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33-Year-Old male Arrested for Kidnapping a 5-year-old boy

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division officers arrested 33-year-old Andron Gazarov, a residence from North Hollywood, for kidnapping a 5-year-old boy.

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, around 3:50 p.m., the victim and a woman were walking in the area of Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue, when he was suddenly snatched by Gazarov, who took off running with him.  A Good Samaritan saw the women running and screaming after Gazarov, at which time he stopped Gazarov and took the victim away from him.  LAPD, Pacific Division patrol officers responded and took Gazarov into custody.  The victim and the women were not physically injured during the incident.

Gazarov was booked for California Penal Code Section 208(B), Kidnapping.  LAPD, Pacific Division Detectives are handling the investigation.

If you have any questions, please contact LAPD Pacific Division Detectives at 310-600-2739.  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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Former Roller Rink Employee Arrested for Acting on his Foot Fetish; Detectives are Asking for the Public’s Help to Identify other Possible Victims

Northridge:  The Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division's Sexually Exploited Child Unit (SECU) have arrested a man for acting on his foot fetish while working at a popular roller rink in Northridge.

On December 22, 2013, 19-year-old Christopher Julian Flores, a resident of Granada Hills, was arrested and charged for Penal Code Section 664/288(A), attempted lewd acts on a minor under the age of 14, or acts of lewd and lascivious conduct, a crime committed by touching a child somewhere on his/her body for sexual purposes.

Throughout the investigation, SECU detectives worked closely with management staff at Skateland Roller Rink in an attempt to identify other possible victims of Suspect Flores. 











Christopher Julian Flores

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call LAPD’s Juvenile Division's Sexually Exploited Child Unit at 213-486-0580.  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 1-88-222-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.


Church Vandalism Suspect Sought

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man responsible for vandalizing the chapel at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in the 6100 block of Cahuenga Boulevard in North Hollywood.

Yesterday between 9 p.m. and 9:25 p.m., a male suspect entered the chapel and pushed over several statues, vases and paintings, causing several items to be damaged.

At this time, the suspect is described only as an unshaven male wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call North Hollywood Area burglary detectives at 818-623-4045.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may 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) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.


40-year-old Man Shot and Killed

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects who killed 40-year-old Atilio Benavides- Amaya.  Councilmember Cedillo has approved a $50,000 reward for the information leading to the conviction of the suspects.

On November 6, 2013, around 8:15 p.m., Rampart Patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting at 14th Street and Union Avenue. The victim, later identified as Atilio Benavides-Amaya was walking in the area when the suspects approached him on foot. According to detectives the victim was shot several times at close range. The suspects then fled eastbound on 14th Street possibly in a dark SUV.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and paramedics pronounced the victim dead at scene.

Benavides- Amaya is survived by his mother who was living with him at the time of his death and a son who lives in El Salvador.  Benavides- Amaya was working at a 99 Cent Store where he was helping his mother with his income and also sending money to his child in El Salvador. The motive of the homicide is unknown.

Both suspects are described as male Blacks in their twenties.

***Attached are photos of persons of interest who detectives are attempting to identify. Detectives believe they were in the area of the homicide and might have some information

Anyone with information is urged to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives Martinez or Lee at 213-484-3639.  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.”


Hollywood Burglary Suspect Sought

Hollywood, Los Angeles:   Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Division Burglary Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect they believe to be responsible for a rash of burglaries in the southeast area of Hollywood.

On January 31, 2014, around 9:30 a.m., the suspect knocked on the door of an apartment in the 5500 block of Barton Avenue.  The victim did not answer the door.  The suspect walked to the rear of the building and pried the victim's bedroom window and screen with a screwdriver.  The victim heard the suspect at his bedroom window and saw him reaching into his room. The suspect saw the victim looking at him and left the location on foot.  

The suspect is described as a 20 to 28-year-old male White or Hispanic, stands 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 to 180 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a black jacket over a blue tee-shirt with blue jeans and white tennis shoes.  According to a witness the suspect appears clean cut and speaks English with no accent.  
Investigators believe the suspect is responsible for other burglaries in the area.

** Surveillance video of the suspect is available online at www.lapdonline.org **

Anyone with information about these crimes or the suspect is asked to call Hollywood Area Burglary, Officer Glenn Jackson at 213-972-2928 or Detective Ramirez at 213-972-2931.  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 1-88-222-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.

 


77-Year-Old Critical Missing Man

Porter Ranch, Los Angeles:   The family of Norman Henry Heuer and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division are asking for the public’s help to locate Norman.

On February 25, 2014, around 2:30 p.m., Norman was last seen leaving his residence located in the 10700 block of Des Moines Avenue in Porter Ranch.  Norman walked away from the location and has not been seen or heard from since. His family is extremely concerned for his welfare because he suffers from autism and is in poor mental condition. Norman frequents many restaurants in the Northridge area to include:
Carrows at 20557 Devonshire Street, Cocos Restaurant, located on the corner of Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard, and Bob’s Big Boys, on the corner of Corbin Avenue and Nordhoff Street.  

NR14085bb MPNorman is described as a White male with white hair, green eyes and answers to the nickname of “Sonny”.  He stands 5 feet 10 inch tall and weighs about 165 pounds.  He was last seen possibly wearing a golf shirt (unknown color) and shorts (unknown color).

Anyone with information on Norman whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Devonshire Division at (818) 832-0633.  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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Missing 13-Year-Old Boy

February 26, 2014
UPDATE

Missing person Juan Miranda was located in good condition this afternoon around 1:45 p.m., he was found with his friends, and has been reunited with his family.

 

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division officers are seeking public assistance in locating a missing youth.

Yesterday around 5:20 p.m., officers were summoned to the 13100 block of Paxton Street to investigate the disappearance of 13-year-old Juan Miranda from his family residence.  Apparently, Miranda was despondent over the recent death of his grandfather and had an argument with his mother.  He then left his residence and has not been seen since.

Juan MirandaMiranda is described as a male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, gray tennis shoes and a gray baseball cap.  He also has a scar on his right palm.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Juan Miranda is urged to contact LAPD’s Foothill Division at (818) 756-8861. 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 Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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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74-Year-Old Critical Missing Man

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UPDATE

Missing person Thomas Stinson was located in good condition early this morning around

12:45 a.m. at a nearby restaurant.  He has been reunited with his family.


Topanga, Los Angeles:   The family of Thomas Stinson and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Division are asking for the public’s help to locate Thomas.

On February 25, 2014, around 6:00 p.m., Thomas was last seen taking a walk from the family residence in the 7300 block of Casaba Street in the Topanga area of Los Angeles.  Thomas walked away from the location and has not been seen or heard from since. His family is extremely concerned for his welfare because he suffers from dementia and Alzheimers.

Thomas is described as a 74-year-old Caucasian male with gray hair and he stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds and wears glasses.  He was last seen wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a grey baseball cap.

Anyone with information on Sunay’s whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Topanga Division at (818) 756-4800.  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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Dead Man Found in Burning Car

Los Angeles:  The body of a male individual between 30 and 40 years old was found in the trunk of a burning vehicle Monday night in an alley in Arleta.  Detectives are asking the public’s help to solve the case.

Around 10:20 p.m., the fire department received a call of a dumpster fire in an alley off Vena Avenue and terra Bella Street in Arleta.  The alley is named Garber Street.  When firefighters put out the burning car, they discovered the body inside the trunk.

“The cause of death was not apparent.  An autopsy should assist in determining the cause and manner of death,” said Lieutenant Paul Vernon.

Due to the circumstances of the case, Robbery Homicide Division assumed investigative responsibility.

Anyone with information is urged to call Robbery Homicide Division, at 213-486-6890.  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 "Webtips” and follow the prompts.


Arrests Made Against Suspects Involved in Two Separate Homicides

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) West Bureau Homicide Detectives reported the suspects responsible for the murders of 17-year-old Charles Hall, and 7-year-old Taalib Pecantte have been arrested.

On September 1, 2013, around 11:45 a.m., LAPD Wilshire Area patrol officers responded to a “shots fired” radio call in the 1100 block of South Redondo Boulevard in Los Angeles. The officers found the victim later identified as Charles Hall suffering from gunshot wounds.  Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and paramedics pronounced the victim dead at scene. 

West Bureau Homicide detectives' investigation revealed that numerous gun shots were fired at the victims from a white 4-door sedan.  The suspects in the car then drove away from the scene. 

On December 2, 2013, around 9:05 p.m., LAPD West Los Angeles patrol officers responded to a “shots fired” radio call in the 1900 block of Corning Street.  When the officers arrived at the scene, they were informed one of the three victims drove them to a local hospital.

7-year-old Taalib Pecantte a passenger in the vehicle, died a short time later at the hospital from his injuries.

LAPD West Los Angeles detectives responded and their investigation revealed that unknown suspects, only described as male African-Americans in dark clothing, opened fire on the victims and then fled a white car.

On Thursday, February, 20, 2014, the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Fugitive Task Force arrested 28-year-old Tradel Faniel, 24-year-old Windell Faniel, 19-year-old Paul Jamar and 31-year-old Danille Peters.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Tradel Faniel in the murder of Hall and Pecantte.

Windell Faniel, Paul Jamar, and Danielle Peters have been charged with the murder of Pecantte.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Bureau Homicide Detectives 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.