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LAPD Officers Spot & Arrest Louisiana Fugitive Arrestee is First Woman to Successfully Escape from a Louisiana Prison

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Central Division officers who had studied a flyer describing a dangerous prison escapee from Louisiana were able to spot her on the street and take her into custody.

Yesterday evening, Police Officer III David Kong and Police Officer II Ryar De La Torre were on crime suppression patrol focusing on the vicinity of 5th and Hill Streets in downtown Los Angeles.  During their patrol duties, they thought they recognized a suspect who fit the description of a woman who had escaped from a Louisiana prison.  After some intensive questioning during which the woman finally revealed her name, officers learned of an outstanding warrant for her arrest and were able to take her into custody without incident.

The fugitive, identified as 33-year-old Keana Barnes, was a murder suspect who had been on the run for about three months and on the U.S. Marshall’s list of the top 15 most wanted criminals.  Traveling around the country, she had eluded capture in several cities and even spent time in Mexico, after which she reentered the country and continued to avoid arrest.  Her downfall was coming to Los Angeles where she arrived by bus less than 24 hours before her arrest.

Officers Kong and De La Torre were commended for their diligence by their commanding officer because of their observation ability, attention to detail from the original flyer describing the fugitive and their keen investigative and interview skills.


     
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Detectives Investigating Man’s Disappearance

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department and family of a man who’s been missing for over two weeks are hoping for public assistance in their efforts to find him.

Clarence Bynum, age 53, was last seen on March 6, 2013 in the 600 block of West 91st Street in Los Angeles.  At that time, he was wearing a black jacket, black pants and black shoes.  He is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes.  He weighs about 230 pounds and stands 6 feet 4 inches tall.

Anyone with additional information on the whereabouts of Bynum is asked to contact LAPD Missing Persons Unit Detective Baca at 213-996-1800.  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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Detectives are Investigating a Suspicious Murder

Los Angeles: LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the murder of 62-year-old Cornelius Rich.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, around 10:10 a.m., LAPD Olympic Area Patrol officers responded to an apartment building in the 500 block of S. Kingsley Drive, to conduct a welfare check of a building resident.  When the officers made entry into the apartment they found the body of Cornelius Rich inside.  Los Angeles Fire Department rescue personnel responded and pronounced the victim dead.

Los Angeles County Coroner investigators as well as West Bureau Homicide detectives responded to the scene.  The Coroner investigators ruled the case an “Undetermined Death” pending the results of an autopsy.

On March 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., an autopsy was conducted.  The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.  The motive for the killing is unknown at this time. Rich is described as a 62-year-old male black.  He also goes by the name of Andre Dupree.  

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives Keyzer or Pierce at 213-382-9470.  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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Class 10-12 Recruit Graduation

March 22, 2013 – On the athletic field at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, the newest members of the Department proudly stood at attention as they were presented with their diploma of graduation.  Thirty-seven individuals underwent six months of intense training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Department command staff, dignitaries and their family and friends.

There is little down time for these new officers as many of them will begin their new assignments on the street of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours.  For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com.

To hear Police Chief Charlie Beck address the new class,click here

 

 

 


Man Shot and Left for Dead Family Holds Vigil for Fallen Relative

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department 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) responsible for the shooting death of 24-year-old Marcus Rogers.  

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, around 10:20 p.m., LAPD Southeast Area patrol officers responded to a “man down” radio call on 110th Street, east of Main Street.  When the officers arrived, they found Rogers suffering from gunshot wound(s).  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported him to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The investigation revealed that Rogers was likely shot at another location, somewhere in the vicinity of where he was found and driven to the location, removed from a car and left in the street.  A passerby saw Rogers lying in the street and called 911.

This evening in an effort to reach out to the community, Rogers’ Family members held a candlelight vigil where he was slain to honor his memory. 

Image of a vehicle of interest and the victim are attached

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Criminal Gang Homicide Division Detectives Thomas Eiman or Nathan Kouri at 213-485-4341.  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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30-Year-Old Missing Adult

Los Angeles:  The family of Robert Harris and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Harris was last seen on March 16, 2013, at Redondo Beach Boulevard and San Pedro Street at 10:45 p.m.  Robert is an adult that may need medical attention.  The family is extremely concerned for his safety.

Harris is described as a 30-year-old White male with brown hair and green eyes.  He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.  He has a lazy right eye and tattoos on both arms. Harris was last seen wearing a black West Coast Choppers sweatshirt, blue jeans and black orthopedic shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, Detective Baca: 213-996-1800. .  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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Notes from the March 19, 2013 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Commission Vice President John Mack said he attended a symposium held by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives at USC last week.  He said it was a good event with outstanding honorees.

• Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman stated he visited Southwest and Olympic divisions last week to view the location of call centers, drafts and foreign language plans for the new front desk and foreign language centers.  He said the project was still a work in progress but could tell a good amount of thought has gone into it so far.

• Police Commissioner Rafael Bernardino attended the LAPD Muslim Forum with fellow Commissioner Richard Drooyan.  He said Commander Michael Williams gave a good presentation on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and mentioned the forum was his first time attending an event of that nature.

• Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked the Commissioners for attending the various Department events and said it was an example of the important role the civilian oversight committee plays in community relations. Chief Beck then said the overall crime rates in the City are down for the first quarter of the year.

• The verbal presentation and update from the Commanding Officer and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) representative regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the Hollywood Area was given by Captain Beatrice Girmala. Captain Girmala stated the Hollywood C-PAB have various sub-committees that change depending on community needs.  Current committees include emergency preparedness, Hollywood Area Softroom – a safe storage place for homeless people in transition, “Chapter Two”- a nightclub security campaign, Police Cadets, Junior Cadets and Hollywood PAL. 

• The Inspector General’s report, dated March 12, 2013, relative to the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Audit, as given by Inspector General Alexander Bustamante, was approved.  Inspector General Bustamante informed the board the audit of the SAR’s program looked at a four month window after Special Order No. 1 went into effect.  He said he met with community members and community groups six to seven times in order to offer a layer of transparency.  The audit found the report to be properly completed and adequately maintained.

• The Department’s report, dated March 15, 2013, relative to the supplemental police account fourth quarterly report (October through December 2012) was approved and transmitted to the City Council.


Fatal Traffic Collision

Los Angeles:  South Traffic Division Detectives are investigating a fatal collision that claimed the life of an International Student from China who attended the University of Southern California.

On March 17, 2013 at 2:50 a.m., a motorist in a 1995 Ford Explorer was travelling west on Hyde Park Boulevard towards West Boulevard, failed to stop for a red tri-light and collided into a motorist and passenger in a 2012 Ford Mustang travelling north on West Boulevard.  The impact of the collision caused the passenger in the Ford Mustang to sustain life threatening injuries.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.  He was a Chinese  International Student studying at University of Southern California.  He was identified as Xinhai Huang, 22 years-of-age of China.

The motorist in the Ford Mustang was identified as Justin Wayne Rawls, 26 years-of-age of Los Angeles.  He and Xinhai were close friends.  His injuries were non-life threatening.

The motorist in the Ford Explorer was identified as Keysi Idania Cifuentes Lopez, 23 years-of-age of Los Angeles.  She is currently hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, pending criminal charges for Vehicular Manslaughter.

Anyone with information regarding this traffic collision can contact South Traffic Division, Detective Section at 323-421-2500 during the weekdays between 7 am – 5pm.  After hours and weekends, please contact South Traffic Division’s Watch Commander at 213-485-7336 or a toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

     
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24-Year-Old Man Shot at in His Vehicle

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollenbeck Area Homicide detectives need the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of John Anthony Neves.

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, around 8:23 p.m., Hollenbeck Area Patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 400 block of South Avenue 19.  When the officers arrived at the location, they were directed to Neves, who was lying on the ground to the rear of his residence.

Detective’s investigation revealed that Neves was sitting inside his vehicle when an armed suspect(s) approached on foot and fired multiple shots at Neves.  Neves, was struck by the gunfire as he fled from his vehicle.  The suspect(s) fled the location.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Neves dead.  The incident is believed to be gang related.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact LAPD Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Garcia or Alfaro at 323-342-8996 or 8956.  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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