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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Missing 54-Year-Old Female

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.

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Murder in Sylmar

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a murder suspect.

On September 6, 2018, around 6:40 p.m., Mission Area patrol officers received a radio call of shots fired at San Fernando Road and Nurmi Street. Upon their arrival, officers located a victim laying on the ground, suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

Preliminary investigation determined the victim was approached by a dark vehicle, when a suspect exited the passenger side, an argument ensued and shots were fired. The suspect re-entered the vehicle and fled. There is no suspect description.

The victim’s name is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. 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 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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Vehicle vs Motorized Scooter Hit and Run

A Vehicle vs Motorized Scooter Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision with severe injuries

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information regarding the events that led up to a hit and run collision that severely injured a 34- year-old male that is now in a coma at a local hospital.

On August 4, 2018, around 8:55 p.m., a driver in a gray 2010 BMW 5 Series approached the intersection of Glendale Blvd and Waverly Drive. The driver struck the rear of the scooter that had a driver and one passenger. By-standers called for paramedics and the passenger was transported to a local hospital where he currently remains in a coma.

The driver of the BMW failed to stop, identify himself/herself or render aid to the victim as required by law. Detectives are trying to determine if there are additional witnesses with cell phone video or any information that will identify and assist with locating the suspected driver of the BMW. The driver was described as a male, with a beard, dark features, heavy set between 35-40 years of age. There was a female seated in the front passenger seat.



Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

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 $25,000 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 Central Traffic Division, Detective Moses Castillo at (213) 833-3713 and or email at 30215@lapd.online. 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.

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Detectives Seek the Public’s Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Beginning on June 28, 2018 to August 30, 2018, Robbery-Homicide Division's Robbery Special Section has been investigating ten robberies at Subway restaurants in the San Fernando Valley.

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, detectives arrested Frank Sanabria, 37 years of age, from Canoga Park and Stephanie Villareal, 36 years of age, from North Hills. The pair was identified as suspects in six robberies at Subway restaurants and seven additional robberies of gas station mini marts throughout the San Fernando Valley. On September 4, 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Sanabria with 10 counts of robbery and Villareal with five counts of robbery.

Four Subway robberies in the San Fernando Valley remain unsolved. Detectives believe this suspect is responsible for four Subway robberies and three liquor store robberies over a two-day period.

On August 5th, 2018, the suspect entered a liquor store in the 4000 block of Fulton Avenue. The suspect asked to see a bottle of liquor from behind the counter. When the clerk gave the suspect the liquor, he ran from the store with the bottle.

The following day, August 6th, 2018, the suspect committed five armed robberies in the Hollywood Area, West Hollywood Area and continuing into the San Fernando Valley.

On August 7th, 2018, the suspect returned to the liquor store on Fulton Avenue in Van Nuys and attempted to rob them at gunpoint. The suspect committed two robberies of Subway restaurants afterwards.

Detectives have released videos of one of the Subway robberies, the attempt robbery of a liquor store, and the theft that occurred at the same liquor store.

The suspect is described as a male White, possibly Armenian, with black hair, brown eyes, 5'10"- 5'11" tall, 160-170 pounds, 20-25 years of age. The suspect used a grey semi-auto handgun.








Dates, times and location of robberies committed by the suspect:

08-06-18 8:00 pm Liquor store 7000 block of Santa Monica Blvd (LASD West Hwd Area)
08-06-18 8:30 pm Liquor store 1700 block of N. Highland
08-06-18 8:40 pm Subway 8000 block of Laurel Canyon
08-06-18 8:45 pm Liquor store 13000 block of Roscoe Blvd
08-06-18 9:35 pm Subway 4000 block of Laurel Canyon Blvd
08-07-18 5:55 pm Liquor store 4000 block of Fulton Ave
08-07-18 6:00 pm Subway 13000 block of Burbank Blvd
08-07-18 6:30 pm Subway 12000 block of Burbank Blvd

If you have any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of this suspect, please contact Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section at 213-486-6840. 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.