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Pedestrian Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver in North Hollywood

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect involved in a hit-and-run collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

On Friday, February 27, 2015, around 8:20 p.m., Valley Traffic Division officers responded to a hit-and-run traffic collision that occurred near the intersection of Saticoy Street and Lemp Avenue. The victim, a female White who has not been identified, was crossing southbound Saticoy Street when she was struck by what witnesses described as a white Toyota pickup. The driver of the Toyota pickup failed to render aid and was seen driving away from the area.

The victim died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Takishita at 818-644-8116 or Detective III William Bustos at 818-644-8021. 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.


Newton Area Cook Out, Clean Up, and Community Resource

What: An opportunity for community members to meet their Newton Area LAPD Personnel Staff, and other civic leaders at a festive luncheon, resource fair and community clean-up.

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: A Place Called Home
2830 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California

Who: LAPD Newton Area Personnel
A Place Called Home Personnel
City Council District 9 Personnel

Why: The LAPD is a leader in community policing. By hosting a luncheon provided by the Newton Area Police Officers, the Newton Area Station will be greeting the community they serve with notable hospitality and the opportunity to meet the individuals who provide law enforcement services within their neighborhood.

Contact: For further information contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Newton Area,(323) 846-3937.


LAPD Southwest Community Resource Fair

What: An opportunity for community members to meet their Southwest Area LAPD Personnel Staff, and other civic leaders at a festive luncheon.

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: St. Cecilia School
4224 South Normandie Avenue
Los Angeles, California

Who: LAPD South Traffic Division Personnel
LAPD Mounted Unit
LAPD Recruitment Officers
LAPD Southwest Area Cadets
LAPD Domestic Violence Counselors
LAPD Southwest Area Gang Enforcement personnel

Why: The LAPD is a leader in community policing. By hosting a luncheon provided by the Southwest Police Officers, the Southwest Area Station will be greeting the community they serve with notable hospitality and the opportunity to meet the individuals who provide law enforcement services within their neighborhood.

Contact: For further information contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Southwest Area,(323) 847-5800.


LAPD Olympic Area Community Education Fair

What: An opportunity for community members to meet their Neighborhood City Attorney, Olympic Area LAPD Command Staff, and other civic leaders at a festive luncheon.

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: LAPD Olympic Area Station
1130 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California

Who: LAPD Captain Vito Palazzolo, Area Commanding Officer, Olympic Division
LAPD Captain Julian R. Melendez, Patrol Commanding Officer, Olympic Division
Steve Houchin, Los Angeles Neighborhood Attorney, Olympic Division
Gang Reduction & Youth Development Program personnel
Olympic Area Cadets
Domestic Violence Counselors
Olympic Area Gang Enforcement personnel

Why: The LAPD is a leader in community policing. By hosting a luncheon provided by the Hungry Hog Company, the Olympic Area Station will be greeting the community they serve with notable hospitality and the opportunity to meet the individuals who provide law enforcement services within their neighborhood.

Contact: For further information contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Olympic Area, (213) 382-9130.


LAPD to Host a Free Bicycle Safety Clinic

WHAT:
Bicycle Safety Clinic

WHEN:
Saturday, March 7, 2015
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Park Parthenia Apartments
19100 Parthenia Street
Northridge CA, 91324

WHO:
LAPD Devonshire Community Station
Fleet Street, non-profit organization
Safe Moves, non-profit organization
LAPD Devonshire Bike Unit
LAPD First Volunteer Bike Patrol

WHY:
LAPD will host a bicycle safety clinic to promote safety procedures when riding a bike. This event will encourage participants to ride their bicycles in a safety course operated by Safe Moves.

Fleet Street will be at the Bicycle Safety Clinic repairing bicycles free of charge. In addition, any unwanted used bicycles will be collected at the event. There will be a raffle for a chance to win bicycles and bicycle accessories with the participation of a safety quiz. The event is open to the public and free to all participants.


Street Racer Loses Control of Car and Kills Onlookers

UPDATE

March 1, 2015


Updated:
On February 28, 2015, at 1855 hours, Henry Gevorgyan, walked into the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Community Police Station accompanied by his attorney and surrendered. This was in response to the Speed Contest resulting in the deaths of two victims and the serious injury of a third pedestrian. Gevorgyan was booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) for California Penal Code 187 (a).

This investigation is active and fluid. We encourage the community to provide us with information and leads on this matter, to include information on the second participant in the race.

Los Angeles: On Thursday, February 26, 2015, around 2:05 AM, a fatal traffic collision occurred as a result of an illegal street race.

21-year-old Henry Gevorgyan was driving a gray colored Ford Mustang and was allegedly racing another vehicle westbound on Plummer Street from Canoga Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and struck several pedestrian spectators. Gevorgyan failed to stop and render aid to the injured pedestrians and fled from the scene of the collision.

One pedestrian, 26-year-old Eric Siguenza, died at the scene. Another pedestrian was transported to a local hospitial where he died as a result of his injuries. A third pedestrian was also transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

Detectives are requesting Henry Gevorgyan to surrender immediately to LAPD Valley Traffic Division, 7870 Nollan Place, Panorama City, CA 91402.

Anyone with information about this incident, or for more information, is requested to call Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Takishita at 818-644-8116 or Detective III William Bustos at 818-644-8021. During non-business hours or on the 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 Searching for 85-Year-Old Missing Female

Los Angeles: The family of Yong Han Kim and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to find her.

Ms. Kim was last seen on February 25, 2015, around 4 p.m., in the 3900 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Ms. Kim is described as an 85-year-old Korean female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red sweater with the logo "Chapman" imprinted on it, leopard print pants and a black hat. Ms. Kim suffers from dementia and there is great concern for her safety.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Yong Han Kim, please contact Detective L. Saiza, 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 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. 


LAPD Detectives Announce the Arrest of a Murder Suspect

WHAT:        

News Conference

WHEN:        

Thursday, February 26, 2015
10:00 a.m.
      
WHERE:       

77th Street Community Police Station
(Community Room)
7600 South Broadway
Los Angeles, California 90003
                        
WHO:        

LAPD Captain Peter Whittingham, Commanding Officer,
Criminal Gang Homicide Division.
LAPD Detective Christopher Barling, 77th Homicide Coordinator
LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Division Detectives        
Family members of Victim Deshawnda Sanchez
                
WHY:           

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, around 4:00 a.m., Deshawnda Sanchez (a transgender female) called for assistance stating that she had just been assaulted and robbed in the 6100 block of South Wilton Place.  While making the call, she stated the suspect had returned and shots were heard over the telephone.  Additional calls from neighbors also came in as they reported hearing shots fired.  Officers and paramedics responded to the scene and Sanchez was found dead.

Los Angeles Police Criminal Gang Homicide Detectives identified Inglewood resident Robert James Spells, a 30 year-old male Black, as the suspect responsible for Sanchez’s murder.  The Operation South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force also identified Spells as the suspect in a human trafficking investigation of an 11-year old female which occurred on February 8, 2015.   On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, around 4:00 p.m., Spells was taken into custody at a relatives’ residence in the city of Los Angeles by the Pacific Southwest U.S. Marshall Task Force.

Detectives will provide an update and release a photograph of the suspect.               
    
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call 77th Division Criminal Gang/Homicide Detectives at (213) 485-1383.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts. Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detective Eric Crosson or Sam Arnold at (213) 485-1383.  During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).


LAPD Targets Impaired Drivers with a DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols

What:
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint

When:
Friday, February 27, 2015, 8 P.M. to
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 1 A.M.

Where:
Sepulveda Boulevard at Parthenia Street
North Hills, California
_________________________________________

What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Friday, February 27, 2015, 7 P.M. to
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 3 A.M.

Where:
Olympic Area
_________________________________________

What:
DUI Saturation Patrol

When:
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6 P.M. to
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2 A.M.

Where:
Central Bureau
_________________________________________

What:
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8 P.M. to
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 1 A.M.

Where:
Sherman Way at Yolanda Avenue
Reseda, California
_________________________________________

What:
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint

When:
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8 P.M. to
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 1 A.M.

Where:
Olympic Boulevard at Sunbury Street
Los Angeles, California
_________________________________________

What:
Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint

When:
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 7 P.M. to
Monday, March 2, 2015, 12 A.M.

Where:
Western Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
_________________________________________

Note: Checkpoints are subject to change or cancelation.

Why: Over the past three years, there have been 7,048 DUI-related traffic collisions in Los Angeles, which have resulted in 60 fatalities and 2,818 injuries.

The Los Angeles Police Department reminds everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI or drug-impaired arrest can costs up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss or your driver license and high insurance rates.

The aforementioned enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles Police Department traffic safety efforts, please contact Officer Don Inman, Traffic Coordination Section, at (213) 486-0690.


NOTES February 24, 2015 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. There were no commission comments, and the meeting proceeded directly to the chief’s report.

For the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Charlie Beck began by commenting about the Department’s policing of the Academy Awards ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony occurred without incident. Chief Beck also discussed an alert the LAPD recently received from the Department of Homeland Security concerning safety at shopping malls. Consequently, both patrols and foot beats in those areas have been increased as needed. Chief Beck was happy to report that after two “bad” weekends of gang-related shootings, this past weekend yielded only two such incidents. He attributed the decline mostly to improved deployment strategies. Chief Beck reminded everyone about his continuing concern over rising crime and proceeded to provide some specific crime and traffic accident statistics. He closed his comments with personnel statistics.

Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items.

Regular Agenda Items then ensued with two items. Item A was a verbal presentation, and Item B, the Department’s Report, dated February 13, 2015, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Pacific and Hollywood Areas, as set forth, was approved.

The meeting proceeded with Item A, a verbal presentation about community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within LAPD’s Van Nuys Area. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain III Lillian Carranza, Commanding Officer of the Van Nuys Area, and Penny Myers, the area’s Community Police Advisory Board president.

To hear the February 24, 2015 Police Commission meeting, click here>>Download Commission Mtg 2-24-15

 

 

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