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Commercial Burglary Suspect

Los Angeles/Wilmington: On April 14, 2017 at approximately 12:30 pm, a lone suspect entered a business located in the 1300 block of West Pacific Coast Highway by smashing the front window. He removed tools and materials worth approximately $4,000.

The suspect is described as male Hispanic wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and tan boots and an orange shirt on his head. He is approximately 5'8'', 150 pounds, and is approximately 30 to 35 years old.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact LAPD Harbor Burglary Detectives at the following phone numbers: Detective Higa 310-726-7845, Detective Guevara 310-726-7855, or Officer Baran 310-726-7856. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."

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Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Arrested NR17212ti

 

Pacoima: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division arrested Marcario Velarde, a 38-year-old resident of Sun Valley for Hit and Run Felony.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, around 7 p.m., a fatal hit and run collision occurred at the intersection of Osborne Street and Osborne Place, in the City of Pacoima.

Jonathan Waters, a 24-year-old resident of Sylmar, was riding his motorcycle northbound on Osborne Street when he collided with a black GMC Sonoma pick-up truck who turned left in front of him. The force of the collision caused the motorcycle rider to be ejected from and collide with the truck and subsequently the street.

The GMC Sonoma immediately fled the scene without rendering aid or exchanging information as required by law.

An investigation lead to the identification of the suspect, Macario Velarde who was booked at Van Nuys Jail for Hit and Run Felony. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for filing consideration. Velarde's truck is in custody.

If further information is needed, please contact Detective Doug Larkin, Valley Traffic Detectives, at (818) 644-8115 or Detective Bustos at (818) 644-8021. During non-business hours or weekends, calls should be directed to 1-818-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.

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Murder in Wilmington

 

Wilmington: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect, or suspects, responsible for the shooting death of a 15-year-old male.

On September 16, 2017, around 10:15 p.m., Harbor Division patrol officers responded to an "Ambulance Shooting" radio call near the intersection of Frigate Avenue and Mauretania Street.

When officers arrived, they found a victim, next to a car, struck by multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

There is no suspect or vehicle description.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Cortez or Sergeant Oliva, Harbor Area Detectives, at (310)726-7889 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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Shooting Leaves One Man Dead in Mid-City

 

Mid-City: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the death of a man.
On Friday, September 15, 2017, around 11:00 p.m., LAPD Wilshire Officers responded to a call of a shooting at the 2300 block of Cochran Avenue in Los Angeles.
When officers arrived, they found a male victim who was unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound.
The LAFD arrived and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

Witnesses reported that a group was in the street drinking prior to the shooting.

There are no suspect descriptions, and this homicide is possibly gang related.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call West Bureau Homicide Detectives, at (213) 382-9470. 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.


Passage of the California Values Act (SB 54) by State Legislature

 

Los Angeles: The LAPD welcomes the passage of the California Values Act which adopts many of the policies the Department has used over the past forty years to build community trust and reduce violent crime to historic lows.

The Department appreciates the willingness of Senate Pro-Tem Kevin DeLeon to work with the LAPD and the openness of community advocacy groups to take a balanced approach.

This protects the public by allowing local police officers to vigorously enforce criminal laws while building trust with the communities that we depend on to apprehend and prosecute violent criminals.

The bill, which awaits Governor Brown's signature, will allow the Department to continue working with our federal partners to enforce criminal laws while recognizing that our legal jurisdiction does not allow enforcing civil immigration laws and regulations.

"SB 54 recognizes what has worked in Los Angeles for nearly four decades," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "We have reduced crime by building strong partnerships with our communities, regardless of civil immigration status, so that we can apprehend the criminals who prey on all communities in Los Angeles. We are committed to reducing crime through community partnerships and constitutional policing and SB 54 enables us to continue abiding by these effective principles."

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LAPD Response to London Attack

Los Angeles: The recent attack in London has once again reminded us of the threat of terrorism against innocent people throughout the world. The hearts of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department go out to those injured by today's senseless act and the many people affected by this tragic incident.

LAPD's Counterterrorism and Special Operations Bureau has been in contact with UK officials and U.S. law enforcement agencies and has determined there is no evidence of a nexus between the attack in London and Los Angeles. As a precautionary measure, however, the LAPD will increase its presence on MTA rail and bus lines and ensure that major tourist venues see increased security measures.

The most important security measure is the vigilance of our community and making sure you report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something and you can report suspicious activity directly to the LAPD by downloading and using the iWatch app from the Apple or Android stores today."

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.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Robbery Suspects Captured on Surveillance Video

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Area detectives are seeking the public’s help on identifying two armed robbery suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video.

On August 20, 2017, around 9:45 p.m., an armed robbery occurred in front of a taco truck in the area of Washington Boulevard and Cimarron Street. The suspects approached the victim who was standing in front of the taco truck. Suspect one produced a handgun and demanded property from the victim. The victim who was in fear for his life handed over his property to the suspect. Both suspects then fled with victim’s property.

Suspect one is described as a male Hispanic, 25-26 years of age, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red baseball hat, grey jacket, blue jeans, and red shoes.

Suspect two is described as a male Hispanic, 25-26 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs around 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, black shirt, and black pants.

Below are preventative insights one should consider while walking on the streets.

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially in isolated areas. Familiarize yourself with street names or landmarks in case an emergency occurs. Be cognizant of strangers standing around or behind you.
  • Avoid travelling alone on the street. Suspects generally target lone victims.
  • Avoid possessing large amount of money.
  • Limit the use of electronics that would distract your attention from potential dangers. If using a cellular phone, look up occasionally to reacquaint your surroundings.
  • Exercise discretion wearing high-valued jewelry or using expensive cellular phones. Consider using hands-free earphones allowing you to keep your cellular phone concealed while in use.
  • If a crime occurs to you or others, be a good witness. Observe as much detail as possible of the suspect without intervening. Your life is more valuable than property.
  • Report the crime as soon as possible by calling 911. Delayed reporting can significantly reduce the possibility of apprehending the suspect.

Anyone with information or can identify the suspect is urged to contact Olympic Area Robbery Detective Tokoro at (213) 382-9466. 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.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Fatal Hit and Run Suspects Arrested

 

Van Nuys: On September 6, 2017, around 11:20 p.m., a silver 2015 Toyota Camry traveling eastbound Stagg Street negotiated a right turn to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard and collided with a bicyclist riding northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, in the southbound lanes. The driver failed to stop, identify him or herself, or render aid to the bicyclist as required by state law.

After the first collision, the victim was laying on the roadway when she was struck by a second southbound vehicle that also failed to stop, identify himself or herself, or render aid to the bicyclist as required by state law. Citizens flagged down a nearby Los Angeles Police officer and notified him of the collision. The officer immediately summonsed an ambulance.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

This collision was initially reported to the media as a vehicle verses pedestrian. As the investigation rapidly developed it was later discovered that the victim was riding a bicycle at the time of the collision.

An extensive investigation was launched, and on September 7, 2017, the driver of the Toyota Camry was located and arrested for felony hit and run. The 24-year-old, Van Nuys resident, Erik Limon was booked at Van Nuys Jail with a bail amount of $50,000.

On September 12, 2017, the second driver was located and arrested for felony hit and run. Her name is Jenevieve B. Hegedus from Valley Village, DOB: May 11, 1983, She was driving a 2011, Mitsubishi, 4-door, gold in color. Her bail amount is also $50,000.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective III W. Bustos at (818) 644-8021or Detective Daniel Menesez at (818) 644-8028. 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.


Officer Involved in Shooting in Pacific Division

 

**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**

Venice Area: On August 4, 2017, at around 8:30 pm, Pacific Area uniformed officers responded to a radio call to "keep the peace" in the 800 block of Venice Boulevard, a single-family residence. The person reporting (PR) and the suspect, later identified as Todd Hurlburt, lived together and were boyfriend and girlfriend.

The officers responding to the radio call met the PR outside of the residence. She told the officers that Mr. Hurlburt was breaking her personal property inside. The officers proceeded to the front door to initiate contact with Mr. Hurlburt.

As the officers made initial entry into the residence, Mr. Hurlburt was seen sitting in a chair across the room with his back to the officers in possession of a rifle. Mr. Hurlburt ignored verbal commands from the officers to drop the rifle. He stood up and turned in their direction with the rifle pointed at the officers. This resulted in an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS).

A Los Angeles County Fire Department Rescue Ambulance (RA) responded and transported Mr. Hurlburt to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No officers were injured during this incident.

The AR-15 rifle was recovered at the scene and booked into evidence.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office responded to 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. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene, will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officers(s) was reasonable.

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.


Shooting in Van Nuys Leaves One Dead

 

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for killing one and leaving another wounded.

On September 10, 2017, around 11:20 p.m., Van Nuys Division patrol officers responded to an "ambulance shots fired" radio call in the 15200 block of Victory Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found two victims at scene. One victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, while a second victim sustained a non-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the first victim dead at scene. The second victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect has been described as a male Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a white or grey tank top.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Mark O'Donnell, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-9550. 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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