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Murder Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives arrested 52-year-old Rialto resident Kurtis King in the city of Rialto.

On January 10, 2018, North Hollywood Area patrol officers received a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon Cutting, man down, near the 6000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. When officers arrived, they discovered the victim down at scene with multiple stab wounds. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased around 9:15 a.m. Officers secured the scene and contacted Valley Bureau Homicide.

Valley Bureau Homicide personnel responded and processed the crime scene and gathered evidence of the incident. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim, John David Bannan III, a local transient, appeared to have been pan handling outside of the business. He appears to have exchanged words with a male suspect as the male exited the business.

The nature of the verbal exchange is unknown now, however, whatever was said appears to have incited the suspect. The suspect returned in a vehicle, quickly exited and rushed the victim, tackling him on the sidewalk just north of the store. The suspect stabbed the victim five to six times before fleeing the scene. The suspect was identified as 52-year- old Rialto resident Kurtis King.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Los Angeles Valley Bureau Homicide Detective John Doerbecker at (818) 374-1941. 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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Investigation Into Death in the Pico Union Area

January 12, 2018
Update:


On January 11, 2018, around 8:00 p.m., members of the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested 29-year-old Kevyn Ramirez, a resident of Los Angeles, for the murder of the victim found in the fire in the Pico Union area on January 10, 2018. West Bureau Homicide investigators obtained a search warrant and recovered evidence related to the crime. Ramirez has admitted to investigators that he killed the victim after a dispute.

On January 16, 2018, the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for filing consideration. Ramirez is being held on $2,000,000 bail.

This is still an ongoing investigation and the identity of the victim is still pending confirmation from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

The motive for the murder is still under investigation and anyone with additional information is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide at 213-382-9470.

 

Pico Union: On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, around 3:14 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers responded to a radio call of a fight in the 1700 block of South New Hampshire Avenue. Before the officers arrived, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) received a call to the same location for a structure fire. When the LAFD arrived they found heavy flames burning on the second floor of a two-story, multi-unit residence. The flames were contained to a single unit of the building and were extinguished in about 45 minutes. In the unit where the fire had been, fire fighters found one person. That person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The LAFD determined the fire to be suspicious and LAPD West Bureau Homicide investigators responded to the scene to investigate the death.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office responded and will conduct an autopsy. At this time, the decedent cannot be identified. Investigators are aware that a transgender woman lives at the location of the fire. She has not been located and may be the decedent.

The LAPD is asking for the public's help in identifying the victim and determining the cause of death. Anyone with information regarding the fire death is asked to contact LAPD West Bureau Homicide at (213)382-9470. 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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LAPD Looking for Murder Suspects in Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights: The City of Los Angeles is offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the identity, arrest, and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Lucio Garcia in Arlington Heights.

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, around 12:43 a.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 1600 block of Van Ness Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle on the roadway. The driver had been shot to death and a female passenger was seriously injured. There were two small children in the vehicle who were not injured.

The victims were parked at the location when a male Black approached their vehicle and fired numerous shots, striking the victims.

The suspect is described as a male Black, approximately 20-25 years of age. He was wearing a white t-shirt and last seen running southbound on Van Ness Avenue.

If you have any information, contact Detective H. Frettlohr or Detective A.Gomez, West Bureau Homicide, at (213) 382-9470, 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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Improving Motorcycle Safety Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation with the goal of lowering motorcycle related deaths and injuries in Foothill Area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional officers will be patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle traffic collisions occur. Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers and motorcycle riders alike that attribute to motorcycle crashes.

Motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which was a 5-year high. Over the course of the past five years, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 150 fatalities and 3,615 injuries in the City of Los Angeles. California traffic collision data revealed that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved traffic collisions include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike. The goal of these operations are designed increase traffic safety and stop the increase in motorcycle deaths.

Motorcyclists are encouraged to utilize the following safe riding techniques while operating a motorcycle:

· Use your lane position to increase visibility;
· Change lanes only when there is ample room;
· Match your speed to surrounding traffic;
· Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing; and,
· Ride with lights on during daylight hours.

Riders are strongly encouraged to attend training offered through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/ or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely "sharing the road."


Missing 70-Year-Old Man

 

Los Angeles: The family of Mekbib Begashaw and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

On January 8, 2018, around 7 a.m., Mr. Begashaw was last seen in the 3700 block of Chesapeake Avenue in the City of Los Angeles, and has not been heard from since. His family is concerned for his well-being and he has not been found .

Mr. Begashaw is described as a 70-year-old, Black male with brown hair, brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mekbib Begashaw, 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 (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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Topanga Division Officer-Involved-Shooting

**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: On December 23, 2017, around 7:15 p.m., a Topanga Gang Enforcement Officer responded to a radio call of a Domestic Violence in the 8100 block of DeSoto Avenue. A short time later, the officer broadcast that he needed help for an Assault with a Deadly Weapon suspect, armed with a machete and last seen running southbound in the north/south alley, just west of Desoto Avenue.

Police Officer II Fred Sigman, Serial No. 40578 and Police Officer II Chris Montague, Serial No. 40533, both assigned to Topanga Patrol Division, responded to the help call and encountered the suspect, later identified as Jesse Murrillo, on Strathern Street, just west of Desoto Avenue. Murrillo, still armed with what was believed to be a machete and a hammer, ran toward the officers resulting in an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS).

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported Murrillo to a local hospital where he failed to respond to emergency life saving measures and was pronounced dead.

No officers were injured during the incident and a laminate flooring tool and a large framing hammer were recovered at the scene.

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 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.

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Young Man Found Dead in Alley

Sylmar: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley 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 23-year-old Angel Francisco Torres Jr., a resident of Sylmar.

On January 6, 2018, around 9:45 p.m., Foothill patrol officers responded to a radio call of "Shots Fired", in the 12200 block of Van Nuys Boulevard in the Sylmar area. When officers arrived, they saw Mr. Torres Jr. lying on the ground in the rear alley.

Detectives investigation revealed, Mr. Torres Jr. was standing in the alley when he was approached by suspect(s) who fired multiple times striking the victim.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the location and pronounced Mr. Torres Jr. dead at scene.

There is no suspect description and the motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone having information about this shooting is urged to contact Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective Dave Peteque at (818) 374-1934. 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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