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ARSON ALERT!

Three days of multiple car fires set in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley! Your tip could catch this arsonist and save lives!

Detectives are standing by to work on all clues.  Call 877 LAPD-247 or Crimestoppers at 800 222-TIPS(8477). Or you can text tips: Text-a-Tip instructions:Text the letters"TIPLA" plus your tip to 274637 or CRIMES.


A Way to End the Year

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What a great way to end the year for recruit class 7-11.  Today December 30, 2011, 39 new police officers marched across the Los Angeles Police Academy field. With the weather in the mid-seventies and the sun reflecting off their uniform hat brim, the newly recruited police officers will bring in the New Year with a smile on their faces.

Class 7-11 001Chief Charlie Beck gave the new officers an example of how to be a great police officer.  He gave honor to Lieutenant II Joseph McWilliams from Metropolitan Division who will be retiring in the next few days.  Chief Beck stated, “It’s not what you learned in the police academy that makes you great police officers, it’s what type of character you have before you come in and Lieutenant McWilliams is a fine example of what character is.”  Chief Beck made a promise to the officers stating, “I promise if you protect and serve the City of Los Angeles, I will protect and serve you.”  Happy New Year’s class 7-11.Class 7-11 007

 


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Los Angeles:  LAPD Northeast Division homicide detectives are investigating the death of a homeless man who was brutally stabbed to death.

Early this morning just before 1 a.m., officers in Highland Park were dispatched to the 5800 block of North Figueroa Street where a man who appeared to be homeless had been stabbed. A security guard on routine patrol had discovered the victim and immediately called an ambulance.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead. At this time, detectives haven’t determined a motive for the killing, and the victim’s identity is being withheld until family members are notified.  
   
Anyone who may have witnessed this crime or has information about it is urged to contact LAPD Northeast Division homicide detectives at 323-344-5744.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).  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.


Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not be Tolerated in the City and County of Los Angeles NR11592rh

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, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the District Attorney’s Office 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.

Today, 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, Nicole Nishida, at 323-810-1973.    


Family Reunited with Their Family Pets

 

Los Angeles:  On December 3, 2011 Los Angeles City residents Jahari and Shana Boyd discovered that their two dogs, “Myles” a Cocker Spaniel/Terrier mix and “Sam” a Boston Terrier/Pug mix had escaped from their secured yard in the 8800 block of Roslyndale Avenue in Arleta.  

Jahari and Shana had recently purchased a home in the area and they were unfamiliar with the neighborhood.  Having recently moved to the area and losing their dogs, which they consider to be members of their family, they described feeling as if their home was “an empty shell without their family members.”  Aggravating their feelings of despair was the thought of celebrating the Christmas season without their family pets and not knowing whether the dogs were safe.

On December 4, 2011, Officers Farner and Martinez were returning to Operations- Valley Bureau in Panorama City when they saw two stray dogs roaming the streets.  Upon observing the dogs they noticed that the dogs were well cared for and must be someone’s pets.  Farner and Martinez took the initiative to take custody of the dogs and embarked on a two-week search for their owners.

Officer Farner took the dogs into her home; cleaned them, fed them and cared for them as if they were her own.  Upon returning to work the next day, Officer Farner created and posted fliers to notify the public that two dogs had been found.  After several days of no- response, Officer Farner posted a public notice on Craigslist advertising the found dogs.  In spite of her extraordinary effort in attempting to locate the owners of the dogs, she was unsuccessful.

On December 19, 2011, Farner and Martinez, while assigned to the Valley Bureau Crime Task Force were working Foothill Division.  While conducting enforcement duties, Officer Martinez saw a flier that read, “Lost Dog.”  The flier had a picture of the two dogs as well as a description and names of the dogs, along with contact information for Jahiri Boyd.  Upon seeing the flier, Martinez and Farner recognized the dogs as the ones Officer Farner had been caring for.

Farner contacted Jahiri and advised her that her dogs were safe and well cared for.  Upon receiving the phone call Jahiri fell to her knees and started crying as she was so thankful that her dogs were safe and that they would be returning home.  Farner made arrangements with Jahiri to meet with her and reunite Jahiri with “Myles” and “Sam” their beloved family members.

On December 28, 2011, Sgt. Plugge spoke to Jahiri to inquire about her dogs and the experience of being reunited with her family pets.  Jahiri stated that she was extremely grateful for the thoughtfulness, compassion and caring attitude Officer Farner displayed towards her pets.  She went on to say that her faith in mankind has been restored.  She is proud that Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department are dedicated to their motto of “To protect and to serve,” even when the recipients of the service are family pets.

Officers Farner and Martinez are to be commended for extending their compassion and concern to not only the human residents of this City but also to our four legged friends that are often times, also  thought of as members. 

Officer Farner in particular is commended for her extraordinary effort in caring for the animals and tirelessly searching for their owner so that they could be reunited with their family.  The actions of these officers reflect highly upon the Los Angeles Police Department and made great strides in emphasizing the partnership between the Police Department and the citizens that we serve.

For further information please contact Sgt. Matthew Plugge at 818-269-9733 or Sgt. Kalyn at 818-644-8080.


 

 


Olympic Area Officers Conducting a Narcotics Investigation, Shot at Multiple Times by a Man Driving a Stolen Car

Los Angeles: On December 21, 2011, at around 6:20 p.m., officers assigned to the Olympic Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail, were conducting an investigation near Berendo Street and Washington Boulevard, when they located a stolen car.  The officers set up surveillance on the stolen vehicle and requested a black and white patrol unit to assist with the investigation.  At around 7:15 p.m., 19-year-old Edgar Gonzalez, got into the stolen car and drove away.  The officers immediately followed the suspect and requested additional officers and an air ship. 

As the officers followed the suspect, they saw Gonzalez collide with a car that was stopped at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.  The suspect got out of the car, pointed a handgun at the officers and fired multiple times.  An officer involved shooting occurred and Gonzalez was struck by gunfire.  Suspect Gonzalez was transported to a local hospital by Rescue Ambulance, but died shortly after arriving to the hospital. 

A revolver was recovered at the scene and no officers were injured during this incident.

The officers involved in the above officer-involved shooting have been identified as:

Police Officer III Daniel Chavez, Police Officer III Susan Garcia, Police Officer II Gregorio Rangel, Police Officer II Ruben Quintanar, Police Officer III Wusbaldo Batres, Police Officer I David Camacho, Police Officer II Jason Clark, Police Officer II Steve Kim, Police Officer III Wil Lopez, Police Officer II Juan Manzo, Police Oficer II Celestino Johnson, Police Officer II Seth Goldstein and Police Officer II Graham Dawson.

The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting and all related crimes.  

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use of force policy which states that officers’ use of force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the Officer Involved Shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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.


Woman Stabbed to Death in San Pedro

Los angeles:  LAPD Harbor Area Homicide Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in a homicide investigation of an unidentified woman stabbed to death in San Pedro.

On December 24, 2011, around 7:15 p.m., an unknown female White was discovered lying on the sidewalk in front of a building located in the 1110 block of South Pacific Avenue by community members.  According to detectives, as citizens approached her and they saw that the victim had multiple stab wounds to her upper body.  Several witnesses also saw an unidentified male with possible dark baggy clothing running from the area.

Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the victim to a nearby hospital where she died a short time later.

The motive for the murder remains unknown at this time.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Harbor Area Homicide Detectives David Alvarez at 310-726-7889 or Detective Patty Batts 310-726-7879.  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.


Multi-Agency Arrests of Human Trafficking Suspects

Los Angeles:  A Los Angeles man was arrested for Sexual Assault of a minor.  Officials announced the arrest based on a criminal investigation initiated earlier this year by a multi-agency task force,

On December 22, 2011, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, reviewed the investigation and filed numerous criminal charges including: Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor, Pimping/Pandering and multiple counts of Lewd Acts upon a child.

The victim, who was under the age of 12, was allegedly contacted by the suspect identified as Michael Vincent Pree in Los Angeles.  Pree took the victim to his residence and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse with him on numerous occasions over the course of one week.  Additionally, Pree forced the victim to work as a street-walking prostitute over the course of the same week.

On December 21, 2011, investigative personnel assigned to the Los Angeles, Innocence Lost Task Force arrested Pree and served a search warrant at his residence.  Additional evidence linking Pree to his criminal enterprise was discovered and booked into evidence for future court proceedings.  The Innocence Lost Task Force is a multi agency operation, which includes the LAPD, the FBI, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’ Office, and the Department of Homeland Security.

The arrest of Pree was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles Innocence Lost Task Force, in support of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative.  The task force was formed to address the growing problem of the commercial and sexual exploitation of children through prostitution in the United States.  The initiative has resulted in the development of 44 dedicated task forces and working groups throughout the United States, involving federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  To date, these groups have worked successfully to rescue more than 1,800 children, and have successfully led to the conviction of over 800 pimps, madams and their associates who exploit children through prostitution.  These convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including multiple life sentences, as well as the seizure of real property, vehicles and monetary assets.  All of the victims in these crimes were under the age of 18.  The investigation is on-going.  

Anyone with further information regarding this matter is asked to call the Innocence Lost Task Force Hotline at 800-655-4095.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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.


Police Seek Witnesses to Fatal Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: LAPD Valley Traffic Division (VTD) detectives are looking for anyone who may have witnessed a dramatic traffic accident in which a driver was instantly killed.

This morning at around 11:45 a.m., a 71-year-old West Hills resident was driving his vehicle south on Valley Circle Boulevard just south of Caris Street when he ran off the road and hit a parked vehicle and tree. He sustained a severe blunt-force impact to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

VTD detectives are investigating the collision and trying to determine why the driver lost control of his car, and witnesses, if any, might be able to assist them.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call VTD Officer Scott DeWitt at 818-644-8027 or 818-644-8020. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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.


Gang Shooting Leaves One Man Dead

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Northeast Division Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of suspects responsible for fatally shooting a 20-year-old man in the Glassell Park area.

Today, around 12:01 a.m., Edgar DeJesus and his two friends were walking in the 3000 block of Estrada Street in the Glassell Park community of Los Angeles.  As the group stopped in front of a house in the 3100 block of Estrada Street, an unknown vehicle drove by and stopped.  Two suspects got out of the car and confronted DeJesus, asking for his gang affiliation.  During the confrontation, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot at DeJesus. DeJesus ran eastbound on Estra Street towards Fletcher Avenue and two suspects gave chase.  One suspect continued to fire rounds at DeJesus and struck him multiple times in the upper torso.  DeJesus ran a short time and collapsed on the street in the 3300 block of Fletcher Drive.

After the shooting, both suspects ran to their parked vehicle, got into the car and drove off westbound on Estrada Avenue to southbound Andrita Street.
 
Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics transported DeJesus to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later.  Detectives believe the motive for the shooting is gang related.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Northeast Area Homicide Division, Detectives L. Governo or J. Carillo at 213-847-4261. 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.