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Person of Interest Sought in the Case of a Mission Woman NR15152dm

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Zakiyyah El A'min and Kevin Walker Jones.

On Monday, March 23, 2015, around 1 p.m., Zakiyyah El A'min was last seen in the company of Kevin Walker Jones. Ms. El A'min failed to show up for work March 24-25 and was reported missing. Mr. Jones is seen moving out of his residence in the early morning hours of March 24, 2015. Mr. Jones has not been seen since and his whereabouts are unknown.

Mr. Jones has a history of domestic violence and assault. There is a possibility that Mr. Jones has left the state of California, and fled to New York.



Investigating officers are also seeking information on the whereabouts of a male Black and female Black, who were observed removing items from Mr. Jones apartment on March 28, 2015, on video surveillance.

Ms. El A'min is described as a 60-year-old female Black with black hair and brown eyes. She stands 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.

Kevin Walker Jones is described as a 48-year-old male Black with a shaved head and brown eyes. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Zakiyyah El A'min and Kevin Walker Jones, or the individuals seen in the video, are urged to contact LAPD Robbery Homicide Detectives Salaam Abdul or Joshua Byers at (213) 486-6890. 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 www.LAPDOonline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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Suspect Arrested for University Park Sexual Assaults

Los Angeles: On April 28, 2015 the Los Angeles Police Department, Southwest Area detectives arrested 21-year-old Javier Cardoza, a Los Angeles resident, for sexual battery.


Cardoza is believed to be involved in the Sexual Battery of at least 12 separate victims in the University Park Community. From mid-February 2015 to the present date, there had been a series of sexual battery cases reported in the University Park community in which the suspect would approach victims from behind and either slapped or grabbed the victim's buttocks area and then immediately fled the area.

LAPD officers coordinated with the University of Southern California's Department of Public Safety (USC DPS) to issue several safety alerts to the University Park community. This resulted in additional victims coming forward. Both the LAPD and USC DPS increased patrols in the area and worked in a collaborative effort to identify the suspect via security cameras, composite sketches, and other investigative methods. These efforts paid off as USC DPS officers spotted Cardoza who matched the suspect's description in the area where the crimes previously occurred.

Cardoza and is currently being held on $240,000 bail awaiting arraignment.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Southwest Area Detective Daniel Gonzales, at (323) 290-2975. 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). Tipster 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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Burglary Suspect Caught on Video

Westwood: The Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles Area detectives are asking for the public's help to identify the suspects responsible for a residential burglary.

On April 21, 2015, around 1 p.m., the suspect entered a residence by forcing his way through the rear bedroom door in the 700 block of South Beverly Glen Boulevard in Westwood. The suspect took the victim's property from the top dresser drawer then left through the same rear door. He was seen leaving through the backyard.

The suspect is described as a male with short dark hair and medium height. He was wearing a white long sleeved button-up shirt, blue jeans, dark backpack with the "Air Jordan" logo.

Anyone with information about this incident, or for more information, is asked to call West Los Angeles Area Detective Guevara at (310) 444-1522 or (310) 444-1523. 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.

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Burglary Suspects Caught on Video in the West LA Area

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department, West Los Angeles Area detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the persons of interest in a residential burglary.

On February 13, 2015, around 7:55 p.m. three suspects entered a residence located in the 2200 block of Benedict Canyon Rd in Los Angeles. The suspects smashed a rear glass door and entered the home setting off the audible alarm. The suspects ran from the location without taking any of the victim's property on foot in an unknown direction.

Suspect #1 is seen wearing a black shirt with white stripes on the shoulder and gray pants. He is described as male, black, black hair, medium height and weight and his age is 20-25 years.

Suspect #2 is seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans, and he is described as a male black, black hair, medium height and weight and his age is 20-25 years.

Suspect #3 is seen wearing a black shirt, and tan pants. He is described as a male black, braided black hair, medium build, tattoos on both forearms and his age is 20-25 years.



This incident is believed to be part of a larger crime trend that has been occurring in the Benedict Canyon area.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call LAPD's West Los Angeles Burglary Detectives at (310) 444-1524. During non-business hours or on 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 keypads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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NOTES: April 28, 2015 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commission Mtg 4-28-15

COP Media Update after Comm Mtg 4-28-15

Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting by acknowledging the tragedy of a recent earthquake in Nepal and extending hope the civil unrest in Baltimore will soon come to an end. After he spoke, the board secretary noted that a quorum was established.  Commissioner Robert Saltzman began by talking about two events he had recently attended: a promotional celebration for Chief Beatrice Girmala and the retirement event for Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur.  Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa mentioned she had also recently attended a retirement event for Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas.

The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police.  Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning his call for all sworn personnel to be in uniform.  He attributed this to both the current unrest in Baltimore and recent terrorist threats calling for insurgents to launch attacks on people in uniforms, including law enforcement officers.  Secondly, Chief Beck talked briefly about attending an important counter-terrorism conference earlier this morning.  He concluded his report with current crime and traffic statistics, including personnel statistics.

For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone of an upcoming police commission meeting in the community on May 28 at 6:30 p.m.  The location will be Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.

There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved, and the meeting proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items. There were five Regular Agenda Items.  Item 8A was a verbal presentation, and Items 8B and 8C were pulled for discussion.

    •Item 8D, the Department’s Report, dated April 10, 2015, relative to the request for payment of a reward         offer on City Council File #12-0010-59, as set forth, was approved.

    •Item 8E, the Department’s Report, dated April 17, 2015, relative to the request for proposals for routine         hazardous materials waste management services for the LAPD, as set forth, was approved.

The meeting continued with Item 8A, a verbal presentation and update about community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the 77th Street Area.  Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Cory Palka, 77th Street Area Commanding Officer, and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) Member Gwendolyn Wood.  Commander Palka talked about the kinds of relationships his officers strive to create with the community, as well as participation in local C-PAB-related activities.  Ms. Wood made some comments about the increased success of getting new community members to join the C-PAB and the overall value of C-PAB outreach.

The meeting proceeded to Item 8B, the Department’s Report, dated April 23, 2015, relative to the responsibilities and procedures for the use and deployment of Body Worn Video (BWV) equipment for Department Personnel.  Representing the Department before the commission was Arif Alikhan, Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy; Chief Jorge Villegas, Director of the Office of Operations; Maggie Goodrich, Chief Information Officer; and Sergeant Dan Gomez, from the Department’s Information Technology Bureau.  Many topics were discussed in detail, including overall policy, monitoring policy progress, guidelines for viewing video footage and more.  Inspector General Alexander Bustamante had substantial comments, along with the commissioners who had various questions and concerns.  Chief Beck also contributed to the discussion.  After an extensive dialogue, the Department’s Report, as set forth, was approved.

The final order of business was Item 8C, the Inspector General’s Report, dated April 28, 2014, relative to the review of the Department’s Code-Three Collision Reports.  Commissioner Saltzman wanted to discuss one of the report’s findings, which dealt with officers not wearing seatbelts.  Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Phillip Fontanetta, Commanding Officer of the Emergency Operations Division (EOD); Commanding Officer Jon Peters, Office of Operations; and Lieutenant David Ferry of the EOD.  Both commanding officers discussed in detail efforts to increase officer usage of seatbelts.  Chief Beck also added some comments on this topic.  There was also some discussion about patrol car rates of speed being omitted from the collision reports.  Lieutenant Ferry addressed this issue.  Shortly after that, the Inspector General’s Report, as set forth, was approved.

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66-Year-Old Missing Male Adult

Los Angeles: The family of Cecil Tyrone Whitson and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit is requesting the public's help in locating him.

Cecil Tyrone Whitson was last seen on April 28, 2015, around 11:30 a.m., near 8th Street and Union Ave, in the City of Los Angeles. Cecil suffers from dementia, diabetes and PTSD. Cecil's family is concerned that he has not been located.

Cecil 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.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cecil Tyrone Whitson is asked to contact Detective A. Mercado, 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 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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27-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles: The family of Yvens Montour and the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help to find Mr. Montour.

On April 8, 2015, around 12 p.m., Mr. Montour was last seen in the 6100 block of Century Boulevard, in the city of Los Angeles. His family is concerned that he has not been found.

Yvens Montour is described as a 27-year-old male Black with black hair, brown eyes, stands 6-feet-1 inches tall, and weighs around 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue jean button up shirt and plaid pajama pants.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Yvens Montour, please contact Missing Persons Unit, Detective L. Saiza 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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One Man Left Dead on the Street

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help to arrest the person responsible for the murder of a man in Wilshire.

On April 27, 2015, just before midnight, Wilshire officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 1800 block of Longwood Avenue. When officers arrived they found a male holding the victim on the ground in the street.

The Los Angeles Fire Department arrived and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

The victim is described as a male in his forties and his name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

The suspects were described only as two male Blacks, wearing white t-shirts who were last seen walking southbound on Longwood Avenue toward Mascott Street. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting can contact West Bureau Homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. 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 www.LAPDOonline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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Possession of Child Pornography Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division Detectives assigned to the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force are asking for the public's help in locating additional victims who may have been victims of Roberto Enrique Monterroza.

On April 22, 2015, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division, assigned to the (ICAC) Task Force, arrested 31-year-old, Monterroza, for Possession of Child Pornography.

Investigators initiated a search warrant of Monterroza's home in the City of Hawthorne, after a woman responded to an advertisement by Monterroza for a room for rent in the Spanish newspaper "El Cassificado." She received inappropriate photographs and requests for sexual relations with her and her child from Monterroza.

The woman then reported the incident to LAPD Harbor Area investigators. The investigation by ICAC revealed that Monterroza had also placed several advertisements in the newspaper for bogus employment opportunities, rooms for rent and a search for child care.

The investigation is continuing and it is unknown if Monterroza made contact with any other women.

Monterroza was booked at the LAPD, Metropolitan Detention Center and is being held on a $20,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding any other crimes committed by this individual is urged to contact Lieutenant Grossman, at the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) 562-624-4027. 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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Officer Involved Shooting in Hollenbeck

April 29, 2015

***UPDATE***


Updated:  The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officers II Ricardo Huerta, Serial No. 34863, Rudolph Rivera, Serial No. 34735 and Aldo Quintero, serial No. 40949, from Hollenbeck Area.

Los Angeles: On April 21, 2015, around 4:40 p.m., Hollenbeck Area patrol officers responded to a radio call for a male stabbing himself in the 3400 block of Manitou Avenue.

When officers arrived, they attempted to make contact with the subject, later identified as Luis Martinez. Martinez appeared in the doorway armed with a hunting knife and began approaching the officers. They directed Martinez to drop the knife, but when he refused to comply, an officer involved shooting occurred.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded, rendered medical aid and subsequently pronounced Martinez deceased. No officers were injured during this incident and a knife was recovered at scene.

Force Investigation Division investigators 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.