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LAPD Officers Escort Britney Spears to Hospital

Los Angeles: Early this morning, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) North Hollywood Division helped facilitate medical transport of Britney Spears from her Studio City home to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

Due to previous, overly aggressive actions of some members of the media and in particular, members of the paparazzi, the Department utilized a number of resources to support the transport by Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance of Ms. Spears in a safe manner that ensured not only her safety but that of the public and the media as well.

The LAPD, recognizing the intense media interest in certain high-profile individuals, will continue to enforce the law by citing those who commit infractions, including traffic violations.

Elderly Man Missing

Update:  Mr. Bayliss has been found and is in good condition.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police and family members of 74-year-old, Robert Bayliss, are requesting the public’s help in finding Bayliss who has been missing since late this afternoon.

Bayliss suffers from anoxic brain damage and was at the KFC located at 1501 West 6th Street around 5: 30 PM, before he disappeared.

Bayliss is described as male, white, brown hair, blue eyes, 5’ 11, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has a thin build with a light complexion, and last seen wearing a black “Arizona Diamondback” baseball cap, a gray sweatshirt, navy blue pants, and tan shoes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Bayliss, please contact Rampart Division Detectives at 213-207-2000. During off-hours or on weekends call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

Officer Kills Dog During Armed Robbery Investigation

Los Angeles: On Monday, January 28, 2008, at approximately 3:30 a.m., an officer shot and killed a pit bull while investigating an armed street robbery.

The incident began earlier in the evening when two suspects, described as male Hispanics, committed an armed street robbery at Sunset Boulevard and Gardner Street around 11 p.m. Using information associated with the suspects' vehicle, officers conducted a follow-up investigation at the South Los Angeles residence of the vehicle's registered owner.

An officer deployed to the backyard of the residence encountered a large pit bull where the dog was killed, and the two suspects from the residence were subsequently arrested and booked for robbery. No officers were injured in the incident.

LAPD Helicopters Used as Targets for Lasers

At a news conference today held atop the Air Support Division’s heliport, Captain Mike Williams, Commanding Officer of Air Support Division, accompanied by Deputy Chief Richard Roupoli, Commanding Officer of Special Operations Bureau, stated to the media the growing problem of people pointing lasers inside the cockpits of LAPD helicopters and commercial airliners.

Air_support “This is a problem that affects LAPD helicopters and commercial aviation.  A laser beam shot into a cockpit is illegal, causes temporary blindness to the air crew, causing disorientation and can lead to a possible crash,” said Captain Williams.

On January 19, 2008, while on patrol in Operation Central Bureau, Pilot Sean Malachi experienced severe pain in both eyes when a person on the ground pointed a laser into his cockpit.  “The laser beam shot takes you by surprise,” said Officer Malachi.  He alerted ground units to the location where the laser beam had originated.  Officers were able to locate several suspects while conducting Air_support_1 their investigation.  No arrests were made in this instance. “What was most shocking,” said Captain Williams, “was that this was an adult and not a child.” However parents should ensure that their children are not misusing laser pointing devices and pointing them at aircrafts.

On a weekly basis, Air Support Division is asked by LAX and Burbank airport towers to investigate reports of lasers being directed into the cockpits of aircrafts that are landing at those airports.

On at least of two of those instances, suspects have been arrested and successfully prosecuted for felonyAir_support1 violations of section 247.5 PC.  Defendants who are found guilty of this offense face imprisonment of up to three years, and or a $2,000 fine.

Between 1990 and 2005, there have been more than 400 incidents of laser directed at aircraft within the United States.

“Air Support Division is experiencing this on a weekly basis.  So far there have been no major reported incidents where the crew was totally incapacitated, but it is a matter of time,” said Captain Williams.

Three Gang Related Murders Occur During a 30-Hour Period

Los Angeles: On Sunday, January 27, 2008, at around 1:00 p.m., 22-year-old Maurio Proctor was standing inside the Jordan Downs Public Housing Development on 101st Street with a friend. An unknown type vehicle drove by and an occupant inside began shooting towards Proctor and his friend. Proctor was struck by the gunfire and collapsed onto the sidewalk.

Proctor was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of his gunshot wounds. His friend suffered a gunshot wound to his hand. There was no suspect(s) or vehicle description, nor have any witnesses come forward with information. The motive for the shooting appears to be gang related.

Early next morning on January 28, 2008, at around 8:45 a.m., 19-year-old Van Knott was standing on the 700 block of East 97th Street with a friend when an unknown vehicle drove by and one of the occupants opened fire on the pair. Knott was struck several times in the chest. Knott was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later. His friend was not injured. The motive for the shooting was gang related.

Later in the evening, at 9:30 p.m., an unknown number of suspects approached a clothing store at 9902 South Broadway. The suspects began firing into the store, striking three persons. One of the persons shot was 35-year-old Chontel Johnson, the storeowner. He was mortally wounded. The other two persons in the store were taken to local hospitals where they remain in stable condition as a result of their injuries.

Detectives believe the shootings may be related to a recent on-going gang conflict.

No witnesses have come forward on any of the three shootings. Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in solving these crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Bureau Homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera at 213-485-4341. During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

15 -Year-Old Girl Missing

Los Angeles: A local family is asking for the public's help in locating 15-year-old Wendy Jennifer Lemus who has been missing since January 24, 2008.

On January 24, 2008, Wendy left home to go to school at Johnny Cochran Middle School, 4066 West 17th Street in South Los Angeles. Wendy was supposed to meet her mother at the pick up location after school at around 3 PM, but she failed to show. Wendy was last seen on school campus at approximately 12:45 PM.

Investigators are receiving information that Wendy was possibly sighted in the area of Crenshaw Boulevard and Washington Boulevard or Martin Luther King Boulevard. 

Wendy was last seen wearing a black jacket with an “Apple Bottom” logo on the back, white polo shirts, blue pants, and black shoes.

Wendy's current whereabouts are unknown, but she has been seen in the past with 23-year-old Jonathan Vasquez.  Vasquez is a Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, and about 160 pounds.  He is being sought as a person of interest.    

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Wendy or Vasquez is asked to contact Southwest Detectives at 213-485-5381. During off-hours or on weekends call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855)

Notes from the January 29, 2008 Police Commission Meeting

  • Commissioner Skobin, who played a major role in the Department’s acquisition of new Astro XTS 5000 portable radios, stated that the Department has received its first shipment of nearly 700 of the much-needed radios.  Commissioners Mack and Ordin each commended Commissioner Skobin for his efforts in shepherding this matter to its fulfillment.
  • Violence between rival gangs over the weekend in Newton Area has required the allocation of additional police resources in the Area.  Community members are encouraged to contact LAPD with any information they might have.
  • The future agenda item pertaining to in-car digital video cameras is still in the Mayor’s office.  This agenda item will be updated weekly.
  • Captain Rich Wemmer, retiring after 37 years of distinguished service, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his exemplary contributions to the Department.
  • A verbal and PowerPoint presentation from Central Area Captain Jodi Wakefield and Co-Chair Blair Besten of the Central Area Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the Central Area was accepted.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 15, 2008, in response to City Council motion (Council File No. 05-0872-S2), relative to Department policy on participation in Drug Enforcement Administration raids of permitted Medical Marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, as discussed by Commander David Doan, was approved and transmitted to the City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 15, 2008, relative to a $250,000.00 grant application for the 2008 Internet Crimes Against Children State Augmentation Program between the Department and the California Office of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement and Victim Services Division for the period of January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 15, 2008, relative to a $113,107.00 grant application for the 2007-2008 Paul Coverdell Forensic Sciences Improvement Program between the Department and California Office of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement and Victim Services Division for the period of January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 25, 2008, relative to a Special Order entitled, “Organizational Performance Assessments,” as discussed by Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich, was approved.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 25, 2008, in response to Board query, relative to Warrants Authored and Firearms Seized by the Gang Impact Teams, Fourth Quarter 2007 report, was accepted.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 10, 2008, relative to compliance with Audit Division’s recommendations for the Warrant Applications and Supporting Affidavits - Recommendation Item Nos. IG-03, IG-04, IG-05, and IG-06, which was approved by the Board on April 10, 2007, was received and filed.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 10, 2008, relative to compliance with Audit Division’s recommendations for the Supervisory Performance Evaluations Audit - Recommendation Item Nos. 4, 5, and 6, which was approved by the Board on July 10, 2007, was continued.
  • The Department’s report, dated January 10, 2008, relative to compliance with Audit Division’s recommendations for the Arrest, Booking, and Charging Reports Audit - Recommendation Item No. 1, which was approved by the Board on January 8, 2008, was received and filed.

Man in Vehicle Fatally Wounded by Gunshots

Los Angeles: On January 28, 2008, at approximately 11:10 p.m., a man stopped for a traffic light on 48th Street at Western Avenue sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, identified as 17-year-old Darione Eugene Page, was approached on the passenger side of his vehicle by an unknown, Black suspect who fired numerous shots into the car. The victim managed to drive away from the scene but collided with a parked vehicle in the 1400 block of 48th Street. Police and fire personnel arrived at the scene, and the victim was transported to a local hospital via ambulance where he failed to respond to emergency medical treatments and was pronounced dead at 11:37 p.m.

The suspects, who included the assailant and the driver of the assailant's car, were last seen heading south on Western Avenue in a faded 70s-model, square vehicle with red primer spots. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Operations South Bureau Criminal Gang/Homicide Detectives Ernesto Mendoza or Stephanie Hale at 213-485-1383. Calls may also be directed to the LAPD 24-hour hotline number, 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

COMPSTAT Citywide Profile

Crime Statistics January 26, 2008

VIOLENT CRIMES                 2008*            2007*         % Chg

Homicide                             26                  23             13.0%
Rape                                   51                   47              8.5%
Robbery                             887                 997           -11.0%
Agg Assaults **                   755                 815             -7.4%
Total Violent Crimes          1719             1882           -8.7%


Burglary                               1260           1470            -14.3%
Auto Theft                          1530            1803            -15.1%
BTFV                                   1966            2476           -20.6%
Personal/Other Theft           1576            1908           -17.4%
Total Property Crimes        6332          7657           -17.3%
Total Part I Crimes             8051          9539

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

Kidnapper Arrested after Long Pursuit

Los Angeles: Kidnapper arrested after leading police in a long chase early Saturday morning.

On January 26, 2008, at about 2:00 a.m., Rampart officers received a radio call “Assault with a Deadly Weapon In Progress” at the 200 block of North Toluca Street.

Officers met with the victim who said that the estranged father of her children, Orlando Sanchez had arrived at her home uninvited and said that he was going to kill her.  After hitting the victim and her mother, Sanchez dragged the victim into a Dodge Ram Truck that he had stolen earlier in the evening.  Sanchez kidnapped her and rammed the victim’s parked car. The victim pleaded with him not to kill her and managed to escape from Sanchez. Officers immediately put out a crime broadcast with the suspect’s vehicle description and the nature of the crime.

While at the scene conducting their investigation officers observed Sanchez returning to the scene. Rampart units were responding to the area to assist when they observed Sanchez’s vehicle. They attempted to stop Sanchez however he didn’t comply with their directions and drove away in the stolen truck.

Officers initiated a pursuit of the suspect northbound on the Hollywood freeway 101. With an LAPD helicopter in the sky Sanchez lead the officers on a 77+ mile chase northbound 101 to the northbound 5 freeway. Sanchez stopped the stolen vehicle numerous times, however each time he would get back in the car and speed off. 

California Highway Patrol eventually took over the pursuit with LAPD Rampart officers assisting as Sanchez sped toward the Grapevine. 

As Sanchez was heading down the Grapevine approaching Bakersfield, he mistook the Emergency Runaway Truck Ramp for an exit.  The gravel used to stop runaway trucks immediately immobilized the stolen vehicle. 

Sanchez was immediately taken into custody by Rampart Officers.

Suspect Orlando Sanchez was booked for Kidnapping with a request for additional filing for Carjacking, Vandalism, Criminal Threats, Spousal Abuse and Felony Evading.  His bail is set for $100,000.00. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Rampart Detectives at 213-207-2000. During off-hours or on weekends call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).