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Officer-Involved Shooting in Foothill Area

May 30,2013
Updated:
 
The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officers II Christopher Carr.


Los Angeles:  On May 16, 2013, around 2:20 p.m., Foothill Area Patrol officers responded to an Attempt Suicide call at a residence in the 13200 block of Corcoran Street.  The suspect’s cousin told officers that the suspect was holding two knives and threatening to hurt himself.  He also advised the suspect was sticking himself with syringes.
 
Upon the officers’ arrival, they observed 25-year-old Christen Eaddy standing in the driveway of the residence holding two knives.  The officers immediately requested back-up.  As the officers approached, they ordered Eaddy to drop the knives.  Eaddy ignored the officers’ commands and began to scrape the knives against each other as he advanced towards the officers.  As Eaddy continued to advance towards the officers, one officer deployed the TASER and simultaneously an officer-involved shooting occurred.  Eaddy fell to the ground and was taken into custody.  

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported Eaddy to a local hospital where he succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the chest.  There were no injuries to the involved officers, and two knives were recovered at the scene.

Force Investigation Division Detectives are investigating the Officer Involved Shooting.

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.

40-year-old Missing Person

UPDATE
5/29/13

Earlier today, Ms. Kunene was located at Harbor UCLA Hospital in good condition; she has been reunited with her family.

Los Angeles: The family of Thathakahle Kunene and the Los Angeles Police Department request the public’s assistance in locating Kunene.

Kunene was last seen by her husband on May 17, 2013, around 7:30 a.m., at their home in the 3700 block of Westwood Boulevard in LAPD’s Pacific Area.  Her family has not had any contact with her during the past twelve days.  They have advised that Kunene suffers from a mental condition and may be in need of medical care.  

Kunene is described as a 40-year-old female African American with black hair and brown eyes.  She stands at 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds.    

Kunene is a frequent user of the Los Angeles County public transportation system.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Kunene, please contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit, 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.

Reporting the Diversion of Controlled Pharmaceuticals

Currently, many problems associated with drug abuse are the result of legitimately made controlled substances being diverted from their lawful purpose to illicit use and drug trafficking.  Many of the narcotics, depressants, and stimulants manufactured for legitimate medical use are subject to abuse and have, therefore, been brought under legal control. 

As a result, the Los Angeles Police Department has partnered up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals within the City of Los Angeles.

Diversion investigations involve, but are not limited to, physicians who sell prescriptions to drug dealers or abusers; pharmacists who falsify records and subsequently sell the drugs; employees who steal from inventory and falsify orders to cover illicit sales; individuals who obtain prescriptions through fraud and forgery; and individuals who commit armed robbery of pharmacies and drug distributors. 

To report concerns related to the diversion of prescription medications, please contact the DEA at: 213 621- 6700 or submit an online tip at: http://www.justice.gov/dea/ops/submit.shtml.

 

Additional information can be found at DEA’s website at: http://www.dea.gov.


LAPD Detectives Looking to Identify a Robbery Suspect in Hollywood

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Area robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect who committed a robbery in the Hollywood Area in early-May.

On May 10, 2013, the victim came into contact with the suspect in an apartment complex located on Russell and Western Avenues.  When the victim and the suspect walked out of the residence, the victim discovered that his laptop computer was missing.  When the victim confronted the suspect, he saw that the suspect had his computer inside of his jacket.  When the victim tried to retrieve his property, a struggle ensued and the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times in the upper body with an unknown sharp object.  The suspect eventually gained possession of the victim’s computer and left the location on foot.

The suspect is described as a 20 to 30-year-old male African American with black hair.  He stands  6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.  The suspect has a distinctive bald spot on the left side of his head and the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with additional information regarding this crime should contact Hollywood Area Robbery Detective Eberhardt or Officer Maxwell at (213) 972-2955. 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.



     
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Man Attempts to Kidnap Eleven Year Old Girl

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of an attempt kidnapping in the Tujunga area.   

The incident occurred on Sunday, May 26, 2013, around 2 p.m., in the 6600 block of Olcott Street.  The suspect driving a dirty sun faded tan or burnt orange medium sized SUV with torn tan or grey interior seats and large rims and tires followed several young girls who were walking near Mountain View Elementary School.  He waited until one of the girls was alone and offered to give her a ride.  The suspect exited his vehicle and attempted to forcibly place the eleven year old victim into his vehicle.  The victim screamed for help which caused the suspect to release her and flee the scene.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his early 40’s, 5 feet 3 inches tall, slender muscular build, dark hair nearly bald with dark eyes.    

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD Foothill Area Detectives at (818) 834-3115.  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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Man Dies from Hit & Run Collision

Los Angeles:   The Los Angeles Police Department, South Traffic Detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate and identify the driver of a black sedan who struck and killed a 53-year-old man, a Los Angeles resident, who was crossing the street.

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, around 2:40 a.m., the victim was crossing Western Avenue near 82nd  Street when he was struck by a driver in a black sedan travelling south on Western Avenue.  The driver continued south on Western Avenue.

The driver failed to stop or identify himself or render aid to the victim as required by law. Witnesses were unable to obtain a license plate number of the vehicle.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at scene.  The name of the victim is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

There is no suspect description.  The driver and vehicle are still outstanding.

The vehicle is described as a black sedan with possible tinted windows.

Detectives from South Traffic Division are asking anyone who may have information about this crime to call Officer Yount at (323) 421-2500 or (323) 421-2535.  During weekends and off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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The Gone Plaid Bandit Captured on Camera

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect who committed a series of bank robberies.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently investigating a series of bank robberies committed by a suspect dubbed the Gone Plaid Bandit.  The suspect’s crime spree began in 2010 in the Orange County area and continued yearly, targeting banks in Orange County and the Los Angeles Area.

On April 2013, the suspect committed four bank robberies in Yorba Linda, Laguna Niguel and the Los Angeles Area.

On April 26, 2013, around 10:20 a.m., the suspect entered a bank located in the 4000 block of Lincoln Boulevard in the Los Angeles Area.  The following day around 9:45 a.m., he went inside another bank located in the 100 block of North Larchmont Drive in the Los Angeles Area.

The suspect is described as a male Caucasian, 25 to 35 years of age, between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 170-190 pounds. The suspect is armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any additional information regarding these crimes contact Robbery Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detective Tracey Benjamin at (213) 485-6840. 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.


     
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Two Iowa Robbery Suspects Were Captured in Hollywood

Los Angeles:  LAPD/ FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested two Iowa bank robbery suspects Hollywood.

Earlier today at 10:30 a.m., the LAPD/ FBI Fugitive Task Force located two suspects responsible for a bank robbery that occurred in Stuart Iowa earlier this week.  The suspects, 19-year-old Hannah Reisinger and 28-year-old Wayne Palmer from Carlisle Pennsylvania, were apprehended near a hotel in the 6000 block of Franklin Avenue in LAPD’s Hollywood Area.

On May 20, 2013, around 3:45 p.m. Reisinger entered the bank and slipped a note to the teller demanding money. The teller complied with her demands and Reisinger left the bank and fled the scene in a getaway car driven by Palmer.

The task force received a tip from Stuart Police Department in Iowa that the suspects were making their way out to California driving a dark car with Pennsylvania plates.  Officers from the task force observed a man and a woman walking towards a car that matched the description.  LAPD Detective Anthony Verret explains. “We saw a car that matched the description and when the suspects walked up to the car we immediately took them into custody.”  Stuart PD was immediately notified of the arrest.  Stuart Police Chief Dave Reha said, “I simply want to thank the LAPD/FBI Task Fugitive Force for their help with this case.”

Reisinger was arrested for robbery and Palmer was arrested for possession of a firearm.  They are currently being held at LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Iowa next week.

If anyone has any additional information 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.

     
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Violent Man with Knives Result in an Officer-Involved Shooting

Los Angeles: On May 17, 2013, at 9:50 p.m., uniformed patrol officers from Rampart Area responded to a call about a violent man in the 500 block of N. Madison Avenue.  The caller indicated the suspect was violent and punched his mother in the face.  The caller also said he was brandishing a knife and “threatened suicide and his mother.”

Upon arrival, officers entered the location and were confronted by the suspect, later identified as Moises Palacios.  He was armed with two knives and uncooperative.  When ordered to drop the knives, he ignored the officers’ command and lunged at them holding the two knives.  An officer involved shooting then ensued, at which time Palacios was struck by gunfire and fell to the ground where he was taken into custody.

A Los Angeles Fire Department Ambulance responded and transported Palacios to a local hospital where he was treated and listed in critical but stable condition.  No officers were injured, and several knives were recovered from the scene.

Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the incident and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.

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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Notes from the May 21, 2013 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

•    Police Commission Vice President John Mack stated he attended the 30 year pin ceremony for sworn and civilian employees. He said it was a delight to see the men and women serving the Department for such a long time.  Police Commission President Andrea Ordin acknowledged Commission Detective Tom Butler and Senior Auditor Lourdes Saludares for their service.  Commissioner Rafael Bernardino stated he recently attended the graduation of the Magnet High School Program and the open house at Mission Division.  He was pleased to see so many community members attend.  Ordin also attended the Women Against Gun Violence brunch.  She thanked Chief McCarthy and Captain Melissa Zak for being co-chairs for the brunch.

•    Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked the commission for attending several events throughout the City. He announced the ending of the oversight of the Consent Decree. He thanked the Police Commission for their role in creating best practices so the Department could move beyond the Consent Decree.

•    The Executive Director announced there will not be a Police Commission meeting next Tuesday, May 28, 2013, due to the Memorial Day holiday.  The next meeting will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

•    The report of the Inspector General concurred with the Chief of the Police in that the Consent Decree has ended. The Inspector General’s office will continue to oversee the independent monitoring of the Department.  They will continue to create new and efficient ways to improve upon the processes and transparency. He updated the Commission on a program the Department, Police Protective League and the City Attorney’s office have been working on.  They are trying to develop a mediation program to resolve workplace cases that have become trails which has resulted in the past 5 years at a cost of approximately 31 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for the City. The plan is to create a mediation plan long before they reach trial by giving officers and the Department a chance to mediate or resolve their conflict beforehand and to unwind the administration action, if the Department sees it to be appropriate.

•    The Verbal Presentation and Update from the Commanding Officer and the Community Police Advisory Board representative regarding community itiated problem solving, crime statics and other programs and goals within the Olympic Area was given by Captain Tina Nieto and Bill Righthart. They discussed the numerous programs they have within the division and discussed the success of those programs.  President Andrea Ordin thanked Captain Neito for the all the hard work done.

•    Inspector General’s Report, dated May 15th, 2013 relative to the Complaint Investigations Audit involving Gang and Narcotic Officers, was approved.

•    The Department’s Report, dated May 17, 2013, relative to the Recommendation for Police Commission Citation was approved.

•    The Department’s report, dated May 10, 2013, relative to the Traffic Safety Awareness Programs (City Council File No. 12-1506) as approved and transmitted to the Transpiration Committee.

•    The Department’s Report, dated May 17, 2013, relative to the Transmittal of the Grant Award Acceptance for the Fiscal year 2012-13 Police Grant Funds - Post-Release Supervised Persons Programs was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.

•    The Department’s Report, dated May 17, 2013, relative to the Request for Payment of the Christopher Dorner Reward, City Council File No. 13-0010-S3 was approved and transmitted the City Council. The 3 panel judge recommended the reward be dispersed to 3 different claimants, 5%, 15% and 80% based on their belief on the result of locating Christopher Dorner.