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28-Year-Old Missing Man

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

On November 2, 2015, around 10 a.m., Mr. Johnson was last seen in the 500 block of W. 89th Street in the City of Los Angeles. He has not returned home and his family is extremely concerned for his welfare.

Robert Curtis Johnson Jr. is described as a 28-year-old male Black with black hair, brown eyes, stands 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs around 180 pounds.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Robert Curtis Johnson Jr., please contact Missing Persons Unit, Detective K. Thomas 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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59-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The Family of Patricia Davis Carradine and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Patricia was last seen on March 16, 2016, in the 200 block of West 71st Street in the city of Los Angeles. Patricia needs Dialysis treatment 3 times a week, has a heart condition, and her family is extremely concerned for her safety.

Patricia Davis Carradine is described as a 59-year-old female Black with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and brown pants.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Davis Carradine, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, Detective L. Saiza: 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.


Notes from the March 15, 2016 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commission President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. Consent Agenda Item was unanimously approved. There were no police commission comments.

Chief Charlie Beck stated there were a couple of events that took place over the weekend. The first event was the Cesar Chavez breakfast that has taken place for the past seven years. The event was well attended by more than 100 Latinos representing the community, including Commissioner Figueroa and Commission President Johnson. Chief Beck also participated in a joint event with the Los Angeles Fire Department; a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s which helps with cancer research for children. The event involved the shaving of officers and fire fighters heads. Chief Charlie Beck then provided some general crime statistics covering the second week of March 2016. Geographically, there was an increase in crime in Central and South Bureau, and a reduction in crime in Valley and West Bureau. Chief Beck reported the Department has 9,905 LAPD officers, 2,693 civilian personnel, and 7,410 cadets in the youth program.


Narcotics Investigation Results in Seizure and Arrests

Canoga Park: Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Narcotics investigators, with the assistance of the Canoga Park community, recently conducted a major narcotics investigation resulting in numerous arrests and the seizure of large amounts of marijuana.

Local community members contacted LAPD to voice their suspicion of marijuana cultivation in the area. On March 9, 2016, around 2:00 p.m., narcotics investigators assigned to LAPD Topanga Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail, in conjunction with Gang and Narcotics Division, served search warrants at three warehouses in the 8500 block of Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park.

Over ten-thousand marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with a large quantity of marijuana edibles, were recovered from the three locations. Investigators seized over seven thousand dollars in US currency and nearly 2,400 pounds of marijuana that included live plants and dried flowers which had an approximate wholesale value of $4.8 million dollars.

In one of the warehouses, investigators seized over 300 pounds of liquids, chocolates, and hard candy labeled as "infused with THC" (the active chemical in cannabis). Evidence found at scene indicated that at least one of the warehouses was connected to a large scale Marijuana Delivery Service in the City of Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Seven suspects were arrested at one of the locations for 11359 H&S, Cultivation and Possession for Sales of Marijuana.

Any questions regarding his incident can be directed to the case agent, Police Officer III Matthew Mauldin, (818) 756-4850 at Topanga Community Police Station.


Attempt to Identify Owner of Lost Cash

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division Detectives are attempting to identify the male in the photo below.

On December 19, 2015, an unknown male had a morning meal at a local restaurant on Century Blvd near the LAX airport. The male left more than $8,000.00 cash at the booth where he was dining.

If you have any information about this person please contact Pacific Detectives at(310) 482-6313. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to1-877-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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70-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The family of Davene Wells and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Ms. Wells was last seen on March 1, 2016, around 12:00 p.m., in the 3700 block of West 27th Street in the city of Los Angeles. Ms. Wells suffers from medical conditions and her family is extremely concerned that she has not come home.

Ms. Wells is described as a 70-year-old female Black with black hair and black eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 240 pounds. Ms. Wells is legally blind and has a glass eye.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Davene Wells is asked to contact Detective Carlton: (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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Wetlands Park Sexual Assault Suspect

South Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Newton Area detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for sexually assaulting women in the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park area.

In October 2015, the suspect approached an adult female from behind as she was walking in the park. He tackled her to the ground and got on top of her. As she struggled with him he struck her numerous times before fleeing.

In February 2016, the suspect approached an adult female as she ran in the park. He grabbed her and attempted to pull her pants down. He exposed his penis. The suspect fled when another person approached.

In March 2016, the suspect approached a 17-year- old female as she ran in the park. He exposed his penis and grabbed her. He fled when another person approached.

The suspect is described only as a male Hispanic, 25-26 years old, standing 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 140-150 lbs. with black close cropped hair and facial hair.

All the assaults occurred within the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims of other unreported incidents and are asking for the public's assistance in locating them.

Anyone with information about the suspect or additional victims is asked to call Newton Division Detective Garay or Flores at (323) 846-6576. 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 "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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LAPD’s Police Data Initiative Featured at The SXSW Interactive Festival

Austin, Texas: The 23rd Annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival returned to Austin.

In May 2015, President Obama announced the launch of the White House Police Data Initiative, working with 24 police departments to leverage data on citizen interactions with police (e.g., crime, arrests, vehicle/pedestrian stops). The goal is to increase transparency and accountability, build community trust, and enable innovation. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was one of the first police departments across the country to volunteer to participate in the initiative and took the lead at the law enforcement level.

LAPD's Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich spoke at SXSW today at the invitation of the White House. Ms. Goodrich spoke on a panel regarding the White House Police Data Initiative (PDI). LAPD has made great strides, over the past two years, in making its data available to the public and in using advanced analytics to improve community relations.

Ms. Goodrich also addressed how technologists, academics and law enforcement agencies can work together to achieve common goals. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Goodrich was responsible for the development and implementation of all LAPD risk management systems, including the officer early intervention system, mandated by a Federal Consent Decree between the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Justice.

This year's event took place from Friday, March 11 and ran through Tuesday, March 15. Cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity were discussed. The event featured five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to discover the technology of tomorrow, today.

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Students Arrested for Vandalism

Pacific Palisades: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Los Angeles Area are seeking information involving students spray-painting racist slogans at Palisades Charter High School.

On March 13, 2016, around 6:00 a.m., West LA Division patrol officers responded to Palisades Charter High School after a staff member discovered racist graffiti on the campus. The suspects defaced the school's iconic mural, as well as a bus stop, the sidewalk and several trees with spray paint.

Working with officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department and Palisades High's administration, detectives conducted an extensive series of interviews, leading to the detention of two juvenile subjects connected to the vandalism. One was cited for vandalism and released to his parents. The other was cited for conspiracy to commit vandalism and released to his parents. Both of the subjects are current students at Palisades Charter High School.

The investigation is on-going and has revealed no credible threats or danger to students or the community.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call West LA Area Detectives at(310) 444-1588. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to1-877-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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
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Fatal Shooting in Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights: Antonio Paz Gonzalez, a 43-year-old taxi driver, is murdered in the streets
of Los Angeles.

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, around 9:35 p.m., Hollenbeck Division officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 4300 block of Worth Street. When officers arrived, they found the victim down on the roadway, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced Mr.Gonzalez dead at scene.

The circumstances and motive for this homicide is believed to be robbery.

There is no further information at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hollenbeck Area homicide detectives at (323) 342-8964. 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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