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14-Year-Old Critical Missing Boy in Newton

**UPDATE**
August 1, 2012


Armahn Parrish returned home last night around 9 p.m., he is in good condition and told his mother that he was at a park.


Los Angeles:   The family of Armahn Parrish and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Rampart Division are asking for the public’s help to locate Parrish.

On Monday, July 30, 2012 around 1 p.m., Armahn Parrish was with his mother at the Big Lots shopping center located in the 600 block of South Hill Street.  Parrish was allowed go to the male restroom alone while his mother went to the female restroom. When his mother exited the restroom, she could not locate her son. LAPD responded to the shopping center and conducted a search of the location and surrounding area but was unable to find Parrish.    

Parrish is Autistic and has wandered off in the past.  Parrish’s mother told police that he is interested in sports and likes to visit local parks.  
 
Parrish is described as a 14 year-old male Black with dark hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 168 pounds with a thin build.  He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, gray shorts, black Fedora hat, and black tennis shoes.  
 
Anyone with information on Parrish whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Newton Division at 323-846-6576.  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.


Notes from the July 31, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger provided an updated crime statistics saying the Department has made incredible efforts in crime prevention and crime awareness.

Department’s report,, dated July 26, 2012, relative to the approval of the donation of several miscellaneous items (250 Child Print I.D. kits, six burlap gunny sacks, one projector screen light bulb), valued at $517.14, from the Topanga Boosters, to be handed out to the community at the upcoming National Night Out event, for the benefit of Topanga Area, as set forth. [BPC #12-0316]  

Department’s report, dated July 26, 2012, relative to the Request for approval to negotiate an Agreement with Selected Proposer, NCM Contracting Group, LP, for Lead Abatement Services, as set forth. [BPC #12-0315] was approved. The Department is authorized to negotiate an Agreement with NCM Contracting Group, LP.

Department’s report, dated July 26, 2012, relative to the Request for Payment of Reward Offer on City Council File No. 07-0010-S39, as set forth, [BPC #12-0318] was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.

Department’s report, dated July 27, 2012, relative to the DNA Monthly Report for June 2012, as set forth, [BPC #12-0319] was approved and transmitted to the City Council.

Department’s report, dated July 26, 2012, relative to the Audit/Inspection Recommendation Status Report for July 2012, as set forth, will be revisited in 30 days.

Department’s report, dated July 26, 2012, relative to the Follow-Up of the Property Division Performance Audit-Original Audit, IAID No. 10-171, Follow-Up Audit, IAID No. 12-004, as set forth, will be revisited in two weeks.

Department’s report, dated July 24, 2012, relative to the Request for Authority to Destroy Obsolete Records – Duplicate/Official Records for West Valley Area, as set forth. [BPC #12-0317] was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.


Joint Counter Terrorism Awareness Workshop 2012

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center will host a two-day workshop on terrorism and how law enforcement, first responders and other civilian stakeholders can remain vigilant and partner together to root out those who conspire to harm our communities and great nation.  The conference will begin on Tuesday, July 31, at the JW Marriott Hotel Diamond Ballroom, L.A. LIVE, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Long before 9-11, we have faced threats from individuals and groups that wish to impose terror on our communities. The events of 9-11 solidified in many minds that the threat of terrorism is real and upon our doorstep.  The recent tragedy in Colorado is a sobering reminder that terrorism can come from within our community and we must work collectively to find ways to prevent such incidents from occurring.

LAPD is a regional leader in counter terrorism, prevention and response in this Southern California region.  Our ability to defeat the threat and respond to any incidents is incumbent upon our ability to work together as a region.  

The Joint Counter Terrorism Awareness Workshop Series (JCTAWS) is a ground breaking effort to bring together hundreds of partners in the public and private sector to address and discuss the potential threats to communities. JCTAWS brings together the leaders in counter terrorism, tactics, fire, emergency management, and the private sector in a collaborative fashion.

The purpose of JCTAWS is to improve the way we prevent, analyze and respond to threats and attacks as a region. The strategies and tactics reflect a regional vision rather than a city specific plan.  This year’s JCTAWS conference will be the largest in the United States to date.

This is a private event, and members of the public will not be admitted.  Credentialed members of the media are welcome to attend the media briefing and opening remarks beginning promptly at 8:00 am, in the Diamond Ballroom Lobby, JW Marriot Hotel, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

For further information about the event please contact LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.


Fight over Woman in L.A. leads to Murder

Los Angeles: Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives are investigating the stabbing death in Boyle Heights.

On July 28, 2012, around 11:45 p.m., LAPD Hollenbeck patrol officers responded to a radio call of a stabbing in the 2900 block of The Mall within an apartment complex.  Upon arrival, officers found an unconscious male Hispanic on the ground with multiple stab wounds to his body. LAFD Rescue personnel responded and treated the victim at the scene.  The victim failed to respond and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Bernardo Lopez.

Detectives’ preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, who formerly dated the suspect's current girlfriend, arrived unannounced and an argument ensued. The argument escalated into a physical altercation and Lopez being stabbed.  The suspect, 48-year-old Daniel Arce was detained at the scene and was questioned by homicide detectives. A knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered from bushes near the body.  Arce was later booked at LAPD Metro Detention Center for murder and held on $1 million bail.  

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Carrillo or Alfaro at 323-342-8959 or 323-342-8956. 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 Crimes Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) on most keypads) with cell a phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”    


Panorama City Double-murder Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles:  Two LAPD patrol officers, answering a radio call about a car burglary in Panorama early Saturday morning, realized they had a double murder suspect in their grasp.  Detectives issued a want on Edwin Lugo earlier in the week after serving three search warrants on July 24th in connection with a double homicide on June 2, 2012.

Lugo, 19, is suspected of killing two men in a Panorama City apartment on June 2, 2012.

“We served search warrants at Lugo’s mother’s home, his father’s home, and the home of a female acquaintance,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads up detectives at LAPD’s Mission Detective Division.  “We found some evidence and the girlfriend, whom we arrested for an unrelated charge of intimidating a witness.”

As a result of the search warrants, detectives developed information that pointed to Lugo as a principle in the shooting deaths of 35-year-old Mario Martinez and 26-year-old Jaime Polino, whose bodies were found inside Martinez’s Brimfield Avenue apartment.

Lugo was detained with another man around 2:40 a.m. on Saturday morning after police received a report of two suspicious men lurking around a black car.  “The two officers didn’t find the black car, but noticed two men making furtive movements in a white car,” Lt. Vernon explained.  The officers detained the men and realized they had a very important suspect.

Lugo was booked for murder at the Van Nuys jail and his bail was set at $1 million.

This arrest highlights the results of heads-up police work by some very astute patrol officers.  The officers who were briefed on the information about the double homicide quickly realized that the would-be burglar was in-fact, a prime suspect wanted in connection with the heinous murders last month.
 
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Ryan Verna, Mission Homicide Unit, at 818-838-9976.  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.”


LAPD Needs Your help

Los Angeles:   The LAPD has found an elderly adult and needs help to find a family member or guardian.

On July 29, 2012, 75-Year-old Kim Keo was found outside of a church in the 4400 block of Wilshire Boulevard.  She appeared to be disoriented and it was difficult for helpful citizens to establish where she lived.  

LAPD Wilshire Area police officers were called to the church.  When officers arrived they were unable to gather information as to where Keo lived.  Keo was taken to a nearby hospital where she is currently being treated.

Keo is a 75-year-old female Asian, she has dark hair and brown eyes.

If anyone knows Keo’s guardians please contact LAPD Wilshire Area Community Station Sgt. Brian Valle at 213-473-0476  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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision in Panorama City

Los Angeles:  The LAPD Valley Traffic Division Detectives are asking for the public’s help with providing information about a hit-and-run that occurred in Panorama City.

On Saturday July 28, 2012, around 8:30 p.m., LAPD Valley Traffic officers received a call of a traffic collision in the area of Parthenia Street and Orion Avenue.  When the officers arrived, they discovered a man on the ground who was suffering from injuries. Los Angeles Fire Department rescue personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives believe that a man driving a possible Chevrolet white pick-up truck with orange racing stripes was traveling eastbound on Parthenia Street across Orion Avenue when he collided with a pedestrian crossing southbound in the east crosswalk. The driver failed to stop, identify himself or render aid. The pedestrian has been identified as a 36-year-old male resident of Panorama City. Notification to next of kin is pending.

The suspect is described as a 20 to 35-year-old Hispanic male. He is bald and heavyset. Due to the collision the car may have sustained major front-end damage and a broken windshield toward the passenger side.  The investigation is ongoing,

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact LAPD Valley Traffic Detective Deaton at (818) 644-8035 or Officer Fredo at 818-644-8037.  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.


Felon Tied to Robbery Series in San Fernando Valley

UPDATE

The earlier release incorrectly referred to Gonzalez as an “early release” under the AB 109 PRCS program.  The updated release will more accurately characterize Gonzalez’ release under the terms of the AB 109 bill.  



Los Angeles:  Francisco Gonzalez, Jr., 39, was arrested Tuesday night, July 24, 2012, after leading LAPD officers on a short pursuit in a stolen vehicle.  That stolen Ford Fusion was taken from a store clerk during the robbery of a Metro PCS store in Panorama City, earlier that same night.

“This was not Gonzalez’s first pursuit, first robbery, nor first brush with the law,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  And since this arrest, we have tied Gonzalez to five other recent store robberies across the San Fernando Valley.”

Witnesses in six recent robberies including a; Radio Shack, a Mexican restaurant, a recycling business, appliance repair shop, and two Metro PCS stores have picked Gonzalez out of photo line-ups for two of the robberies in Reseda and Mission Hills.  Gonzalez’s loot was cash and cell phones.

Gonzales was released from prison under the Post Release Community Supervision program (PRCS) in February of this year.  He qualified for PRCS based on the 2008 non-violent conviction for taking police on a pursuit in 2008.  The weapon violation in the case was dismissed as part of the plea negotiation.  An 8-count, 13-year sentence in 1999 for robbery was not considered in his qualification into the PRCS program.

Gonzalez had contact earlier this month with LAPD on July 4th for altering his car registration and with CHP on July 12th in Newhall for disorderly conduct.

“So the community got a career robber released under toothless parole conditions,” Lt. Vernon said.  “And just as the leopard does not change his spots, Gonzalez went right back to his MO, robbing and evading police.”

The area policed by the Mission Area Police Station has seen 146 convicts released into the area this year.  Twenty of those convicts have been arrested at least one time, for a total of 32 arrests.  Only two of the 20 persons have had their probation violated with a 10-day, flash incarceration.  

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.

 


Drug-related Fatal Shooting in Sylmar

Los Angeles.  LAPD detectives are asking the public’s help in providing any clues related to a fatal shooting that occurred at 15808 Roxford Street around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon, July 25, 2012, where a 25-year-old Hispanic man was shot.

“It appears this was either a drug-deal-gone-bad, or a drug rip-off,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “There is history at this house for drug trafficking and home-invasion robberies.  Unfortunately today, one person died.”

About one year ago, police investigated a home invasion robbery at the property where drugs and money were the apparent motive behind the crime.  

Today, witnesses reported seeing three men in a silver Mercedes Benz stop at the driveway in front of the house, which has two large entry gates guarding the driveway.  Other witnesses heard gunfire and saw a man stagger from the property, then collapse a few hundred feet away on Telfair Avenue.  The Mercedes sped away quickly after the gunfire.  That man was a resident at the property, which included a duplex and several horse stables.

Paramedics took the man to Holy Cross Hospital where he later died.

Police quickly searched the property for more victims or hiding suspects, then backed out pending a search warrant.  “Officers saw two bricks of cocaine sitting in plain sight on a trunk in one of the stables,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “That was enough to explain what was going on here, especially with the prior history at the house.”

Police detained several other residents of the property for questioning on the shooting and other goings-on at the property.  Once a search warrant is in hand, detectives will carefully search the property for evidence of the shooting, guns, and more narcotics.

“In addition to the usual criminal investigation in these cases, we will also pursue other avenues to mitigate this problem location,” Lt. Vernon said.  “There were kids’ toys and clothes in the yard, and the buildings did not look like they were constructed by code, so this might give the county and the city a way to intervene with social workers to protect the children and perhaps abate the property so we can eliminate this nuisance once and for all.  If this is a rental, the landlord can be held accountable to make changes.”

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Mission Homicide detectives, at 213-838-9976.
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.”


Suspect Arrested in Case of Fatal Shooting

Los Angeles:  Twelve hours after the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man at an Arleta shopping mall, LAPD detectives arrested one of the key suspects, Geraldo Romero Lopez, 23, of Arelta.  Another man and a woman are also implicated in the July 24th shooting on Van Nuys Boulevard.

“The detectives worked through the night combing over key evidence that linked Lopez to the shooting,” said Lt. Paul Vernon.  “Turns out, Lopez lived just a couple blocks down the street from the crime scene.”

Overnight, detectives got a search warrant for Lopez’s residence in the 9000 block of Arleta Avenue, as well as a warrant for Lopez’s arrest.  While detectives were setting up on the house, Lopez came out with a female companion about 8 AM this morning.  Both were detained and the house was searched.

Lopez was the suspect, described by witnesses, as having distinct tattoos of a “P” on his head and “Pacoima” on his lip.

Detectives also seized a black Toyota, which had been described last night as a Nissan, and the getaway car that hit other cars following the shooting.  Collision damage on the Toyota was consistent with the damage left on other cars at the crime scene.  “Amazingly, Lopez’s mother and brother were stopped driving that Toyota from the house this morning toward a body shop to repair the damage,” explained Lt. Vernon.

Police are still looking for another Hispanic man who was present at the time of the shooting.  That suspect is a male Hispanic, in his 30s, and was wearing a small fedora hat.   Detectives will question the woman stopped with Lopez this morning to determine if she was the same woman also present at the time of the shooting.

Lopez had been on parole for robbery, but the parole had recently ended.  Lopez will be booked for murder at the LAPD Mission Police Station.  His bail had not been determined.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Ryan Verna, Mission Homicide Unit, at 818-838-9976.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anonymous tips can be called into 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, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.