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Police looking for good Samaritans

Although police typically find themselves scanning witness videos for bad guys, on Monday they put out an alert for a couple of heroes. Officers hope to find the good Samaritans who were captured on amateur video as they rescued a 69-year-old man from a burning car after a collision Sunday in Sherman Oaks. The duo was joined by another man armed with a fire extinguisher and a fourth who used a crowbar to try and break the car's windows. "It could have been much worse if it wasn't for them," said Officer Jose Garcia of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division.

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Robbery Turns to Attempt Murder

Clear Photographs of the Suspect Released by West Valley Detectives

Los Angeles:  Early morning robbery in the San Fernando Valley leaves a man with a gunshot wound to his head.  Detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect wanted for such a vicious crime.

On  July 11, 2010, at around 2:00 in the morning, the victim was walking down the street in the  7500 block of Woodley Avenue, when a suspect armed with a handgun, walked up to the victim, demanded money and took his wallet. After taking the victim’s property, the suspect shot the victim in the head.  The suspect then drove away from the location in a burgundy colored full-size pickup truck with “Rydell” paper plates.

The suspect, described as a male, Hispanic stood 5’-6” tall, and appeared to weigh 130 lbs.  As seen in one of the photographs, he has a tattoo of a woman on the back of his neck and a large unknown tattoo on the right side of his neck.  



Detectives are asking that the public view the attached photographs of the suspect and call Lieutenant Edward Pape, or Detective John Dunlop, West Valley Detectives at 818-374-7758, with any information about this case.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Burglary Suspects Caught on Tape

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) West Los Angeles Area auto detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in providing information that would lead to the arrest of two burglars caught on surveillance camera in the West Los Angeles area.  

Detectives say that On Monday, August 9, 2010 at around 4:30 a.m., two suspects broke into a business in the 2300 block of South Centinela Avenue by prying open the front door.  Once inside, they removed electronic equipment from the location and left in a car described as a newer gold Dodge pick-up truck with chrome rims.

The first suspect is described as an African-American male. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds.  He was wearing a baseball cap with an “LA” logo on the front and a jacket with “Los Angeles” written on the back in cursive writing.

The second suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male.  He stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds and has a shaved head.  He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, shorts, and white socks.    

Surveillance video of the suspects is available by going to www.lapdonline.com and clicking “newsroom.”    

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call West LA detective Robert Guervara at 310-444-1523 or 310-444.1522.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.




Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Suspect Sought

UPDATE


The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Long Beach Police Departments (LBPD) joined resources to capture a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman as she entered her home on 120th and San Pedro Streets.  On August 20, 2010, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the crime information and suspect description was released to the public and by 6:00 p.m., the suspect was detained as he exited an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Paramount Boulevard in Long Beach.

Detectives assigned to the LAPD, Special Assault Section, Robbery-Homicide Division, Southeast Area Detectives and Gang Officers utilized Department resources and worked throughout the day to conduct follow-ups on investigative leads.  One lead revealed the suspect could be in the City of Long Beach.  Detectives contacted LBPD for help in attempting to locate the man who matched the suspect description wanted for the home invasion and sexual assault. 

As the Southeast Gang Officers were canvassing the 5400 block of Paramount Boulevard they noticed a man resembling the wanted suspect.  The suspect walked out of the apartment complex.  He was immediately detained without incident.

The Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives’ subsequent investigation led them to place the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Dedrick Brown, under arrest for Penal Code (PC) Section 261 with special circumstances under 667.61 PC- felony sex offenses specified.  Brown was booked at 77th Regional Jail with a $1 million dollar bail.

Due to the sensitivity of the on-going investigation, detectives are unable to reveal the resources utilized that led them to the City of Long Beach or any further details of the investigation at this time.

Robbery-Homicide Division would like to thank all of those involved for their assistance in helping to capture this violent suspect before the close of business.


Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Special Assault Section, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives are investigating a home invasion and sexual assault of a woman in the South Los Angeles area.


Today, at around 8:30 this morning, on 120th Street and San Pedro Street, a woman was returning to her home after checking her mailbox when a man suddenly appeared from behind and forced the woman into her residence.  While inside, the suspect hit the victim several times with a hard object.  The two struggled and the suspect then sexually assaulted the victim.  He then locked her in a closet and robbed her of her personal belongings.  It is unknown if he left on foot, or a vehicle or what direction he went.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 30 years old with a bald head, goatee, multiple tattoos and heavy build.  He stands between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 5 feet 8 inches tall.   

The victim was treated and released at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries sustained as a result of the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jesse Alvarado, Robbery-Homicide Division, at 213-486-6910.   During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

12-Year-Old Boy Missing

Update

On August 21, 2010, at 9 p.m., 12-year-old Armhan Parish was found on a commuter train in the area of Compton Boulevard and Imperial Highway in the city of Compton.  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified the child after receiving the initial alert from the Los Angeles Police Department.   Parish was returned home to his family and he is in good health.


Los Angeles:  A local family and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are asking for the public’s help in finding a 12-year-old missing boy from the LAPD’s Wilshire Division area.

Today, at around 11:50 a.m., Armhan Parish was last seen near his home in the 1100 block of Norton Avenue.   It is believed he may have wandered off after taking out the trash.  Parish is autistic but he is in good health.  His family is extremely concerned about his welfare.

Parish is described as an African American male with brown hair, brown eyes.  He stands about five feet two inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt and brown checkered shorts.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Parish is asked to call LAPD Wilshire Division Juvenile Detectives at 213-473-0476.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Purse Snatcher Injures 86-Year-Old Victim

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who robbed an 86- year-old woman.

On July 28, 2010, at around 3 p.m., the suspect followed the victim to her residence in the Westchester area of Los Angeles.  As she exited her car parked in the garage of her residence, the suspect pulled her purse off her arm, causing injury.  The suspect then ran from the garage to a waiting getaway car and sped away.  

The suspect is described as a Black male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing 175-190 pounds and about 20-24 years old.  The suspect has tattoos on the left side of his neck,  left wrist and hand.  He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, black jeans and blue and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Pacific Area Robbery Detective John Armando at (310) 482-6396.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Pharmacy Robbery Suspects Sought

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint.

On August 8, 2010, at around 2:10 a.m., a female suspect entered the Walgreens pharmacy located in the 4000 block of Lincoln Boulevard in LAPD’s Pacific Area.  She lingered for about 40 minutes until three male suspects entered the store, one wielding a handgun.  The suspects forced the store’s unarmed security guard to lead them to the safe and then forced a store employee to open it and give them the money inside.  The suspects then left the store with over $4,500.  A witness reported seeing the suspects drive off in a late-model, silver, four-door Pontiac Grand Prix.

Suspect #1 is described as a Black female with reddish-pink hair, approximately 5 feet tall, weighing 110-120 pounds and about 20 years old.  She had a large distinctive tattoo covering the front of her chest and was last seen wearing a black shirt with pink trim, gray hooded sweatshirt with a fur collar and blue jeans.

Suspect #2 is described as a Black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and about 20 years old.  The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.  He was armed with a blue steel, semi-automatic handgun.

The other two suspects were described as Black males, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160-180 pounds and about 20 years old.  They were also last seen wearing hooded sweatshirts.  

*Images of the suspects were captured by surveillance cameras within the store and are attached to this release.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Pacific Area Robbery Detective John Armando at 310-482-6396.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Notes from the August 17, 2010 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

•    Police Chief Charlie Beck attended the Western States Police and Fire Games in Reno, Nevada where hundreds of Department personnel competed in various sporting and athletic events.  Chief Beck added Part 1 crime continues to decline and he expects that trend to continue through the end of the year.

•    The Department’s verbal presentation and discussion relative to the status report on Digital In-Car Video System in Operation’s South Bureau was given by Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich.  Ms. Goodrich informed the Board all four areas in South Bureau were up and running with Harbor Area becoming the last division in the Bureau to receive the system.  Police Commission President John Mack expressed his pleasure with the implementation of the system throughout the Bureau and said he hoped to secure the funding through City Hall to take the system Department wide.

•    The Department’s report, dated August 5, 2010, relative to City Council Motion- Gang Trends, as given by Captain Kevin McCarthy, was approved and transmitted to the Public Safety Committee.  Captain McCarthy stated the Public Safety Committee wanted to know such things as how the Department classifies a crime as gang related, what criteria was involved, if there was a system in place to notify Department personnel of gang crime and who is responsible for the classification of gang related crime.

•    The Department’s report, dated August 11, 2010, relative to Amendment of Contract No. 00112360 to present the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Courses – Fiscal Year 2010/2011, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.

•    The Department’s report, dated July 21, 2010, and Special Order relative to Training Requirement for sworn personnel selected for a Gang Enforcement Detail or Community Law Enforcement and Recovery Program Assignment – Established, were approved.

Licensed Attorney Arrested During Internet Child-Sex Sting

Los Angeles:  A 39-year-old North Hollywood man, and Licensed Attorney with the State of California, Bar Association, has been arrested for the Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  The arrest came during a sting conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s, Juvenile Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC), with the help of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Child Exploitation Group.

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, Eduardo Leaton was arrested after exchanging sexually explicit emails with an undercover police detective posing as a 16-year-old minor from Georgia, whom Leaton had been corresponding with since the victim was 13-years of age.  During the exchange of emails with the undercover detective, who he thought was the 16-year-old victim, Leaton coordinated a meeting for the purpose of having sex with the minor.  When Leaton arrived at the meeting location he was taken into custody without incident.  

Immediately after Leaton’s arrest, detectives armed with a search warrant, searched Leaton’s North Hollywood home were they recovered numerous items of evidence.  A search of Leaton’s computer also showed supporting evidence that he was actively engaged in Internet chats and emails with hundreds of “friends” who are believed to be under-aged females.

The ICAC Unit wants to remind parents and caregivers to be vigilant in monitoring the computer use of children in their care.  There are those in society who will use every means available to prey on the youth and innocence of children.  Social networking websites have become popular among school-age children and predators alike.  We must all strive to keep our children safe.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this crime or information regarding possible additional victims is asked to contact the LAPD’s ICAC Unit Officer in Charge, Lieutenant Andrea Grossman, at 562-624-4028.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Two, 11-Year-Old Girls Missing

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Foothill Area is asking for the public’s help in locating two, 11-year-old girls missing from the Pacoima area.

On Thursday, August 19, 2010, at around 9:00 p.m., 11-year-old, Anna Lopez and Ruby Zapata left to go to Pacoima Park without their parents’ permission and did not return home.  They were last seen in the 13000 block of Carl Street.  They were subsequently reported missing to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division early this morning.

Both girls are Hispanic.  Anna Lopez stands about 5’1”, weighs around 100 pounds, has brown hair, brown eyes and was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and blue/black shoes.  Ruby Zapata stands about 4 feet, weighs around 100 pounds, black hair, green eyes, and was wearing a grey tank top, black “skinny” jeans and white converse shoes.

Photos of the missing girls are available at Foothill Division now.  Shortly they will be available through LAPD Media Relations Office, for further information contact Media Relations at 213-486-5910.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these two young girls is asked to contact Foothill Police Station at 818-756-8861, or LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit,   During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.