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Man Killed in the Hollywood Area

Hollywood:  Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects who killed a 38-year-old male Black outside of a night club in Hollywood.

On March 30, 2014, around 1:58 a.m., Hollywood officers responded to a radio call of a “shooting,” at Las Palmas Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. When officers arrived they saw the victim on the ground in the street near a black Dodge Charger.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he died a short time later from his injuries.

The victim has not been identified, pending notification to next of kin.

The suspects are described as 3 to 4 male Blacks driving a black four door sedan.  The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Las Palmas Avenue.

Detectives believe that the altercation was gang related.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 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 (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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37-Year-Old in Wheelchair Shot and Killed

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department 77th Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of 37-year-old Damon Leroy.

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, around 1:44 p.m., the victim was sitting in his wheelchair in the 6800 block of 11th Avenue, in the South Los Angeles area, when he was approached by a male Black in his 30’s.  After a five minute verbal conversation the suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim multiple times in the torso.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.  Despite life-saving efforts, the victim died as a result of his injuries a short time later.

The motive for the shooting is believed to be gang related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang Homicide Division, Detectives Eddie Amaral or Miguel Gutierrez at (213) 485-1383.  During non-business hours or 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 key pads) 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.


     
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84-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles:   The family of William Matelyan and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s help to locate Matelyan, a resident of Los Angeles.

On March 22, 2014, around 10 a.m., Matelyan was last seen in the 200 block of South Avenue 54 in the City of Los Angeles.  Matelyan has not been seen or heard from since; his family is concerned that he has not been located.

William Matelyan is described as an 84-year-old male White with grey hair, blue eyes, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.

Anyone with information on William Matelyan’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective L. Saiza of LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (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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Officers Saved the Life of 17-Month-Old Infant

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department 77th Street Area officers were on routine patrol when they came across an erratic driver driving down the street in a state of panic.

On March 22, 2014, around 1:30 p.m., 77th Street Area Officer Johnny Han and his partner Andres Cardenas were driving in a marked black and white police vehicle when they saw a vehicle driving erratically southbound on Broadway approaching 76th Street.   

The officers saw a mother who appeared to be driving her vehicle in a state of panic and advised the officers her 17-month-old boy had stopped breathing.  The officers directed the mother to pull over and both officers quickly exited their police vehicle and saw that the boy was not breathing.  

Officer Han immediately notified LAPD Communications Division and requested a Rescue Ambulance from the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD).  As Officer Han made the request, Officer Cardenas administered one chest compression to the infant boy and he began to take shallow breaths.

Officer Cardenas kept the infant calm and continued to monitor his breathing, at the same time the infant began to take hold of Cardenas finger.  

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported the infant to a local hospital.

According to the doctor, the infant suffered an acute life threatening event.  When it was mentioned to the doctor that Officer Cardenas had administered one chest compression, he stated that one chest compression saved the infant boy’s life.

The infant was admitted to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Officers Han and Cardenas are to be commended for their heroic action while upholding the proud traditions of the Los Angeles Police Department.

 

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Son Stabs Mother in Sylmar Home

Sylmar.  Police officers detained a 22-year-old man, covered in blood, in his Sylmar home after calls to 9-1-1 gave conflicting information of a son and his mother attacking the other with a knife.  The mother, Matilda Sanchez, 55, was found lying on the living room floor, stabbed multiple times.  Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

“We have interviewed a witness, an uncle who lives in the home, who confirmed his nephew stabbed the woman,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “It’s especially tragic to deal with a scene where someone kills one’s parent.  This is the third such murder in Sylmar in two years.”

Calls to 9-1-1 around 4:20 p.m., reported a woman being stabbed.  “We’re still working on verifying who made the initial calls,” Lt. Vernon said.  Police believe the son may have called 9-1-1 also to implicate his mother as the aggressor.

Detectives interviewed two other men present in the home at the time of the stabbing, as well as the dead woman’s son.  Police officers recalled having responded to the home recently after reports of the son kicking doors and setting fires.  “The history of activity at the home will give us more insight as to what’s behind this tragic murder,” Lt. Vernon added.

Detectives wrote a search warrant in order to search the home.  A large, bloody butcher knife was seen not far from the woman’s body, and the search warrant will allow detectives to seize it with less chance of a legal challenge later.

The son was arrested and his name will be released once he is booked.  

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD’s Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9954.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

 

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Notes from the March 25, 2014 Weekly Police Commisson Meeting

• Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said next week’s meeting will be held in San Pedro and the Commission will present its goals for 2014-15 at that meeting.  He also said he attended the recruit graduation last Friday and added the Department needs more police officers, especially African-American and women officers.

• Assistant Chief Michel Moore stated the Department was grateful the officers at the scene of the Officer Involved Shooting in Hollywood were able to defend themselves and the officer who was injured is expected to recover.  Chief Moore also stated the recruit graduation included a class of 16 Detention Officers which was the first such class in several years.  He completed his comments by saying the Department’s Open Team and Women’s Running Team both won their division at the annual Baker to Vegas Relay Race.  

• 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 Southwest Area was given by Captain Paul Snell and Mr. Johnnie Raines.  Captain Snell informed the Board the Southwest C-PAB currently has 20 members and the Teen C-PAB has 30 members.  Mr. Raines stated there are four committees the Southwest C-PAB is involved in.  They include the hospitality committee, membership committee, blighted property committee, and the homeless committee.  

• The Department’s report, dated March 13, 2014, relative to the supplemental police account fourth quarterly report (October through December 2013), was approved.  The report was transmitted to the City Council and to the Office of the City Controller.

• The Department’s report, dated March 18, 2014, relative to the Operations-West Bureau timekeeping inspection (IAID No. 13-023), was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated March 14, 2014, relative to Operations-South Bureau gang enforcement detail command accountability performance audit (IAID No. 13-053), was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated March 14, 2014, relative to the Hollenbeck Area detective command accountability performance audit (IAID No. 13-053),

• The Department’s report, dated March 18, 2014, relative to the request for authority to destroy obsolete original records for North Hollywood Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

• The Department’s report, dated March 18, 2014, relative to the request for authority to destroy obsolete original records for Property Division, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.


86-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles:   The family of Irina Gitelma and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are seeking public assistance to help locate Gitelma.

Gitelma was last seen at her Los Angeles residence in the 5800 block of San Vicente Boulevard on March 18, 2014, around 7 a.m.  She weighs about 125 pounds and is described as a white female with blonde hair and brown eyes.  She may be wearing a dark-blue, hooded velvet jacket with dark pants and white tennis shoes. Gitelma speaks only Russian and suffers from memory loss

Anyone with information on Gitelma’s whereabouts 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 (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.


Officer-Involved Shooting in West Valley

Los Angeles:  On Friday, March 21, 2014, at approximately 5:10 pm, West Valley Patrol Division officers responded to a radio call of a man with a gun in the 5200 block of Mecca Avenue.

The airship arrived on scene first, and observed the suspect at the location, armed with a shotgun.  When the officers arrived, the suspect walked from the rear of his residence to the front, still armed with a shotgun.  The suspect confronted officers and an officer-involved-shooting occurred.  

The suspect was transported to a local hospital and his condition is unknown.  No officers were injured and a shotgun was recovered at scene.  

Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved-shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Departments use-of-force policy, which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must 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.


Teen Female Victim of a Kidnap and Attempted Sexual Assault

Los Angeles:   The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section detectives , are requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect  responsible for the kidnap and attempted sexual assault of a 16 year-old female in Newton Area.

On March 20, 2014, at approximately 1810 hours, a 16 year-old female was walking home from Freemont High School. As she was walking on Gage Avenue near San Pedro Street a male Black walked up to her and forced her into a white van at knife point.  The male drove the victim to another location where he attempted to sexually assault her. He then drove her to an alley in the area of Imperial Highway and New Hampshire Avenue where the victim was able run from the suspect and escaped.

The suspect is described as a male Black, black hair, brown eyes, stands 5’7” tall, weighs about 170 pounds, 20 to 33 years of age, with a dark complexion.

The suspect’s van is described as a white cargo van with two doors to the rear and on the passenger’s side.  The van had U-Haul and the numbers 19.95 posted on the rear of the van.  

Anyone with information concerning this crime are directed to contact LAPD at a 24-hour, toll-free number 877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247).  Tips can be emailed to rhd-sas@lapd.lacity.org.  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.”


Class 10-13 Recruit Graduation

March 21, 2014 – 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 awarded their diploma of graduation.  Twenty-one individuals underwent six months of intense training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Police Chief Charlie Beck, 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 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.

For audio of Chief Beck's speech click here.