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Police Seized Counterfeit Merchandise

Los Angeles: Police along with investigative consultants and the Fashion District Security shut down a major counterfeiting operation in downtown Los Angeles.

During a two-day raid, authorities seized $18.4 million worth of counterfeit designer brand merchandise from two downtown locations.  On May 23, 2006, police raided a swap meet located at 500 South Los Angeles Street and found fake Tiffany jewelry worth about $6.4 million and arrested two adults.  On May 24, 2006, police also raided and seized 12 million worth of counterfeit handbags, clothes, sunglasses, shoes and wallets etc. from the Fashion District Santee Alley between 12th Street and Olympic Boulevard.

Most of the designer brand products were: Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach, Bebe, Oakley and Gucci.

Authorities have been investigating the operation for several months and wanted to combat the rampant illegal counterfeit that has grown rapidly in the downtown area.

Chul Kim, 46, and Angie Kim, 50, were both arrested and booked for willfully manufacturing, intentionally selling, or possessing for sale any counterfeit of a trademark registered with the Secretary of State or registered on the Principal Register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Bail amount was set at $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.   

If you have any questions regarding this incident, please call Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.

Request for Public's Help in Identifying Attempt Kidnap Suspect

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding an attempt kidnap suspect.Nr06231

On Monday, May 22, 2006, a student was walking north on Selby Avenue from Emerson Middle School, toward Ohio Avenue. He saw a Hispanic man exit the passenger side of a van that was parked along the curb.

When the victim walked past the van, the man grabbed his arm and pulled him toward the van. The victim managed to break free and run away. As the victim fled, he heard the suspect get into the van and yell "Go!Go!Go!." The van made a U-turn and drove southbound on Selby Ave.

The suspect is described as a 35 year-old Hispanic man with a shaved head, goatee and tattoo on the front of his neck, possibly of a dragon. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was in a black van with tinted windows.

Anyone who sees a person matching the above description is asked to not approach the suspect and call 911 immediately. All other suspicious activities should be directed to West Los Angeles Community Police station at 310-575-8441, or Detective Macias at 310-444-1589, or 310-444-1520. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-our toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).


Original Column, Los Angeles Daily News, May 28, 2006

Why am I not surprised?  Just 15-days after the Department launched LAPDBlog.org, a Daily News columnist has decided the “LAPD blog just bogs down net.”  To read the May 28th column one would think the LAPD had committed some horrible blogosphere crime.

When we re-launched the Department’s website last March, (check your facts Daily News, taxpayers don’t pay for LAPDOnline or the separate blog, the Los Angeles Police Foundation does and the redesign of the site cost $382,000…the blog only costs $15 a month) Chief Bratton did commit to stepping into unchartered blog waters.  I say unchartered because some time spent researching Google confirms there are no universal hard, fast rules when it comes to blogging.

So we designed the blog to do a number of things, respond to criticism without having our responses edited, gauge the pulse of the public, let people know what’s happening in the Department, both good and bad, and yes even plug the positive contributions of its men and women.  The audacity of this LAPD “flack” to actually want people to know that yes, cops are people too and they do good things.  They don’t, as the writer would have you believe, spend the majority of their time going from one fast food restaurant to another. Transparency goes both ways you know.  Why, even the Daily News prints some “good news” stories. And don’t even suggest we are making up personalities to praise ourselves.  If papers like the Daily News committed to even a weekly column listing all of the heroic acts of officers (I won’t hold my breath) we probably wouldn’t even need a blog.  But we do.

And then there is this line from the column; “I want to imagine that when The Man is not meting out firm but fair justice, he is sipping lattes and updating his blog,” (I don’t even want to imagine the future headline on that one).  Now, while the Columnist may want officers to sip and blog, most cops I know want nothing more than to go out and put lawbreakers in jail, save lives and survive so they can go home to their own families. 

They also want people to have the opportunity to tell us like it is, bad and good.  Will the blog, as you say “reverse years of secrecy and conflict with the community?”  Our hope is that in time the dialogue will help to heal old wounds.  But come on, you’ve got to give us more than two weeks!

Mary Grady
LAPD Public Information Director


LAPD, in conjuction with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles held the Third Annual Essay Award Ceremony, at the Los Angeles Police Academy.  The contest was open to students in the grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. Over 750 students participated in this year's event.

The LAPD Essay Contest intends to address three areas: allow our youth to contemplate and express their opinions on social issues, highlight the students perception of police officers, and promote serious discussion with their peers, teachers, and parents about quality of life issues.

Assistant Chief George Gascon, along with emcee Mr. Francisco Pinto, Univision KMEX 34 News Anchor, presented the ten winners with City Certificates honoring their achievements.  Students were also awarded other prizes. 

Students were asked to write in 350 words or less on how as LAPD officers they would help to prevent young people from becoming involved in crime. Short excerpts of the student's ideas are as follows:

Mr. Esteban Aguilera, James A. Fosha Learning Center, wrote about talking to young people about how their lives would be affected if they broke the law.  He also suggested providing teenagers with tours of juvenile hall.   

Miss Eidah Hilo, George K. Porter Middle School, wrote how as an LAPD officer she would make a documentary film about prisoners' lives and show it at student assemblies. 

Mr. Chandler Hudson, Valley Alternative Magnet School, described how he would have prisoners and former gang members share their experiences with teenagers.

Miss Stephanie Orozco, Our Lady of Lourdes School, indicated she would speak and listen to young people who have broken the law to prevent them from repeating their mistakes. 

Miss Eliana Portillo, South Gate Middle School, wrote that teenagers who have a good relationship with their parents were less likely to be involved in crime. She would hold seminars where parents could learn to develop open relationships with their teenage children.

Mr. Michael Raynis, Chaminade College Preparatory, wrote that the best way to keep a teenager from becoming a career criminal is by offering them a second chance in the form of counseling and guidance to help them become productive.

Miss Clarissa Rodriguez, Our Lady of the Rosary School, wrote how as an LAPD officer she would serve as a mentor where open communication would be the key to helping teenagers stay away from drugs and violence.

Mr. Patrick McGonagle, Chaminade College Preparatory wrote about the importance of police officers forging alliances with young people to address today's social problems.

Ms. Carissa Lamas,Ramona Convent Secondary School would seek the advise of Chief William Bratton to develop after school programs.

Miss Jennefer Romero, Hollenbeck Middle School, wrote how she would interact with teenagers and stress the importance of parental guidance.    

Once again thank you to all of the participating students, not only for your hard work, but your commitment.  The future is bright in Los Angeles.  A special thank you to the sponsors of the event, Wells Fargo Bank, Safe Moves, California Science Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Dodgers, Polaroid Corporation, Feld Entertainment, La Opinion, Univision, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Officers Targeted by Gunman in Watts

Los Angeles: Southeast Area officers on patrol in Watts shot at a suspect who pointed a handgun at them Friday.  This incident is the fourth armed assault in six days on LAPD officers in South Los Angeles. 

On May 26, 2006, around 10:40 p.m., Police Officer Peter Bueno, 31, and his partner Police Officer Christopher Reza, 31, were responding to a shooting call in the 10300 block of Wilmington Avenue.  As they drove south on Graham Avenue, they saw three suspects, one who was holding a rifle, walk across Graham Ave toward 105th Street.

When the officers drove east on 105th Street, the suspect, a juvenile, tossed the rifle over a fence onto a vacant lot.  A second suspect, Monte Parker, ran east on the north sidewalk, holding a pistol in his hand.  The third suspect ran west.

The officers stopped on 105th Street and exited from their patrol car, when Parker turned and pointed his handgun at them.  Officer Bueno responded by firing his handgun at the armed suspect.  Parker was not hit and ran north between the homes. A subsequent K-9 search located Parker hiding in an attic of in the 10400 block of Graham Avenue. 

For more information regarding this incident please refer to www.lapdonline.org/newsroom.   

A 36-year old man killed, Another injuried at a Gang Party

Los Angeles: Southwest Homicide Detectives are investigating the murder and attempt murder of two men in Southwest Los Angeles.

On Saturday May 27, 2006, at about 11:40 p.m., two victims were attending a Rolling 30's party in the 1600 block of West 39th Place.  The first vicim, Kenneth Osteen, a 36 year-old male black, and the second victim, Lathario Dixon, 32 years-old were involved in an argument with unknown suspect(s), and were shot in the chest.

Osteen ran from the party and headed west on 39th place, collapsing on a porch in the 1600 block of West Leighton Street.  Osteen failed to respond to treatement provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Dixon was transported to a local hospital and admitted for medical treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Homicide Detectives Rick Gordon or Vince Carreon, at (213) 485-2417, during normal business hours.  After hours and on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free Dectective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (877-529-3855).

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Teen Shoots Self in Foot

Los Angeles: A 17-year-old boy, who was riding a beach cruiser on Broadway, shot himself in the foot after two Los Angeles police officers detained him for a traffic violation.

The two officers assigned to Metropolitan Division saw the youth riding the bicycle against traffic, then onto the sidewalk near 61st Street where pedestrians had to move out of his way.  When the officers tried to detain him, the teen nervously grabbed for his waistband and ducked behind a van parked at the curb.

“When officers see that kind of behavior, warning lights automatically go off,” said LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vernon.  “The first thoughts are gun or drugs.”

The officers heard a gunshot then saw a silver object slide under the van.

“Even in the face of the gunshot, these two veteran officers kept their cool and arrested the teen without firing a shot or using any force,” Vernon said.  “It’s a testament to their training, professionalism and character.  The public tends to hear about the few dozen situations each year where officers have to fire their guns.  What they never realize is there are far more situations where officers arrest the gunman without firing a shot.”

The object, which slid under the van, was indeed a two-shot .38 caliber derringer, which the teen had in his pants.  Absent a trigger guard, the gun was more apt to go off, which it did, into the subject’s foot.  The teen was treated for the gunshot wound at Martin Luther King Hospital.

The derringer turned out to be stolen, so the teen was booked for possession of a stolen gun, which is a felony.  He was already facing a charge of possessing burglary tools from an arrest earlier in this year.

This arrest was the fifth incident in South Los Angeles since Sunday in which suspects between 16 and 22 years old confronted police officers with guns. 

Bicycle Officers Assaulted by Gunman

Los Angeles:  A Los Angeles Police Department bicycle officer patrolling near Central Avenue and 120th Street in Watts shot at a man after the man pointed a handgun at the officer and his partner last Tuesday, May 23, 2006.

The incident represented the third armed assault on LAPD officers in as many days in South Los Angeles.  On Sunday, suspects pointed guns at officers in three separate incidents, and fired on officers in one case.

Just after 1 PM, Tuesday, Police Officer Salvador Cervantes, 25, and his partner, rode their bicycles toward Brandon Williams, 22, as he stood next to a parked car in the parking lot of a liquor store.  Williams suddenly ran from the officers into an alley behind the liquor store. 

The officers followed Williams on their bikes and saw him reach into his waistband.  The pursuit continued through the alley, then into the yard of 1220 East 120th Street, where Williams drew a handgun.

Officer Cervantes fired, but missed Williams, who dropped his gun and surrendered.  Detectives recovered a small caliber semiautomatic handgun.

No one was injured in the incident.

Williams was booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. 

Officer Cervantes is a 3-year veteran of the LAPD.  He and his partner are assigned to the Southeast Police Station.

Force Investigation Division will conduct the investigation into the shooting.  All LAPD officers face a rigorous review process after all lethal-force incidents. 

Harbor Area Station-'KidCop' Event

Harbor KidCop 2006
Mini-Academy Day

Thursday, May 25, 2006
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Port of Los Angeles Lot (across from Harbor Area Police Station)
221 North Bayview Avenue
Wilmington, CA  90744

The Los Angeles Police Department
The Los Angeles School Police
The Port of Los Angeles
First and Second Graders from Hawaiian Elementary,
Barton Hill Elementary and 186th Street Elementary
Harbor CPAB (Community Police Advisory Board)
Harbor Area Volunteers
San Pedro High School Magnet Students

To publicly announce the commencement of the year-long KidCop 2006 program, offering cross-generational mentoring of children.  The project is designed to provide the area's youth with positive role models and deter involvement in crime. 

At the day's Mini-Academy, approximately 850 students will receive mentoring, get finger-printed, participate in a mini-obstacle course, meet with police officers, explore police equipment, and graduate with an oath to be good citizens.