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Critical Missing 24-year-Old Man in Need of Medical Care

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Division is asking for the public’s help in locating Brian Anderson.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, around 9:30 p.m., Brian Anderson was last seen in the 7800 block of Chimineas Avenue in Reseda.  Anderson suffers from a bipolar condition and is known to experience severe depression.  Anderson takes various medications and is in need of ongoing medical care.

Anderson is described as a 24-year-old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes.  He stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a blue V-neck T-shirt, blue shorts and black sandals.  Anderson was last seen driving a black 2008 Honda Element, California license number 6BRR961.

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Anyone with information on Brian Anderson’s whereabouts is asked to contact West Valley Division at (818) 374-7611.  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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Attempt Kidnap Suspect Sought

Los Angeles:  On November 2, 2013, around 10:30 p.m., a 13-year-old female was walking north on Lincoln Boulevard, approaching Milwood Avenue in the city of Los Angeles, when she was approached by the suspect, who was driving a white 4-door sedan.  The suspect asked her if she needed a ride, and the victim declined and continued to walk away.  The victim heard a door slam and footsteps approaching, and then felt the suspect grab her arm and pull her towards his vehicle.  The victim screamed and kicked the suspect, causing the suspect to release his hold on her.  The victim ran away and the suspect re-entered his vehicle and drove south on Lincoln Boulevard.

LAPD Pacific Area Robbery Detectives had a forensic artist sketch a composite of the suspect based on the victim’s descriptions.  The suspect was described as a 35 to 40-year-old Male White with brown hair and brown eyes.  He stood about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds.

A similar incident occurred on October 16, 2013, around 7:00 a.m., at Artesia Ave and Crenshaw Blvd, in the city of Torrance.  According to the Torrance Police Department, a 16-year old female was approached by a suspect in a silver or gray Honda with 4 doors, demanding that she enter the vehicle.  The victim ignored him as he continued to demand that she get into his vehicle several times, and he even offered her money at one point.  The victim then located her friend and the suspect fled.  The composite drawing of the suspect, who was described in the Torrance incident as a Male, White in his late 30’s, with brown hair and brown eyes, is very similar to the composite of the Attempt Kidnap suspect in LAPD’s Pacific Area.

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating other possible victims, and in identifying this suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Detective Yoon at LAPD’s Pacific Robbery Section at 310-482-6373 on weekdays. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at Detective Information Desk, 877- 527-3247.  Torrance Police Department Detectives can be reached at 310- 328-3456.  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.


A Young Teen was Shot and Killed

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) who killed 14-year-old Elawnza Peebles.

On November 9, 2013, around 9:40 p.m., Peebles was shot in the 4600 block of Kansas Avenue by unknown suspect(s).  After been struck by the gunfire he ran to a nearby driveway and collapsed.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported Peebles to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Peebles recently moved to the neighborhood and lived only a few blocks from the crime scene.

According to Detectives the motive is unknown.  The suspect(s) and weapon are outstanding.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detective Eric Crosson or Detective Miguel Gutierrez 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.”


     
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Two Party Bus Passengers Struck by Gunfire

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives investigating the murder of 23-year-old Travius Shearer have made two arrests.

On November 8, 2013, around 11:40 p.m., Hollywood officers responded to a shooting on Sunset Boulevard and El Centro Avenue.  A dispute erupted on the sidewalk next to a party bus. After the dispute unknown suspect(s) fired several rounds and two victims were struck by gunfire.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Shearer a resident of Los Angeles, to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. The second 19-year-old victim, also a resident of Los Angeles, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  Both victims were passengers on the party bus.

The investigation led to the arrest of 26-year-old Deondie Wilson, a resident of Lynwood and a 17-year-old juvenile.  Both were booked for murder.  The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney for filing consideration on Tuesday.

Detectives are seeking help from the community on this case. Citizens and businesses located near the scene are urged to preserve any video surveillance of this incident and contact the LAPD.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide Detective T. Keyzer and Detective A. Acero at (213) 382-9470. 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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Robbery Suspect Caught on Video in Koreatown

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Area Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of suspects who committed an armed robbery at a jewelry store inside the Hankook Plaza in Koreatown.

On Monday, November 4, 2013, around 10:10 a.m., three male Black suspects entered the Hankook Plaza located in the 3100 block of West Olympic Boulevard and approached the jewelry store.  One of the suspects produced a handgun and held the employees at gunpoint.  A second suspect jumped over the jewelry display counters and removed thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry.  The third suspect held a security guard at gunpoint when he attempted to intervene.  The suspects then ran out of the plaza and fled in a silver or gray color Chrysler Pacifica with a paper plate. 

A store surveillance camera captured the image of one of the suspects.

Suspect #1 is described as a male Black, wearing gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. He stands about six feet tall and weighs around 170 lbs.

Suspect #2 is described as a male Black, wearing dark color clothes and a dark colored beanie. He is around six feet tall and weighs around 165 lbs.

Suspect #3 is described as a male Black, wearing a mask, gray hood over a dark colored sweatshirt and blue pants. 

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Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Olympic Area Robbery Detectives at (213) 382-9460. 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 "web tips" and follow the prompts.

 

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Caruso Family Foundation Commits $5 Million To a Path to College for Students in L.A.’s Watts Neighborhood

November 6, 2013 – Recognizing the needs of one of L.A.’s most vibrant yet challenged neighborhoods, and embracing the belief that education is the foundation for lifelong success, Rick and Tina Caruso of the Caruso Family Foundation today announced $5 million initiative to provide assistance to more than 200 at-risk youth in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. 

The announcement was made at Verbum Dei High School. Joining Rick J. Caruso (Caruso Family Foundation and Caruso Affiliated) was Chief Charlie Beck, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, among others. Participating students will receive elementary, high school and college scholarship assistance together with after-school academic tutoring and weekend mentoring services.

The initiative will be coordinated through Operation Progress (www.OperationProgressLA.org), a nonprofit program established in 2000 by a group of Los Angeles Police Department officers in the Southeast Division who fight gang crime in South Los Angeles, specifically the community of Watts. Deeply moved by young students who worked hard to earn good grades and stay out of gangs, but who lacked financial opportunity, they sought to raise funds and assist these underprivileged youth. Since then Operation Progress has expanded to serve well-deserving inner-city youth across Los Angeles.

Operation Progress consists of an “ecosystem” of partners working in concert to provide a comprehensive support system for at-risk youth. Anchor schools include St. Lawrence of Brindisi, St. Mary’s Academy and Verbum Dei High School. After-school success programs include those administered by Operation Progress and Strive Los Angeles. In addition, Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) will provide gifted students with academic preparation, admissions, and financial aid assistance to attend one of L.A.’s elite private schools. Finally, all scholars will be eligible for the South Central Scholars (SCS) program that supports college-bound students with academic preparation, mentoring, and financial assistance through all four years of college. The Caruso Family Foundation is providing support to Operation Progress and each of the partner organizations.

The initiative’s goal is to support at least 200 students over the next decade, with partners working to guide scholars all the way through college graduation. Beyond academic success, the program’s “10 Pillars of Success” is aimed at developing well-rounded young men and women that will return to South Los Angeles, contribute to success of future scholars, and help strengthen our entire city.

Any Watts-area student may apply to become an Operation Progress scholar by visiting the website or by picking up an application at a participating school. Once accepted, students and parents sign a pledge to abide by the program’s standards. Depending on age and gender, students will be placed in a participating partner school, during which time they will also receive significant after-school and weekend mentoring and tutoring support from the partners. All scholars will be eligible for the South Central Scholars college program to ensure their academic and personal success in completing a four-year college education.


Chief Charlie Beck November Media Availability

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On Wednesday November 7, 2013 Chief of Police Charlie Beck held his monthly media availability to discuss several issues with members of the press. Chief Beck provided crime statistics, introduced a new public service announcement (PSA) created by the LAPD to educate citizens on appropriate use of the city’s 9-1-1 emergency call system, and provided updated information of the tragic incident at LAX which occurred on November 1, 2013.

During the news conference Chief Beck also recognized the hiring of Yen Lung the first Chinese-American by LAPD. Lung was not only the first Chinese- American hired in California but in the United States.

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Chief of Police Spotlights New 9-1-1 Public Service Announcement

Los Angeles:  Chief of Police Charlie Beck today introduced a new public service announce-ment (PSA) created by the LAPD to educate citizens on appropriate use of the city’s 9-1-1 emergency call system.  During a news conference at the LAPD’s Olympic Area Station, the PSA, which features Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Beck, was shown for the first time to reporters and other members of the media.

In 2012, the LAPD’s twin Dispatch Centers processed a total of 4 million calls for service.  Of this number, 2.3 million of incoming calls were received on 9-1-1 lines.  In interpreting the call data, the Department determined a full 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls – or 1.6 million calls for service – were actually non-emergency in nature.

The LAPD classifies as emergencies those calls relating to life-threatening circumstances: injury traffic accidents, serious medical calls, felony crimes in progress, and any other incidents that pose a credible threat to public safety.  Medical calls that don’t involve the commission of a crime are immediately transferred by 9-1-1 operators to the Los Angeles City Fire Department for handling.

 

The PSA instructs the public to direct non-emergency calls – for things such as loud parties, petty crimes, abandoned vehicles, non-violent neighbor disputes, property crimes, and other occurrences where lives are not in danger – to the Department’s toll-free non-emergency number, 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273).

“The large number of non-emergency calls received on 9-1-1 highlights the need for education of our residents in this area,” commented Chief Beck.  “It’s the hope of Mayor Garcetti and myself that this PSA will help callers recognize when they should dial 9-1-1, and when they should instead use our non-emergency number, where non-emergency police operators are waiting to help them.  This will keep our 9-1-1 lines clear and available for true emergencies in the future.”

DVDs of the PSA are available in English and Spanish through the LAPD’s Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.


Notes from the November 5, 2013 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Commissioner President Steve Soboroff started the meeting with a moment of silence for slain TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez.  He also extended prayers to all those injured and their families.
 
• Police Chief Charlie Beck considered the incident a tragedy.   He commended the men and women of Los Angeles World Airport Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department for acting heroically and mitigating the situation as quickly as possible.  He completed his comments by stating this incident makes airport security the main topic and people must understand to stop an incident like this, people must be willing to tolerate a full car search.

• Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman spoke last Friday at the Recruit Officer Graduation Class of 5-13.  He said it was a great occasion and very upbeat.  He was concerned however, of being only two African-Americans and five women among 41 graduates.  He pointed out those numbers are significantly below our goal. 

• Police Commissioner Kathleen Kim attended the Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics to celebrate the promotion of Asian-Pacific American Officers to Command Staff level.  She said it was very inspirational but learned out of 13,000 sworn and civilian, approximately 850 are of Asian descent.  She thought it was quite a disparate number for several reasons, primarily because of cultural values within the Asian community whom may not promote Asian-Pacific Americans into law enforcement.

• Police Chief Charlie Beck shared his concern with the Commissioners regarding the diversity of incoming recruits and is working with personnel department to ensure a diversified population.  For the month of October, the City of Los Angeles suffered 12 homicides.  This is the first month since 1964 the City of Los Angeles has had a month with 12 or less homicides.  Part I Crimes for 2013; there was a 12.9% reduction in homicide, rapes were down 27%, robberies were down 12.4%, aggravated assaults were down 9.5%, total violent crime reduction is 11.8%.  Property crime is also down in all four categories.  Total property crime reduction is 3.3%, which provides a total aggregate Part I Crime reduction of 4.1%.  The Department’s personnel remain at 9,916 sworn and 2,812 civilians. 

• The Department’s verbal report and discussion, relative to K9 Deployment of the Metropolitan Division, Gang and Narcotics Division, and Emergency Services Division.  Captain Patrick Smith, Commanding Officer of Metropolitan Division, informed the Board the K9 program has been in existence for 33 years.  Metropolitan Division deploys 19 patrol dogs, five gun detecting dogs, and two bloodhounds.  The policy of the K9 program is find-and-bark not find-and-bite.  The average cost per dog is $10,000 and on average, the department purchases two dogs a year.  The service life for each dog is approximately 8 to 10 years.  The primary source of funding for new dogs comes from the Angeles Police K9 Fund.  Captain John Incontro, Commanding Officer of Emergency Services Division, said both the Department and Los Angeles World Airport Police staff the K9 program and is the largest program in the United States.  The Los Angeles World Airport Police manages the program at Los Angeles Airport and is responsible for reporting to TSA for regular compliance.  TSA provides the K9s and the Los Angeles Airport pays for care and maintenance of the dogs.  The Department has an agreement with TSA to work at the Los Angeles Airport 80% of the time and 20% of the time the Department is allowed to work at other city venues.  Armando Moriel representing Gangs and Narcotics Division, indicated Gangs and Narcotics Division currently deploys nine dogs.  Eight dogs are trained in narcotics and one dog is trained in clean-currency.  The clean-currency dog detects money not tainted by narcotics.  It is common for the dog handler to adopt the K9 once the dog retires.

• The Department’s verbal report and discussion, relative to the Complaint Investigation Audit.  Internal Audits and Inspections Division conducted an annual audit on personal complaints.  17 objectives were audited.  16 objectives met a 95% or higher compliance standard.  The lowest percentage overall was a 93% for the availability of audio and video tape recordings.  Three tapes were not accounted for.  Overall the Department did outstanding.  

• The Department’s report, dated October 25, 2013, relative to the Request for Approval of Extension and Budget Modification of the 2010 Solving Cold Cases with DNA Program (BPC N. 13-0380), was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated October 25, 2013, relative to the Status of Recommendations made by the Office of the Inspector General in the review of Non-Categorical Use of Force Investigations (BPC N. 13-0374), was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated October 29, 2013, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Duplicate Records for Wilshire Area (BPC N. 13-0373), was approved.