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Arrest of Koreatown Aggravated Assault Suspect NR18065ml

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with the February 10, 2018 beating of 85-year-old Mi Reum Song.

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 1:25 p.m., Mi Reum Song was brutally struck in the face as she walked to the grocery store in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Mrs. Song sustained significant injuries to her head and face as a result of the attack. Detectives assigned to the case located video from a local business that showed a person of interest running from the scene shortly after the crime was committed.

On Monday, February 12, 2018, a press conference was held at Olympic Community Police Station to request the assistance from the community in identifying the person of interest. Within hours, the Los Angeles Police Department received several tips that led to the identification of 41-year-old Richard Rene Colomo of Bell Gardens. Colomo is a male Hispanic, five-feet seven-inches tall, weighing 170 pounds.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case on February 22, 2017 and filed one felony count of Elder Abuse causing Great Bodily Injury, a violation of Penal Code Section 368(B)(1). A warrant was issued for Colomo's arrest. Officers from Olympic Division located and arrested Colomo on February 27, 2018.

The Los Angeles Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in identifying the suspect of this heinous crime.

     
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Hit and Run Traffic Collision Leaves Pedestrian Dead

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run traffic collision that killed a pedestrian.

On February 17, 2018, around 5:55 a.m., a driver struck a pedestrian on Crenshaw Boulevard near the Santa Monica Freeway. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid to the pedestrian, as required by law, and fled south on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian dead at scene. The victim has been identified as 73-year-old Filemon Renteria, a resident of Los Angeles.

The vehicle involved is believed to be a white 2015–2018 Toyota Highlander. There is no suspect information.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division detectives at (213) 473-0234, or (213) 473-0222. 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.


Studio City Restaurant Burglars

Studio City: The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Area Detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying burglary suspects whose images were caught on camera.

Between September 2017 and February 2018, two suspects have been linked to nine restaurant burglaries in the Studio City Area. The suspects smash or break the front glass doors of closed restaurants in the early morning hours targeting the cash registers.

9 Restaurants in Studio City

  • September 29, 2017 at 1:00 a.m., in the 4000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard
  • September 29, 2017 at 2:00 a.m., in the 4700 block of Vineland Avenue
  • November 27, 2017 at 12:30 a.m., in the 4100 block of Lankershim Boulevard
  • February 14, 2018 at 12:00 a.m., in the 10800 block of Riverside Drive
  • February 14, 2018 at 12:20 a.m., in the12100 block of Ventura Boulevard
  • February 14, 2018 at 1:35 a.m., in the 12700 block of Ventura Boulevard
  • February 14, 2018 at 1:45 a.m., in the 12700 block of Ventura Boulevard
  • February 14, 2018 at 3:40 a.m., in the 4300 block Laurel Canyon Boulevard


The suspects have been tied to similar burglaries throughout Southern California in which their images were captured on video.

Suspect one is described as a male Black, bald, 50-60 years of age, standing approximately 6 feet tall and weighing around 170-180 pounds.

Suspect two is described as a male, Black, approximately 40 years old, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing around 200-240 pounds with a large tattoo on his left forearm.

Anyone with information or can identify the suspect is urged to contact North Hollywood Area Burglary Detectives Stone or Kojima at (818) 754-8377. 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.

 
 

Notes from the February 20, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved. President Soboroff opened the meeting with a moment of silence for the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. President Soboroff read the name of each victim and asked everyone in attendance to stand for a moment of silence.

Executive Director’s Report, dated February 15, 2018, relative to the Draft Critical Incident Video Release Policy, as set forth. [BPC #18-0079] No action required. This action will be presented to the Police Commission for a vote on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Department’s Report, dated February 14, 2018, relative to the Grant Management and Administration Audit (AD NO. 17-008), was approved.

Department’s Report, dated February 14, 2018, relative to a professional service agreement between the City of Los Angeles and LexisNexis Risk Solutions FL, Inc., for computer-assisted legal research services for the Los Angeles Police Department, as set forth. [BPC #18-0077] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated February 14, 2018, relative to the request for payment of reward offer on City Council File No. 16-0010-S34, as set forth. [BPC #18-0078] was approved.

Chief Beck prefaced his report by thanking the Police Commission for the creation of the draft policy that strikes a good balance amongst all interests and stakeholders. Chief Beck thanked President Soboroff for remembering the victims of gun violence at the Florida school shooting. Chief Beck also wanted to remember Commander Paul R. Bauer, a 31 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Paul was killed on-duty on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in an act of horrific gun violence by a robbery suspect and was a good friend of the Department. The Department sent personnel to attend Paul’s services in Chicago this past Saturday. Chief Beck said Paul will be well remembered and mentioned this was another awful tragedy caused by far too many guns on the streets. Chief Beck said he was glad the NBA All-Star weekend went well. Chief Beck provided crime stats and said it is still too early in the year to draw any conclusions. There are 10,088 sworn personnel, almost 3,000 civilians, over 400 reserves, 271 specialist volunteers, and 1,835 cadets.


Missing 29-Year-Old Man

February 20, 2018
UPDATE



On February 19, 2018, around 8 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers received a radio call to respond to the 500 block of South Serrano where a citizen had reported seeing a man they believed was Joshua Thiede.  While the officers were at the location conducting their initial investigation, the male they located needed medical attention and was transported to a local hospital.  While at the hospital, the male was identified as Thiede.  Thiede’s family was notified he had been found.       

Pending further information, investigators do not believe this disappearance is criminal in nature.



UPDATE
February 19, 2018



On February 19, 2018, at 12:30 p.m., Joshua Thiede’s vehicle was located near the 100 block of South Kingsley Drive, in the City of Los Angeles.  Joshua is still missing at this time.   

 

Los Angeles: The family of Joshua Thiede and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

On February 11, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., Joshua was last seen near the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard, in the City of Los Angeles.

Joshua is described as a 29-year-old male White with brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 170 pounds. It is unknown what he was wearing but he was driving a 2014 Black Nissan Altima, 4 Door, California License 7CSD450. Joshua has not been seen or heard from since and the family is concerned for his safety.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Joshua Thiede, please contact 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 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.


LAPD Statement on Deadly Florida School Shooting

The Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Charlie Beck join the rest of the nation in mourning the senseless loss of so many innocent lives. These mass shootings are becoming all too common in our schools across the nation, and they tear at the fabric of our communities. This is why it is so important that anytime anyone observes concerning behavior or potential criminal acts, they notify authorities as soon as possible. At this time, there are no known threats to Los Angeles area schools or any connection to Florida's shooting. However, in order to ease the nerves of worried parents and comfort students, you can expect to see a continued police presence in the area of our schools. As always, the LAPD is committed to keeping all of our citizens safe. Remember, if you see something, say something.


Missing 53-Year-Old Man

Los Angeles: The family of James Vincent McDonald and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

James was last seen on January 28, 2018, in the 1300 block of South Vermont Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. He has not been seen since, and his family is very concerned that he hasn't been located. James suffers from Schizophrenia.

James is described as a male White with gray hair and black eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. James was last seen wearing a red flannel shirt, white t-shirt and blue jeans.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of James Vincent McDonald, please contact Detective Rodriguez, 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 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.


Shooting Leaves one Man dead in Hollywood

UPDATE
February 15, 2018



On February 15, 2018 around 3:25 p.m., the FBI and LAPD Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 39-year-old Gregory Baranovsky, a Los Angeles resident near the 3000 block of Temple Street.  

Investigators believe Baranovsky was committing a burglary when he shot and killed the victim who was working as a maintenance worker at the apartment complex.  

Baranovsky was booked for 187(a) PC-Murder, and is being held without bail. The case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Monday.




Hollywood:  The Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of 37-year-old Yuvini Cortez.

On February 12, 2018, around 2:30 p.m., Hollywood area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a “Shooting Just Occurred,” in the 2000 block of Argyle Avenue. When officers arrived, they found Cortez suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Detectives investigation revealed, Cortez was working inside the location when the suspect entered the location and shot Cortez once in the torso.  The suspect left the scene on foot.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced Cortez at scene.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, around 30-years-old, wearing a blue jacket and brown pants.

Anyone having information about this shooting is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide, Detective Sean Kinchla 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 can 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 


Class 9-17 Recruit Graduation

Friday, February 16, 2018 – This morning on the athletic field of the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, Chief Charlie Beck welcomed 34 new police officers to the LAPD family. The graduating officers proudly stood at attention as they were presented their diplomas of graduation, in front of family and friends, after having completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks.

Chief Beck began his address with a moment of silence in the memory of Commander Paul R. Bauer, a 31 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, who was killed on-duty on Tuesday February 13, 2018. Chief Beck’s goal is to instill his experience and knowledge, into the graduating officers so they won’t have to learn everything the hard way.

“The ignorance of the past cannot be repeated,” said Chief Beck. Chief Beck asked the new officers to pay close attention to the history of the LAPD, listen to senior officers, and learn from their experiences.

There is little down time for the new police officers as they will begin their new assignments on the streets of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours. The new officers will begin their careers partnering with training officers for the first year of service. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com

To hear Chief Beck address the graduating class, please lick on the link below.

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Home-Alone Minor Arrested after False 9-1-1 Call

Woodland Hills: Los Angeles police officers arrested the 17-year-old resident of a Woodland Hills apartment after officers determined the minor's report on an in-progress, hot-prowl burglary was made up.

"This is one of the hottest calls an officer can respond to," explained Capt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Topanga Patrol Division. "Officers responded with lights and siren and the helicopter was overhead quickly, but there were no suspects."

Officers found the 17-year-old caller, whose mother was out of town, was safe and home alone around 4:20 PM, February 14, 2018, but his story that three Black men had tried to force their way into his 3rd floor apartment, in the 21000 block of Erwin Street, was made up. The caller's initial report to 9-1-1 said the suspects had fired one bullet through the door, into the apartment.

Officers were immediately suspicious about the boy's story when they realized the bullet hole in the door had come from the inside, out, not the outside, in, as the boy had claimed. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the apartment and seized quantities of cannabis and found evidence of a firearm. Officers soon found a .380 Glock handgun in the bushes, below the balcony of the boy's apartment.

The 17-year-old was arrested for illegal discharge of a firearm, and he was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall, pending the return of his mother or legal guardian. The boy's mother may also face charges of child endangerment for leaving an unsecured firearm in a residence with a minor child. The cannabis seized is considered illicit and not protected under new laws as minors under 21 cannot legally possess nor consume cannabis. The arrestee's name was not released as he is a minor.

Anyone with information in this case may call Det. Brien Pogue, Topanga Detective Division, at 818-756-3537. 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.