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Class 5-14 Recruit Graduation

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Los Angeles: October 31, 2014 – A Los Angeles Police Academy graduation ceremony was held this morning at the LAPD Administration Building plaza.

Today’s ceremony featured 26 graduates.  Three will be officers for Los Angeles World Airports, and one will be for Los Angeles Port Police.  All recruits have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks.  In eager anticipation of receiving their diplomas, the recruits proudly stood before Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Department command staff, city officials and hundreds of spectators.

Chief Beck enjoys and greatly looks forward to attending graduation ceremonies.  As always, he emphasized during his speech that being an LAPD officer is all about character, which is instilled in each graduate through support from family and friends.  He also reminded them about the importance of never breaking the law to enforce the law, a cornerstone of behavior he expects from all LAPD officers.

Recruits will be expected to spring into action almost immediately, as many will be deployed in the field at their respective LAPD divisions beginning as soon as Sunday, November 2.  Upholding long-standing Department traditions at the end of the ceremony, recruits vigorously recited their class chant and tossed their caps high into the air, symbolizing their triumph at the academy and the promise of success as LAPD’s newest officers.       


Discussion on Halloween Safety Tips

Los Angeles: Listen in as Pedro Muniz, LAPD Public Relations Unit, and Officer Chris No, LAPD On Line Unit, discuss Halloween safety tips - what parents look for in costumes for their children, important reminders on toy weapons, how to protect yourself against a home invasion robbery. If you are going to be out driving what motorists and pedestrians should keep in mind to be safe. And recommendations on what to do before and after trick or treating.

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Beware: The Shoulder Surfer!

Panorama City:  Detectives have released a photograph of a man who is suspected of accessing a Bank of America customer’s ATM account after the patron walked away from the machine, and police are warning the public to protect your ATM PIN.

“It’s called ‘shoulder surfing,’ and it happens more often than you think,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “It’s a way for a crook to get into your ATM account without your ATM card.”

Pictures from the ATM camera show a second man in line hovering over a bank patron’s shoulder as the patron inserts his card and enters his PIN.  When the patron walks away with the ATM transaction still active, the suspect quickly steps up, and makes another transaction, withdrawing $500.

The bank patron suspected the man’s rush to the ATM was odd, so he got back in line to
 re-access the ATM. The suspect got suspicious and asked the victim why he got back in line. The victim then re-accessed his account and discovered the fraudulent transaction.  At that point the suspect left the area.

Police warn that all users of ATMs, which is just about everyone, should protect their PIN by covering the PIN entry with their second hand.  “Shoulder surfing can happen any place where debit keypads are used to enter PINs, like at convenience stores,” Lt. Vernon explained.  “I’ve seen situations where disreputable employees have installed cameras over keypads to capture PIN keystrokes at transactions.”

The shoulder surfer in this case chose his victim at the Bank of American at 8324 Van Nuys Boulevard, on September 1.  The suspect was a male Black, in his 30s, standing at 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build.  Anyone who knows him personally should easily recognize him from the photo.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Janette McChesney, Mission Burglary detectives, at (818) 838-9977. 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 www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Off Duty LAPD Officer Arrested in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach:  Off-duty officer arrested in Huntington Beach is being examined very closely by the Department.

On Thursday October 23, 2014, off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Ryan Galliher was arrested in the City of Huntington Beach for committing a lewd act in public.  Upon notification, LAPD responded to Huntington Beach where Galliher’s Commanding Officer met with him.  Galliher was assigned home pending the outcome of the investigation.  In addition to the criminal investigation, LAPD has initiated an administrative internal investigation to investigate the matter.

Galliher was hired by the Department in November of 2011 and was assigned to Southwest patrol at the time of his arrest.  Galliher will remain assigned to home pending the outcome of these investigations.  “It is appropriate that I reserve judgment on this matter until all of the facts have been gathered and the investigations have been completed,” said Chief Charlie Beck.  “However, let me be very clear, I will not tolerate any behavior that reflects negatively upon this Department and tarnishes our relationship with our Communities near or far,” Chief Beck concluded.

The LAPD will continue to provide its full cooperation with Huntington Beach until their investigation is complete.  We would encourage anyone who may have information about this incident or any other incident to provide that information to the Huntington Beach Police Department or the LAPD Internal Affairs Division at 1-800-339-6868.

Crimes and Tips may be reported to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to report crime and remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 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.     iWATCHLA.org  “See Something Say Something” – 1-800-A-THREAT (800-284-7328)

 

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63-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles:  The family of Stephanie Walley and the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Walley.

On September 24, 2014, around 10:50 a.m., Ms. Walley was last seen in the 600 block of Stanford Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. Her family is concerned for her safety and well-being.

Stephanie Walley is described as a 63-year-old white female with brown hair, blue eyes.  She stands 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Stephanie Walley, please contact 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 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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Basketball Coach Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges

Los Angeles:  Secret video recordings lands local youth basketball coach in jail.

On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, LAPD Juvenile Division’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit (SECU) began their investigation of Michael Miller, a basketball coach and sole proprietor of the Los Angeles College Preparatory Academy, a private organization operated from his home.

The investigation commenced after several of Miller's players reported being secretly recorded on video in Miller's residential bathroom.  It was also brought to the attention of detectives that there were possible minors involved.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined that all parties currently involved were adults.

The investigation culminated with the arrest of Michael Miller on October 27, 2014.  His bail was set at $50,000.00.  The Los Angeles City Attorney filed eight counts of Illegal Filming of his players while using his residential bathroom facilities, and one count of Sexual Battery.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the LAPD Juvenile Division, 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 (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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Blessing Scam Targets Chinese Community

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Asian Crime Unit seeks to inform the public about a recent rash of “Blessing” scams targeting the Chinese community.

The victims are contacted by the first suspect, a Chinese female, who claims to be a psychic and offers to tell the victims their fortune free of charge.  After the initial contact is made, two additional suspects approach the victims and say that they had their fortune told by the first suspect and that she is someone to take seriously.  In one instance, the “psychic” told a victim that her son would be in a fatal car accident and that to avoid such a tragedy, she should perform a blessing. The primary suspect then asks the victim to gather cash and valuables to be blessed by her.  The victims are told that the blessing service is also free and that the victims keep their belongings with them.  Once the victims bring their belongings, the “prayer service” is performed and the victim’s property is placed inside a bag. Once the victim is distracted, the suspects switch the items for bottles of water. Victims are told not to handle the bag for a few days, or the blessing will be ruined.

Similar crimes were reported about two years ago not only in the City of Los Angeles but also in Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Temple city. One suspect was arrested and prosecuted in the Los Angeles area for those crimes and no additional crimes were being reported. Early in October of this year, similar crimes were reported in the San Francisco area.  Detectives are advising members in the Chinese communities to raise their level of awareness when they come across individuals who claim to be psychics or religious healers. Do not hand over your cash or valuables to anyone offering to bless them.  If anyone is contacted by these individuals they should end the encounter and immediately report it to the police.

All the suspects were described as Chinese females who spoke various Chinese dialects and displayed no remarkable physical features.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crime to call Detective Ken Yueng, Asian Crime Unit, at 213-486-5350. 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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Suspect Targets Elderly Women at Local Banks to Assault and Steal from Them

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD), Southwest Division are asking for the public’s help to identify a robbery suspect.

On Monday, October 1, 2014, at 10:45 a.m., a suspect loitered around a bank located near Jefferson and Crenshaw Boulevards.  The suspect surveyed possible victims in the bank and then chose a victim.  On video, the suspect was seen watching a 67-year-old woman during her transaction.  She then left the bank and the suspect followed her to her residence in the 3000 block of 10th Avenue.  When she got out of her car, the suspect walked past her while causally greeting her.  The suspect then quickly turned around, pushed the victim to the ground and forcefully took her purse.  The suspect was then seen driving away in a ‘90s model faded dark blue Nissan Altima.

The suspect is described as a male Black in his thirties, who stands approximately 6’ tall and weighs approximately 250-300 pounds.  He has black hair, brown eyes and wears a full beard.  At the time of this crime, he was wearing a black shirt, tan shorts, a baseball hat and tennis shoes.

Detectives are also investigating another strong-armed robbery that occurred five days prior just blocks away from this robbery.  Both victims gave similar accounts and description of the suspect.  The investigators are asking for other possible victims to come forward and the public’s help to provide any information that might lead to the capture of the suspect wanted for assaulting and robbing the elderly.

 

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Southwest Area Robbery Detective Gerald Harden at (213) 485-2562.  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 www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

 

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Suspects Terrorizes 88-year-old Victim

Hollywood:  An 88-year-old victim getting off of the bus preyed upon by strong armed robber; video footage captures the harrowing ordeal.

On August 19, 2014 around 3:30 p.m., the suspect followed the victim after he got off of the bus at Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Avenue.  The victim walked to the 5900 block of Carlos Way where the suspect confronted the victim and demanded money, but the victim ignored him and continued walking. The suspect again confronted the victim in the parking lot of an apartment complex.  As shown in the video, the suspect attempted to block him from walking towards the apartment building, but eventually the victim gets past him. The suspect then continued to follow the victim inside.

As the victim walked into the elevator room, surveillance footage shows that he tried to close the door behind him, but the suspect overpowered the victim and forced his way inside.  The suspect can be seen pushing the victim against the wall multiple times, hurling him down to the floor and attempting to take his property.

Finally, the suspect followed the victim into the elevator where the victim handed the suspect money. However, the suspect wanted more and then punched the victim multiple times.  When the elevator stopped, the suspect exited with the victim and property.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands approximately 5 feet 8 inches, weighs approximately 150 pounds and is around 25 years of age.  He was wearing a gray baseball cap with a red bill, black t-shirt with white print on the front, floral shorts and black tennis shoes.  He was also seen carrying a black and white checkered backpack and white plastic bag. 

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Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that will lead to the arrest of this dangerous suspect.

***Video Surveillance is available at Media Relations Section, PAB Room 257-B***

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hollywood Robbery Detective Bangphraxay or Officer Maxwell at (213) 972-2933 or (213)972-2936.  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.

 

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29-year-old Woman Shot to Death

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the killing of 29-year-old Samika Griggley.

On October 26, 2014, around 9:19 p.m., the victim Griggley, along with other bystanders was at the intersection of 114th Street and Croesus Avenue when the suspect(s) in an unknown vehicle drove by and fired several gun shots.  Griggley and another male Black suffered from gunshot wounds. The vehicle drove away in an unknown direction.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Griggley to a local area hospital where she died due to her injuries. The second victim was also transported to a local area hospital for treatment and is currently in stable condition.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Criminal Gang Homicide Detective Gordon at (213) 485-4341.  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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