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72-Year-Old Man Missing

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s help to locate a 72-year-old man who went missing on Saturday.

Mr. Jorge Gutierrez was last seen on Saturday, December 28, 2013, around 7:40 a.m., at a senior living facility located in the 800 block of Burlington Avenue, Los Angeles.

Mr. Gutierrez is described as a male Hispanic with gray hair and brown eyes.  He stands approximately 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  Mr. Gutierrez was last seen wearing a black leather jacket with a tie, dark pants and black shoes.  

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Jorge Gutierrez please contact Detective Lydia Saiza, 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.   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.


65-Year-Old Man Missing

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s help in finding Mr. Ellis Williams a 65-year-old man who went missing on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Mr. Williams was last seen on Sunday, December 22, 2013 around 9:00 p.m.  He was seen at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 39th Street and Western Avenue.  Mr. Williams may be in need of medical care due for a medical condition.

Mr. Ellis Williams is described as a 65-year-old male black with gray hair, brown eyes, 5feet 11 inches and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  

Missing person’s family will handle all press contacts.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Ellis Williams please contact Detective K. Merrill, 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.   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.


23-Year-Old Young Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

May 2, 2014                                                                                                                 

***Update***

On May 1, 2014, around 9:00 p.m., Michael Vuong, a 66 year-old male, was booked for the fatal hit and run collision, killing Pacific Palisades resident, David Pregerson.  Vuong, a resident of the Palms area was booked for ‘Vehicular Manslaughter’ and will be arraigned on Monday, May 5, 2014.

 

April 9, 2014                                                                                                 

***Update***

 Detectives have determined that the suspect vehicle is a 1990 to 1992 Volvo 740 Wagon with damage to the left front area.   The color is unknown but appears to be light to medium.

 

 

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver responsible for this horrific hit-and-run that killed a man.

On December 27, 2013, around 3 a.m., a hit and run fatal traffic collision occurred on Chautauqua Boulevard north of Borgos Place.  An unknown vehicle was driving southbound on Chautauqua Boulevard and collided with 23-year-old David Pregerson who was in the roadway.

The driver of the car continued to drive southbound on Chautauqua Boulevard and failed to stop and render aid or identify himself or herself.  

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported Mr. Pregerson to a local hospital where on December 31, 2013, around 10 a.m., he died from his injuries.

Anyone who may have information regarding this traffic collision is asked to contact West TrafficDetectives at 213-73-0234.  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.


Chief’s Message January 2014

As we enter another year with new aspirations and new resolutions, I wanted to take some time to set our goals for the New Year. You will find these goals familiar as they are the same goals I established when I first became your Chief. I felt a need to keep them in place because I believe that they speak to the core of who we are and to our mission as a Department.

These Goals include concentration in the following areas:
• Commitment to Constitutional Policing;
• Crime Reduction and Community Engagement;
• Preparation for, Prevention of, and Response to Catastrophic and Terrorist Events;
• Employee Wellness and
• Maintaining the Personnel Strength of the Department.

Maintaining our personnel strength will perhaps be our biggest challenge this year. Recruitment efforts for both sworn and civilian personnel remain top priority. This is where you can help. People with character, like you, know other high quality individuals and are our best recruiters. If you know someone you think can be a valuable addition to our organization that will serve our communities with respect and honor, I ask that you please encourage them to apply.

Finally, employee wellness goes a long way in our overall health as an organization. Stick to that resolution to be healthier in the New Year. Maintain your healthy habits and develop new ones. Your overall wellness should not just be an organizational goal; it should be a personal goal as well. Do it for yourself, but also think of your families, your partner and those who care about you. Stop and think of the people counting on you...and make a decision to make a difference in your life.

Seatbelts

I am concerned about each of you since on-duty collisions continues to be one of the highest risk activities to our personnel year after year.

One of the cornerstones of safe vehicle operation is the practice of wearing your seat belts. I know there is no need to remind you that doing so is a matter of law and Department policy. We have conducted training, shown videos and developed seatbelt removal tactics. Still, a recent inspection of employee-involved traffic collisions determined that a fair percentage of employees still do not wear their seat belts. It is not only officers in black and whites but detectives and specialized units as well.

Wearing a seatbelt has not been shown to be a threat to officer safety, but instead it is an important element of your safety. The reality is that no officers in America have died due to a seatbelt related tactical issue. However, it is important for you to remember that across the country in 2011, 61 officers were killed during on-duty traffic collisions and another 47 lost their lives in 2012. These are tragic events - most of which may have been avoided had seat belts been worn.

Last month, on December 12th, marked the 25 year anniversary of the death of three LAPD police officers, known to us as the “5th and Wall” traffic collision. To this day, we still mourn the tragic loss of Police Officer Manuel Guitierrez #24654, Police Officer David Hofmeyer #24984 and Police Officer Derrick Conner #25472. Police Officer Venson Drake was the only surviving officer and the only officer wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

We have learned the most important preventable measure we can take is wearing our safety belts and exercising safe driving habits. Officers’ intentions are noble and they have a strong desire to serve the public and get to incidents to assist other officers as quickly as possible. A cautious attitude of self-restraint won’t dampen these good intentions. As a Department, we can honor the lives of Manuel Gutierrez, David Hofmeyer and Derrick Conner by learning from this and using safe driving habits to prevent or reduce future injuries and deaths. So remind each other every day to buckle up and drive safely.

As your Chief - and on behalf of your families and the communities in which you work so diligently, I am telling you to wear them while you are at work, no exceptions. Challenge your partners to do likewise. Commit to driving with precision and caution because at the end of the day, the most important thing is for you to arrive home safely to those for whom you care.

History of Property Division

Property Division is a service entity within the Los Angeles Police Department comprised primarily of civilian personnel and a cadre of sworn officers. Property Division is believed to have existed since the inception of the Department and was originally maintained by sworn personnel on a 24/7 schedule. Today, Property Division has trimmed down to an extremely lean profile of 67 civilians and 10 sworn employees with reduced hours of operation as well as shuttered facilities.

Notwithstanding this reduction of personnel, Property Division continues to manage the booking, securing, moving, and disposing of evidentiary and non-evidentiary items in a timely manner. Four warehouses, totaling nearly 100,000 square feet, provide housing for evidence, non-evidence, and excess personal property. Most geographic Areas also have property rooms averaging 1,700 square feet. On a daily basis, Property Division processes approximately 500-1,000 new evidence items. At one point in time, the number of evidence items held in custody was in the millions. Three years of concentrated and Department wide efforts have reduced current evidence inventory to fewer than 800,000 items.

Unique to Property Division is the fact all the evidence passes through this Division, be it historic and notorious, or seemingly quiet and routine. Evidence from infamous homicides such as Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia), Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls), and Nicole Brown-Simpson to name a few, remain on our shelves.

Disposing of evidence is an unseen monumental task undertaken by Property Division. Gone are the days of the live auctions held in the Parker Center back lot, disposing of firearms into the ocean, or the disposal of alcohol down a sink drain. Property Division has come to embrace various recycling methods, disposal techniques, and eco-friendly waste measures when disposing of and destroying evidentiary and non-evidentiary items. Items of tangible value are now sold by an online auction company, with 100% of the proceeds deposited into the Police Pension Fund.

Our Department is a productive and busy one, with many people behind the scenes working together like a well-oiled machine to keep things running. Property Division is no exception and deservedly recognized and highlighted in this month's message.

My personal thanks to each and every one of you. Be safe and take care of each other as family both on and off duty. Be well, Charlie.

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LAPD Bomb Squad Officer Rescues Man from Burning Car on Christmas Day

Los Angeles:   A member of the LAPD Bomb Squad rescued a man on Christmas Day from a burning vehicle following a fiery crash on the San Diego Freeway near the 101 Freeway.

On December 25, 2013, just before 2:00 pm, Officer ­­­­­­­­­­Don Thompson, a 26-year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department, was heading to work on the southbound 405 Freeway just south of the 101 Freeway when he saw a vehicle on the northbound side crash into the center divider.  The collision was so violent that the vehicle immediately began to catch fire.  Officer Thompson stopped his bomb squad truck and immediately jumped over the center divider, and ran to the burning vehicle to render aid.  The driver of the vehicle was unconscious and still trapped behind the wheel as the flames began to engulf the front seat compartment.  The car’s interior continued to fill with smoke and flames as Officer Thompson worked feverishly to cut the elderly man free from his seatbelt.   

Officer Thompson was able to cut the driver free and pull him out and away from the burning station wagon.  Two citizens also stopped and assisted Officer Thompson in pulling the victim further from the fiery crash and to a safer location along the freeway.  Within moments, the entire vehicle was fully engulfed in flames as Officer Thompson and citizens remained with the elderly driver.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel from Fire Station #83 responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the flames within a few moments of their arrival.  “The vehicle was fully engulfed when we arrived on scene,” said LAFD Captain Cameron Cress.  “If the LAPD officer had not taken the quick action to rescue that man, this would have been a fatality.  The Bomb Squad Officer definitely saved his life,” Cress concluded.

The driver of the vehicle described as an adult male in his mid to late 60s, was transported to a local hospital for moderate injuries.  Officer Thompson sustained serious injuries including first and second degree burns to his hands and leg along with smoke inhalation and abrasions.  Officer Thompson was treated by LAFD personnel at scene and later received additional treatment for his injuries at an urgent care facility.

For additional information about this incident, please contact the LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

 

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99-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles: The Family and Caretaker of Aubrey Finn and the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Finn.

On December 27, 2013, around 3:30 p.m., Mr. Finn was last seen in front of a Care Health Center located in the 4600 block of Fountain Avenue in the City of Los Angeles.  He has not been seen or heard from since his caretaker momentarily lost sight of him.  His caretaker and family are extremely concerned for his welfare due to Mr. Finn’s health condition.

Mr_finnAubrey Finn is described as a 99-year-old male white with gray hair and green eyes.  He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a long sleeve brown and white shirt, grey sweatshirt, tan pants, and white shoes.    

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Aubrey Finn please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit’s Detective at (213) 996-1800, or Hollywood Watch Commander at 323 464-1402.  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 "web tips" and follow the prompts.

 

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Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not be Tolerated in the City and County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles:  Every year, a significant number of people throughout the City and County of Los Angeles engage in the extremely dangerous practice of discharging firearms into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.  In an effort to educate and warn the public of the problem, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have embarked upon an awareness campaign. This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that, while on the decline, has continued to be a deadly tradition in our County and in our City.

The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that celebrating the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the County and City of Los Angeles.  California Penal Code Section 246.3 prohibits negligent discharging of firearms.  Any person who violates Section 246.3 will have their firearm confiscated and will be arrested for a felony crime.

Today, LAPD Commander Justin Eisenberg and LASD Sheriff Lee Baca held a news conference to publicize their concern about holiday-related celebratory gunfire.  To make a significant impact on this problem, thousands of “Don’t Shoot” flyers and posters have been printed and distributed to the community.  It is the hope of both agencies that with the partnership of the media and the distribution of “Don’t Shoot” flyers, the public will be informed regarding the dangers and dire consequences of this irresponsible act.

In addition to the Gunfire Reduction Campaign, a technological tool called the Shotspotter is assisting Deputies in the field with locating people who fire guns.  This piece of advanced technology is deployed in the Century and Compton Station areas and can pinpoint gunfire within a few feet of where the shots were fired.  “This is beneficial because it can tell the Deputies where the suspect is located and the data allows them to develop violence suppression strategies and tactical plans.  This has been an extremely successful crime fighting initiative and one of many tools that help decrease crime in the County.

On July 4, 1999, Brian Perez, a young, outgoing, 9 year-old boy was playing with family members in the front yard of his home.  Someone in the area discharged a firearm into the sky and the stray bullet struck Brian in the head, killing him.  Therefore, with the effectiveness of this Gunfire Reduction Campaign, there have been no known deaths by indiscriminate gunfire in the City of Los Angeles.”

The public is also reminded that toy replica guns that resemble real weapons are also a concern for law enforcement officers and that playing with replica guns is strongly discouraged.

Together, the proud men and women of LAPD and LASD ask the public to STOP the senseless act of firing weapons into the air and CELEBRATE SAFELY.  

In addition, should a shooting occur, members of the community are encouraged to call 9-1-1. To report information regarding a crime, please call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should 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 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, or typing in: http://lacrimestoppers.org.

For more information, please call LAPD Media Relations Section, at 213-486-5910, or the LASD’s Public Information Officer, Nicole Nishida, at 323-810-1973.