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Man Shot Walking to His Car

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the shooting death of Morris Moran, a resident of Canoga Park.

On Saturday, September 8, 2007, at approximately 9:45 p.m., 27-year-old Morris Moran, was walking to his car, parked near Wilshire Boulevard and Manhattan Place. Two suspects walked up to Morris from behind and one of them shot him.

Moran was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died.

The attack appeared to be unprovoked and the motive is not known.

Suspect 1, is described as a male Hispanic , 5' 8" in height, 160 pounds, wearing a white shirt and dark pants. Suspect 2, is described only as wearing a blue suit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wilshire Homicide Unit, Detective J. Shafia or Officer T. Urena at 213-473-0446. During after hours and on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (877-529-3855).

18-Year-Old Beating Victim Dies

Los Angeles: An 18-year-old who was beaten severely by a group of men outside of a night club, died three days later at a hospital.

On November 24, 2007, at around 1:45 a.m., Marco Antonio Herrera of Reseda was with a group of his friends who were leaving the Red Square nightclub located at 20001 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. As Herrera and his group exited the club they became involved in an argument with a group of Armenian men and a lone African American man. Several fights broke out between the two groups during which Herrera was knocked to the ground. While on the ground, Herrera was punched and kicked repeatedly in the head causing major head trauma. The suspects drove away in various vehicles.

Herrera was taken to Northridge Medical Center by his friends where he was admitted in extremely critical condition. Three days later, on November 27, Herrera died from his injuries.

Detectives are attempting to identify the owners of the cars driven by the suspects. The vehicles being sought are a 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, white in color, with gray trim on the lower portion of the vehicle, and a 2005-2007 Chrysler 300, cream color, with a sunroof and over-sized chrome wheels. Anyone who may have been at the location and saw either of these vehicles is encouraged to contact police.

Detectives are also looking for anyone who may have been at the club on the night of the incident who may have information on this crime. Anyone with information is requested to contact West Valley Homicide Detectives at 818-374-7725 or 818-374-7730. On weekends or during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

Blood Drive to Benefit LAPD Officer

Los Angeles: A blood drive is being held to aid a Los Angeles Police Officer injured in the line of duty.

On Thursday, November 29, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., friends, family, and fellow law enforcement officers will answer the call to donate blood on behalf of Officer Tony Salazar.  Salazar was seriously injured during a narcotics investigation on November 20, 2007, when a narcotic suspect struck Salazar with his car as he was trying to escape from officers.

The blood drive will be held at Parker Center, 150 North Los Angeles Street, in downtown
Los Angeles.  The public is invited to take part in this blood drive.  In addition to aiding Officer Salazar the blood collected will also benefit other needy patients at USC University Hospital, Kenneth Norris Cancer Center and USC Medical Center.

“This is a wonderful way to give something back to the community and do something good at the same time,” said Patty Hunt, Blood Donor Manager.  “Our Police Officers risk their lives daily to keep us safe.  What better way for the community to say ‘Thank You’ to the many LAPD Officers, and the Police Department, by coming out in support of Officer Salazar and donating blood.”

During this time of year blood donations are critically low.  Area residents are encouraged to take time to save lives by donating blood.   

“As we know, hospitals don’t close for the holidays,” said Sergeant Michael Apodaca the Los Angeles Police Department Wellness Coordinator (LAPD DWC). “The blood you donate now can save someone’s life during the holidays. Is there any better gift to give?”

For more information please contact Patty Hunt, USC University Donor Center Hemacare, at 818-451-9212, or Sergeant Apodaca, LAPD DWC, at 213- 216-7009.

7 Arrested at Cockfight

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles police officers interrupted a cockfight in Pacoima and arrested six adults and one juvenile on November 24, 2007.

The incident unfolded just before 10:30 A.M.,  after officers received a complaint of a cockfight in progress in the 11500 block of Sproule Avenue.  When the officers got to the location, a group of men tried to flee by jumping over a ten-foot wall.  After a brief chase, officers were able to detain seven suspects, including a juvenile.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) responded to the location and found five injured and three dead roosters.  They also confiscated  $2,300.00 from the suspects that were in custody.

It is a misdemeanor to attend a cockfight.

All seven suspects were charged with being a spectator at the scene of a cockfight.

The ACTF investigates human cruelty against animals and is made up of Los Angeles police officers and detectives, animal service officers from the Department of Animal Services and Deputy City Attorney’s from the LA City Attorney’s Office.

Reports of animal cruelty can be reported to the ACTF at 213-847-1417.

Late Night Shooting Leaves One Dead

Los Angeles:  A man was shot to death while standing on the street, talking to his friends.

On November 22, 2007, at around 11:30 p.m., Southeast Area patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 800 block of West 97th Street.  When the officers arrived, they found
32-year-old Damon Barney lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Paramedics transported Barney to a nearby hospital where he died shortly after.

The preliminary investigation revealed Barney had been in the area with several of his friends.  Later in the night he was heard arguing and screaming, and several gunshots were heard.  The motive for this shooting is believed to be gang related.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Sam Marullo or Nathan Kouri, at Operations South Bureau Criminal Gang/Homicide Group, Southeast Squad, at 213-485-4341.   On weekends and during off-hours, phone the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

COMPSTAT Citywide Profile

Crime Statistics November 24, 2007

VIOLENT CRIMES                 2007*            2006*         % Chg

Homicide                               360               427              -16%
Rape                                      766              883              -13%
Robbery                                12,114          12,795          -5%
Agg Assaults **                      11,735          12,859          -9%
Total Violent Crimes            24,975         26,964         -7%


Burglary                                 17,512          18,046          -3%
Auto Theft                             20,884          22,058          -5%
BTFV                                      27,127         26,792            1%
Personal/Other Theft              24,010         25,613           -6%
Total Property Crimes           89,533        92,509          -3%
Total Part I Crimes              114,508     119,473

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

Charging Dog Shot by Officer

Los Angeles: A Los Angeles Police Officer shot a dog after the dog charged him and his partner.

On Thursday, November 15, 2007, at around 6:00 a.m., Rampart Area officers in conjunction with Federal agents were serving a federal arrest warrant in the 500 block of West 57th Street. Officers Justin Stewart and Paul Hendry were assigned to cover the rear of the location.

While guarding the rear of the house, Stewart and Hendry were confronted by the neighbor's two large pit bull dogs.  One of the pit bull dogs charged at the officers, barking and snarling its teeth, causing the officers to believe they were in immediate danger. 

Officer Stewart attempted to climb up on a fence while Officer Hendry began to back away from the charging dog.  The dog continued to charge toward them and an officer involved shooting occurred, killing the dog.

Los Angeles Animal Control Officers responded to the scene and took custody of the dead dog.

Rampart Division detectives are handling the dog shooting investigation.

Detectives Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Tattooed Woman

Los Angeles:  Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the body of a woman who was found in the East Los Angeles area.

On November 19, 2007, Hollenbeck Area officers responded to a "death investigation" radio call. Upon arrival, they found a woman described as a bi-racial (Black) woman, approximately 20 years old with brown eyes. She is 5’3” tall, weighs 105 pounds and has the name “Erin” tattooed on her right inner arm.

The victim had no identification and the investigating detectives have searched missing persons reports with negative results.

Anyone who may recognize the tattoo or the description of the victim is asked to call Detectives Wallace Tennelle or Corbin Rheault, Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section at 213-485-2129. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).