Detectives Arrest Internet Rental Scammer NR19224ml

Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Burglary Detectives announce the arrest of Evan Weitzberg for Grand Theft by Trickery.

In August, 2019, a victim responded to an internet advertisement listing a property for rent in Los Angeles. The victim was contacted by a suspect who masqueraded as "John Cassab".

This suspect asked the victim to sign a lease and wire money to a bank account to rent a property. Believing the advertisement was genuine, the victim wired money to the account.

When "Cassab", contacted the victim asking for additional money to secure the rental, she became suspicious and sought assistance from LAPD's Hollywood Division.

Hollywood Division personnel determined Weitzberg or an associate was posing as "John Cassab" and that he had no authority to rent the property.

Weitzberg was arrested for 487(a)PC, grand theft and posted bail.

The Los Angeles Police Department recognizes that locating affordable housing is challenging. Residents are urged to follow the "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" rule, and be careful before wiring any money in exchange for property or goods.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto at (213) 972-2929, or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Media Release - August 20, 2019 Board Elections

POLICE COMMISSIONER EILEEN M. DECKER
ELECTED POLICE COMMISSION PRESIDENT,


POLICE COMMISSIONER SHANE MURPHY GOLDSMITH
ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT

 

Los Angeles – On August 20, 2019, the members of the Los Angeles Police Commission held elections and unanimously elected Eileen M. Decker to serve as the new President, and Shane Murphy Goldsmith to the Vice President post. The five members of the Police Commission are Eileen M. Decker, Shane Murphy Goldsmith, Dale Bonner, Sandra Figueroa-Villa and Steve Soboroff.

Upon being elected to the President post, Commissioner Decker stated, “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for this Commission and the women and men of the LAPD.”

“Together we must continue to build trust with the diverse communities that we serve in order that we can provide public safety through building partnerships”. Vice President Goldsmith stated, “I am eager to assist President Decker in providing the necessary leadership to build upon the past successes of both the Commission and Department to move us forward”.

After researching the Police Commission files this appears to be the first time that both the President and Vice President of the Police Commission are women. Upon learning of that Commissioner Decker stated, “This is consistent with one of my goals, which is to work with the Department to increase the representation of women and minorities in the police officer recruit classes.”

For additional information, please contact the Police Commission at (213) 236-1400


Shooting Leaves Man Dead NR19223ml

Montecito Heights: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a homicide suspect(s).

On August 17, 2019, at about 1:20 a.m., Hollenbeck Officers responded to a shooting call at the corner of East Avenue 42 and Griffin Avenue.

Upon arrival officers discovered three shooting victims, one male Hispanic, 21 years old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two were transported to the hospital and are male, Hispanics, 18 and 19 years old. The two males that were transported to the hospital sustained none life threatening injuries.

Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives believe the shooting is gang related. The Detectives have detained two individuals that they believe were involved in the shooting.

Detectives are still looking for an additional suspect(s).

The Los Angeles Police Department is requesting that anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective J. Ramirez, Serial No. 26074, at Hollenbeck Community Police Station, Homicide Detectives, at (323) 342-8964 or 1-877-ASK-LAPD. 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.


Pacific Division 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**

Venice: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting in which officers shot a man armed with a three-foot wooden plank.

On August 14, 2019, around 5:50 p.m., uniformed officers assigned to Pacific Patrol Division responded to a radio call of a screaming man at Thornton Court and Pacific Avenue. Upon arriving at the location, the officers encountered the suspect, John Penny, who was initially armed with a glass bottle. Penny refused to drop the bottle and approached officers. The officers deployed a taser, however it appears the darts did not strike Penny. Penny then armed himself with a three-foot-long wooden plank and again approached the officers, which resulted in an Officer-Involved- Shooting. Penny was struck once in the left arm and once in the left thigh. The officers also deployed one round from a beanbag shotgun and one 40mm round.

Penny was treated at scene by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and then transported via Rescue Ambulance (RA) to UCLA Westwood Medical Center, where he was treated and cleared for booking. No officers were injured during the incident.

A three-foot wooden plank was recovered at scene.

Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and is handling the administrative investigation and the FID Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) is conducting the criminal investigation.

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.


Violent Home Invasion Ends in Shooting

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for a home invasion that left one person shot.

On August 9, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., Central Area officers responded to an "ADW Shots Fired" radio call at a large multi-unit apartment complex located on the 600 block of South Spring Street. Upon arrival, they were led to a male victim lying on a sofa in the lobby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. After undergoing surgery, the victim is in stable condition.

The investigation revealed that the victim and a friend were in an apartment at the location when five male Blacks entered, pepper sprayed them, bound them, and ultimately shot the victim. The suspects remove an unknown quantity of cannabis and money, then fled the location. It is believed that the apartment where this occurred is part of an illegal cannabis enterprise. Detectives at scene recovered over 100 pounds of cannabis and a large quantity of concentrated cannabis oil.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Central Area Robbery detectives at 213-833-3750. 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.lapdonloine.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 Mission Division Cadets Receiving Scholarships

Mission Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area established the Cadet Program in 2005. It is a community-based crime prevention program that aims to empower youth, ages 13 to 17 years old. The program maximizes their personal and scholastic potential through the emphasis of the program's four cornerstones:

• Leadership
• Academic Excellence
• Ethical and Wise Decision Making
• Community Stewardship

On August 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., 10 retired Mission Area cadets will be presented with scholarships. The event will be held at the Mission Community Police Station, located at 11121 Sepulveda Boulevard in Mission Hills. These cadets have volunteered countless hours within our community. They have participated in the National Night Out, maintained their GPA's in school, have represented the Mission Cadet Program in "presenting colors" at various community events, and have demonstrated their athleticism in running the Los Angeles Marathon.

Mission Community Police Council has generously sponsored the scholarships to help our 10 retired cadets continue with their college education.

Mission Area would like to thank the retired Cadets and their parents for all the hard work and commitment to The Mission Area Cadet Program.


Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR19214dm

North Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the driver responsible for killing a 40-year-old female pedestrian.

On August 04, 2019, at 12:05 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing south on Roscoe Boulevard, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a black vehicle traveling west on Roscoe Boulevard passing Haskell Avenue. The vehicle continued west, failing to stop to render aid and provide identification.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The victim's name will not be released until next-of-kin is 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 $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 incident is urged to call Detective Benyamin Sadeh, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8029. 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.lapdonloine.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.


Severe Felony Hit and Run in Newton Division NR19218ti

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Detectives are investigating a Severe Felony Hit and Run that occurred at Maple Avenue and 37th Street.

On August 6, 2019, around 8:50 p.m., a possible blue Honda Accord was driving southbound Maple Avenue approaching 37th Street. The intersection of Maple Avenue and 37th Street is controlled by 4-way "Stop" signs. A 15-year old male Hispanic bicyclist was travelling eastbound in the south cross walk of the intersection. The driver of the Honda failed to stop for the "Stop" sign, continued through the intersection, and collided into the bicyclist.

As the Honda continued southbound, the bicyclist went under the Honda, and he was dragged for approximately 1500-feet before being dislodged at Woodlawn Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Honda was last seen fleeing westbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Woodlawn Avenue.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital, with severe injuries, and was admitted into the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective-II Calvin Dehesa (213)486-0750 or email 31161@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.


Announce $50,000 Reward for the Murder of a Young Man at a Local Park NR19216rc

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Newton Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed 24-year-old Eduardo Garcia.

On May 8, 2019, around 3:05 a.m., Newton Division officers received a radio call of an "ADW Shooting with a man down", in the 400 block of East 42nd Place, in a local park. The officers responded to the scene and were flagged down by a witness, who directed the officers to the victim. Garcia was lying near the east side of the recreation center in the grass and was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The suspect(s) left the scene in an unknown direction.

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

There is no suspect description at this time.

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Eduardo Garcia.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Newton Homicide Detectives
J. Calzadillas or R. Berdin at (323) 846-6556. 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.lapdonloine.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.


Announce $50,000 Reward for the Capture of the Suspect who Murdered a Man Inside his parked Vehicle NR19215rc

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Newton Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed 28-year-old Donte Jones.

On February 15, 2019, around 9:58 p.m., Newton Division officers received a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting", in the 4100 block of South Wall Street, in the City of Los Angeles. When officers arrived, they met with a second victim who advised she was sitting in Jones vehicle and he was sitting in the driver's seat. Several gunshots were fired into the vehicle by unknown suspect(s) and Jones was struck by gunfire. She was not struck by the gunfire and called 911 as she noticed Jones was suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect(s) left the scene in an unknown direction.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to render aid to Jones and transported him to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

There is no suspect description at this time.

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Donte Jones.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Newton Homicide Detectives J. Calzadillas or R. Berdin at (323) 846-6556. 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.lapdonloine.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

North Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the driver responsible for killing a 40-year-old female pedestrian.

On August 04, 2019, at 12:05 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing south on Roscoe Boulevard, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a black vehicle traveling west on Roscoe Boulevard passing Haskell Avenue. The vehicle continued west, failing to stop to render aid and provide identification.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The victim's name will not be released until next-of-kin is 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 $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 incident is urged to call Detective Benyamin Sadeh, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8029. 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.lapdonloine.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.


Arrests Made in the Murder of LAPD Police Officer Juan Diaz

Los Angeles: During the early morning hours of August 2, 2019, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Robbery Homicide Division, and numerous LAPD resources, served multiple search warrants in Southern California, including areas surrounding Murrieta, Riverside and Temecula, California. Thus, three suspects were arrested who detectives believe are responsible for Diaz's murder.

The suspects arrested are:

Booking #5706203
Francisco Talamantes, male Hispanic, Date of Birth - 08/11/1995 (23 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

Booking #5706186
Cristian Facundo, male Hispanic, Date of Birth - 05/28/1999 (20 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

Booking #5706333
Ashlynn Smith, female White, Date of Birth - 07/06/2001 (18 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

The investigation is on-going and the case is being prepared for filing with the District Attorney's Office. As additional information becomes available, we will provide it in a timely manner.


Missing 28-Year-Old male NR19211ti

UPDATE

Erik Diaz has been located and reunited with his family members.

Los Angeles:
The family of Erik Diaz and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating Mr. Diaz.

On July 28, 2019, around 3p.m., Mr. Diaz was last seen at a local fast food restaurant in the 2700 block of South Vermont Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. He has not been seen since and his family is concerned.

Mr. Diaz and is described as a 28-year-old male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 foot 6 inches tall and weighs around 178 pounds. He was wearing a light blue shirt, black shorts, and red & black Vans shoes.

Erik Diaz


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Erik Diaz 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 wishingto 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.


Fatal Traffic Collision NR19212jc

Fairfax: On Thursday, August 1, 2019, around 10:30 p.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred involving two vehicles and pedestrian. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The collision occurred when a 2018 Infinity Q60S that was traveling eastbound on Melrose Avenue and collided with a 2017 Acura MDX that was negotiating a left turn to Martel Avenue from westbound Melrose Avenue. As a result of the collision, the Acura continued in a southeast direction, ran off the road, and collided with a pedestrian that was standing on the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the intersection. The driver of the Infinity and Acura both remained at scene and provided statements to the police.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The pedestrian sustained major blunt force trauma to his head. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

The driver of the Infinity was identified as Jacob Gralitzer. He was arrested and booked for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while DUI.

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#19-07-07890.


40-Year-Old Critical Missing Man NR19210rc

North Hollywood: The family of Kent Connell and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating Mr. Connell.

On July 28, 2019, around 5 p.m., Mr. Connell was last heard from when he texted his brother, who was on his way back from a family reunion. Connell suffers from depression. His family is concerned that he has not been found.

Mr. Connell is described as a 40-year-old male white with black hair, brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 155 pounds. Connell was last seen wearing a white shirt and green cargo pants. Connell frequents hiking trails in the area.

Kent Connell


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Kent Connell please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons 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.


Off-Duty Los Angeles Police Officer Murdered in Lincoln Heights Identified

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of Police Officer II Juan José Diaz, who was senselessly killed while off-duty in Hollenbeck Area. Officer Diaz was last assigned to Professional Standards Bureau. We have garnered the talents of our dedicated men and women to the investigation and pursuit of justice. Please hold Juan, a hero, and his family in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers. We will never forget.


“Chop Shop” Investigation Leads to an Arrest

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary and Auto Theft Section, in collaboration with Southeast Area Detectives, conducted a Chop Shop investigation which resulted in the arrest of Gustavo Ramirez, 35 years of age.

Ramirez was arrested for a violation of Section 10801 of the California Vehicle Code - Owning or Operating a Chop Shop, in the area of Main Street and 88th Place.

 

Gustavo Ramirez

Detectives recovered a stolen vehicle from a prior investigation at the location where Ramirez was arrested. Further investigation and the search warrant service at the location resulted in numerous stolen car parts being recovered.

If you have been a victim or have additional information regarding Ramirez' criminal activity, you are urged to call Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-6943. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call 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 "Anonymous Web Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Detectives Seeking Help to Identify Robbery Suspect

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of a brutal assault robbery.

On January 18, 2019 at 1:15 a.m., the victim along with two females were walking through the parking lot of a hotel located in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.

As the group was walking through the parking lot, one of the females motioned with her hands to a male suspect who was nearby. The male suspect approached the victim from behind with a wooden baseball bat.

The suspect attacked the victim with the bat, striking him multiple times in the head. The victim lost consciousness and fell to the ground. While the victim was unconscious on the ground, the suspect stood over the victim and struck the victim in the face numerous times with the baseball bat.

After brutally beating the victim, the suspect walked to a nearby vehicle and discarded the wooden baseball bat. The suspect returned to where the victim had collapsed on the ground and took the victim's wallet and cellphone from the victim's pockets.

The suspect along with the two females fled the location with the victim's property.

Suspect-1 is described as a male, wearing a brown or orange hooded jacket, dark pants and white tennis shoes.

Suspect-2 is described as a female, wearing a black top, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.

Suspect-2 is described as a female, wearing a black top, dark pants, and unknown color shoes.
 

 
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Van Nuys Area Robbery Detective Barba or Detective Rose at (818) 374-0087. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org. 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.

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of a Sexual Predator

Lake Balboa: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division have released a photo of a suspect charged in a several sexual assault cases in the hope of identifying other victims.
22-year-old Omar Talley, a male Black has been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office with three counts of rape with multiple victims, two counts of oral copulation, and one count of forcible acts of sexual penetration. He is being held in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with a bail of $1,600,000.

Talley claims to be a nightclub promoter and social media influencer. He moved from the state of New Jersey to California a few years ago, taking up residency in the Lake Balboa area of the San Fernando Valley. Talley would frequently travel to nightclubs in the Hollywood and West Hollywood Areas. He would then befriend young women in their early 20's and gain their confidence. Talley would then order a ride share service to transport himself and the young women to his residence in the 6600 block of Valjean Avenue, located in the Lake Balboa area or a nearby 'after party' location. Once at one of these locations, Talley would sexually assault the young women. Several of the women escaped during the attack, as one young woman did on July 11, 2019. This young woman immediately summoned for help and LAPD West Valley patrol officers responded to her location. Their investigation revealed Talley forced the woman to perform sexual acts, physically assaulted her and spoke degrading words to her during the commission of his criminal act. "It appears Omar Talley would be charming just before the sexual act, then change his demeanor and force the women to perform sexual acts against their will," stated Detective II Katherine Gosser.

Omar Talley
DOB: 09/05/1996
Booking Number: 5685043


Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to call Detective Wes Potter, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7714 or Detective Katherine Gosser, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7717. 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 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."


Burglary Suspects Caught on Video at Hollywood Hills Home

Hollywood Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department has obtained additional identifying information about two burglary suspects who are suspected of committing a residential burglary in the Hollywood area.

On July 19, 2019 at 5:40 p.m., two suspects approached a residence near Hillside Avenue and North Ogden Drive. The suspects repeatedly rang the victim's doorbell and after a few minutes, shattered the door's glass. They entered the residence and proceeded to ransack the interior. The suspects stole the victim's expensive watches and a Mac computer, then fled the location.

The suspects were caught on home surveillance video and are described as two male Blacks, between 18 and 25 years old with thin builds. One suspect is wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and is seen speaking into a cell phone. The other suspect has short hair and has tattoos on both arms.




Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollywood Burglary Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2931. 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 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."


Shooting in North Hollywood Leaves One Young Man Dead

North Hollywood: 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 a 27-year-old male, a resident of North Hollywood.

On July 20, 2019, around 6:53 p.m., North Hollywood area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an, "ADW shooting at Burbank Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue in the rear alley."
When officers arrived, they found the victim laying on the ground in the alley suffering from a gunshot wound and was unresponsive.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The victim's identification is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The investigation revealed that the victim was walking in the alley when he was approached by a light-colored vehicle. The occupants from the vehicle and the victim had a discussion and at that time the victim was struck by gunfire. The vehicle then drove away from the alley in an unknown direction.

The suspects are described as male Hispanics, no further information.

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 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.


Hit and Run Driver Strikes Bicyclist Leaving him on the Roadway

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the
suspect involved in a hit and run collision that injured a male bicyclist.

On July 20, 2019, around 10:30 p.m., the victim was riding his bicycle westbound Jefferson Boulevard along with his girlfriend near Denker Avenue when a dark colored sedan travelling westbound Jefferson Boulevard, at a high rate of speed, struck the bicyclist. The bicyclist was thrown from his bicycle and landed on the roadway. The victim's girlfriend was not injured during the incident.

The driver of the vehicle fled westbound Jefferson Boulevard, failed to stop, render aid or identify themselves as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identification is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

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 is asked to contact South Traffic Division, Detective Flannery or Officer Pollard, at 323-421-2500. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Statement Regarding Use of Confidential Informants During Major Protests

In response to the concerns identified in media reports regarding a confidential informant's role in a 2017 criminal investigation of individuals involved in major protests, Chief Michel Moore has ordered a top-to-bottom review to determine whether the Department's stringent requirements for the use of confidential informants were followed.

The Department has been in close contact with the civilian Board of Police Commissioners and its independent Inspector General regarding the concerns and will begin a thorough review of the case and existing processes to ensure that the public's trust is not compromised using certain investigative techniques. Chief Moore has directed the LAPD's Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy to oversee the review and ensure that all legal, policy, and community issues have been properly examined and addressed.

The LAPD is steadfastly committed to constitutional policing and building the public's trust to effectively reduce crime and protect the community. We will take all necessary and appropriate steps to investigate any potential concerns raised.


82-Year-Old Critical Missing Elderly Man

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

Wonhee Chea was last heard from on July 18, 2019, around 6 a.m., when he was walking with his wife and they became separated near the 1200 block of Westmoreland Avenue. Chea is not from the area and is visiting from Korea.

Wonhee Chea is described as an 82-year-old Male Korean with Black hair, brown eyes. He stands 5 feet and weighs around 142 pounds. Chea was last seen wearing a black vest, dark blue shirt and black pants walking with a cane. Chea may need medical attention.










If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Wonhee Chea please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, and Detective Merrill: 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.


68 Count Felony Filing Leads to the Arrest of 3 Defendants

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, White Collar Crimes Unit, conducted an investigation resulting in the arrest of 3 Defendants, Angela Wallace, Charlesetta Brown, and David Greene. The case was presented to The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office who charged the defendants with 68 Felony Counts on July 12, 2019.

The investigation initially began when the Victim discovered that suspect(s) fraudulently signed a Grant Deed in July 2015, which transferred ownership of the property to several fraudulent corporations. The suspects then obtained fraudulent loans against the property and subsequently sold the property to an unsuspecting buyer. Ultimately the investigation revealed the 3 suspects conspired to steal money from the victim by benefitting from the fraudulent loans and the sale of the victim's property all conducted without the victim's knowledge or permission. Due to their efforts to steal money from the victim's assets the Defendants were charged with Multiple Counts of 530(A) PC Identity Theft, 470(A) PC Forgery, 115(A) PC Forged Instrument, 487(A) PC Grand Theft, and 186.10(A) PC Money Laundering,

The case involves a disbarred attorney identified as Defendant 1, Angela Wallace, Defendant 2, Charlesetta Brown, who has previously been linked to investigations which involve preying on elderly victims to defraud them of their money via real estate or bank fraud, and Defendant 3, David Jayson Greene, Brown's son. The scheme involved defrauding Los Angeles victims of their money via real estate and bank fraud. The investigation revealed the suspects fraudulently transferred the victim's property into a fraudulent company by committing Identity Theft and Forgery. The suspects then obtained multiple loans against the property and subsequently sold the property in question to an unsuspecting buyer.

After a short surveillance in the San Fernando Valley and Ladera Heights, the Commercial Crimes Due Diligence Units arrested all three suspects on the outstanding felony warrants.

Defendant 1, Angela Fawn Wallace was booked at Metropolitan Detention Center on July16, 2019, with Bail set at $1,610,000.00.

Defendant 2, Charlesetta Brown was booked at 77th Jail on July 17, 2019, with Bail set at $1,270,000.00.

Defendant 3, David Jayson Greene was booked at 77th Jail on July 17, 2019, with Bail set at $1,270,000.00

It is believed the suspects may have conspired to commit similar against other victims in the Los Angeles area.

Angela Fawn Wallace



Charlesetta Brown



David Greene


If you have been a victim or have additional information regarding the defendant's criminal activity is urged to call Detective Barnes, Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-6630. 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.