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Class 2-13 Recruit Graduation

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August 9, 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 awarded their diploma of graduation.  Twenty-nine individuals underwent six months of intense training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Department command staff, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 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 streets 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.


Man Attempts to Kidnap 11-Year-Old Girl

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

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, around 9 a.m., the male suspect followed the victim from the area of Avalon Boulevard and L Street.  When the victim reached the 1100 block of Marine Avenue, the suspect surprised the victim from behind and attempted to forcibly place the eleven year old victim into the trunk of his vehicle.  The victim fought back, broke free and the suspect fled the area.  

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, about 50 years old with gray/black hair. He stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.  The suspect is believed to be driving a possible late 80’s to early 90's 2-door white import vehicle. The vehicle has black bumpers, a faded hood and possible damage to the passenger side fender.

Anyone with information about this case or who have been a victim of this type of crime or have not reported the incident is urged to contact LAPD Harbor Area Detectives at 310) 726-7860.  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.

Man Shot on a Bicycle

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollenbeck Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the two suspects responsible for shooting at a man riding his bicycle in the El Sereno area of Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, around 5:30 p.m, a man was riding his bicycle on the 5200 block of Templeton Street, when two suspects driving a tan Toyota 4Runner drove past the pedestrian and suddenly stopped their vehicle.  The two suspects came out of the 4Runner and fired numerous shots.  The pedestrian speeding away on his bicycle was hit by the gunfire.  The victim was treated and release at a local hospital for a non-life threatening wounds.

Detectives are investigating this shooting as possible gang related and believe somebody can identify the suspects based on the surveillance video.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Hollenbeck Detective Donna Cornejo at 323-224-0104.  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 August 6, 2013 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Commission President Andrea Ordin said tonight is National Night Out and each commissioner will be attending events in close proximity to their residence. 

• Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman formally requested the Department report back to the Board on the complaint mediation program at the August 27 regular meeting.

• Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur informed the Board Mayor Eric Garcetti is convening a group to meet and discuss ways in which the City can make the Venice Beach Boardwalk safer for visitors in lieu of the incident that took place there over the weekend. 

• The Department’s report, dated July 24, 2013, relative to the request for approval of agreement with LexisNexis for computer assisted legal research services, was accepted and transmitted to the Mayor.

• The Department’s report, dated July 23, 2013, relative to the request for payment of reward offer on City Council file No. 11-0010-S39, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated July 30, 2013, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for Valley Traffic Division, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

• The Department’s report, dated July 30, 2013, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for Operations Valley Bureau, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

• The Department’s report, dated July 30, 2013, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for Commercial Crimes Division, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

 


Detectives Arrest Man for Inappropriate Relationship with a 15-year-old

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Division have arrested Robert Nagai, for 288.4(b) PC, attempting to meet with a 15-year-old victim for the purposes of committing a lewd act.  

During the course of the investigation detectives discovered that 48-year-old Nagai, an administrator for Los Angeles Unified School District, who lives in Chatsworth, had an ongoing inappropriate relationship with a former student.  Nagai is currently out of custody and out on bail.

Though there is no information to suggest there are additional victims, detectives are asking that anyone who may have information regarding matter contact Detective F. Avila, at 818-756-3375.  After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "CRIMES" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org  and click on "Web Tips."  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

38-Year-Old Bicyclist Fatally Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver

Los Angeles: Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information regarding a hit-and-run incident that killed a man on his bicycle.    

On August 5, 2013, around 9 p.m., 38-year-old Victor Awad, a resident of Canoga Park, was riding his bicycle traveling westbound Plummer Avenue at the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Plummer Street. A vehicle only described as a silver convertible Mustang, traveling northbound Winnetka Avenue collided with the bicyclist.  The driver of the vehicle did not remain at scene to render aid or to identify himself. The driver then sped away northbound on Winnetka Avenue.

At this time, there are no more descriptive details of the suspect or his vehicle.  After the incident, the victim was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later. 

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call LAPD Valley Traffic Division, Detective Laurino at 818-644-8115 or Officer Tucker at 818-644-8063. During weekends and non-business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD247 (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.

Robbery Arrests Unveil New Twist on Craigslist

Los Angeles:  An aggravated robbery over the weekend has uncovered a new twist on criminals using Craiglist to find victims as well as a ready-source for buyers of stolen property.

A 24-year-old man from Panorama City advertised some computer equipment for sale on Craigslist and agreed to meet a potential buyer at the McDonald’s at 9107 Van Nuys Blvd.  Three men showed up around 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013.  Levon Iskandaryan, 23, waved down the victim in the parking lot and approached the seller.  

Apparently, Iskandaryan lost interest in the laptop for sale when he saw the victim holding an iPhone5.  Iskandaryan coerced the seller to walk to a nearby car by saying the rear passenger was pointing a gun at him.

“There’s nothing new from this angle of crooks targeting sellers for robbery,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “But it’s what they did afterward to sell the stolen phone that surprised us.”

The victim followed Iskandaryan to a gray Toyota Solara where Mambreh Khachian, 33, was holding a gun, and a third man was seated in the driver’s seat.  Iskandaryan grabbed the phone from the victim, then the two struggled over it for a moment.  When the victim lost his hold, the car door shut, but caught the victim’s clothing.  As the car sped away, it dragged the victim for several feet, tearing his clothes, scraping and burning his skin.

Detectives pinged the phone and traced the signal to a house in the 7900 block of Hillrose Street, Sunland.  Officers found the gray Toyota and waited for someone to get in it.  Around midnight, Khachian left the house and got into the car.  Officers let him drive away then detained him and learned his name for the first time.  

Officers went back to the house and conducted a search, finding Iskandaryan inside, where he lived with his parents.  Since he was on probation for other crimes, officers were able to search the house without a warrant, but they found no iPhone.

“These guys were shocked the cops were on to them so fast,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “We think they were a bit concerned they might have killed their victim after leaving him in the parking lot, so they became very cooperative, copping to the robbery but, in a very self-serving way, saying they never intended to hurt anyone.”

Both men were documented members of AP, or Armenian Power, which is a street gang.  Neither would give the name of the third man and driver of the car, but the car was accounted for.  The driver is wanted, and described only as Armenian with a chrome bracelet and green eyes.  He was dropped off in North Hollywood after the robbery, but before the phone was fenced.

Iskandaryan and Khachian went back to Craigslist and contacted a person who listed a WANT AD for an iPhone5.  That person met the duo at a Starbucks in Glendale and paid $350 for the stolen iPhone.  Police were able to confirm the location by the phone’s ping history.  Iskandaryan and Khachian split the cash, but did not have it all when they were arrested.

“It sure puts a new spin on “Be careful what you ask for,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “Everyone’s knows you can become a victim trying to sell things on Craigslist, but now you might become an unwitting victim or even accomplice by listing a want ad.  Caveat emptor has morphed to Let the buyer AND the SELLER beware.”

Police hope that by publicizing this case, the unwitting buyer will come forward and surrender the iPhone so detectives don’t have to track it down.   They also believe there may be many more victims and unwitting buyers from these two men.

Iskandaryan and Khachian were booked for armed Robbery and their bails were set at $125,000.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Mission Robbery detectives, at
213-838-9898. During weekends and non-business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD247 (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.


Traffic Advisory for Presidential Visit

Los Angeles: In an effort to assist the public in avoiding possible traffic congestion during the visit of the President of the United States, August 6 – 7, 2013, the following areas of the City should be avoided when possible to prevent travel delays for community members:

Tuesday August 6, 2013
The area around Hollywood Way and San Fernando Road from 2:30 pm to 6:30 p.m.
The area around Hollywood Way and Burbank Blvd. from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The area around Hollywood Way and Alameda from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The area around W. Olive Avenue and Buena Vista from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The area around Sherman Way and Hayvenhurst Avenue from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The area around Victory Blvd. and Canoga Avenue from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The area around Canoga Avenue and Burbank Blvd. from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday August 7, 2013
The area around Sherman Way and Hayvenhurst Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m.
The area around Victory Blvd. and Canoga Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m.
The area around Canoga Avenue and Burbank Blvd. from 9:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m.

This information has been provided to the public with the approval of the United States Secret Service (USSS).  Any additional questions related to the visit of the President will be referred to the USSS.

If anyone has any questions regarding this advisory, please contact Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

Suspect Arrested by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Mission Division officers conducted a child sexual exploitation investigation.  During their interview with the 16 year old victim, she identified the suspect; Scott Hounsell as the person who had engaged in sexually explicit chats with her via a social media website. 

The LAPD Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit assisted with the investigation.  ICAC investigators confirmed the information provided by the victim.

Based on the LAPD investigation, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for 288.2 (a) (1) P.C., Sending harmful matter to a child.  Hounsell was arrested and booked; his bail was set at $40,000

The Los Angeles Regional ICAC Task Force is comprised of 55 federal and local affiliate agencies that detect and investigate child predators that use the internet as a means to contact children or deal in child pornography. 

The public is reminded that any suspected inappropriate contact with a minor or knowledge of child pornography on the Internet, should be immediately reported to their local law enforcement agency or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678, or missing kids.com, who will forward the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency on a nationwide basis. 

If anyone has any questions regarding this crime, please contact Lieutenant Andrea Grossman at 562-624-4027. Anyone wishing to report a crime may remain anonymous by calling 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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Los Angeles: The family of Colenthia Lapree Iqbal and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit requests the public’s assistance in locating Iqbal.

Iqbal was last seen on May 2, 2013, around 12:00 p.m. at her residence in the 5200 block of West 99th Street, in the area of LAPD’s Pacific Division. She has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is extremely concerned for her welfare. Anyone who has seen Iqbal is urged to call Police immediately

Iqbal is described as a 42-year-old Black female with brown hair, brown eyes. She stands about
5 feet and 3 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.  She is heavy build with a dark complexion.  

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

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jason Bennett, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.  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.