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Detectives are Searching for Attempt Murder Suspects

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Mission Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the brutal attack on a 30-year-old man.

On Sunday, March 24, 2013, around 4:15 p.m., LAPD Mission Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Progress” at the 8300 block of Sepulveda Blvd. and found a male Hispanic on the ground.  The victim stated that several people attacked and beat him and then left the area on their motorcycles.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Mission Detectives at 818-838-9932.  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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Spanish Speakers Targeted in Con Artist Lotto Scams

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Mission Division Detectives are warning San Fernando Valley Spanish-speaking residents about con artists who trick victims in lotto ticket schemes.

Mission Division Robbery Detective, Marc Madero warns that theft by trickery is becoming a crime that is being reported more often than in previous years. Mission Division usually sees about six to eight a year but this year we are seeing a significant increase, with two in the last week and four in the last month.

Elderly Spanish speaking citizens are the primary target.  The scam artists have been Spanish-speaking men or women who approach the unsuspecting victim and ask them to cash a winning Lotto ticket.  They tell the victim they can’t claim the winning ticket because they are illegal.  The con artists convince the victims to help by redeeming the winning ticket, then splitting the prize.

The con artist also convinces the victims to put up money as a show of good faith.  The ticket is counterfeit and the con artist makes off with the good-faith money.

Victims have reported being tricked into giving $1,000 at a time.  In several instances when the victim had no cash, the con artist suggests the victim put up jewelry instead of the money.

Detectives are offering the following tips to protect the public from these scams.
  • The state of California Lotto does NOT require money from the winner to cash winning ticket.
  • US citizenship is NOT a requirement for winning a lottery prize
  • If you are approached by a person with such an offer, do NOT fall prey and call police
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detecive Marc Madero, Mission Robbery Unit, at 818-838-9898.  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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Det. Madero speaks Spanish and is available for interviews.

     
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Detectives are Searching for Attempt Murder Suspects

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Mission Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the brutal attack on a 30-year-old man.

On Sunday, March 24, 2013, around 4:15 p.m., LAPD Mission Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Progress” at the 8300 block of Sepulveda Blvd. and found a male Hispanic on the ground.  The victim stated that several people attacked and beat him and then left the area on their motorcycles.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Mission Detectives at 818-838-9932.  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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Child Abduction Regional Emergency (C.A.R.E) Alert 10-year-old Missing Girl

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Devonshire Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a 10 year old girl who was last seen by her mother at the child’s residence.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2013 around 1 a.m., 10-year-old Nicole Ryan’s mother last saw her daughter in bed at their residence in the 8000 block of Oakdale Avenue in the Northridge area.  Around 3:40 a.m., Nicole’s mother went to check on her and discovered that she was missing.  Nicole’s mother told investigators that Nicole does not have a history of running away.

The Los Angeles Police Department needs the public’s help to find Nicole who is described as a 10-year-old white female with red hair and blue eyes.  She stands 4 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs about 100 pounds.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nicole is urged to immediately call the Devonshire Division at 818-832-0633 or 9-1-1.  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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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Hit-and-Run Leaves Bicyclist Seriously Injured

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for public’s help in locating the driver responsible for a hit-and-run traffic collision that left a bicyclist seriously injured.

On March 24, 2013 around 6:30 p.m., a traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Oxnard Street and Bellaire Avenue in the San Fernando Valley.  The victim, an 18-year- old male was riding his bicycle on Bellaire Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on Oxnard Street.  The victim sustained major injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The suspect is believed to be an older male of unknown ethnicity.  The suspect was driving an older model silver or grey Mercedes Benz ML at the time of the accident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer M. Tucker at 818-644-8063. 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Hit-and-Run Leaves Bicyclist Seriously Injured

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for public’s help in locating the driver responsible for a hit-and-run traffic collision that left a bicyclist seriously injured.

On March 24, 2013 around 6:30 p.m., a traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Oxnard Street and Bellaire Avenue in the San Fernando Valley.  The victim, an 18-year- old male was riding his bicycle on Bellaire Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on Oxnard Street.  The victim sustained major injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The suspect is believed to be an older male of unknown ethnicity.  The suspect was driving an older model silver or grey Mercedes Benz ML at the time of the accident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer M. Tucker at 818-644-8063. 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Notes from the March 26, 2013 Weekly Police Commisson Meeting

• Police Commission President Andrea Ordin said she attended the Los Angeles Police Women’s Association 2013 Symposium last week.  She said there were hundreds of police officers in attendance and the symposium is a tradition well worth keeping.

• Police Chief Charlie Beck informed the Board he attended the Los Angeles Police Women’s Association 2013 Symposium and the Los Angeles Police Protective League Delegates Conference. Chief Beck added that all four bureaus are showing a crime decrease.

• The Department’s report, dated March 22, 2013, relative to the quarterly discipline report, third quarter, 2012, was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated March 22, 2013, relative to the Commercial Crimes Division command accountability performance audit (IAID No. 12-089), as given by Lieutenant Bert Mora, was approved.  Lieutenant Mora stated this was a first time audit with three objectives tested.  Objectives #1-2 received a 100% compliance rate with objective #3 falling short of compliance.  In an effort to remedy the problem, Lieutenant Mora said they formed a working group to address the issue.

• The Department’s report, dated March 22, 2013, relative to the grant application and award acceptance for the 2012-2013 Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Program, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated March 22, 2013, relative to the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) monthly report for January 2013, was approved and transmitted to City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated March 22, 2013, relative to the proposed addition to council-approved records retention schedule-PDX 89, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

• The Department’s report, dated March 19, 2013, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Topanga and Olympic Areas, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.


Suspect Captured in Attempted Kidnapping for Sexual Assault Crime Spree NR13096bb

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) North Hollywood Division and Robbery Homicide Division(RHD) Detectives captured a suspect wanted in a crime spree that included attempted kidnappings for sexual assault.  Detectives are seeking any other potential victims or witnesses. The suspect is known to frequent the Burbank area and resides in La Crescenta.

On March 22, 2013, the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Jason Kies of La Crescenta, attempted to kidnap two female victims in the North Hollywood area. The first occurrence was on Ben Avenue between Hesby Street and Addison Street.  Around 8 a.m., Kies grabbed the victim and attempted to force her into his vehicle as she exited her vehicle on a residential street.

At noon on the same day, Kies attempted to steal property at a Marshall’s Department Store located on Ventura Boulevard near Vineland Avenue where he fought with a security guard and fled without taking any property.  Then around 1 p.m., Kies followed a second victim while she was jogging in the area of Tujunga Avenue and Sarah Street.  He assaulted this victim and attempted to force her into his vehicle.

North Hollywood Detectives worked throughout the afternoon to determine the identity of the suspect.  Kies was identified as a potential suspect.  RHD detectives immediately responded and sought out Kies in the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles County.  RHD detectives placed Kies under surveillance.  He was observed following a lone female jogger in La Crescenta, slowly following her along side streets. Detectives quickly moved to prevent any further acts of violence and took Kies into custody without incident.

Throughout this series of brutal attacks, the suspect was driving a gray GMC SUV. The suspect was also seen wearing sunglasses that he did not have in his possession when arrested.  The suspect was described as wearing a black RVCA baseball cap, black shoes, gray shorts and a gray shirt.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact North Hollywood Sexual Assault Detectives Pinner or Perez at 818-623-4090 or 818-623-4045.  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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Officer-Involved Shooting in Echo Park NR13094ne

Los Angeles:  On March 19, 2013, around 12:20 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department, Rampart Area patrol officers responded to an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon, “Suspect There Now” radio call.  The comments of the call described the suspect as a male Hispanic Echo Park Gang member wearing glasses.  The suspect was reported to have brandished a gun and had also fired two shots.

When the officers arrived, they initiated contact with the suspect, David Martinez.  Officers saw Martinez holding an object which they believed was a pistol.  Martinez failed to comply with the officers’ commands to drop the pistol.  As Martinez ran from the officers, he turned and raised his arm pointing what the officers believed to be a pistol at them at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Martinez to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.  There were no injuries to the involved officers.  No weapon was recovered at the scene.

Force Investigation Division Detectives are investigating the incident.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s 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 is asked 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 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.

     
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