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COMPSTAT Citywide Profile

Crime Statistics August 26, 2006

VIOLENT CRIMES
                   2006             2005         % Chg

Homicide                                312                335           -7.0%
Rape                                       590                611          -3.0%
Robbery                                9,328             8,621           8.0%
Agg Assaults **                      9,476            10,402         -9.0%
Total Violent Crimes          19,706           19,969        -1.0%

PROPERTY CRIMES

Burglary                                12,858           14,011         -8.0%
BTFV                                    19,371           21,685       -11.0%
Personal/Other Theft            17,832           20,430       -13.0%
Auto Theft                           15,772           17,480        -10.0%
Total Property Crimes         65,833          73,606      -11.0%
Total Part I Crimes              85,539           93,575      -9.0%

* Prior to 2005, Aggravated Assaults included Child/Spousal Simple Assaults


Suspect Wanted in Follow-home Robberies

Los Angeles: Los Angeles and Orange County detectives are looking for a second suspect responsible for a spate of follow-home robberies, which originated from Southland casinos.

The first robbery occurred June 23, 2006, when two Black men followed home a patron from Gardena's Normandie Casino.  The men robbed the patron at gunpoint as he arrived at his home in Orange County.

Orange County Sheriff's detectives arrested John Henry Bolton on July 21, 2006, after he was identified from surveillance footage at the casino.  Bolton's 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix was caught on tape and led detectives to his home where they found Bolton, along with the black hooded sweat shirts used in the robberies, and a victim's cell phone taken in one holdup.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police detectives joined the case in June after an Encino resident was followed home June 30th and robbed around 2:50 AM.  A Venice-area resident was followed home and robbed on July 7th, and a third victim was robbed in Tarzana on July 12th.

Bolton's accomplice is over 6 feet tall and weighs over 200 pounds. His head is shaved and he sports a mustache and goatee.  The suspects' blue steel semi automatic handgun is still at large.

Anyone leaving banks or casinos should be watching for any suspicious activity," said LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vernon.  "If you think you are being followed, don't go home, but drive to a nearby police or fire station.  Persons traveling alone are more at risk as suspects may see them as an easier target."

Anyone with information is asked to call West Valley Detectives at 818-374-7740.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).


Violent Armed Robbery Shown On Surveillance Tape

Los Angeles: Photographic images of an armed robber who held a gun to his victim's head, forcing him to empty a store's safe, are shown in still photographs and video tape.

On August 26, 2006, around 10:15 p.m., an unknown male Black suspect entered the Washington Square Market, 4040 West Washington Boulevard, in the West Adams area of Los Angeles.  The suspect placed a gun to the head of a market employee and dragged him to the company's safe.  He ordered the employee to empty money from the safe into a bag.  The suspect then took the bag and fled on foot.

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Police are requesting the public's help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Wilshire Robbery Detectives at 213-922-8220, during normal business hours.  After hours and on weekends, phone the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (1-877-529-3855).

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Officer Fires Non-Tactical Negligent Discharge

Los Angeles:  Early Monday morning, a Los Angeles Police Officer negligently fired one round from his police weapon.

On August 28, 2006, shortly after midnight, Police Officer Chris Walker heard his wife screaming in their living room.  He retrieved his service weapon and rushed to his wife's side.  As he was walking, his gun went off, the bullet travelled north and exited through a window.

Officer Walker's wife had screamed when she saw an unknown man attempting to enter the gate leading to the couple's residence.  Just two weeks before, the Walkers had been at home when their house was burglarized.

Officer Walker is 34 years old and has been with the LAPD for eight years.  He is assigned to Pacific Area Station.  No one was injured in this incident.

The Police Commission will ultimately review the case.

Questions may be directed to Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.


Armed Suspect Fires at Police

Los Angeles: A man was arrested Saturday after he pointed and fired a handgun at police officers in the North Hollywood area.

On August 26, 2006, shortly after 1:00 a.m., officers from North Hollywood Area Property Crimes were working a plain clothes detail in the area of Burbank Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue, when they saw a vehicle being driven in a reckless manner.  Police followed the vehicle and notified Communications Division, requesting that uniformed back up units respond.

Before the additional units arrived, the suspect, later identified as 23 year old Jose Molina, stopped and exited his vehicle.  After officers identified themselves, Molina began firing a handgun in their direction.  Officers Shawn Smith, 31 years old, 9 years with the Department, and Scott Tween, 34 years old, 6 months with the Department, returned fire.  An Officer Involved Shooting resulted.

After firing several rounds at officers, Molina returned to his vehicle and drove away.  As he did, he threw the handgun out of the window and abruptly stopped his vehicle.  He and his brother, 27 year old Danny Molina, a passenger in the vehicle, were immediately arrested.

Both Jose and his brother were taken into custody without further incident.  Both were later booked at Van Nuys jail for attempted murder on a police officer.

During the shooting, Officer Tween fell to the ground, fracturing his right elbow.  He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Force Investigation Division is handling the inquiry. 

Questions may be directed to Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.


Mother Arrested with Children for Tagging

Los Angeles: A 42-year-old mother has been arrested for chauffeuring a tagging crew of juveniles around the Silver Lake area as they repeatedly vandalized private and public property.  Two of the taggers were her sons.

On August 22, 2006, around 4:30 p.m., Victoria Villicano and five others were arrested for vandalism.  Northeast Area officers had responded to a call of vandals near Micheltorena Elementary School, in the 1500 block of Micheltorena Street.  When police arrived, they saw fresh spray paint on a wall, bearing the letters "HIV" in black.  As officers were conducting the investigation, they received an additional report of spray painting suspects near Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue.  The officers responded immediately.  They found and arrested Villicano, the driver of an SUV, and five subjects with paint on their hands.

Witnesses came forward and identified all subjects as those who had spray painted the letters  "HIV" along Sunset Boulevard.  One of the witnesses saw Villicano driving the SUV and allowing the subjects to paint graffiti at multiple locations.  The witness followed Villicano's vehicle and called police to report the crimes.

The officers found new graffiti all along Sunset Boulevard, between Virgil Avenue and Lemoyne Street, a distance of over two miles.  The graffiti primarily contained the letters "HIV" or "HIVC" at more than 100 locations.  A preliminary estimate of the damage was "tens of thousands" of dollars.

It was determined that Villicano was the mother of David Ramirez, 19, and one of four juvenile suspects, ages 14-16.  All suspects were booked for 594 PC, Vandalism.  Villicano is being held with no bail. Ramirez's bail is $1,000.

Northeast Detectives are handling the investigation.  No motive has been established.

The graffiti was videotaped and will be made available to the media.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northeast Detectives at 213-485-2566. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).


17 Year Old Pacoima Resident Shot to Death

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives are asking for the public's help in locating the suspects responsible for the death of a 17-year-old Pacoima resident.

On August 27, 2006, at about 11:00 a.m., Foothill Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 12600 block of Pierce Street, in Pacoima.  Upon arrival, the officers found 17 year-old male, De Angelo Bolla, with numerous guns shot wounds. 

The shooting occurred in a crowded apartment complex courtyard in the presence of numerous residents.  According to witnesses, an unknown number of male Hispanics walked up to the victim and shot him.   

The suspects and murder weapons are still outstanding.  The motive is gang related.      

Anyone with information is asked to call Foothill Homicide Detectives at 818-834-3115.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

The identities of callers wishing to remain anonymous shall be protected.


Car to Car Shooting Leaves One Dead, One Injured

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police detectives are asking for the public's help to locate any witnesses of a car to car shooting that occurred early Saturday.

On August 26, 2006, at about 12:20 a.m., 18 year-old Edy Palomino, and his friend were driving westbound on Vernon Avenue from Hoover Street. Suspects in a dark colored vehicle, drove parallel to Palomino and fired multiple rounds into the car.  Both Mr. Palomino and his friend were struck by the gunfire, causing Palomino's car to crash with another vehicle that was travelling eastbound in the #1 lane of Vernon Avenue.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and provided medical treatment to Mr. Palomino.  Mr. Palomino failed to respond to the medical treatment and died of his injuries.  The second person in the car was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.  He is listed in stable condition.

The motive appears to be gang related.

Suspects are described as two male Blacks.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Southwest Homicide Detectives at 213-485-2417, during normal business hours.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

The identities of callers wishing to remain anonymous shall be protected.


Police Seek Driver Involved in Fatal Hit and Run Accident

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating the driver and the vehicle involved in a hit and run accident that killed Rodolfo Veleasco.

On Friday, August 25, 2006, around 9:27 p.m., Rodolfo Velasco, a 32 year-old resident of Los Angeles, was running southbound across Santa Monica Boulevard near Westmoreland Avenue, when he was struck by a champagne colored Honda Accord that was traveling eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard.  The driver of this vehicle fled the scene without stopping to identify him or herself, or render aid.  Mr. Velasco died at the scene as a result of the injuries.

The hit and run vehicle sustained damage to the left front headlight assembly along with the driver's side view mirror.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Central Traffic Detective M. Kaden or Officer I. Rojas at 213-972-1825, or the Central Traffic Watch Commander at 213-972-1853.  On weekends or during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll Detective Hotline at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855). 

The identities of callers wishing to remain anonymous shall be protected.


Man Stabbed to Death

Los Angeles: On Saturday, August 26, 2006, around 2:30 a.m., Rampart Area officers were patrolling the area of Bonnie Brae Street and Maryland Street, when they saw a green Jeep stopped in the roadway.  Officers stopped to investigate and talk with the occupants inside the Jeep when they saw an assault in progress.  The officers immediately intervened and took one man into custody.  The officers noticed that the second person in the Jeep was covered in blood and suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Omar Canseco Bautista, 28-years-old, was arrested for murder.  The weapon used was a knife and is in police custody.

The identification of the 35-40 year-old victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives at 213-207-2060.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free Detective information desk at 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-529-3855). 

The identities of callers wishing to remain anonymous will be protected.