, 2018, by the Los Angeles Police Department. These suspects were involved in a Knock-Knock style burglary in the San Fernando Valley.

Knock-Knock Burglars are organized and target affluent single-family residences located within the San Fernando Valley. The members of these Knock-Knock criminal groups are usually comprised of criminal street gang members. They select homes based on the likelihood of having money, jewelry, and/or firearms within the residence. They are known to knock on the front door to determine if the residence is unoccupied. Once they determine the residence is unoccupied, they gain entry through a rear door, side door or second floor balcony and have been known to disable the alarm. The residences are often ransacked as they search for money, jewelry, and firearms. They have even been known to remove unbolted safes from the residence. We estimate that the Knock-Knock Burglars are usually in and out of a home within five minutes.

On February 12, 2018, suspect Paul Botha knocked on the door of a single-family home in the Encino area. When no one answered, Botha attempted to open the front door. The homeowners could monitor Botha's activity through a video doorbell application and promptly notified police. The homeowners further observed Suspect Derrick Bradley join Botha and go to the backyard where they removed a screen from the rear sliding glass door and opened the second-floor balcony sliding door. Uniformed Officers and plainclothes officers assigned to the San Fernando Valley Knock-Knock Burglary Task Force responded to the home and arrested both Botha and Bradley for conspiracy to commit burglary as they attempted to leave in their silver BMW sedan.

"The San Fernando Valley Knock-Knock Task Force continues to track and arrests criminal street gang members committing burglaries in the Valley," stated Lieutenant Lou Vince, Assistant Commanding Officer of West Valley Detectives. "Gang members committing burglaries should know by now that we will catch them." added Lieutenant Vince.

"We have experienced 25 less burglaries year-to-date in West Valley Area," stated Detective II Joe Kim, assigned to West Valley Burglary. "We are getting help from homeowners who 'harden the target' by adding real-time video surveillance and calling the police immediately upon observing suspicious activity," added Detective Kim.

The following tips will help prepare residents to protect themselves and their property from Knock-Knock Burglars:
• Use video cameras around and inside your residence with motion sensors covering entry points.
• Install a doorbell with video and audio capability.
• Share video which captures suspicious behavior with your neighbors on social media.
• Ensure your "safe" is securely fastened to your residence 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 break and remove.
• Ensure the property surrounding your residence is properly lit.

The LAPD is also collaborating with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Major Crimes Bureau, Burglary-Robbery Task Force to reduce the number of burglaries in the San Fernando Valley and throughout both of our jurisdictions.

Anyone with information related to this criminal activity is urged to call Detective Joe Kim, West Valley Burglary Table, at (818-374-7730. 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


Critical Missing 13-Year-Old Boy

UPDATE
February 14, 2018


On February 14, 2018, Josue Figueroa was found in good condition and reunited with his family members.


East Hollywood: The family of Josue Figueroa and the Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

Missing FigueroaOn February 14, 2018, Josue was last seen around 1:00 p.m., near the 4600 block of De Longpre Avenue. Josue was last seen running southbound Lyman Place from De Longpre Avenue to an unknown location. Josue is described as a 13-year-old male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. He stands around 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. Josue was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, light blue polo shirt, blue pants and blue tennis shoes. Josue was wearing prescription glasses with a black frame.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Josue Figueroa, please contact Northeast division at 323-561-3212. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Multi-victim Shooting in North Hollywood Left One Dead

North Hollywood: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau are asking for the public's help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects responsible for a multi-victim shooting that resulted in the murder of a 19-year-old man and injuries to a 23-year-old man.

On February 14, 2018, around 5:55 PM, Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood patrol officers received a radio call of an "Assault With A Deadly Weapon Shooting Just Occurred" at the 11600 block of Sylvan Street in the City of North Hollywood.

Upon arrival, officers located two victims down on the street suffering from gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the two victims to local area hospitals.

Victim-1 died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Victim-2 is currently listed in serious, but stable condition.

Preliminary investigation revealed that on February 14, 2018, around 5:45 PM, Suspect-1 exited a vehicle and walked up to the victims, who were standing on the sidewalk. Suspect-1 identified himself as a gang member, produced a handgun, and fired numerous shots at victims. Suspect-1 immediately fled in an awaiting vehicle.

Victim-1 is a 19-year-old male Hispanic and resident of the City of Pacoima. His identity has not been released pending notification of family.

Victim-2 is a 23-year-old male Hispanic and resident of North Hollywood. His identity is not being released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Dave Peteque, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-1934. 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.


Notes from the February 13, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Verbal presentation and discussion by the General Manager, City Personnel Department, relative to the process for recruitment of the Chief of Police. No action required.

Department’s Report, dated January 25, 2018, relative to the update on the implementation of the National Best Practices, as set forth. [BPC #18-0054] required no action.

Chief Beck reported on the conclusion of the Crime Fighters Conference last week. Chief Beck thanked the Commissioners and Mr. Tefank for attending. Chief Beck added their attendance bolstered the importance of the meeting, and gave them an opportunity to see LAPD is recognized as a leader in this profession. Chief Beck stated he met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to discuss how LAPD can work better with the federal government.

Chief Beck provided updated crime statistics, making special note LAPD has recovered 570 guns so far in 2018, which is part of LAPD’s policy to reduce violent crime.

Chief Beck reports 10,088 sworn personnel – the largest number of sworn personnel on payroll during his tenure, and possibly in the Department’s history. Additionally, there are 2,894 civilian personnel, over 400 reserve officers, 271 specialists and 1,850 cadets.