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COMPSTAT Citywide Profile

Crime Statistics October 28, 2006

                 2006*          2005*         % Chg

Homicide                                396              414              -4%
Rape                                       737              784              -6%
Robbery                             11,791          10,909               8%
Agg Assaults **                   11,904          13,025              -9%
Total Violent Crimes         24,828         25,132             -1%


Burglary                              16,353          17,792            -8%
Auto Theft                          20,071          22,006            -9%
BTFV                                  24,377          27,216           -10%
Personal/Other Theft          22,850          25,565           -11%
Total Property Crimes      83,651         92,579           -10%
Total Part I Crimes         108,479       117,711            -8%

* Both 2006 and 2005 crime categories represent Year-To-Date figures.  The 2005 figures are not annual totals. 

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

Gang Shooting

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives are asking for the public's help finding any witnesses who may have information regarding the shooting of a man in Atwater Village on Saturday morning. 

On October 28, 2006, at about 8:35 AM, Jorge Bernal, 29, was standing in front of the 4100 block  of  Chevy Chase Drive, when a Hispanic man in a sport utility truck parked along the curb. The man in the sport utility truck called Mr. Bernal to come to the truck.  As Mr. Bernal got close to the truck, several shots were fired from inside. Mr. Bernal was shot several times in the chest. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man.  The motive for this crime is gang related.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Northeast Homicide Detectives at 213-847-9636.  On the weekends or during off-hours, the public can call the toll-free, 24 hour anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

Man Sitting in Car Killed in Gang Shooting

Los Angeles: A 24-year-old man died Sunday in a South Los Angeles shooting.

On October 29, 2006, around 11:10 PM, Christion Devere Gordon, was sitting in his parked car at 548 West 41st Street.  The suspects, driving a newer model SUV, drove past Gordon's car and stopped.  One suspect exited the SUV, walked up to the victim and shot him several times in the upper torso.  The suspect then ran back to the waiting SUV and fled.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and immediately transported Gordon to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The first suspect was described as a thinly built Black man, around 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall.  He was 20 to 27 years old, wearing dark clothing.  There was no description of the second suspect.  The suspect vehicle was a newer dark model Chevrolet Tahoe.  The shooting is believed to be gang related.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Southwest Homicide Detective James Yoshida or Rick Gordon at 213-485-2418, during normal business hours.  After hours and on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (1-877-529-3855).

Callers may remain anonymous.

Police Recover Stolen Merchandise

Los Angeles:  Officers from Newton Area Station on Friday recovered a large cache of stolen property which they believe was taken unlawfully and sold to buy narcotics.  The total value is estimated at over $60,000.

The investigation began last week when the Newton Area Senior Lead Community Office received a complaint regarding excessive traffic and noise near a house in the Avalon area of Los Angeles.  Senior Lead Officers' investigation determined that a stolen property "fence" was likely operating at a residence at 347 West 47th Street.

Newton Area Burglary detectives placed the location under surveillance.  When it became apparent that narcotics were possibly begin exchanged for stolen propety, Narcotic Enforcement Detail joined in the investigation.   

On Friday, October 27, 2006, narcotic and burglary detectives while conducting their surveillance witnessed three separate incidents of people transporting suspicious merchandise to the location.  Subsequently the resident, Benjamin Gallaga, 63, was arrested for possession of stolen goods.  It is suspected the merchandise would later be sold at local swap meets.

The items recovered were stolen from vehicles, garages, and other locations in the community. Recovered property included: jewelry, coin collections, computers stolen from local area schools and miscellaneous electronic items.  Persons selling the stolen items were mostly transients attempting to raise money to buy drugs.


For information on the stolen property, contact Newton Area Burglary Detectives at 323-846-6579, Monday through Friday, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Transient Killed in Car Accident, Driver Flees Scene

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police detectives are requesting the public's help in identifying a transient who was struck and killed by a car Sunday evening in the San Fernando Valley.  The vehicle's driver, who left the scene without stopping, is being sought.

On October 29, 2006, around 8:05 p.m., officers from Valley Traffic Division responded to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of De Soto Avenue and Vanowen Street, in Winnetka. When police arrived, they found a transient who had been struck by a car.  The victim, a male Hispanic in his 50s, was hit while crossing Vanowen Street mid-block. 

The man was transported by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics to Northridge Hospital, where he died from his injuries.  Witnesses stated that he was known to frequent the area of De Soto and Vanowen.

One witness to the accident saw the driver of a 2003 white Toyota Celica accelerate after impact, negotiate a quick right turn at the intersection and disappear.  The driver is wanted for Felony Hit and Run.  The vehicle was later located in the 6700 block of Cozycroft Avenue.  Attempts to contact the registered owner have not been successful.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Valley Traffic Division Detective Schiltz or Mann at 818-374-1930, during normal business hours.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the Valley Traffic Watch Commander at 818-756-8381.

Callers may remain anonymous.

Central Los Angeles Man Killed in Drive-by Gang Shooting

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles police detectives are investigating the shooting death of a man who was gunned down Sunday evening in Central Los Angeles.

On October 29, 2006, at about 7:15 PM, Rampart patrol officers responded to a shooting call at 1823 South Orchard Avenue.  When police arrived, they found Freddy Saravia, 18, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics immediately transported Saravia to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The investigation revealed that two male Hispanics, driving a 4-door dark-colored car, drove up to Saravia and shot him several times in the upper body.  The suspects then fled the scene.  Both suspects and the weapon used in the shooting remain at large.  The motive appears to be gang related.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Rampart Homicide Detective Jeffrey Breuer or Michael Arteaga at 213-207-2064, during business hours.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (1-877-529-3855).

Callers may remain anonymous.


A reminder to all those planning to have fun on Halloween Night.

Children should be cautioned to report any suspicious incidents immediately to a parent and/or police officer.


A parent or adult should always accompany young children to the door of every home they approach. Do not permit the use of bicycles, roller-blades, or skateboards. Use flashlights with fresh batteries for better vision.  Enforce the use of reflective clothing.  Remain on well-lit streets and sidewalks. Never cut across yards or use alleys.


Drive slowly.  Always walk, do not run. Cross the street as a group in an established crosswalk. Do not use any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street.  Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, does not mean others will.


All treats are to be thoroughly examined by adults. Discard candy if package already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy can be a choking hazard for young children. A good meal before trick-or-treating will discourage children from eating too many Halloween treats.

As a reminder, the use of Silly String is prohibited on Hollywood Boulevard on Halloween night.

Everyone have an enjoyable evening, but more importantly be safe. 

Man Murdered in South Los Angeles Gang Shooting

Los Angeles:   A 21-year-old man died Sunday after a gang-related shooting in the Exposition Park area of South Los Angeles.

On October 29, 2006, around 6:55 p.m., Southwest Area officers received a radio call of a shooting in the 1400 block of West Exposition Boulevard.  When the officers arrived, they found Richard Deon Jackson, 21, a male Black, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and immediately transported the victim to a local hospital.  He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:23 p.m.

The investigation revealed that Jackson had been standing on the sidewalk in front of 1401 West Exposition Boulevard, when an unknown suspect approach on foot and fired numerous times.  Jackson fell to the ground.  The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.  The shooting is believed to be gang related.

Officers are requesting the public's assistance in solving this crime. Anyone with information is asked to phone Southwest Homicide Detective James Yoshida or Rick Gordon at 213-485-2418, during normal business hours.  After hours and on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (1-877-529-3855).

Callers may remain anonymous.

Armed Barricaded Suspect Taken Into Custody

Los Angeles: An armed man barricaded himself inside a strangers' home after an officer involved shooting in South Los Angeles.

On October 20, 2006, around 5:16 p.m., 77th Street Officer Andrew Gonzales and his partner Ruben Cardenas, were patrolling in the area of 53rd Street and Vermont Avenue. The officers saw a man later identified as 23-year-old Tywan Johnson, standing in the street, leaning into a parked car. 

As the officers drove near Johnson, he ran.  Officers got out of their vehicle and chased Johnson. During the chase, he pointed a handgun at Officer Gonzales.  Officer Gonzales fired at Johnson but missed. 

Johnson continued to flee and barricaded himself inside an elderly woman's home in the 900 block of 54th Street.

After hours of negotiations with the Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT), Johnson finally surrendered and was taken into custody.  The woman was unharmed. 

Johnson was charged for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and unlawful imprisonment.  His bail was set at $100,000.

Officers recovered a .38 caliber revolver handgun that was abandoned by Johnson during the foot pursuit.

The officers and Johnson were not injured.

Officer Gonzales, 31, has been with the Department for 6 years and 10 months.  Officer Cardenas, 35, has been with the LAPD for 7 years and 8 months.

Forced Investigation Division is handling.

Any questions can be directed to Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.    

Business Dispute Leads to Stabbing Death

Los Angeles: Police arrested a man in his 50s for the stabbing death of another man Wednesday night over a business dispute at an apartment in Koreatown.

On October 25, 2006, at about 9:20 PM, the suspect and the victim were having a heated argument over the distribution of clothing and money at the suspect's apartment located in the 3300 block of West 3rd Street. The suspect became violent, grabbed a knife, and stabbed the victim once in the chest. The victim died at the scene.

Rampart Area officers responded within a couple of minutes and put out a crime broadcast of the description of the suspect and his car as a white Nissan. Other Rampart patrol officers flooded the vicinity and saw the suspect fleeing in the described car on Westmoreland Avenue at 5th Street, only about 3 blocks from the crime scene. Witnesses were able to positively identify the suspect, Yoon Kun Kang, 52, as the killer.

Kang was booked at Jail Division and charged for Murder.  His bail was set for $1 million.

The victim has been identified as Dong Hoon Lee, 38, a resident of Beverly Hills.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rampart Homicide Detectives J. Motto or J. Pere at 213-207-2060. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).