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48-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit and Run

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver who fatally injured 48-year-old Brigitte Burdine of Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at about 1:45 a.m., a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision occurred on Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive.  Investigators believe that a dark-colored sedan traveling in an easterly direction on Culver Boulevard, in the number two lane, collided with Burdine who was walking in an easterly direction on Culver Boulevard.  The suspect left the scene without rendering help or providing identifying information as required by law.  

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics rushed Burdine to a local hospital where she later died.

Investigators are looking for a dark-colored sedan with possible front-end damage.  There is no suspect description at this time.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Investigator Martha Dominguez, West Traffic Detective Section at 213-473-0234.  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.


Arrest of Underground Parking Bandit

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Division officers have arrested a 40-year old Los Angeles resident in connection with a series of parking lot and business robberies in the Koreatown community.

For the past several weeks, the Koreatown area of Olympic Division has been experiencing a rash of robberies involving one or two African American male suspects.  The suspect(s) would wait outside of apartment buildings and follow residents as they drove into the building parking structure to park their car.  One of the suspects would then approach the targeted victim and demand money while simulating a handgun.  The suspects took money and other personal items of value before running away from the scene.   

Olympic Area detectives’ investigation revealed the suspects were targeting Korean victims.  Although in most robberies only one suspect was seen, detectives believe two suspects were working together.  The suspects were driving a silver or gray-colored car.  In most of the robberies, the principal suspect would use a cap and a wig to disguise himself.  

In addition to the parking structure robberies, detectives say one of the suspects may have committed two other robberies at Korean-owned restaurants on Olympic Boulevard.

On December 16, 2010, at around 12:10 a.m., two additional victims were robbed in the 400 block of Western Avenue in Koreatown, including a female victim who suffered injuries to her hand during the crime.  These robberies resulted in the arrest of the principal suspect as he tried to drive away, but was apprehended by Olympic Area patrol officers.  The suspect was driving a 1999 silver Dodge Intrepid when he was arrested.  Officers also recovered an apparent disguise that may have been used in the robberies.

The suspect was identified as Sammy Johnson.  He was booked at Metropolitan Jail Section, charged with multiple counts of robbery and held without bail. The other suspect is still at large.

Anyone with information regarding this series of robberies is asked to contact Olympic Robbery detectives at 213-382-9463.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may 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) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

 


Critical Missing Person

UPDATE

Today at around 8 a.m., Jonathan Rubin was taken to a local hospital by Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s deputies.  He is safe and his mother is on her way to reunite with him.
                                                                                                          

Los Angeles:  The family of Jonathan Rubin and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s assistance in locating Rubin.

Rubin was last seen on December 28, 2010, at approximately 5:15 a.m., in the 5900 block of San Vicente Boulevard in Los Angeles.  According to the family, Rubin suffers from autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and is in need of medication every four hours.

Rubin Rubin is a 25-year-old male White with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5’8” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing striped blue and white pants.  It is believed that Rubin had been at an area hospital and was carrying a green wool blanket.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Rubin you are asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Wilshire Area, Watch Commander at 213- 473-0467. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may 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 key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.


Man Shot and Killed in Van Nuys

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Van Nuys Division Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who shot and killed a 29-year-old male in Van Nuys.   

On Friday, December 24, 2010, at around 1:15 a.m., dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of shots fired near the intersection of Vanowen Street and Sylmar Avenue.  When officers arrived at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Lennox Avenue, they saw the aftermath of a traffic collision between a car and a fence.  Inside the 1990 black 4-door Honda Civic, officers found a man, later identified as 29-year-old Rahmir Williams of North Hollywood, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his chest.   

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics rushed Williams to a local hospital where he died.

Detectives believe that Williams was driving in an easterly direction on Vanowen Street at about Sylmar Avenue when one or more suspects approached from the passenger side and shot him as he sat in the driver’s seat of his car.  The car came to rest at the southeast corner of Vanowen Street and Lennox Avenue.  It is unknown at this time if Williams was the victim of a car-to-car or walk-up shooting.  Detectives believe that the motive for this crime is gang related and there is no suspect description at this time.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Van Nuys Area homicide detectives at 818-374-1948.  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.


Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not be Tolerated in the City and County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles:  Every year, a significant number of people throughout the City and County of Los Angeles engage in the extremely dangerous practice of discharging firearms into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.  In an effort to educate and warn the public of the problem, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have embarked upon an awareness campaign. This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that, while on the decline, has continued to be a deadly tradition in our County and in our City.

The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that celebrating the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the County and City of Los Angeles.  California Penal Code Section 246.3 prohibits negligent discharging of firearms.  Any person who violates Section 246.3 will have their firearm confiscated and will be arrested for a felony crime.

On Monday, December 27, 2010, LAPD Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur and LASD Sheriff Lee Baca held a news conference to publicize their concern about holiday-related celebratory gunfire.  To make a significant impact on this problem, thousands of “Don’t Shoot” flyers and posters have been printed and distributed to the community.  It is the hope of both agencies that with the partnership of the media and the distribution of “Don’t Shoot” flyers, the public will be informed regarding the dangers and dire consequences of this irresponsible act.

In addition to the Gunfire Reduction Campaign, a technological tool called the Shotspotter is assisting Deputies in the field with locating people who fire guns.  This piece of advanced technology is deployed in the Century and Compton Station areas and can pinpoint gunfire within a few feet of where the shots were fired.  “This is beneficial because it can tell the Deputies where the suspect is located and the data allows them to develop violence suppression strategies and tactical plans.  This has been extremely successful in our crime fighting initiative and one of many tools that help decrease crime in the County” said Sheriff Baca.

On July 4, 1999, Brian Perez, a young, outgoing, 9 year-old boy was playing with family members in the front yard of his home.  Someone in the area shot a firearm into the sky and the stray bullet struck Brian in the head, killing him.  Assistant Chief MacArthur stated “Thankfully, since Brian Perez, and with the effectiveness of this Gunfire Reduction Campaign, there have been no known deaths by indiscriminate gunfire in the City of Los Angeles.”

The public is also reminded that toy replica guns that resemble real weapons are also a concern for law enforcement officers and that playing with replica guns is strongly discouraged.

Together, the proud men and women of LAPD and LASD ask the public to STOP the senseless act of firing weapons into the air and CELEBRATE SAFELY. 

In addition, should a shooting occur, members of the community are encouraged to call 9-1-1.To report information regarding a crime, please call 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 www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts, or typing in: http://lacrimestoppers.org.

For more information, please call LAPD Media Relations Section, at 213-486-5910, or the LASD’s Public Information Office at 323-267-4815.
                    


Second Arrest in 1975 Homicide

Los Angeles:  On December 18, 1975, 80-year old Alice Lewis, was found dead inside her residence in the Venice area of Los Angeles.  Although an extensive investigation was conducted, no viable suspects were identified during the original investigation, and the case remained unsolved for over 33 years.

In 2003, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division’s, Cold Case Homicide Unit submitted a request to have biological evidence recovered from the Lewis crime scene analyzed for the presence of DNA.  Subsequently, foreign DNA was found and the genetic profile was uploaded in California's Department of Justice CODIS databank. 


In 2009,cold case detectives received information that a potential suspect had been identified via a "cold hit" DNA match.  This new investigative lead caused detectives to reopen the Lewis investigation. After conducting an in-depth investigation, detectives developed sufficient evidence suggesting that Dennis Vasquez, who was 17-years old at the time of the crime, was responsible for the death.

On September 8, 2009, Vasquez was arrested at his Los Angeles residence and the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed formal charges.  As detectives continued their investigative efforts,they developed a suspicion that Vasquez did not act alone in this heinous crime. Based on additional forensic analysis Detectives established probable cause to believe that Kevin Michael Shanahan, who was 15-years old in 1975, also participated in the murder in addition they have established that in 1975 Shanahan and Vasquez were close friends and both lived in close proximity to Lewis.

On December 12, 2010, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed murder charges against Shanahan.  He is currently in custody in Olmstead, Minnesota pending extradition to Los Angeles County.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division Cold Case Homicide Unit Detective Tim Marcia at 213-486-6810. During off-hours or on weekends, 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 towww.lapdonline.org and click on web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


$50,000 Reward Detectives Seek Information on Christmas Night Shooting

Los Angeles: Today, the Los Angeles Police Department announced a $50,000 reward sponsored by Councilmember Bernard C. Parks for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in a Christmas night shooting in South Los Angeles.

At about 10:30 p.m., 25-year-old Kashmier James was standing in the 1700 block of West 85th Street.  Two suspects, described as two male Blacks in their 20s, approached in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle (SUV).  One of the suspects exited the SUV and walked toward James.  The suspect produced a handgun and fired multiple gunshots, striking James.  The suspect then ran back to the SUV, which was last seen southbound on Western Avenue from 85th Street. 

James sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including one to her head.  James was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division detectives responded and assumed investigative responsibility.  Anyone with information is urged to call Detectives Doug Pierce or Ernesto Mendoza at 213-485-1383. 

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.


COMPSTAT Citywide Profile

Crime Statistics December  25, 2010

VIOLENT CRIMES                  2010**           2009**          % Chg

Homicide                              293*                307          -4.6%
Rape                                     781                808           -3.3%
Robbery                             10734             11981         -10.4%
Agg Assaults **                     9129            10438         -12.5%
Total Violent Crimes            20937            23538         -11.0%

PROPERTY CRIMES

Burglary                               16872            18034          -6.4%
BTFV                                    26998            28669         -5.8%
Personal/Other Theft            26184            27577          -5.1%
Auto Theft                            16382           17725          -7.6%
Total Property Crimes        86,436          92,005        -6.1%
Total Part I Crimes            107,373       115,539        -7.1%

* Numbers reflects a change in reclassification for Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) guidelines and numbers are adjusted accordingly.

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


A Trio of Robbers Ransack a Liquor Store

Los Angeles.  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Newton Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the three suspects caught on surveillance video robbing a liquor store in South Los Angeles.

On December 26, 2010, at 8:30 p.m., LAPD Newton Area patrol officers responded to a robbery call in the 6000 block of South Avalon Boulevard.  When officers arrived, they were met by victims inside the store.  They also noted that the store appeared to have been ransacked.

The officers’ investigation revealed that two employees were working at a liquor store near the 6000 block of South Avalon Boulevard when three men entered the store.  Two of the men were armed with semi-automatic handguns.  During the incident one of the suspects chased an employee to the back of the store, where the employee managed to lock himself inside of a room.  The other suspects demanded the money from the register, and the second employee complied with their demands.   The robbers placed the money in a bag along with merchandise they gathered from the store shelves.  The suspects then ran out of the store and drove away in a gray four door compact car with an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise.  Detectives say that the trio of suspects may have committed several other robberies in the area.  

The suspects were described as African American men in their early twenties.  

NR106xxcj Liquor Store Robbery2 The first suspect is six feet tall and weighs 260 pounds.  The second suspect stands six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.  The third suspect stands five feet eight inches and weighs 160 pounds.  There was no description of the fourth suspect who drove the getaway car.

Video footage of this incident can be seen at www.lapdtv.org                               

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Newton Area Robbery Detectives Chris Marsden or Guillermo Medina at 323-846-6572.  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 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.


DECEMBER 2010 COP MESSAGE

Oftentimes the holiday season is a time of reflection, stimulating the good memories of what we endured throughout the year.  We reflect not only on the successes and milestones we’ve shared as a Department and in our own personal lives, but the challenges as well.  In this message, I recognize some of our accomplishments and milestones, but notably wish to honor those who are actively serving in our Armed Forces as well as the members of the LAPD family we lost this year. 

While we have faced some challenging times, there is still so much to be proud of.  Even during the tough times, faced with budget cuts, furloughs, and doing more with less, you continue to keep crime down.  We accomplished this together as one resilient workforce to accomplish the mission that we all signed up for when we joined the Department.  As public servants, there is nothing more gratifying than knowing you are making a difference.  In an era where exceptional customer service excellence has virtually disappeared from some professions, the work ethic that each and every one of you demonstrate should be held up as an example for others to try to emulate. 

The year 2010 marks the centennial celebration of women in policing in the LAPD.  We had the eyes of the nation on us during the Lakers victory celebration and through relentless and unprecedented investigative work, identified and arrested those who celebrated unlawfully in our City.  We also identified a serial killer, the “Grim Sleeper”, and put him behind bars, giving the many families of the victims a sense of closure and peace of mind.  We celebrated the one year anniversary of our new home at the Police Administration Building and we integrated 21st century technology into our units by adding digital in-car video surveillance systems.  Our critical incident training methods remained cutting edge with the unveiling of the “HYDRA” Simulation System, the first of its kind in the United States. 

But let us not forget the families of those 39 Los Angeles Police Department employees that continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.  Unfortunately, the sad reality is that we have come together far too many times to recognize the fallen men and women of this Department.   I am saddened that we lost two of our own as they proudly served their country under the most dangerous of circumstances. The memories of Officers “RJ” Cottle and Joshua Cullins will live forever in our hearts as we honor them for their extraordinary sacrifices.  We are justly proud of them and their families, for the lasting contributions they have made. 

For the officers currently serving in active duty, please keep them close to your heart, as we look forward to their speedy and safe return:

 David Anaya, Serial No. 40012, U.S. Army

Erick Barrera, Serial No. 33707, U.S. Marines

Christopher Bellah, Serial No. 39478, U.S. Marines

Thomas Bojorquez, Serial No. 30872, U.S. Army

Christine Bulicz, Serial No. 34690, U.S. Army

David Christensen, Serial No. 38558, U.S. Marines

Brendan Flynn, Serial No. 38496, U. S. Marines

Richard Gadsby, Serial No. 31981, U.S. National Guard

Craig Garcia, Serial No. 40032, U.S. National Guard

David Gonzalez, Serial No. 39760, U.S. Army

Benjamin Hetzler, Serial No. 35160, U.S. Navy

Loma Holland, Serial No. 30394, U.S. Navy

Manuel Huezo, Serial No. 33990, U.S. Coast Guard

Marjorie Israel, Serial No. 38486, U.S. Air Force

Eric Jimenez, Serial No. 39222, U.S. Army

Michael Johnson, Serial No. 31570, U.S. Army

John Kim, Serial No. 31739, U.S. Army

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Serial No. 33335, U.S. Marines

August Lopez, Serial No. 38285, U.S. Army

Cao Luu, Serial No. 36822, U.S. Army

Kevin Marshall, Serial No. 38399, U.S. Army

Greg McManus, Serial No. 33931, U.S. Marines

Daniel Medina, Serial No. 39453, U.S. Army

Joseph Mueller, Serial No. 21213, U.S. Marines

Joe Olivares, Serial No. 39658, U.S. Marines

Ryan Powell, Serial No. 35570, U.S. Marines

Sonia Rodriguez, Serial No. 38964, U.S. Army

Michael Rodriguez, Serial No. 30566, U.S. Marines

Gina Roh, Serial No. 39516, U.S. National Guard

John Seffel, Serial No. 35330, U.S. National Guard

Sonia Sigler, Serial No. 32904, U.S. Navy

Ryan Stogner, Serial No. 38373, U.S. Marines

Rigoberto Torres, Serial No. 39788, U.S. Marines

Ruben Vargas, Serial No. 38825, U.S. Marines

Michael Watson, Serial No. 34309, U. S. Marines

Ryan White, Serial No. 34506, U. S. Marines

Robert White, Serial No. 32998, U. S. Army

Roy Yoo, Serial No. 39248, U.S. Army

This year we endured the heartache of having to say goodbye to other members of our LAPD family who passed away.

 Police Officer II Ray Robinson, Serial No.27156                      End of Watch – 01/21/10

Detective (Retired) John Rodriguez, Serial No. 21343   End of Watch – 01/27/10

Police Officer II Jaqueline Montalvo, Serial No. 35357             End of Watch – 02/25/10

Property Officer Ryan Farhand, Serial No. N4027                    End of Watch – 03/11/10

Police Officer III+1 Robert “RJ” Cottle, Serial No. 27922        End of Watch – 03/24/10

Reserve Police Officer Patrick Beighley, Serial No. R6131        End of Watch – 04/15/10

Chief of Police (Retired) Daryl F. Gates, Serial No. 6432          End of Watch – 04/16/10

Sergeant II Frank Mika, Serial No. 14234                                End of Watch – 05/29/10

Secretary Patricia Clemons, Serial No. M9076                         End of Watch – 06/03/10

Specialist Reserve Bernard Cron, Serial No. R0975                  End of Watch – 07/20/10

Detective I Walter Boyle, Serial No. 35990                              End of Watch – 07/23/10

Garage Attendant Derrick Winters, Serial No. E8070   End of Watch – 08/19/10

Specialist Reserve Ken Gerston, Serial No. R3024                   End of Watch – 09/01/10

Senior Clerk Typist Adrianna Rodriguez, Serial No. E9806       End of Watch – 09/01/10

Police Officer II Dennis Duran, Serial No. 24647                      End of Watch – 10/18/10

Police Officer II Joshua Cullins, Serial No. 39542                     End of Watch – 10/19/10

Reserve Specialist Officer Paul Shin, Serial No. R5003 End of Watch – 10/29/10

 Together We Can…

 Please take the time to reflect on your own lives and renew your own commitments to each other and the causes you believe in. You may not have to look far, as you look for opportunities to give thanks and help those who need it most.  Each one of us has the ability to make the holidays brighter for our co-workers as well as the families in the communities we serve.    

 As we say goodbye to 2010, I want to thank each and every one of you for the ongoing and exceptional service you provide each day.  This Department is special because of each and every one its employees.  I am extremely humbled after having served as your Chief for the past year and I commit to you that I will continue to keep you involved by creating opportunities for you to voice your suggestions and concerns through meetings, personal emails and while working patrol.  This is YOUR Department and will only be as successful as you are. 

This year we welcomed Mrs. Cecilia Glassman, as the new President of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, who traditionally hosts the annual LAPD holiday party.  Please join us as we celebrate this holiday season on Saturday, December 18th at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott Hotel.  On behalf of the men and women of this Department, we express sincere gratitude and appreciation for the remarkable work of the Foundation.  Another special event I proudly recognize our employees is the annual Holiday Assembly on December 16th at 1030 a.m., in the Deaton Hall Auditorium.  This year’s Assembly will have a new theme and a few other surprises, so please check the infoweb for more details.  I look forward to seeing you there.

 From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season.