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Statement on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Reporting in Immigrant Communities

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department recognizes the importance of tracking and analyzing data, and continuing to find new ways to ensure that victims and witnesses feel safe coming to the LAPD to report crimes.

The national political climate has had an impact on the relationship we share with our immigrant communities, causing fear of the police and anxiety that if someone were to report a crime, they could face civil immigration actions, such as deportation.

Chief Beck was very aware that immediately following the Presidential election and subsequent inauguration, there would be an impact on our immigrant communities, including new fears of deportation for those who are undocumented and their families.

Chief Beck made it clear from the onset that the Department’s position regarding Special Order 40 would remain unchanged.

That is why, immediately following the inauguration, Chief Beck directed affirmative City-wide outreach initiatives within our communities to mitigate fears and build trust.

One year ago, as of April 30, 2017, we saw that sexual assault reporting was down 13.7% citywide, and 23.5% in our Hispanic community. Domestic violence reporting was down 4.3% citywide, and 8.1% in our Hispanic community.

As of December, 2017, the reporting gap between the Hispanic community and citywide for sexual assaults went from nearly 10% to under 4%, and the reporting gap for Domestic Violence went from 3.8% to a difference of only 0.4%.

With the leadership of Chief Beck and our Police Commission, we will continue our community outreach efforts to build trust and ensure that our message continues to be heard.


LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Los Angeles: On April 24, 2018, Police Officer John Bailey of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), assigned to the Van Nuys Area, was arrested by the LAPD on a felony arrest warrant for workers’ compensation fraud.

The LAPD’s Special Operations Division, Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit, conducted an investigation that stemmed from a medical claim filed by Bailey in early 2018. Investigators, working in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Healthcare Fraud Division, as well as the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, established probable cause to believe that Bailey knowingly committed workers’ compensation fraud and as a result received benefits he was not entitled.

Bailey was booked in Los Angeles County and is being held on a $60,000 bail. Bailey is 43 years old and resides in San Bernardino County, California. The LAPD’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit was expanded in late 2008 to investigate workers’ compensation fraud and other allegations involving abuse of benefits by City employees.

The goal is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the workers’ compensation system. The LAPD has completed 17 workers’ compensation fraud investigations so far this year, and this marks the fourth felony arrest this year from these investigations.


Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

LAPD, Kaiser Permanente and Koreatown Youth and Community Center Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

What:
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Kaiser Permanente (KP) and Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

***NO SHARP NEEDLES WILL BE ACCEPTED***

When:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Bring your medications for disposal to the following collection sites:

Location 1- Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center
6041 Cadillac Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Parking Lot #3

Location 2- Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center
13652 Cantara Street
Panorama City, CA 91402
Front of North 3 Medical Office

Location 3- Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center
Parkview Medical Office Building
25825 S. Vermont Avenue
Harbor City, CA 90710

Location 4- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4760 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90027

LAPD and Kaiser Representatives will be available at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center to speak about the event

Location 5- Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center
5601 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Location 6- Koreatown Youth and Community Center at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles
760 South Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Why:
In October of 2017, Americans turned in 912,305 pounds-456 tons-of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines are-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Los Angeles Police Department encourages the public to participate and help remove these unwanted, expired and unneeded prescription drugs from their home and use one of the five collection sites for disposal.


Robbery Suspects Captured on Surveillance Video

Venice: The Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Area, Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help identifying robbery suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video.

On April 3, 2018, around 4:40 p.m., the victim was walking northbound near the 2500 block of Walnut Avenue. Suspects 1 and 2 approached the victim and asked for the time. When victim showed suspect-1 the time on her phone, suspect-1 reached out and grabbed the phone from the victim and a struggle ensued. Eventually suspect-1 overpowered the victim and obtained the phone. Both suspects ran away with victim's phone and were seen entering a grey sedan that had suspects 3, 4, and 5 seated inside.

Suspect-1 is described as a male Hispanic, medium height, medium build. He was wearing a black baseball cap, blue and grey hoodie, dark pants with a "Iron Maiden" shirt.

Suspect-2 is described as a male Hispanic, medium height, medium build, with black hair. He was wearing a black jacket, grey shirt, and blue jeans.

Suspect-3 is described as a male Hispanic, medium height, medium build, with black hair. He was wearing a green jacket and blue jeans.

Suspect-4 is described as a male Hispanic, medium height, medium build, with a moustache. He was wearing grey hoodie and red pants.

Suspect-5 is described as a male Black, medium height, medium build, with black hair. He was wearing a red shirt and black pants.

The suspects' vehicle is a late model Nissan sedan, grey in color, hubcaps missing on right passenger side, collision damage on right front panel, tinted windows, and unknown license plate.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Pacific Division Detectives, Robbery Section, Detective Frank Shin at (310) 877-1886. 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.


Off-Duty Officer Involved in DUl Traffic Collision that resulted in the deaths of three people

Los Angeles: On September 26, 2017, off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Edgar Verduzco, was involved in a DUI-related traffic collision on the 605 Freeway in the City of Whittier.

The traffic collision resulted in the deaths of the three occupants of the primary vehicle that Verduzco collided with; a mother, father, and their adult son. A second vehicle struck by Verduzco was operated by woman and her infant child. The woman and child had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol placed Verduzco under arrest for a DUI traffic collision which resulted in bodily injury. The Los Angeles Police Department immediately placed Verduzco on administrative leave pending the outcome of the California Highway Patrol investigation. Verduzco was released two days later from the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, pending the CHP investigation.

On April 18, 2018, the California Highway Patrol filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, three counts of murder, as well as other charges related to the DUI traffic collision and injury to the mother and child. On April 20, 2018, Verduzco was placed under arrest in the City of Long Beach by officers from the California Highway Patrol.

The case against Verduzco is being handled by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Justice System Integrity Division, which specializes in cases involving law enforcement officers and other public officials.

The Los Angeles Police Department has placed Verduzco on relieved of duty status.


Officers Injured During Officer-Involved Shooting in Topanga Division

Update:

The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer II Eduardo Guillen, Serial No. 42367, and Police Officer II Oscar Granillo, Serial No. 42366, both officers are assigned to Topanga 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**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a Topanga Division neighborhood early Monday morning.

On April 9, 2018, around 10:15 a.m., Topanga Division uniformed officers went in pursuit of a cold plated, brown, Ford Explorer SUV, that was "Lo-Jack" equipped. During the pursuit, the suspect (later identified as 29-year old Daniel Joseph Carver) exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The officers initiated a foot pursuit and chased Carver into the north/south alley, just west of the 6500 block of Corbin Avenue. Carver produced a revolver and fired several shots at the officers, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting. The officers fired their police service weapons striking Carver, causing him to fall to the ground. Carver was taken into custody without further incident.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics responded to the scene and provided Carver with emergency medical treatment. Unfortunately, he did not respond to the medical treatment and was pronounced deceased at scene by LAFD paramedics.

Carver's revolver, which contained six spent casings was located at scene and booked as evidence.

During this incident, one of the involved officers was shot in the left leg and transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for his injury and listed in stable condition. The second involved officer was also transported and treated for minor arm abrasions, a shoulder injury and was eventually released. Fortunately, no pedestrians were injured during the initial shots fired or as a result of this incident.

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 responded and monitored the on-scene investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and 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.


Southwest Division Officer-Involved Shooting at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

***UPDATE***

The employees involved in the below incident have been identified as Sergeant I Ryan Lee, Serial No. 36603 and Police Officer II Martin Robles, Serial No. 41225, Southwest 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**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza late Tuesday afternoon.

On April 10, 2018, around 5:43 p.m., Southwest Division uniformed officers responded to the comments of a radio call indicating a "Man with a Knife" within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located at the 3600 block of W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Upon the officer's arrival, they entered the mall and encountered a Male, Black suspect that was aggressively waving a long knife. The officers began to verbalize with the suspect and repeatedly commanded him to put the knife down. The suspect was very agitated and it appeared that he was possibly under the influence or was going through a mental health crisis. The suspect then ran in the direction of mall patrons with the knife in hand at which time and an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and was taken into custody without further incident. Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics responded to the scene and rendered emergency medical aid but the suspect was pronounced deceased.

The knife was located at scene and booked as evidence. Fortunately, no officers or patrons within the mall were injured as a result of this incident. It appears this was an isolated incident and not a mass knife attack situation.

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 responded and monitored the on-scene investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and 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.


Assault with a Deadly Weapon Suspect Sought

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an ADW with a Vehicle suspect.
On April 11, 2018, around 1:05 pm, an ADW with a vehicle occurred at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Normandie Avenue in the city of Los Angeles. A group of bicyclists had gathered at the intersection to bring attention to the hit-and-run death of their friend, and fellow cyclist, the previous day. The gathering stopped the flow of traffic through the intersection. The suspect attempted to drive her vehicle into the intersection, at which time, an argument started between the suspect and a female bicyclist. The argument quickly escalated into a brief physical altercation. The suspect re-entered her vehicle and drove eastbound on Manchester Ave, conducted a U-turn, then drove westbound at a high rate of speed. The suspect struck a male bicyclist, standing in the intersection, with her vehicle and fled.

Nr18111dmThe suspect is described as a 25-30-year-old female Black. She stands around 5 feet tall and weighs around 120 pounds. The suspect was wearing a multi-colored head scarf, white top and multi-colored tights. She had a nose ring and a tattoo on the left side of her stomach.

The vehicle the suspect was driving is in police custody.

Anyone with information is urged call Detective Farish at (323) 786-5447. 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.


Vehicle Hits Bicyclist Killing One

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s South 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 bicyclist.

On April 16, 2018 around 12:05 a.m., a hit and run fatal collision occurred in the city of Los Angeles. The collision occurred at the intersection of Century Boulevard and Avalon Boulevard. A Motorist traveling North on Avalon Boulevard negotiated a left turn to Westbound Century Boulevard and collided with a Bicyclist traveling South in a marked crosswalk.

The Bicyclist was then struck by a 2nd vehicle. The 2nd vehicle fled the scene without identifying himself or rendering aid to the Bicyclist. The hit and run vehicle fled Westbound Century Boulevard to an unknown location. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the bicyclist dead at scene.

There is no description of the Hit and Run suspect or the vehicle.

Anyone with additional information regarding this collision can contact South Traffic Detectives at (323) 421-2500. After hours please contact South Traffic Division Watch Commander at (323) 421-254. 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.


Top Notch Recording Studio Arson

Los Angeles: On April 14, 2018, around 7:00 a.m., Los Angeles City Fire Department. responded to a structure fire at Top Notch Recording Studios located near the 3700 block of Cahuenga Boulevard in Studio City. Upon extinguishing the fire, Fire Department personnel removed four victims from the fire. Two of those victims were pronounced dead at scene. They were identified as 28-years-old Devaughn Carter, and 30-years-old Michael Pollard. Both were residents of Los Angeles.

Robbery-Homicide Division detectives responded to the scene and assumed investigative responsibility for the investigation. During the investigation, detectives identified 28-year-old Efrem Zimbalist Demery Jr. as the suspect.

April 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., CHP Officers located Demery’s vehicle near the area of Willowbrook in Los Angeles where he was taken custody.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing considerations.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call are Detectives Martin Mojarro and Greg Stearns, Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section at (213) 486-6890. 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.