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Parent Being Sought as Person of Interest in Child Abuse Investigation

Note: Our previous release mistakenly reported the victim was 7 years old.

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating the stepfather of a boy who was found dead in his home.

On July 23, 2009, at around 6:35 p.m., LAPD Officers responded to the 800 block of 87th Place for a death investigation. Officers found a seven-year-old boy deceased with unexplained injuries to his body.  The parent of the child was the last known care-taker of the boy, but was not at the location when the paramedics and officers arrived. The victim was pronounced dead by the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

The whereabouts of the child’s stepfather, Marcas Fisher, could not be established at the time of the investigation. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Division is requesting the public’s help to locate Mr. Fisher, so that he can help explain the child’s injuries.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call LAPD Juvenile Division Detectives at 213-485-2801.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 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.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Pacific Division Formal Inspection

 Despite being early in the morning the temperature was already warm, and the sun was beating down on Pacific Area Officers as they stood at attention for their annual formal command inspection. The ceremony opened with the marching of the LAPD color guard. The rank and file looked impeccable as they stood at attention, displaying shimmering badges, spit shine boots, properly tailored and pressed uniforms. Joined by City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, and Command Staff, Chief William Bratton attentively inspected the officers, and particularly praised individual officers for their outstanding appearance.

Pac insp (4) Chief Bratton commented on how impressed he was with the inspection, stating that one of the things he enjoys the most of being Chief is attending divisional inspections and the celebration of tradition. “Your individual as well as collective appearance, and the military precision of the inspection were outstanding. One of the strong foundations of the Los Angeles Police Department is its tradition and its respect of its semi- military origins”.

Pac div insp (9) Chief Bratton further thanked the Officers for making the LAPD the leader in law enforcement in the country, he stated that there was no other place like the LAPD, as it relates to tradition, appearance and sense of self. “We are recognized all over the country, we are looked up to, we are admired, and we are respected”. 

Pacific Area with two substations is one of the city's busiest divisions in the City. The beach substation is located in the heart of Venice Beach. Venice is “world famous “for its beach and it draws crowds in excess of 500,000 during summer weekends.

Pacific Area also has an LAX Substation, Officers assigned to the substation are not only responsible for the security and safety the residents of the City of Los Angeles, but also for the millions of national and international travelers who pass through one of the busiest airports in the nation.

Chief Bratton Pacific Inspection


The 2009 Essay Contest Winner

The 6th Annual LAPD Essay Contest was open to students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District and schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Students were asked to write what they would do that would have the greatest impact on the community if they were a Los Angeles Police Department officer for a day.  Each of the ten winners and their essay are featured on the Department’s website, one each week.  The following essay is one of the ten winning submissions.


As a Los Angeles Police Department officer for a day, I think that getting kids out of gangs and preventing kids from joining gangs would be a good start and would have a huge impact on the community.

    To get kids out of gangs and prevent kids from joining gangs, I would make after school programs.  That would give former gang members something to do instead of gang play.  The after school programs would include sports, art, dance, photography, band, and theater.  It would also cut back the amount of kids joining gangs.  That would have a huge impact on the overall gang members.

    Another thing that I would do to prevent kids from joining gangs and to get kids out of gangs is a family program.  A family program would help because gang members often join gangs because they have problems with family members, and have nowhere else to go, but to the gangs.  Also, it would make sure that these families have family bonding time.  Also the kids that might join gangs in the future will feel more comfortable and won’t have problems with their family.  I think that this will also have a huge impact on the community.

    I also think that fundraisers for public schools would help.  I think that this would help because some schools don’t have enough things like text books and computers.  It would also help because if the gang members see that they can do more at school, they would go more often.  That is another thing that I think would have a huge impact on that subject.


Hot Prowl Burglars Arrested

Los Angeles:  Two suspects believed responsible for a rash of "hot prowl" burglaries were taken into custody early yesterday morning.  A hot prowl occurs when suspects enter or break into a victim's home while they're present, usually for the purpose of committing burglaries and often late at night when victims are asleep.

On July 22, 2009, at around 3:30 a.m., near Bellaire Avenue and Victory Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) North Hollywood detectives arrested Edward Monreal, a 23- year-old resident of North Hollywood and Panorama City resident Jesse Ruben Valverde for burglary.

Detectives were working on information they had been gathering over the previous week related to a rash of residential burglaries in the Van Nuys and North Hollywood areas.  Yesterday morning as detectives were seeking to find the persons responsible for the burglaries, they saw Monreal and Valverde walking along the east side of Bellaire Avenue before disappearing down the driveway of a residence.  When the duo reappeared at the entrance of the driveway and began walking along the sidewalk, detectives drove by and noticed that one of the suspects had a pair of gloves in his hands, was wearing a backpack, and was wearing shoes consistent with evidence left at a prior crime scene.

All of the burglaries in this crime spree shared similar characteristics and were all committed during the early morning hours while residents were home and in bed leading investigators to believe the same suspects were involved in all of incidents.

The suspects appeared to be taking advantage of the fact the many home owners were leaving their windows and doors open to receive cool night air following days of suffocating heat.  After gaining entry into the homes, the suspects would gather property that was easily carried away before fleeing.  In several of the burglaries, residents were startled by the suspects as they left the home; one such encounter involved a seven-year-old child.

After spotting Monreal and Valverde, detectives detained them for further investigation. During the subsequent investigation, property taken during this crime series was found to be in the possession of Monreal and Valverde.  They were both booked for residential burglary and Monreal was held on $75,000 bail, while Valverde was held on $50,000 bail.

Anyone with information relevant to this case, or who believes they may have been a victim of one of these crimes is asked to call North Hollywood Detective Gustavo Barrientos at 818-623-4045.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247) 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 may remain anonymous.


Man Shot While Parking His Car

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) needs the public's help to identify and locate a suspect or suspects who fatally shot 27-year-old Luis Pozos a resident of Los Angeles.

Early this morning officers from the LAPD Wilshire Area responded to a shooting call at the 1700 block of South Longwood Avenue and found Pozos lying on the curb next to a vehicle.  It appeared that Pozos was parking his vehicle when an unknown suspect or suspects shot him multiple times.  Pozos was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics.

The motive for this brutal murder is unknown at this time and there is no suspect(s) description. 

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Wilshire Homicide Detectives Frank Carrillo or John Shafia at 213-473-0446.   During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Officers Quick Actions Saves a Life

Los Angeles:  Two Los Angeles Police Officers saved the life of a man who was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived on scene of an "Unknown Trouble" radio call.

On July 22, 2009, at around 3:40 p.m., Hollenbeck Police Officer Christopher Gonzalez, and his partner, Officer Victor Martinez, were on patrol when they responded to the 1600 block of Ricardo Street in the Boyle Heights area for a call involving an open 911 line with screaming heard in the background.

Officers Gonzalez and Martinez arrived on scene six minutes after receiving the call.  What they found when they arrived were several people screaming and frantic over a 65 year-old family member who had lost consciousness and was not breathing, lying on the couch inside the residence.

Gonzalez and Martinez immediately took control of the situation.  They began by clearing the living room floor so that they could lie the victim down on a solid, flat surface to begin Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).   Officer Martinez began chest compressions while instructing and assisting a family member in performing rescue breathing on the victim. Officer Gonzalez also assisted in the CPR process.

After administering CPR for approximately three minutes the victim regained consciousness and began breathing on his own.  Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) Personnel arrived and continued to treat the victim for an apparent heart attack.  He was transported to Los Angeles County-University of Southern California-Medical Center (LAC-USCMC) where he was admitted and listed in stable but critical condition.

LAFD Personnel, as well as the Doctors in attendance at LAC-USCMC, commended Officers Gonzalez and Martinez for their life saving efforts and agreed that the victim would not have survived had they not acted in such a quick and competent manner.

Martinez and Gonzalez exemplify the highest standards of the Los Angeles Police Department.  Hollenbeck Area Patrol Captain Paul Hernandez said, "These Officers are Heroes.  Just ask the family members of this man who was revived from the brink of death and given another chance at life.


Trip to a Local Store Results in a Shooting

Los Angeles: A 30-year-old man was shot in his driveway late Friday night in Los Angeles Area.

On July 17, 2009, at around 9:20 p.m., Hutch Allen Jackson walked from his residence in the 1200 block of West 71st Street to a local store.  When Jackson returned to his residence he was confronted by suspect(s) in his driveway and was shot multiple times.

Jackson was rushed to a local hospital where he died several hours later.

According to detectives the motive for this shooting is unknown and they have no suspect(s) description.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Criminal Gang/Homicide Group, 77th Homicide Squad Detectives L. Doster and S. Hale at 213-485-1383.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Pedestrian Killed in a Hit-and-Run

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed 28-year-old Judy Ramos a resident of San Fernando.

On July 19, 2009, at around 12:15 am, Judy Ramos was crossing Vaughn Street near Gleanoaks Boulevard and hit by the suspect’s vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital and died on July 20, 2009 from her injuries.

The hit and run vehicle is described as a possible 4-door, white vehicle and no information of the driver at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Valley Traffic Detectives at 818-644-8021.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247) 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 may remain anonymous.


Armed Serial Robbers Captured

Los Angeles:  Two suspects believed responsible for a string of robberies over the past two months have been arrested.

On July 18, 2009, at around 4:45 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) North Hollywood Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a home invasion robbery occurring in the 3700 block of Barham Boulevard.  Officers were able to determine that two suspect descriptions matched the description and method of operation of a series of similar robberies that had been occurring in the same area over a period of weeks.

The victim was leaving his residence when he was confronted by two male suspects who forced him back into his home and beat him before taking property from the residence and fleeing.  The suspects left on foot and were spotted by responding officers walking along Barham Boulevard.  Both suspects were taken into custody following a short foot pursuit.  During the foot pursuit, officers observed the suspects discarding several items, one of which was a loaded semi-automatic pistol.

During the crime spree that had occurred in the months of June and July 2009, a series of robberies and burglaries had taken place in an apartment complex in Studio City.  The suspects would confront residents as they were going in or leaving their homes and rob them; they would also enter locations with unlocked windows and doors and burglarize the locations.  In some cases, the suspects were armed with a handgun.

Los Angeles resident Norris Denton, 27, was arrested for robbery and is being held on $200,000 bail.  His accomplice, a 17-year-old juvenile, is also in custody on robbery charges and is being held without bail.

Anyone with information about these crimes or who may have been a victim of them is asked to call LAPD North Hollywood Detective Sean Mahoney at 818-623-4045. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Notes from the July 21, 2009 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

•    Police Commission Vice President John Mack commended the Department, Chief, command staff, and the rank and file employees, both sworn and civilian, for their hard work in bringing the Department out from under the Federal Consent Decree.  Vice President Mack added this was an important chapter in the City’s history and while the Department has made tremendous strides, there is still work to be done.

•    First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell informed the Commission he and Chief William Bratton met with United States Attorney General Eric Holder while he was visiting Los Angeles.  Attorney General Holder was interested in seeing how the relationship between the Department and his agency worked.  Chief McDonnell added there are currently 337 new police recruits in the Academy.

•    The Department’s report, dated July 10, 2009, relative to the Amendment to the Annual Audit Plan, Fiscal Year 2008/09 and notice regarding the annual audit plan, fiscal year 2009/10, was received and filed.

•    The Department’s report, dated June 26, 2009, relative to the Quarterly Status Report, Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2008/09, was approved.

•    The Department’s report, dated July 10, 2009, relative to the Request for Approval of Letter of Agreement – Oak Tree Gun Club, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the Mayor.