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Video Captures LAPD Officers Rescuing Man from Suicide

Los Angeles:  A video posted on YouTube shows LAPD Central Area officers rescuing a man in his early 30s from committing suicide yesterday, July 28, when he was attempting to jump off of an apartment building at 111 W. 7th Street.

"The most amazing thing about this is the officers' commitment to saving this man in the face of danger to their own lives," said Lt. Paul Vernon, in charge of detectives in downtown Los Angeles.  "What you don't see is the man actually biting the arm of Officer Rick Linton, who in spite of the pain and the insult, continues to hold on to the man."

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. last night when the man, distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend, went to the roof edge on the thirteenth floor of the apartment building.

Eventually, officers handcuffed the man to the grate to secure him and then brought in firefighters who cut the grate and removed it.  The man was then taken to a hospital for evaluation and placed on a 72-hour hold.  He was not arrested.

"What the public doesn't always realize or appreciate are these kinds of selfless acts that police officers perform daily," Lt. Vernon added.

Officer Rick Linton is assigned to the Gang Enforcement Unit at the Central Police Station and  has four years as an officer with LAPD.

The video was taken by an independent observer watching the rescue and may be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zzPBMCkofw


Suspect Charges at Officers during Service Call

Los Angeles:  A man, who refused to leave a business, struggled with officers and charged at them during a call for service in the Wilshire area.

On July 26, 2011, around 2 a.m., LAPD Wilshire Area patrol officers were called to the 7200 block of Melrose Avenue for “a naked man refusing to leave a place of business.”  The person reporting advised the officers that the suspect, 46-year-old Allan Keay, entered the business, and refused to pay or leave the location.
 
Upon arrival, the officers encountered Keay naked, lying on a chair inside the business. The officers told him to go outside.  Once outside, officers directed Keay to leave the location, but instead he turned toward one of the officers, yelled profanity and threw clothing at him.  Keay then raised his hands, clenched his fists and immediately walked toward the officer in an aggressive manner.

The officers then became involved in a use of force with Keay and used a two-man takedown to control him.  Keay struck his head, which caused a contusion to his left eyebrow and an abrasion on the bridge of his nose.  He continued to flail while on the ground as the officers gave him verbal commands and ultimately the officers were able to handcuff him.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel responded and tried to transport Keay to a hospital, but he refused.  Due to his medical history, officers were unable to book him at LAPD’s Jail Division, so he was transported to a local hospital by Wilshire officers.  During the examination, he was diagnosed with an injury that may have occurred during the use of force.

LAPD’s Force Investigation Division (FID) is investigating the use of force incident.


Recognition Awards

July 21, 2011 -  The Los Angeles Police Department recognized eighty-one Department employees for their bravery, heroism, saving or preservation of human life, exceptional performance of duty and outstanding service to the people of Los Angeles. The recipients were recognized by the Department for numerous awards.


Before the awards were presented, Chief Beck made a special announcement honoring a recipient that was unable to receive her award.  Senior Clerk Typist Adrien Shields from Hollywood Division passed away before she could accept the Police Meritorious Unit Citation Award.The award was presented to her mother and son who proudly accepted it on her behalf.


Seventy-one recipients were given the “Police Meritorious Unit Citation.”  This is awarded to an organizational unit of the Department for bravery or outstanding service by its members functioning as a team.  It consists of a medal, ribbon, and a copy of the citation.


Eight recipients received the “Lifesaving” medal. The Lifesaving medal is awarded to recognize the actions of Department personnel that result in the saving or preservation of human life that otherwise would have been lost without the employee's direct involvement.  An employee can receive only one lifesaving award per incident, regardless of how many victims were involved.  The award consists of a medal, lapel pin, and ribbon.


Two recipients received the “Police Star.” The Police Star is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of duty. The award consists of a medal, lapel pin, and a ribbon.


Chief Beck stated, “I have the honor and pleasure of being the Chief of Police for the world’s greatest Police Department.  It’s not great because we have beautiful buildings, it’s not great because we reduce crime, it’s because of the great people, it’s because of you.”


The ceremony was held in the Ronald Deaton Auditorium.  The auditorium was filled with members of the Department, family, and friends sharing in the special moment with their loved ones.


Two Homicides in Southeast Area

Los Angeles: LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Division 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 two young men.

On July 25, 2011, at around 11:50 p.m., 20-year- old Gary Sanders was found on the sidewalk on the west side of a residence in the 200 block of 87th Place.  Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel responded and found Sanders suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was then transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  

Detectives believe the victim was with a group of people prior to the shooting.  This incident is considered gang related, but there is no suspect description.

On July 27, 2011, minutes past midnight, 18-year-old Juan Cruz Lopez was in the 200 block of East 107th Street with a group of people.  Unknown suspect(s) fired several gunshots toward the group of people who were drinking and being boisterous.  The majority of the group immediately ran from the scene, however, Lopez was found lying in a driveway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  

Los Angeles City Fire Department Personnel responded and transported Lopez to a local hospital where he failed to respond to emergency medical treatment and was pronounced dead from his injuries.   

At this time, there is no suspect description, and it’s unknown if the shooting is gang related.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call Criminal Gang Homicide Division Detective Sal LaBarbera at 213-485-4341. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.


Another Smash+Grab Robbery in Jewelry District, Caught on Video

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles detectives have released video of a brazen, daylight robbery downtown, in which three Black men in red hoodies rush into a jewelry store, pepper spray the owner and smash the display cases, taking over $7,000 in costume jewelry.

“We’ve been seeing these smash-and-grabs occurring for several weeks,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division.  “As you can see in the video, the use of pepper spray has become a common tactic.”

The robbery occurred at the 21st Century Jewelry store on July 22, must before 1 PM.  The three suspects were 5’9” to 6’0” tall and 17 to 20 years old.  They left in a white 4-door Toyota Camry with paper plates.  Police have investigated seven similar robberies along Broadway since late June.

Detectives noted a similar pattern of robberies last summer as well, they and cite the price of gold as a prime motivator for the crimes.

The one commonality for all these crimes is the suspects are part of South Los Angeles gangs, though no one gang is directing or leading the spree.  “We think that the word has gotten around that this is somehow easy money, but I’m here to tell everyone, we’ve put 13 people in jail over the last couple weeks and we’ll keep doing that until they realize the pickings aren’t so easy,” Lt. Vernon warned.

Detectives have noted a pattern of similar robberies across the southland.  “We’ve have spoken to other agencies from Tustin to Corona to Inglewood,” Lt. Vernon added.  Detectives have trained officers and business owners to be aware of signs of an impending robbery, based on: the number of persons in a car, suspicious persons looking around a store then leaving;  how suspects are dressed; obscured car license plates; and tools, like hammers.  Police arrested one crew of four men two weeks ago before they could commit the robbery.  They were booked on conspiracy charges.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Central Detectives at 213-972-1251.  During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.

Video is available for viewing at Central Police station and at www.lapdtv.org

 


Store Manager Shot and Killed in Valley

Los Angeles:  LAPD Devonshire Area Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect who shot and killed a store manager in Northridge.

On Friday, July 22, 2011, at about 4:03 p.m., police officers responded to a call of an “Ambulance Shooting” in the 8900 block of Tampa Avenue.  Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced clinically dead on July 24, 2011.  However, the victim remained on life support until July 26.

The victim was identified as 55-year-old Cristian Manzur.  He was employed at a retail business as a manager. There is no information about the suspect. The weapon has not yet been recovered, and detectives have not determined what prompted the shooting.  

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Devonshire Area Homicide detectives at 818-832-0554 or 818-832-0559.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.


LAPD Northeast Division Unveils Murals

Tuesday July 26, 2011 - LAPD Northeast Community Police Station held a news conference to unveil two community murals.

Deputy Chief Jose Perez, Captain Bill Murphy, Director of Youth Violence and Gang Prevention Mr. Aida Cerda and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital came together in a joint effort to unveil two murals.

Mur2 The unveiling ceremony provided an opportunity for local residents, members of the clergy, nearby churches,community organizations and local businesses to acknowledge and support the community pride and artistic expression of some of the high-risk youth who live in Northeast Division area. 

During the news conference, the 21’x16’ mural was unveiled.  The mural was designed and painted by  more than a dozen young artists.

Some of the key goals for this project were to nurture artistic talent by using art as a way to redirect troubled youth to positive outlets of expression, as well as to help build positive relationships among youth, community and police.
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Woman Attacks Baby in Stroller

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Natasha Hubbard, 36, with aggravated assault following Hubbard’s July 21 arrest for grabbing a 4-month-old baby from his stroller and slamming him into a metal pole.

Central Area Detectives are releasing Hubbard’s photograph in hopes that if there are other victims, they will come forward.  This happened in a shopping district within Skidrow, due to the fact that it is such a crowded area, Detectives feel that there could be other victims.

 Around 1 PM, Adriana Miranda, 29, was pushing her infant son, Alexander, in a stroller on Boyd Street, near San Julian Street in the Toy District.  The baby was belted in his infant carrier, with Adriana’s sister walking nearby.  Without warning, Hubbard unbelted the child and grabbed him by the leg.   Witnesses described her as swinging the child over her head, and slamming him into a metal rail of a nearby truck.

“The mother and aunt fought off the woman and Mom grabbed the baby,” Lt. Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division, explained.  “Hubbard attacked Adriana, scratching and clawing her as she clutched Alexander in her arms.”

Mother and aunt ran into an adjoining store for protection, as their assailant ran away.   However, the owner of the store pushed the victims back out onto the street.  Arriving officers were able to locate Hubbard with the help of witnesses who pointed her out.  She was booked for Aggravated Assault and her bail was set at $30,000.

Hubbard told detectives at the police station that she tried to break off the baby’s arm so she could eat it. The victim received bruises and scratches as a result of the attack.   The infant’s mother, Adriana  also sustained minor injuries.  

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Erika Moya at 213-972-1234.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.


Missing Person Alejandro Hisola

Los Angeles:  The family of Alejandro Hisola and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public’s help in finding Hisola.

On July 22, 2011, at about 8 a.m., Hisola was last seen in the 7600 block of Boeing Avenue, in the city of West Los Angeles. He went for his daily walk and failed to return to his residence.  He previously resided in Las Vegas and often speaks of returning, however, his wife later discovered that he left his wallet, ID and credit cards in the residence and it is believed that he has no means to travel to Las Vegas at this time.  It is extremely unusual for the missing person to disappear in this manner and his family is greatly concerned for his safety.    

Hisola is described as an 89-year-old Asian or Filipino male, with gray hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs approximately 115 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a tan hat, blue striped long sleeved shirt, black pants and white shoes.  He is also missing upper and lower teeth.    

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hisola is asked to contact LAPD Missing Persons Unit Detective Marla Ciuffetelli at (213) 996-1800. 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.


Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments Join the Fight to Combat Hate

Los Angeles: Public safety officials launch the Stop Hate And Respect Everyone (SHARE) Tolerance campaign that encourages the youth and the community to celebrate individual diversity.

At a news conference held earlier today, Los Angeles Police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca unveiled a billboard that read “SHARE Tolerance-Join Our Fight To Combat Hate.”  

The Stop Hate And Respect Everyone Tolerance Program was developed by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Departments to combat and reduce hate crimes.  The SHARE program focused on students in the 9th and 10th grades.  Soon after the SHARE Program began, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit adopted the SHARE Program and customized it for kids between the 4th and 8th grades.  

The common goal for both Departments is to prevent youth from committing hate crimes and to promote the importance of respecting and accepting each other’s differences.  Ideally, the students who participated in the SHARE Program would pass along what they have learned to their peers and siblings as they move up into junior and senior high schools.  “We believe it is vitally important to teach our children early on, that “different” does not always equal bad.” Chief Paysinger said.

Sheriff Lee Baca said, “Deputy Sheriffs and police officers have the public’s trust, they have leadership skills, and they care. S.H.A.R.E. Tolerance is a great example of our Department’s Core Values that each of us displays the courage to ‘stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and bigotry in all its forms.”

Together Chief Paysinger and Sheriff Baca retold the message that mutual respect allows people the opportunity to live a life without concern of sanctions, disapproval and fear.  It is the key to ending property crimes and crimes against humanity that are based in ignorance and hate.  

As of July 25, 2011, the LAPD Hate Crimes Unit has completed SHARE Presentations at:

  • June 2010-Excel Charter Academy for 74 8th Grade Students  
  • September 2010-135th Street School for 180 4th & 5th grade students
  • October 2010- Excel Charter Academy for 231 6th,7th, 8th grade students
  • January 2011-Transfiguration & Immaculate Conception Catholic Schools for 4th-8th grade students
  • March & April 2011-Windsor Hills Math and Science Magnet School for 4th-8th grade students

For more information regarding the Stop Hate And Respect Everyone (SHARE) Tolerance Program, please call LAPD Detective Support and Vice Division, Hate Crime Unit at 213-996-1390, or e-mail at: hatecrimesunit@lapd.lacity.org