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Los Angeles Police Department City Wide Annual Homicide Report - 2017

2017 Homicide recap

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck provided members of the press with city wide 2017 homicide statistics. Chief Beck was joined by LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Director, Office of Special Operations, LAPD Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg, Chief of Detectives, and Captain Billy Hayes, Robbery Homicide Division. 

Chief Beck was happy to report for the 8th year in a row homicide numbers were kept below 300. In 2017 there were 282 homicides, a 4% drop from the previous year. The top 3 modus for operandi were gang, dispute or revenge, and domestic violence. 

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Grand Theft by Trickery

Studio City: Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying of two grand theft suspects in North Hollywood.

On January 23, 2018 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., the suspects introduced themselves to the victim in a parking lot of a shopping center. The suspects indicated they were about to leave town and needed help to donate money to a local church. The suspects told the victim they received a large sum of money and they could not take the money with them to their home country.

The suspects convinced the victim to provide some "good faith money" to ensure she didn't keep the money for herself. The suspects drove the victim to multiple banks to withdraw large sums of money.

The suspects dropped the victim at her residence and as she exited the vehicle, the suspects sped off with all the victim's money.

The victim is a 75-year-old North Hollywood resident and the suspects were able to get $45,000 of the victim's money.

Suspect-1 is described as a male Black or Hispanic, standing at about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, and 60-65 years old. He is also described as having light skin.

Suspect-2 is described as a female Black or Hispanic, standing at about 5 feet tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds, and 30-35 years old. She is described as having light skin and spoke with an accent. The suspect's vehicle is described a newer model, dark blue, Toyota Camry.
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Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Detective Joseph Hampton with North Hollywood Area Theft Detectives at 818-754-8377. 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.


House of Worship Arsonist Arrested

Los Angeles: Members of the Inter-Agency House of Worship Task Force have made an arrest in a series of intentionally set fires and acts of vandalism targeting houses of worship in various Southern California communities. Christian Michael Garcia, 25, was arrested on Thursday, January 25th, 2018, for suspicion of arson and vandalism, by personnel from LAPD Major Crimes Division and Criminal Conspiracy Section along with LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section Investigators and Pasadena Fire and Police Department Arson Investigators.
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The most recent incidents involved an incendiary fire and vandalism at Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights and the Church of the Angels located in Pasadena. In addition to the above incidents, multiple other acts of arson and vandalism have occurred at houses of worship in the City and County of Los Angeles over a period of time.

The House of Worship Task Force consists of personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Pasadena Fire Department, Pasadena Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney on Monday, January 29, 2018, for prosecution. Members of the task force will be available to provide more details at a press availability to be scheduled early next week.

"Arson and vandalism targeting houses of worship is a serious crime and we have zero-tolerance for willful acts of destruction in the City of Los Angeles," said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "The destruction of a house of worship not only devastates the affected congregation, but affects the entire community. We will always investigate and prosecute the serious crime of arson to the fullest extent of the law."

"The Collaboration of our Federal and local partners and the tireless work of investigators from the various agencies in the task force, made this arrest possible and is a testament to the productive working relationship, first responders have here in Southern California when a community is threatened by criminal activity," said Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington and Pasadena Police chief Philip Sanchez.

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Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Man

Lincoln Heights: The family of Michael Mario Peerzada and the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating him

On January 25, 2018, Michael was last seen at 1:00 p.m., near the 4300 block of Latona Avenue in Lincoln Heights.

Michael is described as an 80-year-old male Hispanic with grey hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds. Michael was last seen wearing an unknown color flannel shirt and a ball cap. Michael suffers from dementia as well as additional medical conditions and requires medications which he does not have with him.

Michael peerzadaIf you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Peerzada, please contact Hollenbeck Division at 323-342-4185. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Critical Missing 89-Year-Old Woman

January 25, 2018
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On January 25, 2018, Bertha Smith was found safely and reunited with her family members.

 

Van Nuys: The family of Bertha Smith and the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On January 25, 2018, Bertha was last seen at 9:30 a.m., near the 6600 block of Greenbush Avenue in Van Nuys.
Bertha is described as an 89-year-old female Black with black hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs around 110 pounds. Bertha was last seen wearing a white and yellow sweater, dark pants and blue sneakers. She often walks with a cane.
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Bertha suffers from dementia as well as additional medical conditions and requires medications twice a day and does not have the medications with her.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Bertha Smith, please contact Van Nuys Division at 818-374-9500. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Local Mini Market Robbery

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help to identifying an armed robbery suspect whose image was caught on surveillance video.

On January 15, 2018, around 8:00 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a local mini market in the 5100 block of south Central Avenue.

Victims were sitting near the register located by the entrance of the market when the suspect entered the market with a handgun and pointed it at both victims. One victim immediately stood up and attempted to take the gun from the suspect but instead, a shoving match ensued. The suspect then pointed the gun back at the victims and demanded the money from the cash register. One of the victims fearing for their safety, gave the suspect the money from the register. The suspect grabbed the money and ran out of the market.

The suspect is described as a male Black, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has a large protruding tooth and possibly a gray mustache. He was last seen wearing black pants and a dark hooded jacket with a gray stripe on each sleeve and carrying a revolver.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila or Detective Lowe at 323 846-6572. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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.


Local Meat Market Robbery Caught on Video

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help on identifying 2-armed robbery suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video.

On December 23, 2017, around 8:30 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a neighborhood meat market located in the 5400 block of Central Avenue.

The suspects entered the meat market and pointed guns at the victims. Suspects demanded the money from cash register along with the victim's property. During the robbery one of the suspects struck one of the victims on the head with his handgun. Victims in fear for their lives complied with the suspects demands.

The suspects fled with money, southbound on Central Avenue in a light colored 4-door vehicle.

Suspect-1 is described as a 30 to 35-year-old male Black, stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light-colored sweatshirt with a red hood, a black bandana covering the lower portion of his face, white gloves, an orange safety reflective vest, dark pants, carrying a black handgun and a dark-colored shoulder bag.



Suspect-2 is described as a 30 to 35-year-old male Black, stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, white gloves, a dark-colored baseball hat with an "A" on the front, dark pants, an orange safety reflective vest with the letters "FTZ" or "FIZ" written on the back and carrying a black handgun.





Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila or Detective Lowe at 323 846-6572. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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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Notes from the January 23, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established.

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s verbal presentation and discussion relative to the year-end 2017 Part 1 Crime Statistics. No action by the Commission required.

Department’s report, dated January 18, 2018, relative to the Supervisory Cross-Training and Mentoring Programs Follow-Up Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0051] was approved.

Department’s report, dated January 17, 2018, relative to the Operations West Bureau Digital In-Car Video System Audit, as set forth. [BPC #18-0052] was approved.

Department’s report, dated January 17, 2018, relative to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Fourth Quarter, 2017, Risk Management and Harm Reduction Strategy Status Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0053] was approved.

Chief Beck began his report to the Commission noting LAPD’s security coverage for the March for Women on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Downtown Los Angeles. With a crowd of more than 600,000 people, no significant incidents were reported. Chief Beck commended the men and women of LAPD who were part of the event. Chief Beck added the event is a great example of Angelenos being able to express their opinions publicly without significant police intervention.

Chief Beck reported on Friday, January 19, 2018, he spoke to a group of active NFL players regarding leadership, hoping to convince the players to use their platform to speak to youth violence in the community. Chief Beck believes the meeting was a success, and the LAPD looks forward to working with the NFL.

Chief Beck attended the graduation ceremony of thirty five new LAPD members on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Chief Beck noted his retirement announcement. After serving as Chief of Police for almost nine years, and the LAPD for more than 40 years, Chief Beck will retire on June 27, 2018, his 65th birthday. Chief Beck is proud of his time with the Department, and feels this is the right time for this decision, adding the right people to make the selection and the right people to select from are in place. Chief Beck added he will work until his last day.

Chief Beck reported 10,060 sworn officers are on active duty, approximately 2,800 civilians, and approximately 1,800 cadets.

As directed by Mr. Soboroff, Richard Tefank gave a brief explanation of the selection process for recruitment and selection of Police Chief, as outlined in the Los Angeles City Charter, Section 575(a).

Each Commissioner gave a statement regarding Chief Beck’s pending retirement, commending him for his hard word, dedication and commitment to his position, to the members of LAPD, and to each Angeleno.


Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief Charlie Beck Announces his Retirement

 

Los Angeles: After 42 years in law enforcement Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his retirement from the Department, effective later this summer. "The time is right for this city, with a strong Mayor, a committed Police Commission, and a unified City Council who will all help to choose the next Police Chief," Beck said to a room full of reporters and command staff this morning. He acknowledged his leadership team, "This command staff is at its best in generations as evidenced by the LAPD veterans who lead police agencies all over the country. "This and the Department's current leadership create an outstanding pool of candidates who deserve an opportunity to lead."

Beck is Los Angeles' 56th Chief of Police and was first appointed in November of 2009. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the Chief will help identify candidates to replace him, but ultimately it is the Board of Police Commissioners who will forward recommendations to the Mayor's Office. Beck's last day on the job will be June 27th, 2018, and the Chief has said he will work to the very last day.

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s End of The Year Statistics

 

The Los Angeles Police Department revealed the city's 2017 crime statistics during a press conference held at Police Headquarters Facility on January 19, 2018.

Citywide Part 1 Crimes (including the newly acquired MTA) showed a 1.3% increase from 2016. Citywide Violent Crimes (including the newly acquired MTA) showed a 2.9% increase from 2016. Citywide Property Crimes (including the newly acquired MTA) showed a 0.8% increase from 2016.

In 2017, there were 282 homicides, which was the 3rd lowest year in the past 50 years; there was a 4.1% reduction in homicides in 2017 from 2016. In the last eight years, the City of Los Angeles has had fewer than 300 homicides each year. There were 1,059 total victims shot in 2017, a 10.2% decrease or 120 fewer victims than in 2016.

Operations-South Bureau had a total of 116 homicides in 2017, which was eight fewer than in 2016. In 2017, Operations-South Bureau had the lowest number of homicides since its inception in 1973. There were a total of 510 victims shot in Operations South Bureau in 2017; this is the lowest number of victims shot in recorded history.

The Los Angeles Police Department booked 6, 538 firearms in 2017, which was a 11.0% increase from 2016.

Some of the reasons for success was the implementation of the Community Safety Operations Center, Community Safety Partnership efforts, and firearm violence reduction strategies. As the Department looks ahead at 2018, the focus will continue to be on Community Partnerships, Smart Policing and removing guns from the hands of criminals. Trust between the Los Angeles Police Department and the people we protect and serve is essential to the stability of our City, along with crime reduction utilizing forward-looking strategies.

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