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New Year's Eve Message from Chief Beck

To the Men and Women of the Los Angeles Police Department:
 
With the passing of 2014, I am hopeful that 2015 will be a good year for everyone. I hope for peace, prosperity, and for time to enjoy life and everything it brings all of us. 2014 was an especially challenging year for the LAPD, one we will never forget after losing three beloved brothers, Roberto Sanchez, Chris Cortijo and Nick Lee.
 
I know that all around the world, this is a time for family to gather and welcome a New Year. Throughout 2014, I have seen the many important contributions which LAPD officers and civilian employees have made to make our communities safe. Your sacrifices have been greatly appreciated and have not gone unnoticed and I want to thank each and every one of you for your hard work.
 
As we approach a New Year, my commitment to the residents of Los Angeles remains strong, and I will continue to work with you to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.
 
Special thanks to those working tonight to keep us safe and for the sacrifices you make everyday. God Bless you, your families and the people we serve.
 
God Bless the Los Angeles Police Department,
Charlie

Officer Involved Shooting in Hollywood Area

UPDATE
January 5, 2015    

Updated:  The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer II Daniel Jara, Serial No. 38241 and Police Officer II Nestor Escobar, Serial No. 40031  assigned to Hollywood Division.

 

Los Angeles:  LAPD officers involved in shooting after armed suspect points her gun at officers.

On Friday, December 26, 2014, around 1:30 a.m., officers from Hollywood Area patrol responded to a radio call of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard.  When officers arrived, they met with security personnel who advised that the suspect, later identified as Diamond Vargas was in the parking structure armed with a gun.  

When they entered the parking structure, they were met by a victim who identified Vargas as her domestic partner.  She also advised that Vargas was armed with a gun.  After placing the victim out of harm’s way, officers made their approach towards Vargas.  As they were attempting to establish communication with Vargas, she turned and pointed a handgun at officers resulting in an officer involved shooting.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported Vargas to a local hospital where she was treated and remained in stable condition.  

A handgun was recovered at scene and no officers were injured during this incident.

Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division (FID) detectives responded to the incident and are conducting 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 The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Departments use-of-force policy, which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be 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.


Victim Shot and Killed After Struggle with Suspects

UPDATE

Rampart detectives have made an arrest for the murder of Ms. Parker.  Detectives are still looking for two additional suspects.  The investigation is ongoing.



Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help to provide information that might lead to the arrest of the suspects wanted for killing a transgender woman.

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 3:00 a.m., 47-year-old Aniya Knee Parker, was walking on the sidewalk in the 600 block of North Kenmore Avenue when she was confronted by three male Hispanics.  During the confrontation, Ms. Parker was shot multiple times.  Ms. Parker was transported to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment, but died as a result of her injuries.

Detectives investigating the murder are asking for the public’s help to provide any information that might lead to the arrest of the suspects responsible with Ms. Parker’s murder.  Anyone with information is urged to call Rampart Detectives at (213) 484-3650.  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 www.LAPDOnline.org and click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

 

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Update: 12-year-old Critical Missing Boy Located

December 30, 2014
UPDATE


 Updated: Kenny Kim has been located in good health and has been reunited with his family.

 

Los Angeles:   The family of Kenny Kim and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Area detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate him.

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, around 1:30 p.m., Kim was last seen leaving his residence located in the 400 block of South Wilton Place in the city of Los Angeles.  Kim advised his grandmother he was going skateboarding at Lafayette park and has not been seen or heard from since.  His family is extremely concerned for his welfare.

Kim is described as a 12-year-old boy with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a white shirt with red logo, black pants with red stripe and white/blue Nike shoes.

 Kenny Kim

Anyone with information on Kim’s whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Olympic Division detectives at (213) 382-6628.  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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Officer Involved Shooting in 77th Division

January 5, 2015
UPDATE

Updated: 
The officer involved in the incident below has been identified as Police Officer II Michael Barragan, Serial No. 40510 assigned to 77th Division.

 

Los Angeles:  LAPD officers involved in shooting after hearing shots and observing muzzle flash.

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, around 9:20 p.m., two officers from the 77th  Street Division were driving their black and white police vehicle south on Hoover Avenue near 62nd Street.  As the officers approached 62nd street they heard gunfire and saw the flash from a muzzle at which time an officer involved shooting occurred.

Following the officer involved shooting, two suspects ran from the area and the officers went in pursuit of the suspects.  A perimeter was established to search for the suspects and one person of interest was detained and ultimately arrested for 246 of the Penal Code, shooting at an occupied vehicle.  The person arrested has been identified as Christopher Taylor, DOB 02-20-1996.  The investigation and search for the outstanding suspect will continue.

A handgun and riffle were recovered at the scene along with numerous expended bullet casings. No officers were injured, nor was the suspect who was arrested.

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 be 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.


LAPD Statement Regarding the Coroner’s Autopsy Report on the Death of Ezell Ford

**Please note that the information set forth below is based on the evidence known at this point in the ongoing use of force investigation.**

Chief of Police podcast regarding autopsy report

 Earlier this morning LAPD Chief Charlie Beck requested the Los Angeles County Coroner to remove its “security hold” on the release of the Autopsy Report for Ezell Earl Ford.  The Report sets forth the Coroner’s anatomic findings on the death of Mr. Ford who was involved in an altercation with LAPD officers on August 11, 2014 resulting in an officer-involved shooting. 

The LAPD had requested a security hold in order to locate and interview witnesses to the incident who were not influenced by public reports of the coroner’s findings.  This was necessary to maintain the integrity and reliability of any witness accounts.  After several weeks of searching for witnesses and making multiple public appeals for witnesses to come forward, the LAPD has determined that it is appropriate to request a release of the security hold at this time.

August 11, 2014 Incident and Coroner’s Findings

At approximately 8:10 p.m. on August 11, 2014, two uniformed LAPD officers assigned to the Newton Area Gang Enforcement Detail were driving in a marked patrol car westbound on 65th Street when they saw Mr. Ford on an adjacent sidewalk.  The officers stopped and got out of their patrol car to speak with him.  After looking in the direction of the officers, however, Mr. Ford walked away and the officers observed him attempting to conceal his hands. 

The officers followed Mr. Ford on the sidewalk to a nearby driveway when Mr. Ford crouched in between a car and a row of bushes.  One of the officers reached for Mr. Ford when Mr. Ford suddenly turned, grabbed the officer and forced the officer to the ground.  While on top of the officer, Mr. Ford grabbed the officer’s handgun and attempted to remove the gun from its holster.  The officer yelled out to his partner that Mr. Ford had his gun.  The officer’s partner then fired two rounds striking Mr. Ford.  At about the same time, the officer on the ground while on his back grabbed his backup weapon, reached around Mr. Ford and fired one shot at close range striking Mr. Ford in the back.

The officers subsequently took Mr. Ford into custody and requested emergency medical aid from the Los Angeles Fire Department.  LAFD paramedics arrived and transported Mr. Ford to California Hospital where his death was pronounced at 10:10 p.m.

The Coroner’s Autopsy Report identified that Mr. Ford’s death was caused from a fatal gunshot wound to his right flank and a contact wound to his right back.  The Coroner also found evidence of a non-fatal gunshot wound to Mr. Ford’s right arm.

Ongoing Investigation

Since the shooting, LAPD investigators have attempted to identify witnesses to the incident and have made multiple appeals to the public for witnesses to come forward.  Over the past several months, the LAPD also sent written requests to the attorney representing the Ford family in their lawsuit against the City to provide any information that could assist in the investigation.  On December 15, 2014, the LAPD received a copy of a witness list produced as part of their civil litigation and attempted to contact all of individuals identified.  Some of the individuals listed by the Ford family’s attorney, however, have refused to be interviewed and the Department continues to search for the remaining witnesses. 

The LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division, in coordination with the Office of the Inspector General and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, continue to investigate the incident and seek the public’s help in providing any information that could assist in determining the facts of the case.  Once the investigation is completed, the case will be considered by the L.A. District Attorney’s Office and the Board of Police Commissioners.  The civilian members of the Board of Police Commissioners will make the final determination whether the officer-involved shooting was consistent with LAPD’s use of force policy. 

LAPD Continues to Seek the Public’s Assistance

The LAPD continues to seek the public’s help to provide any information about the incident and urges witnesses to come forward and contact the LAPD ((213) 486-5230), the Office of the Inspector General ((213) 482-6833) or the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a text message to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most phone keypads) beginning with the text “LAPD.”  Anonymous tips may also be submitted at LAPDOnline.org by clicking on the “WebTips” link.


Woman Robbed and Fatally Stabbed on Sidewalk

UPDATE

January 28, 2014

Updated: The Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang Homicide detectives announced the arrest of two suspects responsible for the murder of 62-year-old Maria Elena Rivas.

On January 26, 2015 detectives arrested 18-year-old Keishon Blake and 18-year-old Kenyata Blake for 187a PC, murder. Each has a bail amount set at $1 million dollars.

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a homicide of an 62-year-old woman that occurred on the sidewalk in Los Angeles.

On December 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., police officers from Southwest Division responded to an
assault investigation near the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Catalina Avenue.  Officers responding to the 911 call discovered Los Angeles resident Maria Elena Rivas suffering from a stab wound.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Ms. Rivas to a local hospital, where she died.

LAPD detectives have determined that Rivas was a robbery victim as her purse and property were missing from the scene.  Earlier, Rivas was seen purchasing items from a nearby grocery store and was observed carrying a large purse and wallet.

Criminal Gang Homicide detectives are investigating the murder and are asking for the public’s help to provide any information that might lead to the suspect(s) wanted for killing Ms. Rivas.

Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to contact South Bureau Criminal Gang Homicide investigators 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 (1-800-222-8477).  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.


LOS ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO RECEIVE PUBLIC INPUT ON THE USE OF OFFICER ON-BODY CAMERAS

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers will soon be equipped with On-Body Cameras to record interactions with members of the public.  The members of the Los Angeles Police Commission will be holding two public hearings to provide an opportunity for the community to provide input relative to the development of the policy that will govern the use of the cameras by officers.

This will be an opportunity for the public to provide direct input to the Police Commission for their consideration as the policy is developed by the LAPD.  Police Commission President Steve Soboroff stated, “We want to hear from the public what they want us to ask the Department as the policy is being developed.  Public input is important to gaining and keeping the public’s trust as we use this new technology.”

The location and time of the meetings are:

January 14, 2015                  
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm                  
Green Meadows Recreation Center       
431 East 89th Street                  
Los Angeles, California 90003           

January 15, 2015
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School
6844 Oakdale Avenue
Canoga Park, California 91306

Additionally an on-line survey can be completed at the below website:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LAPDBodyWornVideo


18-year-old Motorcyclist Dies in Traffic Collision

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal traffic collision that killed an 18-year-old man.

On Monday, December 22, 2014, around 5:30 p.m., a traffic collision occurred between a motorcycle traveling east bound on Wyandotte Street, and a Lexus sedan traveling southbound on Ranchito Avenue. The initial investigation reveals that the motorcyclist did not stop at a clearly marked stop sign and hit the sedan.

The rider of the motorcycle, an 18-year-old male, Armen Sahakian, died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the sedan did not suffer any injuries.
Valley Traffic Detectives are looking for additional witnesses who may have information on this collision.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detectives, at (818) 644-8000 or Detective Gamboa at (818) 644- 803.  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.


86-year-old Woman Found Dead in her Home in Windsor Square

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a homicide of an 86-year-old woman that occurred in Windsor Square.

On December 22, 2014, at 7:25 p.m., police officers from Wilshire Division responded to a
death investigation in the 100 block of North Beachwood Drive. While driving to the location, the Los Angeles Fire Department told the responding officers that they found Ms. Antonia Maria Yager, dead in her home as the result of multiple stab wounds.

West Bureau Homicide Detectives investigating the murder are asking for the public’s help to provide any information that might lead to the suspect(s) wanted for killing Ms. Yager.

Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide investigators 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 (1-800-222-8477).  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.