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66-Year-Old Missing Veteran

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

Cecil Tyrone Whitson is described as a 66-year-old male Black with brown/grey hair and brown eyes.  He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.  

Cecil Tyrone Whitson was last seen at 8th Street and Union Avenue, in the City of Los Angeles, on November 14, 2014, around 5:30 PM.  Cecil is suffering from Dementia, Diabetes and PTSD. Cecil is a Vietnam veteran.  Cecil’s family is concerned that he has not been located.

Anyone with information on Cecil Tyrone Whitson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective A. Mercado 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


25-Year-Old Missing Male

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

Wesley Von Tracy is described as a 25-year-old male Caucasian with brown hair and brown eyes.  He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds.  

Wesley Von Tracy was last seen in the 4000 block of West Washington Boulevard on September 12, 2014, around 6:00 AM., in the City of Los Angeles. Wesley Von Tracy is suffering from Depression and his family is concerned that he has not been located.

Anyone with information on Wesley Von Tracy’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective A. Mercado 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


Elderly Woman on Dialysis Missing

Los Angeles:  The family of Lola Bernice Moquin and Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Moquin.

On November 18, 2014 around 1:00 p.m. Ms. Moquin completed her dialysis treatment and was last seen leaving Fresenius Medical Care located in the 3500 block of Wilshire Blvd.  Ms. Moquin may be in need of medical attention and uses a walker to ambulate.  Her family is very concerned because she has not returned home.

Lola Moquin is described as a 79-year-old female Hispanic, with black and white hair and brown eyes.  She stands 4 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs around 160 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Lola Moquin, please contact LAPD Missing Persons Unit Detectives 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.


Los Angeles Police Department SWAT “Fill the B.E.A.R.” toy collection

Los Angeles:    LAPD Special Weapons And Tactics Team is partnering with the Orthopedic Institute for Children (OIC) for a special “Fill the B.E.A.R.” toy drive on Wednesday,     November 19th at the Westfield Promenade parking lot located at Erwin Street and Owensmouth Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to donate toys to fill an LAPD Ballistically Engineered Armored Response (B.E.A.R.) vehicle.  

This “Fill the B.E.A.R” campaign marks the 20th anniversary of SWAT officers teaming up with OIC.  In addition to the toy collection event on Wednesday, donation boxes have been placed in the 21 LAPD stations throughout Los Angeles during the month of November.     

SWAT officers are hoping to collect about 5,000 toys to deliver to approximately 2,000 OIC patients.  

“This year, we especially want to remember Randy Simmons, the officer who was instrumental in growing this partnership for over 10 years, before he was tragically killed in the line of duty,” said Officer Eddie Perez, a SWAT Team member and one of the coordinators of this year’s event.  

Orthopedic Institute for Children is a world leader in pediatric orthopedic care, research and education and has locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Westwood.  
    
For more information about the ‘Fill the B.E.A.R.” toy collection, please call Officer Eddie Perez at 213-305-4594


92 Year-Old Man Reported Missing

Updated
November 17, 2014 



Robert Ochoa Montano has been located in good condition.


Los Angeles: The family of Robert Ochoa Montano and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

On November 16, around 11:00 a.m.., Montano was last seen in the 1100 block of Myra Avenue in the City of Los Angeles.  Montano’s estranged wife notified the LAPD when she realized that he had not returned home for over 24 hours.

Montano is described as a 92-year-old Hispanic male with white hair and brown eyes.  He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue baseball hat, blue jeans, carrying a canvas bag and using a cane.

Anyone with information on Robert Ochoa Montano’s whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD 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.


Four Car Chain Reaction Collision Kills One

Reseda: Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Detectives are seeking witnesses to a violent chain reaction vehicle crash that killed an 89 year-old driver.

On Sunday, November 16th, 2014, at approximately 12:20 a.m. a fatal traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue in the community of Reseda. The incident occurred when the driver of a 2000 Volkswagen traveling westbound Victory Boulevard, collided with the rear of a 2000 Nissan Altima. The collision between the two vehicles caused the Nissan Altima to go out of control and collide with a 2000 Toyota Avalon, which was stopped facing eastbound Victory Boulevard waiting to make a left turn onto northbound Wilbur Avenue.  The impact caused the Toyota Avalon to travel backward and collide with a 2013 KIA Rio which was stopped directly to the rear of the Toyota Avalon.   A total of four cars were involved in this traffic collision.  Justina Larrea, 89 year of age, who was the passenger of the Nissan Altima died at the scene from the injuries sustained in the traffic collision.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detective Bill Bustos at (818) 644-8021, or Detective Gamboa at (818) 644-8034.  During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most 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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Detectives Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect Involved in Assault

Hollywood:  Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for causing serious injuries to a male victim during an assault.

On October 31, 2014, two males become involved in a physical altercation in an alley at Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard outside of the Roosevelt Hotel. The Suspect punched the victim several times on the face and body and kicked the victim’s head, causing serious injuries. The suspect then fled eastbound towards Highland Avenue.

The suspect is described as a 30 to 35-year-old male Hispanic who stands 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs around 170 to 190 pounds.  The suspect was wearing BDU style black pants, military style black boots, a dark colored watch on his left wrist and had numerous tattoos covering his back and arms.

      





Anyone with information is urged to contact Hollywood Major Assault Crimes Detective E. Reyes at 213- 972-2927. 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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Harbor City:  Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect who killed 23-year-old Joseph Steven Ruiz.

On November 15, 2014, around 9:49 a.m., the victim and the suspect became involved in an argument which escalated into a physical altercation in the 21000 block of Halldale Avenue. The Detective’s investigation revealed that during the altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife then fled the scene. 

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.   

Anyone with information is urged to contact Harbor Homicide Detectives Cortez or Carias at
(310)726-7884 or (310) 726-7889.  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.”


Suspect Arrested for Woodland Hills Murder

Woodland Hills:  A possible suicide investigation turns into a murder investigation.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, around 12:15 p.m., LAPD patrol officers assigned to Topanga Division responded to a radio call of a possible suicide in the 20200 block of Ventura Blvd.  When the officers arrived, they saw the victim, later identified as 43-year-old Edward Mello of Woodland Hills, lying on the floor of his hotel room.

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

Homicide detective’s investigation revealed that the victim sustained a single gunshot wound, causing his death.  

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Homicide detectives arrested 34-year-old Jorge Rodriguez for the murder of Edward Mello.  Edward Mello and Jorge Rodriguez were acquaintances.  The motive of the murder is not being released at this time, pending further investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Topanga Area Homicide Detective Dave Peteque at 818-756-4869.  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.”


Chief Beck and Mayor Garcetti news conference on Ezell Ford Officer Involved Shooting

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Chief Beck joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and others to discuss status of the Ezell Ford officer-involved shooting investigation. Officials primarily emphasized the need for more witnesses to come forward and the expected release of autopsy results before year's end.