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Los Angeles: It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Sergeant Amelia “Terry” Martinez, who passed away.  Our deepest condolences go out to Sergeant Martinez’s entire family, colleagues, and friends in this most difficult time.

On January 12, 2021, Sergeant Martinez, assigned to Hollenbeck Division, died due to complications related to the Covid-19 virus.  

Sergeant Martinez was a bright shining star for Hollenbeck Division.  Her passing is a loss for not only her brothers and sisters here in the Department, but for the people of Los Angeles who she dedicated her life to protecting and serving.    

Sergeant Martinez is survived by her sons Robert and Steven and her daughter Amanda Lara as well as her mother and several siblings.   

Chief Michel Moore said, “Sergeant Martinez, we thank you for your service and you will be greatly missed.  May God welcome you home and may God bless the Los Angeles Police Department.”


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Pacoima: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide unit have arrested two suspects for Murder.

On January 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., LAPD Foothill Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an, "Ambulance Assault with a Deadly Weapon" at the 12700 block of Van Nuys Boulevard.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a fifteen-year-old male Hispanic laying in the grass in the courtyard of an apartment complex. He was unconscious and not breathing. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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

Simultaneously, another police unit saw the suspects matching the description running inside a local market. The suspects were taken into custody.

The victim's name is not being released at this time.

Suspect #1: Smith, Walter
Male, Black
Booking No.6104744
DOB: 05/21/1999
Charge: Felony 187(A)PC-Murder
Bail: $2,000,000

Suspect #2: Roberston, Ja'Ree
Male, Black
Booking No. 6104801
DOB: 09/07/2002
Charge: Felony 187(A)PC-Murder
Bail: $2,000,000

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective Steve Castro at 818-374-1925. 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. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Missing 23-Year-Old Female

Los Angeles: The family of Isis Griffin and the Los Angeles Police Department are requesting the public's assistance in locating her.

Isis was last seen on January 8, 2021, near the 6700 block of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. She was wearing a black jacket with a dark grey hoodie and grey sweat pants. She was not wearing any socks or shoes at the time she went missing. She hasn't been seen since and her family is concerned.

Isis is described as a 23-year-old female black with dark brown dreadlocks and brown eyes. She stands around 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds.

If you have seen or have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, 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 Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the Fatal Hit and Run traffic collision that killed a 25-year-old man.

On January 8, 2021, around 2:15 a.m., a vehicle was traveling west on Beverly Boulevard at Normandie Ave when it struck a pedestrian crossing Beverly Boulevard outside of a marked crosswalk. The vehicle continued west Beverly Boulevard, failing to stop, identify themselves or render aid to the pedestrian as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

There is no vehicle or suspect description.

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 Detectives at 213-473-0234. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to1-877-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: Los Angeles Police Department South Bureau Homicide detectives announce the arrest of a murder suspect.

On December 16, 2020, around 3:15 p.m., a male victim was shot during a robbery after exiting a business near the 3500 block of South La Cienega Boulevard. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died.

South Bureau Homicide detectives were assigned the case. Through the course of their investigation, detectives identified 27-year-old Allen Robinson (Booking #6086509) as the suspect responsible for the murder.

On December 29, 2020, South Bureau Homicide detectives, Metropolitan Division, Gang and Narcotics Division and the FBI/LAPD Fugitive Task Force Team conducted a multi-location operation. Robinson was taken into custody by the Task Force Team in Moreno Valley, while Metropolitan Division simultaneously served a search warrant at his residence in Los Angeles.

On December 31, 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed murder and robbery charges against Robinson.

Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to contact South Bureau Homicide Detective Jamison at 323-786-5111. 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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Pacoima: Detectives of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide Division are seeking information in a shooting that occurred on the 13900 block of Weidner Street.

On January 6, 2021 at 11:50 a.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division responded to the 13900 block of Weidner Street for a call for service of shots fired.

The officers located a 33-year-old Hispanic man that had sustained gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed that although several gunshots were heard, no suspects were seen. A dark-colored sedan was seen fleeing the area. No arrests have been made and Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives have assumed investigative responsibility.

Anyone with further information regarding this matter may contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives, Detective Sharon Kim at 818-374-9550. 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.


Woman Involved in Alleged Hate Crime Incident During Protest Located and Investigation Launched

Los Angeles: On January 7, 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was made aware of a set of photographs that were circulating the internet depicting what was described as a hate crime incident that took place amidst a protest in front of Los Angeles City Hall. One of the photographs depicted a male white holding a female black in a, "bear hug" from behind.
 
Shortly after it was brought to the department's attention, LAPD Central Division Detectives were able to locate the woman, a hate crime - battery report was completed, and an investigation was initiated. Their thorough investigation determined that the male in the photographs was not an aggressor as initial social media posts had claimed.
The woman involved in the incident told investigators that the she felt a bear hug from behind and a male voice stated, "You're O.K., I'm not going to hurt you. I got your phone in my hand. I'm going to try to get you out of here, these people are trying to hurt you." The male subsequently carried her away from the hostile crowd and let her go. The woman then walked across from the south lawn area to Police Headquarters Building, where she received first aid from an unidentified person. The male depicted in the photographs appears to have been a good Samaritan, shielding and helping the woman, which she confirmed with her statements during the investigation.
 
The LAPD is continuing to conduct a thorough investigation, and we encourage any witnesses or those with information on the suspect(s) to contact Central Area Detectives.
 
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Central Bureau Detectives at 213-833-3750. 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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The Los Angeles Police Department is mourning the sudden death of former City Councilman Tom LaBonge. The L.A. native dedicated his life and career to the service of this City. LaBonge served the people of the 4th Council District for 14 years. Prior to his tenure in the Council Chambers, he worked for the Department of Water and Power, and also served as a special assistant to Mayor Richard Riordan.

Chief of Police Michel Moore expressed, "Tom LaBonge was so much more than an elected representative. He was the ultimate goodwill ambassador, servant, and historian for his City of Angels, and an icon. He led with his heart and truly loved the men and women of the LAPD."

The Department sends its deepest condolences and sympathies to LaBonge's family.


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Update
January 7, 2021


The suspect shot the victim in the presence of their young child. Video of the shooting is available on www.lapdonline.org
 
 
Pacoima: On January 6, 2021 at 9:35 a.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division responded to the 9000 block of Bartee Avenue for a call for service of a shooting that had occurred.


Once at the location, the officers located a 35-year-old Hispanic woman that had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased. Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives assumed investigative responsibility and their preliminary investigation revealed the victim's former boyfriend had fired multiple shots at the victim with a semi-automatic handgun resulting in her death.

The suspect has been positively identified as Herbert Nixon Flores and he is described as a 46-year-old Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. Herbert Nixon Flores stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 220 pounds.

Herbert Nixon Flores is considered armed and dangerous and, if seen, the public is urged to not confront of attempt to apprehend him but to contact law enforcement immediately.
 
Anyone with further information regarding this matter may contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives, Detective Sharon Kim at 818-374-9550. 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.



Severe Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Update
January 6, 2021




On January 4, 2021, around 9:20 p.m., a Central Traffic Division Lieutenant was at scene of a traffic collision at Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard. During the investigation, the Lieutenant saw a truck travelling on Florence Avenue and immediately recognized the truck as the same one that was involved in a hit and run traffic collision on December 19, 2020. The Lieutenant waved the driver down and directed the driver to pull over. The Lieutenant made contact with the driver and recognized that the driver was the same person who was captured in the video. The driver was arrested for 20001(a) Felony Hit and Run, of the California Vehicle Code.

The driver is identified as 26-year-old Jose Farias of Huntington Park. He was booked under Booking No. 6099081.



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 the hit and run traffic collision that severely injured an elderly woman.

On December 19, 2020, around 5:35 p.m., an elderly couple was crossing Soto Street at Cesar E. Chavez. They were walking towards the southwest corner of the intersection and were in a marked crosswalk. A white pick-up truck was traveling westbound on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and negotiated a southbound left turn onto Soto Street, striking the victim and knocking her onto the street. The driver did not stop to render aid, nor identify himself, and fled the scene southbound Soto Street.


The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was treated for severe injuries and then released a few days later.

Detectives have obtained video from a gas station that captured the driver prior to the collision. The truck is described as a white 1998 to 2004 Chevrolet S10 pick-up. It has an after-market light bar on top of the cab, blacked-out taillights, and has a distinct dent on the rear top corner of the driver's side of the cab. The bed of the truck contained a clutter of items that appear to match the video that captured the truck fleeing the scene after the collision.

The driver is described as a male, Hispanic, black hair, with a beard. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds, and is between 20 to 30 years old. He was wearing a royal blue short-sleeve security uniform shirt, camouflage long sleeve undershirt, and black pants.

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


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.

The videos obtained will be posted on LAPD Central Traffic Division's YouTube account, "LAPD Central Traffic"

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Juan Campos, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713 or by e-mail at 31480@lapd.online, or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. 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
January 7, 2021


Valley Traffic Detective’s investigation, and surveillance video located near the area of the collision, led to the identification of the vehicle and the driver.  On December 30, 2020, around 9:20 a.m., 59-year-old Lisa Lipman (Booking #6088234) was taken into custody for the fatal hit and run as she left her house several days after the collision. She is a resident of Santa Monica.  Her bail was set at $50,000.00 and she was released on bond with a court date scheduled for June 24, 2021.

 

 

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the fatal Hit and Run traffic collision that killed an 85-year-old female pedestrian.

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, around 5:40 p.m., an elderly female pedestrian was walking west on Lankershim Boulevard in a marked crosswalk. An unknown suspect, driving a newer model black 4-door sedan, was travelling east on Moorpark Street. The suspect made a right turn on to north Lankershim Boulevard, struck the pedestrian and continued north on Lankershim Boulevard. The driver failed to stop and render aid as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where she died. Her name is being withheld pending notification to 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 about this collision is asked to contact Officer Freeman or Officer Hansen, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8255 or 818-644-8000. 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.


Critical Missing 46-Year-Old Man

Update
December 26, 2020
 
Mr. Jackson has been located and has reunited with his family





Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Area is requesting the public's help in locating Andre Henri Jackson.

Andre was last seen on December 25, 2020, around 2:30 p.m., in the 1400 block of Grand Ave near California Hospital. He may have boarded MTA bus line 33 westbound on Venice Blvd. Andres' mental condition is poor, and he is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Andre's family is concerned for his safety and safe return home.

Andre is described as a male Black with grey black hair, brown eyes, and a large build. He stands 4 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a Black hooded sweater, black jogging pants with "Skechers" emblem, and blue Skechers tennis shoes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the 77th Street Area at 323-786-5075. 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Foothill: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in the murder of 26-year-old Daniel Alaya, a resident of Pacoima.

On December 27, 2020, around 7:11 p.m., Foothill area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a, "Fire Department requesting Police Department on a dead body, " at Pendelton Street and Norris Avenue.

When officers arrived, they saw a silver, Infiniti M35 parked on Pendelton Street. The vehicle was locked and inside in the rear passenger seat was Alaya suffering from multiple gun-shot wounds. He appeared to be deceased.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded, breached the rear passenger window and pronounced Alaya dead at scene.

Detectives investigation revealed a witness was walking in the area when she smelled an odor emanating from the vehicle. She looked inside and discovered Alaya. She called the Fire Department. The vehicle was impounded and will be forensically analyzed for prints and DNA. Detectives canvassed the area for additional witnesses and surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Steve Castro 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 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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Castaic: The family of Dane Bryan Elkins and the Los Angeles Police Department are requesting the public's assistance in locating him.

Elkins was last seen on December 20, 2020, around 8:20 p.m., near the 5 Freeway and Templin Highway. Elkins left his car with his wallet and cellphone inside. He hasn't been seen since and his family is concerned.

Elkins is described as a 21-year-old male white with brown hair, green eyes. He stands around 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds.

If you have seen or have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, 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 Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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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Update
January 7, 2020
 
The suspect, David Cordoba, was taken into police custody on January 6, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. on the intersection of 3rd Street and Berendo Street in the city of Los Angeles.
 
 
Pico-Union:  On December 21st, 2020 around 10:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of 11th Place to conduct a welfare check. Upon arrival at the residence, it was decided to force entry into the location. Upon entry, a female in her 60s and a six-year-old male were found deceased.
 
Operations-Central Bureau Homicide detectives responded to the scene and worked diligently through the night and the following day. Their investigation has revealed the suspect, 26 year old David Cordoba, resided with the female victim, his mother, Maria Rodas. The male victim, Alan, was Cordoba’s nephew and was with Rodas at the residence when they were killed. During a family dispute, Cordoba stabbed Rodas and Alan. Cordoba also stabbed an additional adult family member who was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Cordoba fled the location.


Cordoba is a male Hispanic, 5’5”, 140 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left forearm. It is believed Cordoba is still in the local area. Cordoba is considered armed and dangerous.  

Anyone with information is urged to contact Operations-Central Bureau Homicide at 213-486-8700.  During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault Suspect

Los Angeles: On December 22, 2020, Antonio Carlos Diaz was arrested in the state of Ohio on a Los Angeles County warrant. The case was filed at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and Antonio Carlos Diaz was charged with fourteen (14) counts of felony sexual assault against a minor that took place between the years 2008-2013. This is an ongoing investigation and investigators have evidence indicating other minors may have been sexually assaulted by Antonio Carlos Diaz.

On December 23, 2020, Antonio Carlos Diaz was released without bail. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division are seeking any additional persons that may have been victimized by Antonio Carlos Diaz (photos below).
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.

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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Area are seeking the public's help in identifying armed robbery suspects that were involved in two separate robberies on the same day. Both incidents were captured on surveillance cameras.

On December 5, 2020, around 3:00 p.m., the suspects entered a convenience store in the 1300 block of Temple Street, approached the counter, and showed what appeared to be a handgun. While pointing the handgun at the employee, the suspects demanded money from the cash register. In fear, the employee complied. The suspects fled from the location in a brown or gray Chevy Malibu.

Later that evening, around 8:28 p.m., the same suspects were observed entering a discount store in the 2200 block of Beverly Boulevard. The suspects brandished handguns while demanding money from the employees. The employees of that store, also in fear, complied and gave the suspects money from the register in addition to other items from the store. The suspects then fled the location in the same Chevy Malibu

Suspect #1 is described as a male Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, black hair, brown eyes, and facial hair. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red Golden State baseball cap, gray shirt, and black pants.

Suspect #2 is described as a male Hispanic, 20 and 30 years old, with black hair, brown eyes. Suspect stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored Lakers hat, white shirt and blue jeans.
 
Anyone with information or suspect identification is urged to contact Rampart Area Gang Detectives at 213-484-3660. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


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Update
December 15, 2020




Mr. Zuniga was located and reunited with his family.




Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area is requesting the public's help in locating Carlos Zuniga.

Carlos was last seen on December 13, 2020, around 7:30 p.m., in the 16000 block of Chase Street. Carlos' mental condition is poor, and he suffers from dementia and seizures. Carlos' family is concerned for his safety and safe return home.

Carlos is described as a male Hispanic with grey hair, hazel eyes, and a medium build. He stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Carlos is known the frequent the area around Northridge Medical Center located at Rosco Boulevard and Reseda Boulevard. He was last seen wearing a light-grey hooded sweater, light blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Devonshire Watch Commander at 818-832-0633. 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. 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: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide unit are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the shooting death of a man.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, just before 1 p.m., officers from Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area were flagged down by citizens for a shooting near Melrose Avenue and Stanley Avenue.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and a male approximately 30 years of age was pronounced dead at scene.

He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. A second male was also struck by gun fire, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and is listed in serious condition.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The suspect is described as a male black, no further description, and was last seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Anyone with information on this shooting should 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Westwood: On December 15, 2020, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Special Assault Section (SAS), in conjunction with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Police Department and investigative personnel from the LAPD's West Los Angeles Area, arrested a serial sexual predator operating in the area around UCLA and Westwood Plaza.

This case involved a sexual predator who has been active since October 23rd, 2020 and committed (a reported) 23 misdemeanor sexual batteries in the West LA area. The series was initially investigated by Operations West Bureau (OWB) detectives and assumed by RHD on November 18th. In almost all of the reported crimes, the suspect approached lone females from behind, fondled their breasts or buttocks and quickly fled from the scene. The suspect typically wore a hooded sweatshirt and a surgical type mask which concealed his face.

Detectives from the UCLA Police Department were critical in obtaining the identity of a possible suspect. Although due to the nature of how the crime occurred and the way the suspect concealed his face, positive identification by victims had proved difficult. Undercover detectives from West LA's Narcotics Enforcement Detail began to surveil the possible suspect, who was identified as Derrick Kim, a 32-year-old Los Angeles resident. While gathering information as to Mr. Kim's movements, they observed him attack a 50-year-old female transient, by groping her breasts. Mr. Kim was immediately taken into custody without incident, and booked at the Valley Jail for 243.4(A) P.C., "Sexual Battery." Mr. Kim remains in custody with a bail of $575,000.
 
Detectives anticipate that there are more victims who have not yet come forward. They are encouraged to call Robbery-Homicide Division, to report what occurred.
 
Anyone with information about this incident are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at 213-486-6910. 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.

Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that killed 24-year-old Destin Moore.

On September 27, 2020, around 11:00 p.m., Olympic Area patrol officers responded to a man down in the north/south alley west of Vermont Avenue, north of Council Street.  Los Angeles Fire department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.   

The case was given to detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide due to the injuries sustained by the victim.  The case was transferred to West Traffic Division after the medical examiner from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office determined the victim’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle.   

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

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.

The two images on the left are of vehicles of interest and were taken from video surveillance in the alley where the collision occurred.  The images on the right are not actual photos of the vehicles.

***Videos are not available***

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Randy Yoshioka at 213- 473-0236, West Traffic Detectives at 213-473-0234, or the West Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-473-0222.  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.


Chief Moore Invites Angelenos to Gun Buyback Events This Saturday

Angelenos will be able to receive up to $200 in exchange for returned firearms at three locations citywide  

LOS ANGELES: Chief Michel Moore today invited Angelenos to help build a safer Los Angeles at Gun Buyback events happening this Saturday, December 5th. Reducing gun violence is a top priority for the LAPD. In a tough year when homicides are rising across the city, the annual Gun Buyback is a chance to rally the community around the drive to take more guns off the streets and improve security in our neighborhoods.  Chief Michel Moore stated, “Reducing the number of shooting victims in Los Angeles has never been more important to the safety of all Angelenos.  Every gun recovered in this “Buy Back” program means one less weapon that can be used to inflict harm.”  

“Fewer guns on the street translates into less crime, more peace of mind, and safer communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Between our Gun Buyback events, our policy initiatives, and the efforts of our LAPD, we have made clear progress in tackling the plague of gun violence in our city -- and in these trying times, we will stay focused on meeting our core goals when it comes to the pandemic, public health, or public safety: protecting our families and saving lives.”   

The Gun Buyback initiative allows people to anonymously submit firearms in exchange for gift cards valued at $100 for handguns, shotguns, and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons as classified in the State of California, while supplies last. Firearms brought to a buyback location must be unloaded and stored in the trunk of a vehicle. Since 2013, the City of Los Angeles has removed 43,032 firearms from the streets, through joint efforts by the LAPD and the City’s Gun Buyback program.   

The Gun Buyback events take place in drive-through format and all participants are required to remain in their vehicles at all times. This year’s events will apply strict COVID-19 safety protocols including staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves, and physical distancing, and all participants will be required to wear a face covering. The Gun Buyback events will take place this Saturday, December 5th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at three locations:  

South L.A.  
Bethel A.M.E. Church L.A.  
7900 S. Western Ave.   
Los Angeles, CA 90047  

Lincoln Heights   
Lincoln Park Recreation Center  
3501 Valley Blvd.   
Los Angeles, CA 90031  

Van Nuys  
Van Nuys Masonic Building   
14750 Sherman Way Blvd.  
Van Nuys, CA 91405  

The City’s Gun Buyback program operates under the same premise of all smart laws regarding gun violence prevention: regulating access to guns reduces the number of gun-related injuries and deaths. A 2019 survey found that 91% of respondents felt their community was safer because of the Gun Buyback event. Still, nearly 30% of participants indicated that they or someone that they know had been a victim of gun violence.  

For more information about the gun buyback events, call (877) LAPD-247.


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Los Angeles: On Thursday November 19, 2020, around 6:10 p.m., a 21-year-old male pedestrian was riding a scooter northbound on Bixel Street just north of Wilshire Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle.  The driver fled the scene without stopping, rendering aid or identifying himself or herself. There is no description of the driver and/or vehicle.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. The victim was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit with severe injuries.

A witness recorded a video of a white Toyota Tacoma chasing after the hit and run vehicle. The vehicle pictured below belongs to the witness of the collision. The public’s assistance is needed in locating this witness who might have vital information on the hit and run vehicle and/or driver.

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

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives or Officer Robert Palma, at 213-833-3713 or by email at 26756@lapd.online.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the South Traffic Watch Commander at 323-421-2577, or 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.


Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Female

UPDATE
December 2, 2020


On December 2, 2020, Maria Antonia Hernandez Ochoa was located and reunited with her family.
 
 
Sun Valley: The Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area is requesting the public's help in locating Maria Antonia Hernandez Ochoa.


Hernandez Ochoa was last seen on December 2, 2020, around 11:30 a.m., in the 10700 block of Colwell Drive. Hernandez Ochoa's mental condition is poor, and she suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. Hernandez Ochoa's family is concerned for her safety and safe return home.

Hernandez Ochoa is described as a female Hispanic with short gray hair, brown eyes, and a thin build. She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Hernandez Ochoa is known to frequent the area of San Fernando Road and North Hollywood Way. She was last seen wearing a purple long sleeve shirt, gray pants and gray shoes. Hernandez Ochoa is Spanish-speaking only.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Foothill Watch Commander at (818)756-8861. 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.