Critical Missing 20-Year-Old Autistic Male

Los Angeles: The family of Scott Ballsun and the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire detectives are asking for the public's help in locating him.

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Scott was last seen at his school in Sherman Oaks around 3:50 p.m., in the 13000 block of Burbank Boulevard. His family is very concerned for his safety.

Scott is described as a 20-year-old male White with blond hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Scott was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark snow pants, black gloves, and a black beanie, possibly with "Alcatraz" written on it.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Scott Ballsun, please contact Devonshire Watch Commander at (818) 832-0609. 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.


LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Los Angeles: Police Officer III Mario Jacinto, assigned to Newton Area, was arrested today in the City of Diamond Bar on a felony arrest warrant for workers' compensation fraud. The Los Angeles Police Department's Special Operations Division, Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, conducted an investigation that stemmed from a medical claim filed by Jacinto in 2018.

Investigators working in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Healthcare Fraud Division, as well as the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, established probable cause to believe that Jacinto knowingly engaged in physical activities inconsistent with his claimed injury while off work on disability. As a result, he received benefits to which he was not entitled. Jacinto was booked in Los Angeles County and released after posting a $50,000 bail. Jacinto, a 16-year veteran of the Department, is 40 years old and resides in Los Angeles County, California. He is currently assigned to home.

The LAPD's Workers Compensation Fraud Unit was expanded in late 2008 to investigate workers' compensation fraud and other allegations involving abuse of benefits by City employees. The goal of the Department is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the workers' compensation system. As of January 2018, the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit has made five arrests of Department employees for workers' compensation fraud.


Detectives Investigate Inappropriate Conduct at School

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's detectives are investigating inappropriate conduct at a elementary school by an employee.

On May 16, 2019, at about 7:45 a.m. Los Angeles Police Department personnel responded to Oxnard Elementary located at the 10900 block of Oxnard Street in North Hollywood to investigate allegations of a male adult, Los Angeles Unified School District employee abusing at least one student at the school.

Detectives met with several individuals and are in the preliminary stages of their investigation.

The nature of the allegations, include inappropriate touching.

The adult male employee has been assigned an administrative assignment pending further investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The assignment will not have any contact with children.

Several students allege inappropriate conduct by the employee.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division / Sexually Exploited Child Unit, assumed investigative responsibility of this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sexually Exploited Child Unit, Juvenile Division at 213-486-0580, from 6:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Kidnap Suspect Sought by Detectives

UPDATE


Los Angeles: The suspect in the kidnapping incident that occurred at the McDonald's located at 1310 East Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles has been identified as Maralyn Ramos. She was arrested and booked for 207(A) PC-Kidnapping and her bail is set at $100,000.

On May 15, 2019, at 10:35 p.m., Central Area uniformed officers contacted the suspect during an unrelated incident in the area of Agatha Street and San Pedro Street. They recognized her as the suspect in the kidnapping and took her into custody without incident.

In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, a photo of Ramos will not be released until additional investigative steps have been completed.

In addition, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives have determined that the second Attempt Kidnapping incident was not committed by the same suspect and there is no connection between Ramos and the suspect detectives are looking to identify. The suspect in that case is still at large. Detectives are releasing video of that incident and need the community's help to identify her.

On May 15, 2019 at 11:15 a.m., an attempt kidnap of a 4 year-old boy occurred on Martin Luther King Boulevard and San Pedro Street in Los Angeles.

The suspect approached the victim, pulled his hand, and attempted to walk away with the victim. The victim was walking alongside a family member when the attempt kidnap occurred.

The suspect was stopped by a witness in the area and fled from the scene on foot.

The Los Angeles Police Robbery-Homicide Robbery Special Section assumed investigative responsibilities for the Kidnap and Attempt Kidnap investigation committed by the female suspects.

The suspect from the incident on Martin Luther King Boulevard is described as approximately 30-40 years old, female Black, black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing 180-200 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detectives F. Arroyo, Serial No 26531 and D. Moreno, Serial No. 32580 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 family of Jimmie Fort and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Jimmie was last seen with her caretaker on May 9, 2019, around 7:00 p.m., at her residence in the 200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street. She may have wandered from her residence, at an unknown time, after her caretaker left for the evening. Her family is concerned for her safety.

Jimmie is described as an 87-year-old female Black with gray hair and brown eyes. She stands
5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. Jimmie was last seen wearing a striped blue pajama shirt, and blue jeans with burgundy sweatpants over them.

Jimmie Fort



If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jimmie Fort, please contact Missing Person's Unit Detectives at (213) 996-1880. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Murder Suspect Captured After Decades on the Run

North Carolina: In 1985 a housekeeper in North Hollywood discovered a murder victim wrapped in his bedding on the garage floor of his residence, appearing to be bludgeoned and strangled. The victim's vehicle was stolen and later recovered with forensic evidence.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives learned that victim was Barry Crane, a prominent Hollywood television director. He directed television shows such as: The Incredible Hulk, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Police Woman, Police Story, and The Streets of San Francisco, to name a few. Crane was also a world-class champion Bridge player who competed all over the country.

The case involving his murder went unsolved for several years. In 2006, and again in 2018, a Los Angeles Police Department detective from Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) requested that evidence be retested. In July 2018, RHD received a forensic match to Crane's suspected killer, Edwin Hiatt, who resided in North Carolina.

On March 8, 2019, RHD Detectives traveled to North Carolina and interviewed Hiatt. During the interview, Hiatt admitted to killing Barry Crane. RHD Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who filed one count of murder against Hiatt and issued an arrest warrant. Today, the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Hiatt in North Carolina and he is pending extradition.


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating a 11-year-old missing runaway.

On May 7, 2019, Julio Contreras was last seen walking around in the 6300 block of La Brae Avenue near La Cienega Boulevard and La Tijera Boulevard.

His foster mother ordered him a ride shared vehicle for him to go to Audubon Middle School located in the 4100 block of 11th Avenue, Contreras never used the vehicle or went to school.
Contreras may be attempting to go to his biological mother's residence in the 5200 block of Repetto Street near East Los Angeles College.

Contreras is described as a 11-year-old male Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 152 pounds. Contreras is bipolar and suffers from depression. He walks with a slight limp has curly hair that hangs over his face.

Julio Contreras

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Julio Contreras, please contact Pacific Division Watch Commander at (310) 482-6334. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Southeast Area Officer-Involved Shooting

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

South Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which officers were shot at by a man with gun.

On April 22, 2019, around 6:45 a.m., officers assigned to Southeast Area were responding to multiple radio calls of a "Man with a Gun" in the area of Figueroa Street and West Gardena Boulevard. As Police Officers II Andrew Do, Serial No. 43209 and Bryan Tahuite, Serial No. 42780 approached the intersection, they saw a man they believed was the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old David Flores, armed with a handgun. Flores shot at the officers as they exited their vehicle, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.

Flores was struck by gunfire and pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured. One of the rounds fired by Flores struck the front passenger door panel of the police vehicle the officers were driving.

The handgun used by Flores was recovered by detectives.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


Newton Area Officer Shot During Officer-Involved Shooting

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

South Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which a Newton Area officer was shot by a suspect.

On April 20, 2019, around 9:20 p.m., officers assigned to Newton Gang Enforcement Detail saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 52nd Street and Holmes Avenue. The officers followed the vehicle till it came to a stop on 51st Street, west of Holmes Avenue. The sole occupant, the driver, exited and ran into the Pueblo Del Rio housing complex. The officers pursued the driver on foot, broadcasting they were chasing a man with a gun. As the officers continued their foot pursuit, a second male suspect, identified as 39-year-old Curley Lee Duff, fired a pistol at Police Officer II Enrique Trujillo, Serial No. 42259, who returned fire. Officer Trujillo and Duff were both struck by gunfire. Both received medical treatment at a local hospital.

The pistol used by Duff was recovered by detectives.

Detectives are still attempting to identify and locate the driver of the vehicle.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


52-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The family of Diane Black and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Black was last seen on April 25, 2019, around 3:30 p.m., when she left her residence in Yonkers, New York and boarded a flight to Los Angeles. Black landed at Los Angeles International Airport on April 25, 2019, around 10:45 p.m. and has not been heard from since. Black may need medical attention and her family is concerned for her safety.

Black is described as a 57-year-old African-American female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark green parka, blue jeans, carrying a blue purse.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Diane Black please contact Missing Person's Unit Detective Merrill at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Rite Aid Pilots “Cool Kid” Community Outreach Program

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division (CCD) has partnered with the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA). This Association is comprised of retail asset protection/loss prevention professionals as well as federal, state and local law enforcement. Due to the success of LAAORCA, the California Organized Retail Crimes Association was created to address the underserved areas of California.

On April 18, 2019, CCD Commanding Officer, Captain Lillian Carranza, met with Rite Aid Divisional Asset Protection Leader, Michelle Jones and Regional Asset Protection Leader Jason Parsons regarding a newly implemented community outreach pilot, funded by the Rite Aid Foundation, titled "Cool Kid."

The "Cool Kid" program was developed to provide law enforcement with Thrifty Ice Cream coupons for children in the community who have been recognized for being a "Cool Kid." The coupons can also be shared with kids who just need something to brighten their day. Rite Aid will be providing more than 6,000 coupons including coupons for officers, so the "Cool Kid" can enjoy a scoop with a police officer.

The Rite Aid Foundation's program is to create a dialogue between Los Angeles city youth and the LAPD with the hope that kids having a scoop of their favorite Thrifty ice cream will put a smile on their face. The "Cool Kid" program is a pilot in the City of Los Angeles and if proven successful will be considered for expansion to other Rite Aid communities.



Any questions pertaining to this program should be directed to Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Community Business Coordinator, Detective Joseph Hopkins at 213-486-8430 or by Email at 34096@lapd.online.


Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a felony hit and run that occurred at Sepulveda Boulevard and Covello Street.

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, around 10:00 p.m., a felony hit and run traffic collision occurred in the community of Van Nuys. The suspect, driving a possible older model white Cadillac Eldorado, negotiated a left turn from southbound Sepulveda Boulevard onto Covello Street and collided with a motorcycle, travelling northbound Sepulveda Boulevard. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and collided with the roadway.

The driver of the Cadillac Eldorado failed to stop and render aid, and to identify himself to the motorcyclist as required by law. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital with severe injuries.

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 Valley Traffic Division Investigator, Takishita at (818) 644-8116. 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 Los Angeles Police Department Detectives from Wilshire Division released a crime scene sketch illustrating the suspect of a brazen daytime attempted kidnap of a school girl outside of her elementary school.

On Thursday, April 25, 2019 at approximately 7:45 a.m., a single suspect approached the victim as she was walking herself to school in the 1700 block of Vineyard Avenue.

The suspect stood directly behind the victim, causing her to turn. The victim then attempted to continue on her way to school, at which point, the suspect grabbed her backpack and said, "Let's Go". The victim managed to slip out of her backpack and run into the school grounds where she observed the suspect running south bound on Vineyard and out of sight.

Once notified, school staff attempted to check the area for the suspect but were unable to locate the suspect at the time.

The Suspect is described as a male Black, between 30-35 years-old. He stands approximately 6'02"-6'-04" tall with a medium build. The suspect was described as having curly black hair with red tips, and wearing a blue shirt and black pants.

Officers have not yet been able to recover any video footage, however a criminologist responded and created a rendering, with assistance from the victim. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Wilshire Robbery Detective D. Slater at 213-922-8217. 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Grand Theft Lottery Scam

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detectives were investigating a series of Grand Thefts occurring in the Valley, Metropolitan Area and South Los Angeles. After a lengthy investigation, Nickey Yonko was identified as the suspect responsible for the Grand Thefts.

On August 18, 2017 to October 23, 2017, Yonko would enter several liquor stores and request to purchase California Lottery "Hot Spot" tickets. The store employee would print the tickets and place them on the counter. He then would distract the employee's attention from the printed Lottery "Hot Spot" tickets and retrieve expired tickets from his person and swap them out for the new valid tickets.
Yonko placed the new tickets in his pocket leaving the expired tickets on the counter. He told the employee he needed to retrieve additional money from his vehicle and would not return. The employee became suspicious when the suspect did not return and discovered the tickets were expired and not the ones he had printed.

The employees later reviewed surveillance video and discovered that Yonko had switched the freshly printed "Hot Spot" tickets with the older tickets. Yonko then walked out of the location with the stolen lottery tickets. The suspect is responsible for numerous grand thefts in the City of Los Angeles. The suspect is also responsible for similar Grand Thefts in Long Beach, Monrovia and the City of La Verne.

Nickey Yonko (AKA Steven John Adams)


On April 19, 2019, Nickey Yonko (AKA Steven John Adams) was taken into custody.
The District Attorney's Office has filed an arrest warrant for Nickey Yonko in the amount $60,000.00 for the above investigation.

Anyone with information about this case or has been a victim of a similar scam by Nickey Yonko, contact Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detective Prieto at 213-486-6940. 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:
On April 19, 2019, Los Angeles Police Officers arrested suspect Davon Thomas, 27-year old, from Perris, California, for a rape that occurred on March 5, 2019 in the 400 block of 11th Street in the City of San Pedro.

On April 23, 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed 7 felony counts against Thomas.



Detectives have provided a photo of Thomas in case there are additional victims who may have been reluctant to report similar crimes, they are encouraged to contact LAPD Harbor Detectives at (310) 726-7861.


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UPDATE: The personnel involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer III Jaime Luna, Serial No. 34651 and Police Officer III Bradley Nielson, Serial No. 36445, assigned to Metropolitan Division.

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Downtown Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred in Central Division.

On April 14, 2019, around 2:15 p.m., officers assigned to a detail with Transit Services Division received information that a man who was wanted for carjacking was possibly in the area they were assigned. One of the officers had knowledge of this violent suspect, 47-year-old William Crawford, and saw a man he believed could be Crawford at a kiosk at the Metro Center Station subway. The officers followed Crawford out of the station to the street level on 7th Street near Flower Street. Crawford looked back in the direction of the officers and began running eastbound on 7th Street. Crawford ran southbound on Hope Street, stopped and reached into a backpack he was carrying. He removed a shotgun from the backpack and pointed it at one of the officers, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Crawford was struck by gunfire and determined to be deceased at scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel. No officers were injured during the incident. A shotgun loaded with two shotgun shells and twelve additional shotguns shells were recovered by detectives at the scene.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division Detectives are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of an attempt murder suspect.

On March 25, 2019, around 8:35 a.m., officers responded to a radio call of shots fired near the area of Haskell Avenue and Parthenia Street. The victim was travelling southbound on the 405 Freeway and exited at the Nordhoff Street exit after a road rage incident that occurred on the freeway. The suspect followed the victim who pulled to the curb on Haskell Avenue. The suspect pulled behind, then alongside the stopped victim, and shot the victim multiple times. The suspect fled the location in his vehicle and the victim was hospitalized for the gunshot wounds.

Suspect is described as a male, Caucasian or Asian, 34 to 38 years-old, shaved head, multiple "sleeve" tattoos on both arms and back of the neck.

Suspect was seen in a 1994 to 1998, 2-door, Chevrolet Silverado Z71 pickup truck, black or green with a camper shell.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Devonshire Detective Division Crimes Against Person's at (818) 832-0530. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247(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.



 

32-Year-Old Critical Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The family of Virginia Martinez Limon and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Limon was last seen on April 18, 2019, around 5:10 a.m., near the 200 block of East Vernon Avenue. Limon is non-verbal and her family is concerned for her safety since she has not been seen or heard from.

Limon is described as a 32-year-old female Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, and gray sweatpants. Limon primarily only understands Spanish.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Virginia Martinez Limon please contact Missing Person's Unit Detective Palmer at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Suspect Arrested for Beating His Infant Son

Los Angeles: On April 18, 2019, around 12:05 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Central Division patrol officers responded to a domestic violence radio call in the 800 block of South Hill Street. At some point during the domestic dispute the father, suspect, grabbed the 9-month-old infant from the mother's arms and ran to a vacant apartment located in the same building. When officers entered that apartment, they located the suspect and infant inside a bathroom. Officers observed the suspect physically assaulting the infant. Officers used less-lethal force options to subdue the suspect and rescue the infant.

The victim was transported to local hospital and is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Michael Freeman, DOB: 05/13/1989, was booked for 664/187 PC and his bail was set at $1,000,000.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Los Angeles Police Department's Abused Child Unit at (213) 486-0570. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247(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 & Run Collision Kills Pedestrian

Sun Valley: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Detectives are requesting the public's assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run of a pedestrian.

On April 18, 2019, at 8:30 p.m., a pedestrian was crossing San Fernando Road from the north to the south side of the street, outside of a marked crosswalk, when he was struck by a hit and run vehicle traveling westbound on San Fernando Road, just east of Olinda Street.

The suspect's vehicle that collided with the pedestrian was described as a 2-door, red, Dodge RT, with tinted windows and black rims.

Detectives are also investigating an unconfirmed report that a white truck drove over the pedestrian after the initial collision. It is unknown at this time if the white truck made contact with the pedestrian.

A Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead. The name of the deceased pedestrian will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

The public should be aware that individuals who are involved in an injury collision must stop at the scene, provide their identification and render aid. Failing to do so is a felony, and carries the possibility of significant time in prison. Pedestrians are also reminded to utilize crosswalks when crossing the street.

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 Valley Traffic Detective Sinclair at (818) 644-8035. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact 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.


Hollywood Fatal Hit & Run Traffic Collision

Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the driver involved in a felony hit and run collision.

On April 18, 2019 around 1:30 a.m., a felony hit and run occurred at Sunset Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. The suspect was traveling east on Sunset Boulevard and collided with a pedestrian walking south on Formosa Avenue. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, render aid or exchange information with the victim. The hit and run vehicle fled east on Sunset Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to treat the victim. However, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the victim's family.

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 West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts. The LAPD report number for this collision is DR#19-20-10219.


Topanga Murder Suicide

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area patrol officers found a female and a male dead inside their residence.

On April 14, 2019, around 4:30 p.m, Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon Shots Fired," at the 9100 block of Foster Lane in the City of Chatsworth.

Officers entered the residence and discovered a male and a female deceased in the upstairs bedroom both due to gunshot wounds. The Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced both dead at scene.

Los Angeles Police Department Operations Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. Preliminary investigation discovered that the couple was married with two young children in common. Detectives revealed that the suspect (husband) shot the victim (wife) as she lay in bed.

The suspect then shot himself.

The two young children were not physically injured and were admitted into a local area hospital for observation. The children are in custody of Department of Children's Family Services.
The victim is described as female Asian, 38-years of age. The suspect is described as a male Persian, 46-years of age and both residents of the City of Chatsworth.

Victim and suspect's identities are not being released at this time pending notification to family.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. 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.


Central Officers Involved in Law Enforcement Related Injury

Downtown Los Angeles: Patrol officers used less-lethal weapons systems during the arrest of a man with a knife who had threatened a woman in a restaurant.

On February 26th, 2019, Central Area officers responded to a radio call of an assault with a deadly weapon at a restaurant in 300 block of West 5th Street. Upon their arrival, the officers met with a woman who stated she had been inside the restaurant and the suspect, later identified as 68-year-old Kenneth Sylvas, armed himself with a knife and threatened to cut the woman's throat. Sylvas was still seated inside the restaurant refusing to come out. The officers tried for about ten minutes to have Sylvas come out to them. After Sylvas refused to follow the directions of the officers and drop the knife and comply with their orders, the officers fired 40mm and beanbag shotgun munitions that struck him, causing him to drop the knife. Investigators recovered a knife at scene.

Sylvas was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for an injury to his right hand. No one else was injured during the incident.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the Law Enforcement Related Injury.

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

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


Multi Victim Shooting on 103rd Street

Suspect Wanted on Multi Victim Shooting on 103rd Street

Los Angeles: Today, while the procession of Mr. Nipsey Hussle traversed through the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, a shooting occurred around 6:25 p.m., in the area of 103rd and Main Street.

Four victims were struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital. One victim was pronounced dead. The suspect is possibly driving a grey Hyundai. No additional information or description of the suspect at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. 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.


Hit and Run Driver and Passengers Wanted

Felony Hit and Run Driver and Passengers Wanted

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the driver and passengers involved in a felony hit and run collision.

On March 11, 2019, around 11:40 a.m., a felony hit and run occurred at Olympic Blvd and Georgia Street. The victim was travelling eastbound on Olympic Boulevard and was stopped for a red phase tri-light at Georgia Street. When the tri-light changed to green, a black 2019 Rolls Royce, which was travelling westbound on Olympic Boulevard and was negotiating a southbound turn onto Georgia Street, failed to yield for eastbound traffic. The victim proceeded forward on the green light and collided with the right rear side of the Rolls Royce. Both drivers stopped and exited their vehicles. The Rolls Royce had a female and male passenger who also exited.

The victim attempted to exchange information with the driver of the Rolls Royce, however he refused. The driver of the Rolls Royce eventually walked away from the scene and left the care of the Rolls Royce with his male passenger. The male passenger had the Rolls Royce parked in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel underground parking and walked away, with the female passenger. Neither the driver or the passengers identified themselves to the victim, who sustained minor injuries from the collision.

The driver is described as a male Black, around 25 to 35-years-old, standing around 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and thin goatee. He was wearing black baseball cap with black lettering, black hooded sweater, black leather jacket, black skinny jeans, white socks, sandals with orange/red/white design.

The male passenger is a male Black, around 30 to 40-years-old, standing 6 feet tall, around 220 pounds. He had thin goatee/beard, wearing a black hooded sweater, and gray pants.

The female passenger is a female black, around 30 to 40-years-old, standing around 5 feet 6 inches tall, around 135 pounds. She had black hair, gray hooded sweater, pink pants.



Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Traffic Division Detective Juan Campos at (213)486-0755 or email 31480@LAPD.Online. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit 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.