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Man Killed Inside Motel Room

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of three suspects  who killed 21-year-old Michael Davis.

Today, around 2 a.m., Davis was inside a motel room in the 8480 block of South Figueroa Street when one of the suspects forced his way into the room and all three suspects began to assault him.  One of the suspects took out a gun and fired at Davis striking him in the upper torso.  The three suspects left the motel room.  A motel employee was informed of the shooting and he called for assistance.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported Davis to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  

Detectives believe the motive for the shooting is a gang dispute.  The suspects are described as male Black, late teens or early 20’s.  The suspects and the weapon are still outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Criminal Gang Homicide Detectives at 213-485-1383.  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 (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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


Off-Duty Officers Team Up with Voice For The Animals to Rescue Cats on Skid Row

Los Angeles: Off-Duty LAPD Officers will team up with Voice For The Animals (VFTA) volunteers to rescue more than 50 cats and kittens living on Skid Row.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department are joining efforts this Saturday morning with a local rescue group Voice For The Animals (VFTA).  The officers will work with the community volunteers from VFTA in an effort to rescue a large group of cats and kittens who were being fed for many years by a church on Skid Row. The church closed this week which means that the more than 50 adult cats and kittens would be forced to fend for themselves on the City streets.

Several of the cats have already been rescued from the location by VFTA but there are still approximately 20-30 adult cats and two mothers with litters who are awaiting rescue. The rescue operation will begin Saturday morning around 5 a.m. in the area of the church located at 7th and San Julian.

“We will be using Have A Heart traps which are used for feral and/or scared cats” said Melya Kaplan, Executive Director of Voice For The Animals.  The new owners of the property made it clear they want the cats gone before they take over on May 5. The rescue operation will seek to capture the cats and kittens and then place them into a “non-kill” shelter for evaluation and then efforts will be made to place the cats and kittens into loving homes.

The media are welcome to attend this joint operation as LAPD and Community volunteers give of their time to rescue these loving creatures.

Voice For The Animals is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal protection organization. This rescue is being done with no cost to the city.

For further information please feel free to contact Voice For The Animals at 310-392-5153 or Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.


“Painter Mask” Robbery Suspects Wanted for Six Armed Robberies

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Robbery-Homicide Division detectives are asking for the public’s help to provide information on the identity of two suspects armed with handguns who are responsible for at least six “takeover” robberies within the City of Los Angeles and similar robberies in Gardena, Hawthorne and East Los Angeles.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2011 around 8:30 p.m., two armed suspects committed their first robbery at an auto parts store in the 24800 block of South Western Avenue in San Pedro.  The suspects’ method of operation is to take cash from the registers and safes, and personnel property from the store employees.  They have targeted auto parts stores and a pharmacy and usually hit the stores around closing time.

Both suspects cover their faces with painter’s masks, ski masks or bandanas and wear gloves.  They have been seen carrying a lunch bag as they enter the business.  Suspect one is a Black male who is between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall.  He weighs 170 to180 pounds, has a light mustache and is 30 to 40 years old.  Suspect two is a Black or Hispanic male who is also between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He has a mustache, sideburns, possible chin-strap beard, weighs 170 to180 pounds and is 25 to 30 years old.

Other locations of occurrence are as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011    8:45 p.m.    24800 block of South Western Avenue
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011    8:35 p.m.    300 block of West Anaheim Boulevard
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012        6:30 p.m.    11500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012   9 p.m.         7000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012        8:50 p.m.    800 block of North Western Avenue

Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section Detective Maria Tomes 213-486-6840 during regular business hours.  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 (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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


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Notes from the April 24, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

  • Chief Charlie Beck regretfully announced off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Lieutenant Joseph Satow lost his life over the weekend.  Chief Beck offered his condolences to his family. Chief Beck stated he attended the Baker to Vegas race.  He congratulated the men & women on the great success the LAPD made during the weekend. He reported violent crime is down by 8.6% compared to this time last year. Gang-related crime is down by 19%.
  • The Executive Director, Richard Tefank, announced there will be no Police Commission meeting Tuesday May 1, 2012 due to pre-planned May Day activities.  The next regular meeting will be May 8, 2012.  He noted the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report for March 2012 was included in the Commissioners’ packages for review.  He stated there was a correction on Regular Agenda item 8I. The DEPARTMENT’S REPORT, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Original Records for Southwest Area, should read, The DEPARTMENT’S REPORT, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Duplicate Records for Southwest Area.
  • The Inspector General, Alexander Bustamante, stated this past Friday he and assistant Inspector General Django Sibley attended the Islamic mosque town hall meeting in Northridge regarding the April 11, 2012 Officer Involved Shooting which occurred on the 101 freeway.  Bustamante stated the meeting turned out well.  They were able to discuss the process of how the Police Department the Inspector General office investigates Officer Involved Shootings.
  • The Executive Director report, dated April 12, 2012, relative to the Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal, was approved.  The Commission awarded the Distinguished Service Medal to Police Commissioner Alan J. Skobin for his service as a Police Commissioner.  Skobin leaves the Police Commission to join the Fire Commission. Executive Director Richard Tefank stated Alan Skobin has been with the commission for nine years. He has played a vital role in the oversight of the Department beginning with the implementation of the Consent Decree. He was also instrumental in the Leadership of the Purple Heart award for Police Officers.  He identified issues the officers were having with their hand held radios and was the driving force to get funds for the Department to get new radios.  He was the Use of Force liaison and the OPG liaison for the Commission.  Skobin has demonstrated a commitment and desire to help the City of Los Angeles and to help the men and women of the Police Department.  Tefank stated Alan Skobin well deserves the Distinguished Service Medal.  
  • The Executive Director report, dated April 13, 2012, relative to the Appointment of Police Commissioner to the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee, was approved. Vice President John Mack was appointed as the Police Commission representative to the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee.
  • The verbal presentation and updates  regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the Pacific Area was given by Commanding Officer Jon Peters and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) representative Rob Kadota.
  • Captain Peters was happy to report violent crime is down by 7% in Pacific and there have been no homicides this year. This diverse Division encompasses LAX and Venice, meaning thousands of tourists move in and out the area daily. This CPAB is very active and produces numerous community events including the Winter Wonderland and Santa Sleigh that moves throughout the community. Pacific employs social media to effectively communicate with community members. Pacific also has numerous and robust youth programs and activities.
  • The Department’s verbal report and discussion, relative to the Status of the Backlog of Department Traffic Collision Adjudications was given by Commander Michael Williams.
  • Commander Williams stated there are currently 31 backlogged accidents to be investigated and he anticipates the backlog to be clear in two weeks. The Commission asked this item become a quarterly report to the Commission.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 10, 2012, relative to the Los Angeles Police Department’s report on Conditional Official Reprimands, was given by Deputy Chief Mark Perez which was accepted with direction for the Department to prepare a Special Order for Commission review within 120 days. In addition, the Department will report back within 60 days with more in-depth analysis of the potential discipline involving officer involved shootings and use of force incidents. Deputy Chief Perez noted the recidivism rate is actually lower with the Conditional Official Reprimand system as opposed to the traditional suspension method.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the DNA Monthly Report for February 2012, was approved and transmitted to the City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 10, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Original Records for Foothill Area, was transmitted and to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 10, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Original Records for Hollywood Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Duplicate Records for Southwest Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

 


12-Year-Old Missing Girl

Update
April 26, 2012


Hernandez was found and returned to her family.


Los Angeles:  The family of Nicole Jacqueline Hernandez and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are asking for the public’s help in locating Nicole, who was last seen on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at about 7:30 a.m., when she was dropped off at Vista Middle School, 15040 Roscoe Boulevard in Van Nuys.

Nicole is in good health, but may have been upset after a disagreement with her mother over a relationship with an older boy.

Nicole is a female Hispanic, 12 years old, with shoulder length black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 107 pounds with a slim build.  She was wearing a black sweater and blue jeans and black shoes. She has a pierced right lower lip.  

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Nicole Hernandez is asked to contact LAPD Mission Division at 818-838-9800.  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.


USC News Conference

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Thursday April 26, 2012 - In a news conference held on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC), Police Chief Charlie Beck along with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and USC President C. L. Max Nikias joined together to address some of the safety concerns students and the public have in the wake of the recent shooting involving two USC graduate students.  Chief Beck outlined some of the changes he made in deployment to address those concerns.  To hear Chief Beck’s comments click here. 

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Fight Inside Transit Bus Results in Serious Injury to Passenger

(Update)
May 2, 2012

On April 27, 2012, the person who walked away from the bus was located and interviewed by West Bureau Homicide detectives. He was not arrested. According to detectives, both the suspect and victim were males in their 20’s. The investigation is ongoing and the case is being investigated by West Bureau Homicide detectives.

 

Los Angeles:  Detectives from LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Division have released video footage of a fight aboard a transit bus in efforts to identify the individual involved.

On April 5, 2012, around 7:05 p.m., two passengers aboard a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus became involved in a verbal dispute which escalated into a physical altercation. As a result of the fight, victim Luis Contreras suffered a serious head injury and is now fighting for his life at a local hospital. The bus was traveling in the area of Westwood Boulevard and Rochester Avenue in West Los Angeles when the incident occurred.

“This fight literally started over one individual stepping on the foot of the other. Words were exchanged and punches were thrown,” said West Bureau Homicide Detective Luis Carranza who is assigned to the case.

There were several passengers on the bus who witnessed the incident.  Witnesses were interviewed, but detectives have not been able to identify the individual involved in the fight. Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the individual involved.  “We need someone to watch the video and look at the photographs,” Carranza explained.  “Anyone with information can contact us.  We just want to know why this unfortunate incident occurred.  We want to speak with him to get his side of the story.”

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives Armando Acero or Luis Carranza at (213) 382-9470.  Anonymous tips can be called into 1-877 LAPD 24-7, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org   by clicking on “webtips” and following the prompts.

 

 


Denim Day in LA and USA

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a Pic 014news conference at World Peace Headquarters to commemorate the 13th Annual Denim Day. Denim Day in LA & USA, held each April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is an award-winning annual sexual violence prevention and educational campaign. On this this day people are encouraged to wear jean to support survivors of sexual assault and raise awareness around sexual violence issues.

The Mayor used this occasion to call on Congress to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act. Throughout the City, LAUSD middle and high school campuses will take part in Denim Day activities.

Organized annually by the nonprofit organization Peace Over Violence, Denim Day started in 1999 after an Italian Supreme Court case sparked international outrage when judges did not convict a rapist because the victim wore tight jeans. The judges ruled that because the victim must have helped her attacker remove the jeans, it was no longer rape but consensual sex. Within hours, the women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work and later that year, activists in Los Angeles organized the first Denim Day.


Sunburst Youth Academy

April 24, 2012–On the playground of Flournoy Elementary School in the Nickerson Gardens area of South Los Angeles, students gathered and awaited the arrival of some very special guests.  The newest graduating class of the Sunburst Youth Academy was on their way, ready to treat the children of the school to a marching display of pageantry.

Sunburst Academy 003As the class arrived to lights and sirens, the children stood and cheered.  Once on the grounds of the schoolyard, the students of Sunburst began their presentation. Two platoons of both males and females marched and chanted, with the school children lifting signs of praise and encouragement in the air. The academy graduate’s message was clear: “Stay in school! Stay away from gangs!”

The Sunburst Youth Academy is a partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Army/ National Guard which takes in troubled teens from the inner-cities, and teaches life skills, responsibility and discipline.  This five month, live-in academy is federally funded and is the first Sunburst Academy 007partnership of its kind between the Department and the Army/National Guard.

The Los Angeles Police Department would like to congratulate the graduates of the Sunburst Youth Academy and wish them well in their future endeavors.


The Teardrop Attacker Series

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) Sexual Assault Section is asking for the public’s help to identity a suspect linked to 28 sexual assaults since February 1996.

On November 10, 2011, around 5:30 a.m., a 15-year-old female Hispanic walking in the area of Adams
Boulevard and Normandie Avenue was approached by a male who asked her for directions.  He then produced a handgun and forced her to walk a short distance to a yard where he sexually assaulted her.  Within weeks of the attack, it was linked by DNA evidence to a series of sexual assault cases that had previously been investigated by RHD.

Detectives identified 28 similar incidents of sexual assault that occurred between February 1996 and the
most recent attack.  The assaults have been linked through DNA evidence and/or the suspect’s distinct mode of operation.

Incidents within the City of Los Angeles occurred in the following LAPD divisions:  Southwest, 77th Street, Southeast, Rampart, Newton, and Wilshire Areas. Three incidents also occurred within the Los Angeles County Firestone-Florence District.

All of the crimes occurred in the early morning hours between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.  The suspect typically walked up to each victim and engaged them in conversation before producing a knife or firearm.  He would then walk them to a secluded area and sexually assault them.  The victims ranged from 14 to 41 years of age.

The suspect is a male Hispanic, 27 to 40 years old, with brown eyes and brown hair.  He stands between 5 feet 2 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs between 130 and 200 pounds.   He has also been described as having a light complexion, a possible teardrop tattoo(s) or scar(s) below one of his eyes and a mustache. He may also have attempted to remove his teardrop tattoo.  The suspect has been seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a green bandana.  To cover his head, he has worn a black baseball cap or dark- colored beanie.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call 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.