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79-Year-Old Missing Woman

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

On March 6, 2014, around 11 a.m., Hudson was last seen walking from her residence in the 10000 block of South San Pedro Street in the City of Los Angeles.  Thomas has not been seen or heard from since; her family is concerned for her safety.  Hudson’s family told investigators that she may be in need of medical attention for a medical condition.

Carolyn Hudson is described as a 79-year-old Black female with black hair, brown eyes, stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.  Hudson was last seen wearing a Navy-blue coat and tan pants.

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Anyone with information on Carolyn Hudson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Merrill 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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Help Find Family’s Pet, “Tequila”

Dog Stolen during Burglary

Mission Hills:  Tequila, a 5-pound toy poodle and  cherished member of the Molina family, was taken March 5, 2014, during a daytime burglary at the family’s house on Pinney Street.  Detectives are now trying to solve a crime that feels more like a kidnapping than a burglary to the victims.

“Some callous person broke in through a window and ransacked the home,” said Officer Kelli Pickart, Stolen Dog Tequila-1 who is investigating the burglary for LAPD’s Mission Police Station.  “It was bad enough to take this family’s computer, but to take their precious pet…it’s really maddening.”

This burglary is the third within the last year where a  victim’s dog was taken along with the victims’ possessions. “We’ve been lucky to find two other dogs and return them to the owners,” Officer Pickart explained.

While owners might think of their pets as family, under the law, they count as property.  “Tequila was Stolen Dog Tequila-2 valued at $600, but she is priceless to the Molinas,” Officer Pickart said.  “The family has offered a reward for the return of Tequila.  We think some unsuspecting person may have received the dog as a recent gift from a friend, perhaps even from the burglar who took her.”

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Officer Kelli Pickart, Mission Burglary Table at (818) 838-9864.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers 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, by clicking on “webtips” and following the prompts.


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Elderly Missing Couple

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Yesterday evening, Angeles Alamario Alora and Lina Alora turned up at separate locations in the city of Long Beach.  Mrs. Alora showed up at a residence in the 400 block of Cerritos Avenue where a barbecue was occurring in the front yard.  Those attending the event recognized Mrs. Alora and called the local police.  After arriving at the residence, officers arranged for Mrs. Alora to be transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.  In another location, Mr. Alora was also recognized and then taken to Long Beach Community Hospital around 11:30 p.m.  Yesterday, there were reports of the couple being seen in Santa Monica. However, details of how or why they ended up at the Long Beach locations remain unclear.  The Aloras were both in good physical condition.  Mrs. Alora has been released from the hospital and reunited with her family.  Mr. Alora is expected to be released today.

Los Angeles:  The family of Angeles Alamario Alora and Lina Alora and the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mr. and Mrs. Alora.

On March 17, 2014, around 1 p.m., the Alora’s were last seen at their residence in the 600 block of South Bronson Avenue. According to family members the Alora’s both suffer from a medical condition and may be in need of medical care.

Angeles Alora is described as a 94-year-old male Filipino, bald, brown eyes, stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs around 150 pounds.  He has a thin build and light complexion. He was last seen wearing a green shirt and beige pants. Mr. Alora utilizes a walker.

Lina Alora is described as a 85-year-old female Filipino, with black hair, brown eyes, stands 5 feet 1 inch tall, and weights around 140 pounds.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Angeles and Lina Alora, please contact Missing Persons Unit, Detective A. Mercado 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 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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Notes from the March 18, 2014 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said he met with the Behavioral Science Services Unit last week and appreciated the presentation they gave him.

• Police Chief Charlie Beck said the funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee was attended by more than 5,000 people and he thanked the City and Commissioners for their support. 

• The Executive Director’s report dated March 13, 2014, relative to the approval of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners and the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, relative to services of the Inspector General, was approved.  The Commission authorized the President to sign the MOA on behalf of the Commission.

• The City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Task Force verbal presentation and discussion relative to their goals and activities was given by Deputy City Attorney Eve Sheedy. Ms. Sheedy informed the Board the Domestic Violence Task Force was formed by the City Council in 1994 and is there to assist the City with the development and coordination of domestic violence programs.  The task force makes recommendations to City Council regarding policies, priorities, funding, legislations and any other matters regarding domestic violence. She said the task force works closely with the Mayor’s office, City Attorney and the LAPD and membership is on a volunteer basis with each Council member appointing a representative. Other duties include providing training to first responders on domestic violence issues and reviewing domestic violence reports. 

• 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 Hollywood Area was given by Captain Peter Zarcone and Mr. Gary Minzer.  Captain Zarcone took a moment to thank the Commission and public for the outpouring of support in the wake of Officer Nicholas Lee’s untimely death.  He then stated the Hollywood area holds regular special events and currently has many new developments in the works.  As a result the Hollywood Area C-PAB has many committees which include night club, homeless outreach and station beautification.  Mr. Minzer stated there are currently 40 members of the Hollywood C-PAB, 35 members of their Teen C-PAB and a PAL program.

Death of First LAPD Latina Police Woman

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department extends its condolences for the passing of Josephine Serrano Collier, the first Latina police woman.

Prior to joining LAPD, like many World War II era women, Josephine Serrano, as she was known at the time, was part of the country’s war efforts and worked for the Lockheed Corporation to help produce the P-38 Ventura fighter plane.  After the war, she was forced to relinquish her job to returning servicemen.

On the advice of a friend, against her cultural traditions and family wishes, Josephine applied for one of the Department’s early groups of police women recruits.  Out of 200 applicants, she was one of only nine to be hired and became a full-fledged LAPD officer on Oct. 1, 1946, at the age of 24.  Though she faced many challenges because of her gender, ethnicity and prevailing cultural issues within the Department, Josephine worked many assignments, including foot beats, vice, bunco, juvenile and the Lincoln Heights Jail.  Her divisions included Hollenbeck and Central.

While serving in the Department, Josephine became Josephine Serrano Collier when she married fellow Officer Darwin “Jack” Collier.  She raised three children: Suzanne, John Lee and David Scott and retired on Oct. 24, 1960 due to a back injury.  After retirement, she worked briefly as a counselor for the L.A. Job Corp.  When her husband retired, the couple moved to Idaho and took up cattle raising along the Snake River. Later, Josephine settled in Tucson, Ariz., where she passed away Feb. 25, 2014.

Chief Charlie Beck extends a heartfelt “thank you” to the Serrano Collier families for allowing Josephine to be part of the LAPD.  “In great sadness but with the utmost gratitude, our Department thanks Josephine for her sacrifices and for breaking the lines that divided women from many assignments in the early history of LAPD,” said Chief Beck. “Those sacrifices and her commitment opened the door for many women and Latinas in the Department, setting the stage for future generations.”

“The path for my success and other women of the LAPD is paved with the courage of Josephine Serrano and others like her,” said Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, Office of Administrative Services.  “This Department will be forever grateful.”

The Los Angeles Police Department extends our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Josephine Serrano Collier and thanks her for dedication, service and commitment to our great Department.

2014 Capabilities and Inspection of Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau

20140312_085450_resizedMarch 12, 2014 – In an empty parking lot overlooking the City of Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium the sworn and civilian employees of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau stood at attention as Police Chief Charlie Beck and Deputy Chief Michael Downing walked the ranks, inspecting the officers in their formal Class A uniforms from head to toe.  Stopping to speak with officers individually, Chief Beck took the opportunity to thank each one for their service to the City.

20140312_090558_resized“The threats we face today are changing quickly.  They are more diffused and complex, said Chief Downing. “Support each other, care for one another, and find joy in what you do.  You are in the best profession in the world – in my opinion – there is great purpose and meaning in what you do.  Not only do you protect humans from physical harm, you protect a society’s civil liberties/civil rights so that they can be free to choose their faith, express their ideas, keep their traditions, chose their sexuality, appeal to the government, protest or demonstrate against policies they perceive as unfair and compete on an equal playing field – we protect all that as well. This is the great American lifestyle and being American is perhaps the greatest opportunity and advantage we have in the free world.”  

20140312_090658-1_resizedCounter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau consists of a variety of specialized divisions which include Major Crimes, Air Support, Emergency Services, Emergency Operations, and Metropolitan Division.  Metropolitan Division includes SWAT, Mounted Unit, Bomb Squad, K-9, Underwater Dive Unit and Dignitary Protection Detail. Combined these divisions’ primary focus is to prevent terrorist attacks and protect societies civil liberties and civil rights.

Every division in the Department holds formal inspections from time to time.  It serves as an opportunity for sworn and civilian employees to build comradery and to return to the basics of police formalities.  

20-Year-Old Man Arrested On Criminal Threat Charges for a Twitter Post

Los Angeles: On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, around 9:30 a.m., LAPD Central Area patrol officers received information about a possible public safety Twitter post.

Officers utilized Department resources to investigate the social media account.  During the investigation, officers discovered multiple pictures displaying an unknown type of rifle pointing in the direction of various Los Angles city streets with the captions “100 RT’s (Re-Tweets) and I’ll shoot someone walking.”

During the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine the location where the pictures were taken and the identity of the Twitter account user.  The account user was identified as 20-year-old Dakkari McAnuff, a resident of Los Angeles.  Officers responded to McAnuff’s residence in the 700 block of 9th Street, took him into custody and transported him to Central Division for further investigation.  An air rifle was recovered at the scene.

McAnuff was arrested and booked for 422 PC-Criminal Threats and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact LAPD Central Division Detectives at (213) 972-1203.  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 "web tips" and follow the prompts.


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Man Found Fatally Shot in Sylmar

Sylmar:  CHP officers, responding to reports of a traffic obstruction, discovered a driver apparently shot, sitting in a Mitsubishi on the Roxford Street off ramp of the westbound 210 freeway, this morning, March 14, 2014.

“Preliminary evidence tends to show this is a case of road rage,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “Bullet impacts and glass fragments lead us to think the shooter fired at the victim from the victim’s side of the car.”

The report of the traffic obstruction came around 12:50 AM.  A sheriff deputy arrived first and reported the driver had apparently been shot.  Paramedics took the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The dead driver was a local man in his mid-30s.  “He did not appear to have a criminal record nor to be affiliated with any gang activity,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “It may be he was coming or going to work.”

Detectives will look into other reports of shots fired, reported around 11 PM, near Fenton Street and Tyler Street, about one mile from this crime scene.  Responding LAPD officer found no witness, nor victim in that case.  “Given the 2 hour lapse in time between the two incidents, it’s doubtful they are related, but we’ll have to see,” Vernon said.

Police are asking for anyone who saw the Mitsubishi on the off ramp to call police to help establish a timeline as to how long the victim might have been there before police arrived.

CHP closed the westbound 210 freeway for about 1 hour while detectives walked the freeway from the crime scene to the Polk Street exit, looking for evidence of the shooting.  The freeway was reopened by about 4:15 AM, in time for the morning rush.

Anyone with information is urged to call Det. Gretchen Schultz, at (818) 838-9951.  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 "web tips" and follow the prompts.


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Biography of Officer Nicholas Lee

Nicholas Choung Lee was born on August 16, 1973 in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States with his parents Heung Jae Lee (father), and Choung Ja Lee (mother) when he was six years old.  Nicholas has a younger brother Danny and a sister, Jenny.  Nicholas was raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles, California.  Nicholas graduated from University High School, Los Angeles in 1991 and attended California State University Fullerton where he graduated in 1996.

Nicholas met Cathy Kim and they married in May 2001.  Their first daughter, Jalen, was born in April 2000, followed by daughter Kendall in November 2007.  Nicholas loved his girls and would go scootering with the girls as he took them to school.  Nicholas loved barbecuing and serving family and friends.  Nicholas was a loving father, husband, and a great provider.  Nicholas ensured his family came first in all aspects of his life.

Nicholas Lee joined the Los Angeles Police Department on August 31, 1998, a member of the 8B-98 Class. In March 1999, Officer Nicholas Lee completed his academy training and was transferred to Van Nuys Division.  Nicholas completed probation at Van Nuys and transferred to Hollywood Division where he worked patrol.

Nicholas was selected as a Police Officer III on October 19, 2003 and assigned to the Juvenile car where he worked for over 2 years.  Nicholas transferred to Wilshire Division in December 2005 where he worked as a Training Officer and was later selected to work Wilshire Vice.  Nicholas returned to patrol in March 2008 as a Field Training Officer in Hollywood Division.

Nicholas was an exemplary police officer and received numerous awards and commendations for his work ethic, professionalism and compassion.  In addition to the many Department commendations, Officer Nicholas Lee was the subject of myriad Citizen Commendations.  On July 10, 2004, Officer Lee was commended for helping a stranded motorist by pushing her car two city-blocks to a gas station where he waited till help arrived; On September 7, 2005, Officer Lee was commended for his dedication and compassion in the search and location of a missing child; On January 25, 2006, Officer Lee put an end to a crime spree by taking two narcotic suspects off the streets.  

“Nick was a great cop.  His hard work, dedication and leadership helped mold young police officers into law enforcement professionals,” said Chief Charlie Beck. “Nick's death is a great loss to our police family, all of law enforcement and the residents of Los Angeles. The LAPD is forever grateful for the 16 years he spent protecting our great City. I send my most sincere thoughts and prayers to his wife, two daughters, and the entire Lee family. “

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Officer Nicholas C. Lee
EOW: Friday, March 7, 2014


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Notes from the March 11, 2014 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• The Board of Police Commissioners opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of Hollywood Area Police Officer Nicholas Lee who was killed in the line of duty last week.  Police Chief Charlie Beck stated the Department was mourning Officer Lee’s loss and he appreciated the outpouring of condolences from the public.

• Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said he visited Officer Lee’s partner in the hospital and found her to be in good spirits.  He said it was a miracle she was able to walk out of the hospital over the weekend.

• Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman commended the Department for successfully policing the Los Angeles Marathon over the weekend.  He said it was a testament to the Department’s professionalism to continue to perform its duties despite the circumstances.

• Police Chief Charlie Beck informed the Board Police Officer Nicholas Lee’s death was the 205th in the 140 plus year history of the LAPD.  He said his death was the 54th since he has been with the Department and the 3rd since he has been Chief of Police.  Chief Beck completed his comments by saying the Department mourns all of its losses but the most recent one hurts the most.

• The Department’s verbal update and discussion relative to the status of the field test of the On-body Camera Project was given by Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich.  Ms. Goodrich informed the Board the project is currently 60 days into the 90 day testing window which began January 15 in Central Area.  She said there are 32 cameras with 50 users and 2,253 videos created.  Ms. Goodrich added after the 90 day trial period ends the Department will switch use to the other supplier of cameras and begin a new trial period.  She said the entire pilot program will be complete by the end of summer.

• The Department’s report, dated March 7, 2014, relative to the request for approval of selected proposer, LexisNexis Claims Solutions, Inc., to provide a community online reporting service and report distribution service, was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated March 5, 2014, relative to the transmittal of the grant application and award acceptance for the 2014 minor decoy/shoulder tap grant program, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Inspector General’s report, dated March 6, 2014, relative to the inspection at 77th Street Jail and Metropolitan Detention Center, was approved.