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Gunman Robs Subway Restaurant and Rite Aid Store

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man whose image was captured on surveillance tape robbing two Subway sandwich restaurants and a Rite Aid store in the Los Angeles area.

The first incident occurred on August 31, 2008, at 8:00 a.m. at a Subway restaurant in the 500 block of East Florence Avenue.  A man wearing a white double-breasted chef jacket and dark pants walked into the front entrance of the restaurant posing as a job applicant.  The man approached the counter and asked a female clerk for a job application.  Once he received the application, the man looked at the overhead menu as if he was going to place an order and suddenly made his way behind the counter.  He walked up to the employee, displayed a small handgun and demanded money from the cash register.

Both the second and third incidents happened on September 1, 2008. During the second incident, the suspect walked into another Subway restaurant around 7:15 a.m. in the 10400 block of Venice Boulevard, wearing a blue shirt, black tie and tan pants.  At gunpoint, he ordered a male and female employee to a back office and demanded money. Fifteen minutes later, the suspect walked into a Rite Aid store in the 9800 block of National Boulevard, wearing the same business attire. Again, he ordered a male clerk at gunpoint to turn over money from a safe and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

None of the store employees were injured.

The suspect is described as a clean-cut African American with a light-complexion in his 20's.  He has a goatee, stands 6 feet tall and weighs between 150-180 pounds.

"We're hoping someone out there will recognize this suspect and call police," said Detective Tracey Benjamin.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows the identity of this robber is urged to call Robbery Homicide Detectives Jason De La Cova or Tracey Benjamin at 213-485-2511.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour toll free number 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855) or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit a web tip on our website at www.lapdonline.org.


Sidewalk Shooting in Venice

Los Angeles: LAPD detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of 31-year-old, Adam Pacheco who was fatally shot in the Venice area.

On September 28 2008, at around 9:30 p.m., the victim, Adam Pacheco was standing in front of the “Otheroom” located in the 1400 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard when the suspect walked up to him and shot him multiple times.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

An additional victim was also struck by the gunfire.  She was also transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released. 

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic 17-18 years of age. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Pacific homicide detectives at 310-482-6316.  After hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).  Callers may also remain anonymous by texting “CRIMES” with a cell phone or by logging on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web Tips.  When using a cell phone always begin the message with “LAPD.”


Identical Twin Brothers Killed in Collision

Los Angeles: An early morning traffic collision has taken the lives of identical twin brothers.

On Monday, September 29, 2008 at about 2:30 a.m., Jesse Brackett was driving a 1996 Acura Integra northbound on Beachwood Drive, near Glen Oak Street.  Brackett lost control of the vehicle and travelled across Beachwood Drive into the southbound lanes and collided with a U-Haul Truck parked at the curb.  The impact forced the U-Haul backwards into a 1990 Cadillac Seville parked behind it.  Brackett was killed upon impact. 

Brackett’s twin brother, David Brackett, was a front seat passenger in the vehicle and also sustained major injuries.  He died less than an hour later at a local hospital.  The brothers were 23-years old, both, residents of Los Angeles.

West Traffic Division Detective Michael Dickson is conducting the investigation.  Anyone with information can call him at 213-473-0234. 

After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website www.lapdonline.org., and can remain anonymous.


Murder Suspect Quickly Apprehended for Shooting and Killing a Man After a Dispute

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives investigate the shooting death of Vahe Soghayan.

On September 27, 2008 at about 6:15 p.m., North Hollywood Area officers responded to a radio call of a “shooting with a victim down” at the scene in an industrial center in the 7200 block of Bellaire Avenue. Upon arrival officers found evidence of numerous rounds being fired from multiple firearms.

When the officers arrived, their investigation revealed that the victim had been transported by a private party to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of a gunshot wound. 

Subsequent investigation by North Hollywood Area detectives revealed that the victim had been shot after a dispute of an unknown nature. The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Vahe Soghayan, a Sherman Oaks resident.   

The man responsible in the shooting of Soghayan was identified as 28-year-old Garik Mikayelyan, a North Hollywood resident.  He was arrested and booked at Van Nuys jail for murder and bail is set at $1,017,500.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detectives Louie Calzadillas or Richard Wheeler, North Hollywood Homicide, 818-623-4075. 

After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org and may remain anonymous.


20 Year Marriage Ends in Murder

Los Angeles: A Los Angeles man is under arrest for the murder of his wife of nearly 20 years.

On Sunday, September 28, 2008 at about 7:00 a.m., Rampart Area Patrol Officers were called to investigate a stabbing in the 300 block of south Commonwealth Avenue.  When they arrived they saw the suspect, Ronald Berg, 72-years-old, walking out of the apartment that they were called to, and immediately detained him.

After entering the apartment officers found Berg’s wife, 69-year old Rhodora Monleon-Berg, lying on the floor suffering from multiple stab wounds.  Paramedics responded to assist the victim, but Mrs. Berg was pronounced dead at scene.

Investigators believe that Berg stabbed his wife after learning that she was planning to leave him.  Berg was booked for murder and is being held on one million dollars bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives G. Lee or L. Velasco at 213-484-3650. After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website www.lapdonline.org., and can remain anonymous.


Pico Rivera Man Killed By Hit and Run Driver

*UPDATE*

On September 28, 2008, at around 6:45 p.m., Tavion Tyree Singelton, 19 years of age and a resident of Inglewood, turned himself into Central Traffic Detectives for the Hit and Run death of Mr. Silva.  He was booked for Felony Hit and Run and is being held on $50,000 bail.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a hit and run driver who struck and fatally injured 48-year-old Jose Francisco Silva.

On Saturday, September 27, 2008 at around 10:15 p.m., Silva was walking eastbound in a marked crosswalk at Bishop Road and North Broadway when a speeding car described as a white or tan Chevy Suburban or Jeep Cherokee headed southbound on North Broadway struck him.  The impact’s force threw Mr. Silva on the hood of the car.  He hit the windshield, slid off and was run over by the driver.  The driver then sped away without stopping to render aid to Silva.

Silva was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died of the extensive blunt force injuries he had sustained as the result of the hit and run.

Because of the force of impact, detectives believe the vehicle would have sustained noticeable damage to the front end of the car and a possible cracked windshield.   

Anyone with information is urged to contact Central Traffic Detective Michael Kaden at 213-972-1825.  After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website www.lapdonline.org., and can remain anonymous.


Man Found Stabbed in South LA

Los Angeles: A 25-year old man was found fatally stabbed on South Los Angeles sidewalk.

On September 26, 2008, at around 1:30 a.m., the victim, Armen Antonio Sosa, was found by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the 7600 block of South Central Avenue.  The deputies had responded to a 9-1-1 call.  Sosa was taken to a local hospital, but died a short time later from a stab wound to his chest.

The deputies contacted LAPD detectives since the location is the LAPD’s jurisdiction. 

The homicide investigation is on-going.  The motive and suspect(s) description remain unknown. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact South Bureau Detectives Chris Barling or Lyman Doster at 213-485-1383. After hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).  Callers may also remain anonymous by texting “CRIMES” with a cell phone or by logging on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web Tips.  When using a cell phone always begin the message with “LAPD.”


Teen Driver Arrested For Fatal Hit and Run

Los Angeles: An 18-year-old resident of Tarzana is arrested for felony hit and run after leaving the scene of an accident that killed a Van Nuys resident.

On Saturday, September 27, 2008 at around 7:30 p.m., a 59-year-old man was walking eastbound on Hazeltine Avenue, South of Califa Street when he was struck by a 1992, green Honda Accord driven by Joel Morales. Morales did not stop to render help to the victim.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died as the result of his injuries.  His identity has been withheld pending family notification. 

Based on information provided by witnesses, investigators were able to find Morales and the car involved in the accident.  Morales was arrested just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, September 28, 2008.  He was booked at Van Nuys Jail for Felony Hit and Run.  Bail was set at $50,000.            

Anyone with information is urged to contact Valley Traffic Detective James Deaton at 818-644-8035.  After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website www.lapdonline.org., and can remain anonymous.


18-Year-Old Man Shot and Left to Die On Front Lawn

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of 18-year-old Roel Mejia, a Reseda resident.

Early on Saturday morning, Devonshire Area patrol officers responded to the 17200 block of Sunburst Street in Northridge after a citizen reported seeing a man bleeding from multiple gun-shot wounds on the front lawn of a residence.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced Mejia dead at the scene. 

There is no suspect(s) description and the motive for this shooting is not known.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Devonshire Homicide Detectives John Doerbecker or Humberto Fajardo at 818-832-0609. After-hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855) or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org.  Callers may remain anonymous.


Burglary From A Motor Vehicle Suspects Arrested Following Tips From the Victim

Los Angeles: A victim's tip leads Wilshire Area Auto detectives to two suspects wanted in a rash of Burglaries from a Motor Vehicle throughout Wilshire Division.   

On Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9:25 a.m., West Los Angeles patrol officers responded to a radio call of a "Citizen following a burglary suspect" at Robertson Avenue and Cattaragus Street.A few minutes earlier, the victim, had seen the suspects, 22-year-old Ricardo Celio and 19-year-old Adan Bernal break into his car, remove his property and drive away at a high rate of speed.  The victim followed Celio and Bernal as he called 911 on his cell phone and gave the operator a description of the suspect's car.

LAPD Air Support Division responded and tracked the suspect's car as it sped east bound on the 10 freeway with ground units following.  The suspects exited the freeway and stopped at 1420 West 28th Street.  The passenger ran from the car and tried to hide in an unlocked car in a rear yard and was taken into custody without incident.  The driver, continued on 28th Street for a short distance.  He then stopped the car, ran away and hid in a trash can in another rear yard.  He was also taken into custody by officers at scene without incident.  Celio and Bernal are believed to be responsible for approximately 75 vehicles burglaries throughout Wilshire Division.  Detectives believe that certain sport utility vehicles were targeted because of the ease in which the suspects can gain entry.  Celio and Bernal were arrested and booked for Burglary From a Motor Vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Wilshire Area Auto Detective Robert Palacios at 213-922-8248. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855) or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org.  All tips will remain anonymous.