Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

South Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that severely injured a pedestrian.

On April 12, 2021, around 1:20 a.m., a light color 2-door vehicle was travelling southbound on Main Street from 70th Street and collided into a pedestrian who was standing in the southbound lanes of Main Street, just north of 71st Street. The impact caused the pedestrian to be catapulted into the air and land on the northbound lanes of Main Street. The driver of the light-color vehicle fled without identifying themselves or attempting to render aid to the victim as required by law.

After the collision, as the pedestrian laid on the roadway, a female driver stopped, exited her vehicle, and it appeared that she attempted to assist the pedestrian. They were involved in a brief conversation, the female re-entered her vehicle and left the scene.

Moments later, a Spanish speaking male driver of a light-colored Toyota Prius stopped and pulled over. It appeared the driver was checking on the pedestrian who was still laying on the street. As the male was speaking with the pedestrian, a dark sedan travelling northbound on Main Street ran him over and dragged him approximately 60 feet before being dislodged. The driver of the dark sedan fled the scene without rendering aid and identifying himself or herself. The driver of the Toyota also left the scene.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department arrived at the scene and began to render aid. Despite lifesaving efforts, the Paramedics pronounced the pedestrian dead. The pedestrian has been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner, however, his name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The pedestrian is a male white, 35 years old, and he is a resident of Los Angeles.

The light-colored hit and run vehicle is likely to have damage on the front end, the hood, and the windshield. The dark sedan is likely to have front end damage.

Detectives wish to speak with the female who stopped and spoke with the pedestrian, the driver of the light-color Toyota Prius which appeared to be a taxi, and the driver of the vehicle that was behind the Toyota which might have followed the 2nd hit and run vehicle. All three are witnesses in this investigation.

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.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Investigator J. Mendoza, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713 or e-mail him at 32010@lapd.online. 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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Crenshaw: The Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division detectives are requesting the public's help in identifying a hit and run suspect.

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, around 2:35 p.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred on Crenshaw Boulevard near Westmont Avenue. A black Ford Flex vehicle traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard collided with the rear of a moped. The impact caused the rider of the moped to be ejected onto the roadway. The driver of the Ford Flex continued driving southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard without stopping to identify themselves or render aid as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on April 3, 2021.

South Traffic Detectives canvassed and located video of the suspect fleeing the scene with his passengers. Detectives will be releasing both video and images of the suspect and his passengers. Detectives are announcing a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the identity, arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Detective Keith Gonzales or Detective Michael Flannery, South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. 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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Winnetka:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for killing a man.    

On April 7, 2021, at 8:10 a.m., Topanga Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a stabbing in the 7600 block of Gazette Avenue.  Officers located a victim with multiple stab wounds laying on the grass in the backyard of a residence.  The victim was not conscious and struggling to breathe.  Detectives from Operations Valley Bureau Homicide responded to the location and assumed responsibility of the investigation.  Their investigation revealed that the victim had entered the back yard of the residence through the rear alley.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where the victim was pronounced dead.    

The victim is described as a 26-year-old Hispanic male from Canoga Park.  His name is being witheld pending notification to the next of kin.

There is no suspect description.    

Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is asked to call Valley Bureau Homicide detectives at 818-374-1925.  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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North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Area detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects.

On March 20, 2021, around 4:20 p.m., the suspects followed the victim out of a store and into a parking lot located near Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue. Suspect-1 pointed a dark colored firearm at the victim. The victim, in fear, ran to the other side of his car. Suspect-1 opened the victim's driver's side door and took a French Bulldog puppy out of the victim's vehicle. The Suspects then fled location on foot with the French Bulldog puppy.

Suspect-1 is described as a male, Hispanic, approximately 20-years-old with brown hair, brown eyes. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He was wearing black shoes, blue jeans, camouflage jacket, and red hat worn backwards with a distinctive "Gauge" earring.

Suspect-2 is described as a male, Hispanic, around 20-years-old, with brown hair, brown eyes. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He was wearing white shoes, blue jeans, and black sweater.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact North Hollywood Robbery Detectives, Detective Kojima at 818-754-8426 or 818-754-8424. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 323-846-6553 or 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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UPDATE
March 26, 2021
 
As of this morning, the streets surrounding the Echo Park area are open for through traffic.

 

Last night, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) continued to deploy officers in the area of Echo Park in support of the announced park closure and to ensure the safety of the surrounding community. Our ongoing operations are the result of intensive collaboration with Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and his staff, the Mayor's office, Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks, and housing and other service providers at Echo Park.

An unlawful assembly was declared, and several dispersal orders were given in the area of Lemoyne Street and Park Avenue after numerous individuals amongst the protestors within the large crowd used high-powered LED strobe lights directed at officers' eyes causing temporary blindness. Repeated attempts to have the individuals stop their dangerous actions were unsuccessful. Efforts to isolate and remove those individuals were met with hostility and physical resistance from the larger crowd. Once the decision was made to initiate arrests, the crowd was surrounded and individually taken into custody without incidence of force or injury.

There were 182 arrests for 409 PC, Failure to Disperse, last night. During the course of the arrests, three individuals identified themselves as members of the media. Additional individuals identified themselves as members of the National Lawyers Guild. All were released at scene without further action.

Two officers sustained minor injuries and received medical treatment and released.

During the course of the protests there was damage caused to a marked LAPD vehicle and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's office on Sunset Boulevard was vandalized.

There were instances where less lethal devices were fired by officers during protest activities in the surrounding community in response to projectiles thrown at officers. Less lethal projectiles used by officers included (3) rounds of 37 MM, (1) round of 40 MM, and (6) rounds of Bean bags.

This morning, the last two individuals remaining inside the park declined repeated offers for housing from the service providers. Both persons were arrested without incident for Los Angeles Municipal Code sections 63.44 (B) (26) (d) Prohibition on erecting a tent in a City park and 63.44 (B) (7) Prohibition on using park areas or facility for a purpose contrary or inconsistent to its specific or designated purpose.

The Los Angeles Police Department thanks the Echo Park community for their patience last night. The Department continues to be committed to supporting our social service partners and elected officials in providing effective shelter and services for those persons experiencing homelessness. Echo Park remains closed to the public as sanitation crews begin clean-up operations.

The department remains committed to facilitating freedom of speech and requests that individuals express their views peacefully and lawfully.


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Echo Park: On March 25, 2021, about 8:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Officers deployed to assist with the Echo Park closure encountered a large group of protestors near Lemoyne Street and Park Avenue in the vicinity of Echo Park Lake. Extraordinary efforts were made to allow for a peaceful assembly and display of 1st Amendment-protected activity. Unfortunately, several instigators in the crowd demonstrated a willful intent to disrupt the peaceful activity and began to use strobe lights against the officers, an activity that has the potential to cause significant injury to the eyes. An unlawful assembly was declared by the Incident Commander after the unlawful activity of individuals threatened the safety of the officers and all those present.

The declaration was announced at least 5 times in a period of at least 30 minutes. Additionally, after each declaration was voiced over loudspeakers, a request was made for each member of the media to identify themselves, remove themselves from the crowd, and walk to the pre-identified Crespo location at Park Avenue and Glendale Boulevard. The protesters failed to disperse, requiring officers to safely establish containment and begin detaining individuals one by one.

As members of the group were being individually detained, the officers learned that several credentialed and non-credentialed members of the media were part of the group. Members from the Department's Media Relations Division were summoned to assist in identifying these individuals and they were released at scene without being arrested.

The Department requests that media personnel follow the lawful orders of officers at the scene of any demonstration which has been declared unlawful, as delineated in California Penal

Code §409. In this incident, it was noted that most members of the media remained at the pre-designated Crespo location as requested.


The LAPD stands with our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is deeply disturbed by the horrific shootings that occurred yesterday at a spa in Atlanta, Georgia.  There are currently no known threats of shootings or other violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members in the City of Los Angeles.  Although these events occurred yesterday, the department has been working diligently for years with community leadership within the AAPI community to improve the department’s response to hate crimes and hate incidents.  The department has further expanded this outreach since February in response to the outgrowth of hate.  These shocking shootings yesterday are an example of why it is so important for us to listen to our community partners and work with them on how we can better serve their needs.   

The department has a history in which leadership in the AAPI community and the LAPD have stood side by side in denouncing hate crimes, educating the community about the intolerance of the crimes and how to report them.  Additionally, these relationships have resulted in improvements in training and awareness of hate crimes within the department and an effective response.   

This history with the AAPI community can be traced back over 15 years with bi-annual forums in which the police conducted outreach and made efforts to educate the community regarding crime prevention and increased awareness about reporting hate crimes and hate incidents. The department identified liaison officers and assigned them to various communities, including the AAPI community, to improve communication and outreach efforts.  Over the years, that has evolved into a community led approach in which leadership within the AAPI community have increasingly brought awareness to the LAPD and taken on a greater role of identifying issues, outreach and education within their own communities.   

In February, the department began meeting with leadership and members within the AAPI community to discuss data sharing, current information, and ways to improve reporting.  Valuable input from these community leaders is helping LAPD to better understand how to improve training and an understanding of how to improve the reporting of hate incidents and hate crimes, while building greater trust within the AAPI community.   

The department is grateful for the leadership and insights provided by these community leaders which has resulted in re-evaluation of all aspects of training provided to officers in the field, so they can build the trust needed to give community members in the AAPI community the confidence that their reports will be taken seriously.  The department is currently developing command officer led working groups to create a resource card in partnership with the AAPI community and have it exportable as an app as well as posting on the LAPD website.   

The department has recently collaborated with community leaders and advocacy organizations in the AAPI community through the AAPI Safety Summit held on March 3, 2021, as well as through the Los Angeles General Managers meeting on March 9, 2021.  Thanks to valuable input from these community leaders within the AAPI community, the department began outreach efforts to media outlets using multi-lingual officers in hope of building trust and confidence within the AAPI community.  The department is deeply committed to working with members of the AAPI Community to better protect and serve their needs and the department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacific (LEAAP) leadership stand united and support the department’s efforts to improve the service we provide to the AAPI community.            

Recent efforts in light of the Atlanta shooting led to an abundance of caution in which the LAPD augmented the deployment of patrol officers and Senior Lead Officers on high visibility patrols on foot and in marked police vehicles in our AAPI communities.  There is also on-going outreach to members of the AAPI community to ensure the sharing of accurate information as we promote vigilance and a shared sense of awareness.  We ask the public to remain vigilant and if you see something, say something—it is everyone’s duty to report unusual activity in our communities and places of business.  Hate crime and hate incidents are a matter of great concern for the LAPD and we ask the members of our AAPI communities to report hate incidents promptly to the police.   

The Los Angeles Police Department proudly stands with our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities as we denounce the killings that occurred yesterday in Atlanta.  While we continue to work closely, we look to deepen our relationship with the AAPI community and demonstrate our ongoing and enduring commitment to show support.   


Multi-Fatal Traffic Collision

North Hollywood:  The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division detectives are seeking additional information regarding a fatal traffic collision.   

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, around 6:26 p.m., a  gray 2005 Saturn ION, with three occupants, was travelling southbound Vineland Avenue at Oxnard Street.  The vehicle crossed over onto the northbound traffic, ran off the roadway and collided with a pedestrian and parked vehicles.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene of the collision and pronounced a pedestrian and one of the three passengers of the Saturn dead.  The occupants in the Saturn were transported to a local hospital for treatment.       

The identities of the decedents will be withheld pending notification to their next-of-kin.

Drivers are reminded to obey the rules of the road and to be alert and attentive while operating a motor vehicle and to drive at a safe speed.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective II Buenaventura at 818-644-8035 or Officer Reyes at 818-644-8114.  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.    


Downtown L.A. Rally

Los Angeles:  During a rally in Downtown an altercation broke out amongst protestors and counter protestors.  

On March 13, 2021, around 11:15 a.m., Central area patrol officers responded to an altercation during a rally at First Street and Spring Street. The suspects and victims were involved in an argument. Two suspects took out OC spray and Bear spray to spray the victims. During the scuffle one victim set his belongings on the ground, when he looked back someone had taken his belongings. Upon further investigation the suspect was found in possession of the victim’s personal belongings.

 
The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated both victims at scene for OC spray.   


A total of three protestors were arrested for the following charges:

 
Farah Martin Talab  
DOB: 8/12/94
242 PC Battery

Eric Smith
DOB: 7/9/96
242 PC Battery

Thrashawn Lee
DOB: 12/10/87
484 (a) Theft

The LAPD wants to remind the public that we are committed to ensuring everyone’s First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech is protected during peaceful demonstrations, while also acting swiftly on any acts of violence.  

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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department detectives have arrested two suspects connected to a series of armed robberies targeting individuals wearing Rolex watches.  

Detectives have recognized a pattern of armed robberies occurring in the west side of Los Angeles. The suspects target individuals wearing high end watches, primarily Rolex watches.  The affected neighborhoods include: Mar Vista, Venice, Mid-Wilshire, Melrose Shopping District, Culver City, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.  

On March 11, 2021, Los Angeles Police Department detectives from Wilshire and Pacific Areas arrested two individuals involved in the Rolex robberies.  Detectives believe that the suspects are part of an organized crew responsible for committing the series of robberies.  One Rolex watch was recovered and returned to its owner.  Detectives continue to actively pursue multiple leads in an effort to apprehend additional suspects.  Suspect identification and evidence recovered during this investigation is being withheld at this time.  Any further disclosure could compromise the investigation.   

It is recommended the community take the following precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim:  

• Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.  
• Try to stay in well-lit areas.  
• Don’t walk alone at night and always avoid areas where there are few people.  

• Be careful when people stop you for directions. Always reply from a distance, and
   never get too close to the car.  
• If you feel you’re being followed, walk to a well-populated area.  

• Don't resist. Give up your property, don't give up your life.  
• Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately.  
• Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.  

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact Wilshire Robbery Detectives B. Romero, Serial No. 36287, and S. Villatoro, Serial No. 40882 at 213-922-8266.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to (323) 846-6553 or 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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East Hollywood:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that severely injured a man.

On February 6, 2021, around 8:05 p.m., a severe injury felony hit and run collision occurred on Virgil Avenue just south of Clinton Street when the victim, a tow truck driver, was in the process of towing a vehicle.  The tow truck’s yellow light bar was activated, and the victim was wearing a reflective vest.  As the victim was completing a tow assignment and was taking photographs of the vehicle he was towing, the suspect vehicle, described as a red sedan, was traveling southbound on Virgil Avenue.  The suspect vehicle struck the victim and launched him into the air.  The victim traveled approximately 35 feet before coming to rest in the bed of his tow truck.  The driver of the red sedan fled without identifying themselves or attempting to render aid to the victim. 

The victim was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit with severe injuries as a result of the incident.

Central Traffic Division detectives obtained video that captured the incident.  That video of the collision and a message from the victim to the driver of the red sedan can be viewed on Central Traffic Division’s Twitter account (@LAPDCTD24) or Central Traffic Division’s YouTube account by visiting https://youtu.be/r0OEtFCJ8zM

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 officer G. Diaz or Detective Juan Campos of Central Traffic Division Detectives at 213-833-3713 or email 31480@lapd.online.  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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Venice: On February 28, 2021, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Officers were made aware that a Venice resident had died after being assaulted in Venice.  LAPD Officers completed a death report and an investigation was launched into the victim’s death.  The victim was identified as 76-year-old John Decindis.

West Bureau Homicide Detectives’ investigation revealed that on February 8, 2021, Mr. John Decindis had told a hospital social worker that he had been assaulted but that he did not want to make a police report.  The assault had occurred when Mr. John Decindis had been walking his dog and he was attacked by a man he had seen previously in the neighborhood. The attack occurred without apparent motive.  Mr. John Decindis was hospitalized with several fractures and when he was released from the hospital, he had to return some time later due to having difficulty recovering from the injuries.  On February 27, 2021, Mr. John Decindis succumbed to his injuries and died at a local hospital.   

West Bureau Homicide Detectives’ investigation showed that this incident occurred in the 1500 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, after Mr. John Decindis had been confronted and followed by the suspect from Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Milwood Avenue. Mr. John Decindis had told others about the assault and had also described the suspect to those same people.

On March 4, 2021, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office determined this case to be a homicide. On March 9, 2021, Pacific Patrol Officers received information and a description of the suspect from West Bureau Homicide Detectives and observed the suspect in the area of Milwood Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard.  Officers detained the suspect, later identified as  45-year-old Obie Thompson, a person experiencing homelessness. Thompson was subsequently booked for Murder.  

On March 11, 2021, West Bureau Homicide Detectives presented this case to the District Attorney’s office and the District Attorney filed the charges of Murder and Elder Abuse. Thompson was held on two million dollars bail and will be arraigned.  

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Investigators at 213-382-9470.  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 online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P-3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Mid-city: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the driver involved in a hit and run traffic collision that killed a pedestrian.

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, around 6:25 a.m., a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Venice Boulevard when it collided with a pedestrian crossing within the marked crosswalk at the intersection of Wilton Place. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid or identify themselves as required by California law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The pedestrian's identity will be withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The vehicle is described as a white Chevrolet full-sized pickup truck.

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 $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 West Traffic Division detectives at 213-473-0234 or 213-473-0222. 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 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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Los Angeles: The Department has received the report, "An Independent Examination of the Los Angeles Police Department - 2020 Protest Response," led by Independent Counsel Mr. Gerald Chaleff and his team and will provide comments once we have had an opportunity to carefully review the report in its entirety. Previously, the Department also initiated our own internal report and anticipates that a third report from the National Police Foundation will also be released by the end of this month. It is the Department's intent to review the findings and recommendations from all three reports, identify areas of improvement, and a path forward. To provide detailed comments beforehand would be premature.

Independent of the three reports, the Department recognized areas of improvement from the events that occurred over the summer, and in the spirit of our Core Value, Quality Through Continuous Improvement, implemented several changes. Although the Chief of Police has taken responsibility for the Department's response over the summer, we have also identified lessons learned from the civil unrest. As a result, additional training was provided to the rank and file, as well as the command staff and leadership of the Department. The opportunity to learn from our mistakes, to grow, and become better servants to our community is welcomed, and we look forward to leaning into the challenges before us.

After the events of the summer, intensive Crowd Management and Crowd Control training was provided to nearly 4,200 personnel, including instruction on interaction with the media. Additionally, to date, over 7,500 officers have received Command and Control training. Following the implementation of the added training the Department successfully managed significant demonstrations and protests prior to and during the national elections and the Presidential Inauguration. We will continue to look at lessons learned and make efforts to ensure people are able to express themselves safely.

It is our Department's commitment to facilitate people's ability to express their First Amendment rights, while ensuring that those who prey upon others are unable to disrupt public safety, commit acts of violence, or destroy property.


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Los Angeles: The family of Tyler Hernandez and Richard Benitez and the Los Angeles Police Department are requesting the public's assistance in locating them.

 
Both juveniles ran away together from the same foster home and were last seen on February 24, 2021, in the 1100 block of East 113th Street in Los Angeles.


Tyler Hernandez is described as a 10-year-old male, Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet tall and weighs 100 lbs., and thin build. He was last seen wearing a grey cap, black t-shirt, black basketball shorts, and black shoes. Tyler currently takes medication for schizophrenia.

Richard Benitez is described as a 11-year-old male, Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 120 lbs., and thin build. He was last seen wearing a black cap, blue shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding Tyler Hernandez and Richard Benitez whereabouts, please contact the LAPD Southeast Juvenile Detective Delosh at 213-972-7849. 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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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, are seeking the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of violent street robbery suspects.

On February 24, 2021 at approximately 9:40 p.m., the victim was walking three French bulldogs in the area of Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Blvd.  The suspects approached the victim in a white Nissan Altima four door.   
Two suspects exited the vehicle and demanded the victim turn over the dogs at gunpoint.  The victim struggled with the suspects and was shot once by one of the suspects.  The suspects took two of the three dogs and fled the scene in the suspect vehicle.   

Suspect-1 is described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, blond dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie, and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.   

Suspect-2 is further described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, wearing dark clothing.   

The owner of the stolen dogs was identified to be the celebrity known as “Lady Gaga.”  The victim is in stable condition.

If anyone has videos or photos of this incident please send to SAFELATIPS@lapd.online

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Marsden and Detective Brown at 213-486-6840.  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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the driver and passengers involved in a hit and run traffic collision that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
 
On February 24, 2021, around 12:00 p.m., the suspect vehicle (described as a green truck) was traveling at a high rate of speed, westbound on 88th Place in South Los Angeles.  The suspect vehicle failed to stop at a red light and collided with another vehicle traveling northbound on Main Street. The impact between the two vehicles caused the suspect vehicle to collide with a pedestrian that was crossing northbound along the west crosswalk on Main Street.  The occupants of the suspect vehicle fled the scene of the accident on foot abandoning the vehicle at the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, render aid, and/or identify themselves as required by California law.  


The suspect driver is described as a Hispanic male wearing a green “Los Angeles” shirt and grey shorts.  One of the passengers of the suspect vehicle is described as a Hispanic male wearing an orange shirt and black pants with white stripes down the sides and the other as a Hispanic male wearing a green vest, grey shirt, black pants, and dark shoes with white soles.

Actual Suspects
 
 
The victim died at the scene.  The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.

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 $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 is asked to contact Detective Daniel Ramirez or Detective Ryan Moreno of South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. 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 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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Boyle Heights:  The family of Myli Gramajo and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Area are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her.    

On February 8, 2021 around 2:00 p.m., Myli Gramajo was last seen leaving her home near the 200 block of Park Paseo Lane in Boyle Heights.  

Gramajo is described as a 12-year-old, female Hispanic, with black hair, and brown eyes.  She stands at 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 85 pounds. Gramajo was last wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.  Gramajo’s mental condition is described as good.  

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Myli Gramajo, please contact, Hollenbeck Detectives Monday – Friday 08:00am – 04:00pm.  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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Sherman Oaks:  Los Angeles Police Department Operations Valley Bureau Homicide detectives made an arrest in a fatal Sherman Oaks Shooting.  

On February 4, 2021, around 5:28 a.m., Van Nuys Area officers responded to a radio call of “shots fired”, near the 12900 Block of Hesby Street."  Upon arrival officers observed that a vehicle had collided with a tree at the location. Officers then observed a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds  laying on the street outside of the vehicle.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the male deceased at scene.  The suspect stated to the officers that the decedent had brandished a gun at him which caused him to shoot the decedent.   

Valley Bureau Homicide detectives were contacted and assumed responsibility of the investigation. Detectives viewed surveillance video and it showed the decedent driving his vehicle at a very slow speed.  The suspect approached and then a shooting occured that was not captured on video.  Detectives recovered two handguns from the scene.   

The decedent's information is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Ethan Grant from Sherman Oaks. Grant was arrested and booked for 187 P.C. “Murder.”   

The case will be reviewed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for filing.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-1925.  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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Update
February 4, 2021
 
Two photographs of the actual suspect have been provided.
 

 
 
Venice: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Area are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a violent battery incident that was captured on video.


On January 16, 2021, around 5:00 p.m., at the intersection of Washington Blvd and Speedway Blvd, the suspect and victim became engaged in a verbal altercation. During the verbal altercation, the suspect punched the victim in the jaw causing the victim to lose consciousness. The victim was transported to a local area hospital and treated for serious injuries he sustained as a result of the attack.

The suspect is described as a male White or Hispanic, 25 to 30 years old, with black hair and a black beard. The suspect stands approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. The suspect was wearing a white Los Angeles Dodgers jersey affixed with the number 74 and the name "Jansen"on the back. The suspect was also wearing dark pants, white shoes, and was carrying a skateboard.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Pacific Area detectives at (310) 482-6394. 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.


Detectives Buscan Información Sobre Asesinato Que Ocurrió En El Área Noroeste de Los Ángeles

Los Ángeles:  Los detectives de Operaciones de Homicidio del Buró Central (OCBH, por sus siglas en inglés) del departamento de policía de Los Ángeles (LAPD, por sus siglas en inglés) están buscando la asistencia del público en identificar al sospechoso o sospechosos responsable por el tiroteo que resulto en la muerte de una víctima y en herir a otra.

El 25 de enero de 2021, oficiales de la división Northeast acudieron a una llamada de servicio en la cual se reportaba que un tiroteo había ocurrido en la cuadra 700 de la Avenida 50 norte.  Los oficiales encontraron a dos víctimas de un tiroteo que todavía estaban en su vehículo el cual llego a parar en la intersección de la Avenida 50 y Milo Terrace.  Detectives de OCBH también acudieron al lugar de los hechos, se hicieron cargo de la investigación, y están tratando de identificar el motivo de este asesinato.

Las víctimas han sido identificadas como dos adultos; Ángel Carachure y su hija Cynthia Carachure.

El cuerpo de bomberos de Los Ángeles (LAFD, por sus siglas en inglés) acudieron al lugar de los hechos y le dieron atención medica al señor Ángel Carachure, pero desafortunadamente falleció. Su hija, Cynthia Carachure, fue trasladada a un hospital cercano donde recibió atención médica para lesiones leves y se espera que sobrevivirá.

Cualquier persona con información, se le pide de ponerse en contacto con los detectives Obrecht o Martínez de Operaciones de Homicidio del Buró Central al 213-486-8700 o por correo electrónico 31580@lapd.online.  Fuero del horario laborable, llamadas deberían de ser dirigidas a 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Cualquier persona que quiera mantener la anonimidad se dirige a contactar “L.A Regional Crime Stoppers” al 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) o ir directamente al sitio web www.lapdonline.org y hacer clic en “Anonymous Web Tips” (“Pistas Anónimas por la Red”) bajo el menú “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” (“Involúcrese; Para-Crímenes)” para someter una pista electrónica.  Personas con pistas también pueden bajar la aplicación móvil “P3 Tips” (“Pistas P3”) y seleccionar los Para-crímenes regionales de Los Ángeles como su programa local.


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Northeast Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Operations Central Bureau Homicide (OCBH) are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting that resulted in the death of one victim and injuring another.

On January 25, 2021, uniformed officers assigned to Northeast Division patrol responded to an "Ambulance shooting just occurred" call for service in the 700 block of N. Avenue 50. The responding officers located two victims of a shooting who were seated inside of their vehicle that had come to a stop at the intersection of Avenue 50 and Milo Terrace. Detectives from OCBH also responded to the crime scene, assumed investigative responsibility, and are attempting to identify a motive for this murder. This appears to be an isolated incident with no known motive.

The victims are two adults identified as Angel Carachure and his daughter Cynthia Carachure.

 
Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics responded to the scene and provided medical treatment to Mr. Angel Carachure but, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter, Ms. Cynthia Carachure, was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Operation Central Bureau Homicide Detective Martinez or Detective Obrecht at 213-486-8700 or via email at 31580@lapd.online. 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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Mission Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of a man.

 
On January 17, 2021, at 2:24 a.m., Mission Area Patrol Officers were at Mission Community Hospital located at 14850 Roscoe Boulevard when they were flagged down by the Security Guard regarding a traffic collision that occurred in front of the hospital.   


Officers responded and observed the Victim's vehicle had missed the entrance of the hospital and collided with bushes almost striking a water hydrant.  The side windows were shattered consistent with being shot at.   

Victim-1, passenger had been shot in the chest and Victim-2, driver had been shot on the upper torso.  Victim -1 was transported to another local hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department where he was pronounced dead.  Victim-2 was admitted to Mission Community Hospital where he was treated for his injury.   

Detectives discovered the actual shooting took place at 9200 block of Sepulveda Boulevard.  Detectives responded to that location and discovered evidence of a shooting.       

Victim-1, is a male, Hispanic, approximately 20-years-old.  Victim-2 information is not being released at this time.  

There was no suspect(s) description at the time.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-9550.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD."  Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a Fatal Hit and Run that killed a 46-year-old man.   

On January 16, 2021, at 7:50 a.m., a suspect stole a white 2010 Toyota Tacoma in the 900 block of Wilshire Boulevard.  The owner of the vehicle was making a delivery and left the truck running.  The suspect, who was walking by, asked the owner of the truck for a ride, but the owner refused.  At that time, the suspect entered the truck. The owner attempted to stop the suspect from leaving with the truck by jumping into the bed of the truck.  

The suspect began to drive at a high rate of speed.  The owner of the truck realized he was in grave danger if he stayed in the bed of the truck and jumped out. The owner sustained minor injuries.

Witnesses on 7th Street, observed the suspect driving at a high rate of speed, weaving in-and-out of traffic and driving on the opposite side of 7th Street. Before reaching Olive Street, a male Black 46-year-old bicyclist, was travelling eastbound on the westbound side of 7th Street.  The suspect struck the bicyclist at a high rate of speed causing the bicyclist to land on the hood of the truck.  The bicyclist’s body travelled over 150 feet eastbound before coming to rest on the street just before Hill Street.  The suspect continued eastbound 7th Street from Hill Street.   

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded, and paramedics rendered aid, ultimately the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of the bicyclist is being withheld pending notification of family members.   

The suspect continued and became involved in a second collision with two other vehicles, causing the truck to become disabled.  The suspect fled the scene of the second collision on foot.   

The suspect is described as a male Black, short hair, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 160 lbs., and he may have injuries to his head from impacting the windshield during the second collision.

Video surveillance captured the suspect removing a blue hooded sweat shirt.  Additionally, the suspect was seen picking up a white hooded sweat shirt and putting it on.  The suspect was also wearing black pants and was barefooted.   

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.

If anyone has information regarding the collision, please contact Detective Juan Campos, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713 or e-mail 31480@lapd.online or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. During weekends and off-hours calls should be directed to the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  For anonymous calls please call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org, or Tipsters www.lapdonline.org


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Valley Glen: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Area Sexual Assault detectives is hailing the community’s assistance and announcing the arrest of a sexual assault suspect.  

 
On January 14, 2021, around 2:30 p.m., Daniel VelascoMoreno was arrested near the 13100 block of Oxnard Street for Sexual Assault of a Minor 10-years of age or younger, from November 2019 through September 2020.  He is currently held with a $1,250,000 bail.  Daniel VelascoMoreno was a counselor who worked with children with an absence or deficit in their attention span, language, and social skills.   


This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are seeking any additional persons that may have been victimized by Daniel VelascoMoreno.       

Anyone with further information regarding this matter may contact Devonshire Area Sexual Assault investigators, Detective John Eastburn at 818-832-0918, or Detective Ruben Arellano, at 818-832-1167. 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.