Officer-Involved-Shooting in Harbor 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**

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in the Harbor Gateway area on Sunday night.

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, around 10:25 p.m., Metropolitan Division officers were traveling south on Halldale Avenue, near the Normandale Recreation Center. They heard possible gunfire in the area and drove up the apron of a driveway that led to the south parking lot of the recreation center. The officers observed two male Hispanic suspects walk from around a gymnasium building in their direction. At least one round fired by the suspects struck the police vehicle. Both officers exited and returned fire from behind their respective doors. One suspect was struck by gunfire and was taken into custody without incident. His weapon was recovered at scene. The second suspect fled the area and is still outstanding. It is unknown if the outstanding suspect was struck by gunfire. The suspect was booked for Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.

The gunshots originally heard by the officers were later determined to be related to an Assault With a Deadly Weapon (ADW) shooting that occurred on the opposite side of the gymnasium building. The two suspects allegedly approached a male and female Hispanic and fired several rounds in their direction. The female victim was struck in the lower leg and was transported to a local hospital.

Neither officer was injured during the incident.

Investigative efforts to identify the outstanding suspect are still ongoing and are being conducted by the Force Investigation Division Criminal Apprehension Team

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the crime scene 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 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 officers(s) was reasonable.

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.


Suspect Sexually Assaults Victim While She Slept

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a brazen sexual assault suspect.

On November 4, 2018, around 5:00 a.m., the victim was asleep in her apartment located in the 1800 block of Sunset Boulevard. The suspect utilized the fire escape to access the victim's bedroom window. The suspect then pried the window open, entered the bedroom and sexually assaulted the victim. The victim woke up and pushed the suspect away. After the assault, the suspect exited through the front door.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 5inches tall, 150 pounds, and is between 19-25 years of age with a clean shave. He was wearing a green jacket with an unknown logo on the front, dark pants, and black Adidas shoes.





Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Departments Robbery-Homicide Division at (213) 486-6910. 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.


Arrest Announcement of Michael Avenatti

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles Detectives have arrested Mr. Michael Avenatti

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 2:05 p.m., Michael Avenatti, 47-year-old resident of Los Angeles was placed under arrest, Booking # 5473086, for 273. 5 (a) PC Intimate Partner Violence at the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Avenatti was booked for the above-mentioned charge on November 14, 2018, at 3:44 p.m., with bail amount set for $50,000.00

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for prosecution.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call West Los Angeles Area Detectives at 310-444-1580. 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.


Robbery Suspects Wanted

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division detectives are seeking the public's assistance to identify five suspects who committed an armed robbery.

On September 21, 2018, around 2:30 a.m., Van Nuys officers responded to a robbery call near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Van Nuys Boulevard. Five suspects left a local restaurant, walking past the victim as they exited. Three of the suspects returned, wearing hooded sweatshirts and approached the victim who was still inside the restaurant.

One suspect pointed a handgun at the victim while the second and third suspects removed the victim's property. After taking the victim's property, the three suspects entered a 2012-2014 white four-door Mercedes-Benz C-Class, driven by the fourth suspect, and fled the scene.

The fifth suspect was in a 2013-2017 white Infiniti QX70 (SUV), which was parked across the street from the awaiting white Mercedes-Benz during the robbery.

After the three suspects fled the scene in the white Mercedes-Benz, the white Infiniti SUV also fled the scene behind the white Mercedes-Benz.

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The involved 2 vehicles are described as follows:

The first vehicle is a 2012-2014 white Mercedes-Benz C-Class four-door with tinted windows.

The second vehicle is a 2013-2017 white Infiniti QX70 (SUV) with black wheels and tinted windows.

Anyone with information about the incident, especially the location or identity of the suspect, is asked to call Van Nuys Division Detective Cheun at 818-374-0081. 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 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 family of Gabriel Portillocampos and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

On November 5, 2018, around 4:30 p.m., Gabriel was last seen at the bus stop at Martin Luther King Boulevard & Woodlawn Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. Gabriel Portillocampos is described as a 67-year-old male Hispanic with gray hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was wearing an orange T-shirt, blue jeans, and what is described as a black Panama hat. He has not been seen or heard from since being reported missing and his family is extremely concerned for his safety. 
 
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If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Gabriel Portillocampos, please contact, Missing persons Unit at 213-996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Man Beaten and Left for Dead

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects responsible for killing a man.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, around 9:10 p.m., Hollywood Division patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" in the 1000 block of North Serrano Avenue. Upon arrival, officers were directed to an unresponsive male adult victim on the rooftop of an apartment building.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene. The death was caused by blunt force trauma.

Three male Hispanics, all wearing dark pants and no shirts, were seen walking away from the scene, south on Serrano Avenue.

The victim's name is being withheld, pending notification to next of kin.

Anyone with information is urged to call West Bureau Homicide detectives at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Pedestrian Struck and Killed By Hit and Run Driver

Northridge: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives 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 fatal hit and run, killing a 59-year-old woman.

On November 8th, 2018 at around 9:25 p.m., the woman was crossing northbound Devonshire Street east of Balboa Boulevard outside of a marked crosswalk. As she crossed northbound Devonshire Street, she was struck by a black sport sedan going eastbound Devonshire Street.

The driver of the black sport sedan failed to stop and render aid, as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The victim is a resident of Lompoc, CA.

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

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic 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: Detectives from 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 and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision.

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, at about 1:05 a.m., a fatal traffic collision, vehicle versus pedestrian, occurred on Virgil Avenue and 1st Street.

An unidentified vehicle traveling southbound on Virgil Avenue collided with a pedestrian, running southbound Virgil Avenue, outside of the marked cross walk.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded. The pedestrian did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at scene.

The hit and run driver did not stop or render aid to the pedestrian as required by law.

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.

In addition, the pedestrian has not been identified.

The investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this moment.

West Traffic Detective Section, is conducting the follow-up investigation and can be reached 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Koreatown: The Los Angeles Police Department and West Bureau Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left two people dead in Koreatown.

On Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:20 a.m. LAPD Olympic Officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 400 block of Western Avenue.

When the officers arrived, they located a locked and secured marijuana dispensary.

Officers contacted a female employee of the dispensary. The employee stated that she was inside the dispensary, along with several customers, when she heard shots fired in the waiting room. The employee said that she and the customers inside, fled the location through the back door.

Officers made entry and located two shooting victims in the waiting room who were later pronounced dead at the scene.

This is an active investigation and the victims have not been identified.

Anyone with information on this murder is encouraged to contact West Bureau Homicide, investigators at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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 can 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. 


Shooting on a Busy Freeway

Fatal Shooting on a Busy Freeway in the Boyle Heights Area

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

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, around 5:55 a.m., a CHP officer observed a vehicle stopped along the left shoulder of the Soto Street on-ramp to the westbound 10 Freeway. The CHP officer stopped to investigate and discovered the motorist sitting in the driver's seat unresponsive with the motor running.

Hollenbeck officers responded to a radio call and were met by the Los Angeles Fire Department who had pronounced the victim dead at scene. The victim was driving westbound on the 10 Freeway at the Soto Street Exit, in a Toyota Corolla when he was shot by unknown suspect/s driving an unknown vehicle, possibly driving on the same freeway. The victim sustained a gunshot wound and died from his injuries at scene. The victim is described as a male Hispanic in his 50's.The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Alvarez and Manriquez at (323) 342-8964. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Hate Crime Suspect Targeting Women

Update
November 9, 2018 



On November 7, 2018, around 9 p.m., North Hollywood detectives arrested Steven Szwet’s on three counts of Battery. The case is under review by the City Attorney’s office for a possible hate crime enhancement.

 

 

Detectives Seek the Public's Assistance in Identifying a Hate Crime Suspect Targeting Women in North Hollywood's Orthodox Jewish Community

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a battery suspect targeting women in North Hollywood's Orthodox Jewish community.

On September 19, 2018 (Yom Kippur Holiday), in the afternoon, an 80-year-old female victim was walking on Bellaire Avenue from Burbank Boulevard. She noticed she was being followed by a 25 to 30-year-old male Caucasian suspect. When she reached Chandler Boulevard, the suspect approached her, grabbed the wig off her head, smiled and handed it back to her. The suspect never said anything and then calmly walked away.

Later that day, a 36-year-old female victim was walking on Chandler Boulevard at Bellaire Avenue. She was approached from behind by the same suspect who attempted to pull the wig off her head.

On November 6, 2018, in the afternoon, a 58-year-old female victim was loading music equipment into her vehicle located in the area of Laurel Canyon and Burbank Boulevard. The same suspect from the prior two incidents approached her and pulled the wig off her head. He then stated to the victim, "Oh, I'm sorry" in a sarcastic manner and threw the wig on the ground. The suspect then walked away.

All three female victims are part of the Orthodox Jewish community residing in the area where the crimes occurred. The suspect appears to have battered the women and targeted their wigs because of their religious beliefs. Orthodox Jewish women often wear wigs, scarfs, or hats to cover their hair as a symbol of modesty.

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Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD North Hollywood Division Crimes Against Persons Detective Dan Fournier at (818) 754-8451. 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.


In-Custody Death in North Hollywood 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**

North Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an in-custody death in which a male was transported by an ambulance to a local hospital and died.

On October 8, 2018, around 1:20 p.m., North Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a man assaulting a woman in the 7200 block of Beck Avenue. There was a man matching the description of the subject of the radio call lying in the street. Believing the man, later identified as Hamic Steed, in the street was the suspect of the radio call, the officers handcuffed Steed. Steed appeared to be in medical distress and was transported to a local hospital. Steed was pronounced dead at 2:43 p.m. During the investigation, it was discovered Steed had attempted to sexually assault a roommate prior to the police arrival.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. The FID 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.


Hit and Run Fatal Involving a Pedestrian

Los Angeles: Detectives from 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.

On October 26, 2018, around 6:58 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision occurred on West Adams Boulevard at the intersection of Burnside Avenue. The victim was crossing West Adams Boulevard, walking south, when he was struck by the suspect's vehicle travelling east on Adams Boulevard.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and identify or render aid to the victim.

After the pedestrian was struck by the suspect's vehicle, he was struck again by a second vehicle going east on Adams Boulevard. The second driver stayed at the scene of the collision and cooperated with the investigation.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.



The hit and run vehicle is described as a medium to full size sedan.

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 Detectives during business hours at 323) 421-2500 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours please contact South Traffic. 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.


Critical Missing 31-Year-Old Female

October 22
Update
 
Melissa Veliz has been located safe and with her family as of 9:55 PM per Devonshire Watch Commander
 



Granada Hills:
The family of Melissa Veliz and the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On October 31, 2018, around 2:20 p.m., Veliz was last seen near the 11200 block of Gaviota Avenue in Granada Hills. She has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Pic1Veliz is described as a 31-year-old Hispanic, female with brown hair and brown eyes, who has an intellectual disability with a mental capacity of a 3-year-old. She stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing approximately 160 lbs.

Veliz was last seen wearing baseball cap with a red bandana, black jacket, black pants, aand black shoes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Valadimir Povolotsky, please contact, Van Nuys Area at (818) 374-9500. 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.


Shooting Leaves One Dead and One Injured

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

On Monday, October 29, 2018, around 10:15 p.m., North Hollywood Division officers responded to a radio call of shots fired at Denny Avenue and Victory Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles. Upon their arrival, officers were flagged down by a female who stated someone was shot inside a residence in the 6400 block of Denny Avenue. Officers entered the residence and discovered two victims with gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced one of the victims, a 30-year-old male, dead at the scene. The second victim, a 23-year-old male, was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

The investigation revealed a 45-50-year-old male Hispanic suspect arrived at the residence, at which time, he and the surviving victim had a verbal dispute. The suspect shot both victims before fleeing on foot, westbound on Victory Boulevard.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Mark O'Donnell, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-9550. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Los Angeles: The family of Damon Field and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Damon was last seen on October 13, 2018, at 1:00 a.m., in the 1100 block of Ruggiero Ave in the City of Los Angeles. He hasn't been seen since and his family is concerned.

Damon is described as a 40-year-old White male with brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. Damon was wearing a black T-shirt and black sweat pants with a white stripe. He has a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his left shoulder.

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


Fraud via Bitcoin

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division would like to alert the public of reports of fraud taking place to its community members.

The caller(s) are claiming the member's social security number has been stolen and a payment must be made via Bitcoin to avoid further fraud/theft.

The callers are telling the victims that they are from the Police Department and give out an 800-toll free number that they can verify the number by searching on the internet and it will show it's a Police Department toll free phone number.

The victims are being asked to empty their bank accounts to stop the fraud and theft, however this is a SCAM and ploy to empty the savings of the victims.

Please DO NOT follow their directions.

If you receive a call from anyone alerting you to Social Security theft, we ask that you contact your local LAPD station and your respective bank.

Tips to avoid getting scammed

Get it in writing. Verbal promises don't count. It doesn't matter what the salesperson tells you, the only thing that matters is what's written down. Most sales contracts specifically state that verbal promises are not binding. That's why you need to read, understand, and agree to the terms before you sign any contract.
Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face. Seriously, just don't ever do it. And really, really don't do it if they ask you to use wire transfer, a prepaid debit card, or a gift card (those cannot be traced and are as good as cash).
Don't believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, and other details. Just because a website or email looks official does not mean that it is. Even Caller ID can be faked.

Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it's over the phone, by email, on social media, even at your front door. This includes banking and credit card information, your birthdate, and Social Security/Social Insurance numbers.
Don't be pressured to act immediately. Scammers typically try to make you think something is scarce or a limited time offer. They want to push you into action before you have time to think or to discuss it with a family member, friend, or financial advisor. High-pressure sales tactics are also used by some legitimate businesses, but it's never a good idea to make an important decision quickly.
Whenever possible, work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance, especially contractors who will be coming into your home or anyone dealing with your money or sensitive information. Check them out at bbb.org to see what other consumers have experienced.
Be cautious about what you share on social media and consider only connecting with people you already know. Be sure to use privacy settings on all social media and online accounts. Imposters often get information about their targets from their online interactions, and can make themselves sound like a friend or family member because they know so much about you.
Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.


LAPD Statement Regarding Shooting at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Los Angeles: We are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania very closely and communicating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Right now there is no apparent connection to Los Angeles. However, out of an abundance of caution you will see extra patrols around houses of worship today. Remember if you see something...say something.


Shooting Leaves One Young Man Dead

Wilmington: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 18-year-old Christopher Johnson of Wilmington.

On October 25, 2018, around 6:04 p.m., Johnson was walking in the area of West M Street and Ronan Avenue in the city of Wilmington, when unknown suspect(s) fired multiple rounds at him.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and treated Johnson for gunshot wounds. However, he did not respond to medical treatment and died from his injuries at a local hospital.

Detectives have no leads on a vehicle description or suspect(s).

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Cortez or Sergeant Oliva, Harbor Area Detectives, at 310-726-7889 or 310-726-7886. 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.   


Suspicious Package at Central Mail Facility

Update
October 24, 2018


The LAPD Bomb Squad rendered the package safe and the LAPD is now handing the investigation over to the FBI.


Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a suspicious package discovered at the United States Postal Service, Los Angeles Central Mail facility.

On October 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department received a call of a suspicious package in the 7000 block of South Central Avenue in Los Angeles.

While we attempt to determine its contents and origins, the facility is being evacuated.

We are working closely with our federal law enforcement partners given the number of suspicious devices discovered across the nation.

As more information is available we will provide updates.


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Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a burglary suspect caught on video in the Hollywood Hills.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, around 3 p.m., a burglary occurred near the 1600 block of Woods Drive. This area has seen an increase in the number of residential burglaries in recent weeks. The suspect parked in front of the victim's home and pried open a sliding glass door with a concealed crowbar. He then entered the residence and removed jewelry and watches before fleeing in his vehicle.



The suspect is described as a light skinned Hispanic or White male, and was driving a possible 2007 grey or silver BMW with a blue convertible top bearing a black or dark blue paper plate with yellow writing.

Anyone with information should call Hollywood Division Detective Patrick Aluotto at 213-972-2929. 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.


Officer-Involved-Shooting in Van Nuys 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**


Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Van Nuys neighborhood on Sunday morning.

On October 7, 2018, around 10:50 a.m., Van Nuys Division plain clothes Narcotics Enforcement Detail officers were to the rear of a local motel (known for narcotics sales) on the 13500 block of Sherman Way in the City of Los Angeles.

While at the location, the officers attempted to initiate an investigative stop of three narcotics suspects. As the officers did so, one of the suspects (later identified as Antonio Solis) produced a pistol, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting.

Solis was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics where he received medical treatment and listed in stable condition. Solis was subsequently booked for Possession of a Firearm, section 29800(A)1 of the California Penal Code.

Suspect No. 2, (identified as Allen Riggen) ran from the location and was immediately detained after a short foot chase, when he gave up without incident. Riggen's was also transported by LAFD paramedics to a local hospital, where he was medically treated for minor injuries that he obtained while running from the officers. Riggen's was medically cleared and placed on a Parole Hold, per section 3056 of the California Penal Code.

Suspect No. 3, (identified as Martin Shemata) remained at scene, was interviewed and eventually released.

Solis' 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene and booked as evidence.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene 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 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 officers(s) was reasonable.

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.


Severe Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Encino: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives 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, leaving a pedestrian in critical condition.

On October 13th, 2018 around 11:50 p.m., a pedestrian was crossing the street southbound within a controlled marked crosswalk on Ventura Boulevard east of Louise Ave, when she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound Ventura Boulevard.

The hit and run vehicle was described by witnesses as a possible silver, 1996 to early 2000, Toyota, 4-Runner.

The hit and run driver did not stop or render aid to the pedestrian as required by law.
 
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the female victim to a local hospital in critical condition.
 
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.

The victim has been identified as a 30-year-old female from Woodland Hills, CA.
 
Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective Lisset Fuentes at 818-644-8021 or Detective Dan Menesez at 818-644-8028. 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.


Missing 22-Year-Old Female

UPDATE
October 15, 2018


Sara Fisher has been located, in good condition, and family members have been notified.



Los Angeles: The family of Sahara Eve Von Fisher and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On October 9, 2018, around 5 p.m., Sahara was last seen near the 9600 block of Stonehurst Avenue, in the City of Sun Valley. She has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Sahara Eve Von Fisher is described as a 22-year-old female black with light black hair and hazel eyes. She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds.

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


Found Adult

Wilmington: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division requests the public's assistance in identifying the family or relatives of a found adult.

On October 12, 2018, around 12:30 p.m., Harbor Division patrol officers responded to a radio call of a found male adult at Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City. Hospital staff advised officers the elderly male had been brought to the hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics. He had been wandering around the 600 block of Harry Bridges Boulevard appearing confused of his whereabouts. Through Spanish translation, officers could obtain a possible name of "Mariano Vega" and that he was from Mexico. He did not know his current address and was unable to answer any questions regarding his family or his residence.

The found adult is described as a 70-80-year-old male Hispanic with gray hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He was wearing a white cowboy hat, a gray button-up shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information regarding this found adult, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division at 310-726-7700. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to the 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.