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Newton Area Officer Involved Shooting

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer involved shooting (OIS) that occurred in Newton Area on Thursday afternoon.

On June 15, 2017, around 5:50 p.m., uniformed officers from LAPD's Metropolitan Division were conducting a parole/probation compliance check in the 400 block of 49th Street. As occupants of the residence were exiting, one individual who remained inside, Jose Rauda, fired shots at the officers; at which time there was an OIS.

Rauda exited a rear window and fired at officers who were at the rear of the residence. The officers fired at Rauda, who fled. The officers established a perimeter and began searching the area for Rauda. During that search, Rauda shot a K9 who was struck in the left hind leg. Officers determined that Rauda was hiding inside a shed in the backyard of a residence. Rauda fired at officers conducting the search and a third OIS occurred. One officer was struck on his ballistic helmet. The officers deployed a beanbag shotgun and took Rauda into custody without further incident.

The officer struck on the ballistic helmet was evaluated by medical personnel and released at scene. No other officers were injured during this incident. Rauda was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for facial lacerations and pain to his right wrist.

Officers recovered a .44 Magnum revolver from inside the shed where Rauda was located.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. FID will also review and collect all available body worn and digital in car video. The Office of the Inspector General and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office had a representative at the scene. The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD's policies and procedures. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will also review the evidence collected during the investigation to determine whether any criminal laws were violated.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
•During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
•During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
•Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
•Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.

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A Young Man Fatally Struck by Gunfire in a Parking Lot

Mission: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed a 27-year-old male Hispanic, a resident of North Hills.

On June 21, 2017, around 3 p.m., Mission Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an, "ADW Shooting", in the 7900 block of Van Nuys Boulevard," in the city of Van Nuys.

Upon arrival, the officers saw the victim laying on the ground next to a bicycle in the entrance parking lot of a local restaurant. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

OVB Homicide Detectives responded and conducted an investigation. It appeared as if the victim was possibly riding or next to his bicycle when the shooting occurred. There were no witnesses at the time of the shooting.

Identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

There is no suspect(s) description. It is possible the shooting is gang related.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective Steve Castro at (818) 374-1925. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS 1(800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Los Angeles: The family of Sandra Velasco and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating her.

Sandra was last seen on June 18, 2017, in the 7900 Block of Willis Avenue. Her family is concerned for her safety.

Sandra is described as a 52-year-old Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 210 pounds. She has a tattoo of the name "Lucas" with a heart on her left arm. Her clothing description is unknown.

Sandra is believed to be driving a silver, four-door, 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan with Arizona license plate ANK2350.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Sandra Velasco, please contact the Los Angeles Department, Missing Persons Unit, officer Carson at (213) 996-1800. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program

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Harbor City: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting of a 20-year-old male.
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, around 12:45 a.m., the victim was riding his bicycle in the area of Normandie Avenue and 252nd Street when unknown suspects approached and shot him once. The suspects fled the location in unknown direction.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
Detectives have no leads on the vehicle description or suspects and are asking for the public's help.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Coffee or Sergeant Oliva, Harbor Area Detectives, at (310)726-7887 or (310)726-7886. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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19-Year-Old Male Missing

Los Angeles: The family of Mathew Alonzo Taylor and the Los Angeles Police Department are requesting the public's assistance in locating him.

Mathew was last seen on June 8, 2017, around 9:00 a.m., in the 1400 block of West 65th Street in the city of Los Angeles. His family is concerned that he has not been located.

Mathew is described as a 19-year-old African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. Mathew was last seen wearing a grey shirt, gray cargo sweat pants, blue sandals and white socks. He has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia.


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Miguel Lopez, please contact the Los Angeles Department, Missing Persons Unit, at (213) 996-1800. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
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Three Children Abducted by Mother

Los Angeles: Detectives from The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division are seeking the public's assistance in locating three missing children who are being concealed by their mother.

On June 15, 2017, around 4:00 p.m., Crystal Juarez took her children from the residence of her former husband without his permission. The father has full custody of the children, while Crystal has authorized visitation on the weekends. Crystal has family in Tijuana, Mexico and may have taken the children there.

Crystal Juarez is described as a 28-year-old female Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 180 pounds. She has a tattoo on the back of her neck of "Humphrey Park."

Gabriel Vargas is described as a 10-year-old male Hispanic, 4 feet tall, and weighing 80 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

Ruby Vargas is described as a 7-year-old female Hispanic, 3 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 60 pounds. She was wearing a blue blouse, jeans and Spiderman shoes.

Lily Vargas is described as a 6-year-old female Hispanic, 3 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing 50 pounds. She was wearing a white shirt, zebra print pants and pink shoes.



Anyone with information is asked to call Van Nuys Division Detective Desk at (818) 374-0040. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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LAPD Response to Arrested Cadets & Stolen Patrol Vehicles

Los Angeles: Last week Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced that several LAPD Cadets are under criminal investigation for the unauthorized use of LAPD vehicles and equipment that resulted in two dangerous vehicle pursuits and traffic collisions.

As part of Chief Beck's "top to bottom" review of the Cadet Program in light of these recent incidents, the following efforts are underway:

1. The LAPD Cadet Posts at 77th Street and Pacific Divisions have been suspended pending the findings of the ongoing investigation;
2. Commanding Officers assigned to 77th Street and Pacific Division are providing one-on-one counseling sessions to each cadet assigned to those divisions regarding the severity and seriousness of the recent incidents and the critical importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards and integrity required to participate in the program;
3. Meetings with the parents of Cadets assigned to 77th Street and Pacific Divisions will be held to provide information on what occurred, re-emphasize the expectations of all cadets, and reinforce the Department's commitment to the program and the importance of parental support and involvement;
4. All police divisions are conducting physical inventories of police vehicles and equipment and ensuring that appropriate procedures and systems are in place to prevent the unauthorized use of police equipment;
5. All Cadet Post work areas are undergoing physical inspections to ensure that sensitive material and computer systems are protected from unauthorized access; and
6. A formal Inspection of Cadets will be conducted in the coming days with a special address by the Chief of Police;

We will also take this opportunity to examine our entire Cadet Program, including recruitment, training, day-to-day activities, supervision, and staffing, with the goal of strengthening this nationally recognized program, which allows young adults from diverse communities the opportunity to develop leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The Los Angeles Police Department is dedicated to the children of Los Angeles and we will continue to provide positive experiences that reinforce our commitment to building relationships and fostering productive healthy communities.

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Suspects Arrested for Homicide in Woodland Hills

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Homicide Special Section, arrested 55-year-old Robert Louis Baker, a resident of Canoga Park, and 45-year-old Monica Sonia Sementilli, a Woodland Hills resident, for the murder of Fabio Sementilli.

On January 23, 2017, around 4:20 p.m., two male suspects were captured on video surveillance jogging towards the victim's residence in the 5000 block of Queen Victoria Road in Woodland Hills. Soon thereafter, the victim was discovered stabbed to death on his back porch, and his Porsche 911 was stolen.

On June 14, 2017, Robert Baker and Monica Sementilli were arrested and booked for the murder of Fabio Sementilli. On June 16, 2017, the District Attorney's office filed one count of Murder with Special Circumstances against Robert Baker and Monica Sementilli. They are both being held with No Bail, and will be arraigned this afternoon in Department 100 of the Van Nuys Branch, of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Detectives are seeking information that will help identify a third suspect, a male with a stocky build, 5'06-5'07, wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Detective Barry Telis or Chris Gable, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section, at (213) 486-6890. During non-business hours, 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 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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