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Young Man Suffered Fatal Stab Wounds After a Dispute with the Suspect

Olympic: The Los Angeles Police Department and West Bureau Homicide detectives are investigating a dispute that resulted in a Murder in Koreatown

On May 10, 2018, around 6:40 p.m., Olympic officers responded to a radio call of a stabbing in the 400 block of South Vermont Avenue. When officers arrived they found the victim of a stabbing, on the sidewalk. Additional officers arrived and found a second male, later identified as Vardan Tokmajyan, who had suffered lacerations to his hand and foot.

The male admitted that he worked at a local business and had a dispute with the victim. The suspect was armed with a knife and stabbed the victim during the altercation. The murder occurred inside of the business. After being stabbed the victim escaped down the street.

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

The motive for this murder is still under investigation.

The victim has been identified as 23- year-old Jai Malik Carter, a male Black, a resident of Inglewood.

The suspect has been identified as 24- year-old Vardan Tokmajyan, a male Armenian, a resident of Glendale, was booked for Murder, 187 PC. His bail was set at two million dollars.

This case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for filing consideration on Monday, May 14, 2018.

Anyone with information on this murder is encouraged to contact West Bureau Homicide, investigators 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.

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LAPD Response to Civil Settlement

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is disappointed with the finding of liability by a federal civil jury this afternoon regarding the actions of two of several officers who responded to an attempted robbery and assault call and subsequent officer-involved shooting of the suspect, Leundeu Keunang, in 2015.
The LAPD thoroughly investigated and analyzed the incident, it was reviewed by the independent Inspector General, and was determined by the civilian Board of Police Commissioners to have been an appropriate use of less-lethal and deadly force.

In addition, after a detailed analysis the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office concluded that "the abundance of physical and video evidence established that the officers' reasonable assessments of the threat posed by Keunang were as grave and imminent as the officers perceived them to be."

The LAPD stands by its evaluation of the incident, the findings of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and the conclusions of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office that the uses of force by our officers were consistent with the law and Department policy.

LAPD officers are obligated to respond to reports of violent crime and they make every effort to safely take suspects into custody without the use of force. In this situation, force was necessary because of the violent behavior of the suspect who attempted to physically harm and evade the responding officers dedicated to protecting the safety of the public. The Department stands by its officers who appropriately used force, consistent with the law and policy, to defend themselves and others against physical harm.

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Homicide in Northeast Area

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a murder suspect(s).

Northeast Homicide Detectives are investigating the death of 43-year old, Alfred Raymond Montes.

On Monday, May 7, 2018, around 5:10 p.m., officers assigned to Northeast Division responded to a "Shots Fired" call for service in the 300 block of N. Avenue 52, in the Highland Park community of Los Angeles. Upon officers' arrival, they were met by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) paramedics, who were treating the victim. Despite the efforts to render medical treatment, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The investigation has shown the victim was walking on the north side of N. Avenue 52 when he was struck by gunfire. A light-colored sedan was seen driving east on N. Avenue 52.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Northeast Division Homicide Detective Martinez or Detective Soria at (323) 561-3321. 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.

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Assault on Chief Charlie Beck During Police Commission Meeting

Los Angeles: Today during the meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners two women were arrested for battery on a police officer.

On May 8, 2018 around 10:15 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police Charlie Beck was at the Board of Police Commissioners meeting at LAPD Headquarters. Sheila Brim and Melina Abdullah attended the meeting. Brim stood from her seat, moved in the direction of Chief Beck and threw an unknown substance at Chief Beck. A portion of the substance landed on Chief Beck. Brim was detained and direction was given to have the room cleared. Prior to the room being cleared, Abdullah assaulted a police officer and was detained. Both women were booked for battery on a police officer with a bail amount of $20,000.

After the room was cleared, specially trained LAPD and LAFD HAZMAT personnel responded to test the material. The material was found to be non-hazardous. It was collected and booked as evidence. Chief Beck was seen by medical personnel at LAPD Headquarters and did not require medical treatment.

"Today's assault was not only disrespectful to the Office of the Chief of Police, but more importantly to a process of community engagement that has been recognized across the nation." Chief Beck went on to say, "Our Police Commission is the model for civilian oversight in every major city across the country, and is designed to invite productive discourse in a public setting. This only created chaos and fear for any Angelinos who wanted to voice their opinion about policing in our city."

Robbery Homicide Division is continuing their investigation and anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about this case is asked to contact them at (213)486-6850. The cases will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for filing consideration.

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Notes from the May 8, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s Report, dated April 26, 2018, relative to the request for payment of reward offers on City Council File Nos. 09-0010-S9 and 10-0010-S20, as set forth. [BPC #18-0153] was approved.

Continued from April 24, 2018, Department’s Report, dated April 18, 2018, relative to Tactics Training Review Committee – Defined – Revised, as set forth. [BPC #18-0143] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated May 3, 2018, relative to the Revolving Training Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, as set forth. [BPC #18-0154] was approved.

Chief Beck stated he has attended several graduations. Chief Beck attended the LAUSD Magnate school program graduation where 124 LAPD cadets graduated. This past Saturday, May 5, at the USC Galen Center, Chief Beck attended the LAPD Cadet Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony where 500 cadets graduated. This Friday, May 11, there will be a recruit graduation and Chief Beck will be attending graduation services at USC. Chief Beck provided an update on a use of force in Newton Division that occurred on Sunday, May 6, 2018, that resulted in an in-custody death. This is the first use of force that occurs under the new Police Commission revised use-of-force policy. Within 45 days from the day of incident, the Department will prepare a presentation that will be released to the public that will include body worn video, in car video, and as much investigative material that has been compiled up to that time point.

Audio - PC May 8, 2018

 


Bicyclist Struck by Hit and Run Driver

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley 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 severely injured a 13-year-old male riding his bicycle.

On April 30, 2018, around 3:20 p.m., a vehicle traveling south on Radford Avenue, collided with a bicyclist traveling east on Hamlin Street. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene of the collision for a brief period, then fled without identifying herself or rendering assistance as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital with major injuries.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a 40-49-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She is average height and weighs approximately 140 pounds. The vehicle is described as a possible Honda, Toyota or GMC minivan, grey in color.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Officer M. Tucker, Valley Traffic Division, at (818) 644-8114. 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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Police Commission Forwards Final Three Candidates For Chief of Police to Mayor

Los Angeles – After interviewing five highly qualified individuals, the Los Angeles Police Commission provided the final three Chief of Police candidates to the Mayor for his consideration.
“We had an outstanding pool of candidates to choose from. This City would be well-served by any of the candidates, but the three individuals we presented to the Mayor today are truly outstanding,” stated Police Commission President Steve Soboroff.


The next step in Chief of Police selection process, as outlined in the City Charter, is now with the Mayor. After interviews, he will select one candidate, who then will be considered for confirmation by the City Council.


For additional information, please contact the Police Commission at (213) 236-1400.