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Notes from the May 15, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Executive Director’s Report, dated May 10, 2018, relative to the First Amendment to Contract No. C-129764 for Official Police Garage Service Area 17 to Reflect a Name Change from United Road Towing, Inc., DBA Ross Baker to Ross Baker Towing, Inc., as set forth. [BPC #18-0162] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated May 9, 2018, relative to Approval of Request for Proposals for Court Reporter Services for Los Angeles Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau, Internal Affairs Group, as set forth. [BPC #18-0163] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated May 10, 2018, relative to the Request to Approve the Agreement between The City of Los Angeles and Westcor Environmental, Inc., to provide the Los Angeles Police Department with lead maintenance and mining services, as set forth. [BPC #18-0164] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated May 9, 2018, relative to Homelessness and Mental Illness on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority System, as set forth. [BPC #18-0165] was reviewed and will be transmitted to City Council Public Safety Committee.

Department’s Report, dated May 9, 2018, relative to the Budgetary Adjustment to the Contract Agreement between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) and The Los Angeles Police Department, as set forth. [BPC #18-0166] was approved.

Chief Beck reported he attended the LAPD graduation and USC graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 11.

Chief Beck reported he attended the “Twice a Citizen” Reserve Banquet on Saturday, May 12 – a ceremony honoring LAPD reserve officers. Author Michael Conner and actor Titus Welliver of Bosch, a television series based on LAPD detectives, were in attendance. Chief Beck recognized the passing of former LAPD Police Commissioner and Ethics Commission member Art Maddox.

Chief Beck reported on an officer-involved shooting, which occurred on Saturday, May 12 at approximately 1900 hours. Uniformed officers attempted to engage two male suspects standing at the 1400 block of 55th Street. The suspects were believed to be involved in gang activity. Upon approaching the suspects, one suspect ran while holding a pistol. Officers went in foot pursuit, culminating in an officer-involved shooting. The suspect was not struck during the incident.

Chief Beck provided updated crime statistics. Chief Beck reported 10,046 sworn personnel, 2,942 civilian personnel, more than 400 reserve officers, and 1,800 cadets.

05-15-18 PC Mtg Audio

 


Critical Missing 49-Year-Old Female

Los Angeles: The family of Sandra Monroy and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On May 10, 2018, around 5:00 a.m., Sandra was last seen near the 1200 block of East 34th Street, in the City of Los Angeles.

Sandra is described as a 49-year-old female Hispanic with black hair with and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. Sandra missed the last 2 dialysis appointments and her family is concerned for her safety.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Sandra Monroy, 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.

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Burglary Suspects Seen Outside Residence

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division Burglary Special Section detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying burglary suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video.
On February 13, 2017, around 2:00 p.m., the first suspect is seen on video ringing the doorbell of the residence in the 22000 block of Avenue San Luis in Topanga Area. When there was no answer both suspects walked to the side door leading to the back yard. They forced open the rear patio door, damaging the entire door frame. They ransacked the entire residence, took property and fled the scene through the same side door.

The same suspects are believed to be involved in two other residential burglaries, June 12, 2017 and August 13, 2017.

On June 12, 2017 around 10:00 a.m., the suspect was seen on video with a second suspect walking past the victim's neighbor residence in the 4900 block of Winnetka Ave. They entered the location through the rear patio door. They ransacked the master bedroom. The suspects took property and left through the side door.

On August 13, 2017, the first suspect rings the doorbell. When there was no answer, both suspects entered the side gate leading to the back yard. The suspects forced open the rear patio glass door, damaging the entire door frame. They ransacked the residence. The suspects took property and left through the same side gate.

The first suspect is described as a male White, gray hair, standing between 5 feet and 7 inches and 6 feet tall, around 160-190 pounds. The second suspect is described as a male.






Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Commercial Crimes Division-Burglary Special Section, Detective Soriano at (213) 486-6940. 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 as their local program.

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Man Killed in Mission Division

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect, or suspect's, responsible for killing a man.

On May 15, 2018, around 12:10 a.m., Mission Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of "Shots Fired," on the 12800 block of Cantara Street in the City of Sun Valley. Upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from a gun shot wound.

The victim was identified as Oganes Kalpakchyan, a 42 year old resident of the City of Los Angeles. There is no suspect description at this time.

Anyone with information on this murder is encouraged to contact Detective Mark O'Donnell, at (818) 374-9950. 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 Statement Regarding Claims About DNA Rape Kit Testing

Los Angeles: In December of 2008, The Los Angeles Police Department identified 6,132 untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits and committed significant resources and personnel to eliminate the entire backlog.

Dozens of our most senior Detectives including Chief Charlie Beck, who was the Chief of Detectives at the time scoured through long term storage freezers cataloging the kits in an effort to get them tested.

LAPD’s Scientific Investigation Division developed a five-year plan to outsource the testing process while the city hired and trained personnel to manage the kits “in-house” going forward.

Despite an economic recession, the City spent more than $10 million to hire 50 additional Criminalists and support personnel, which tripled the size of the unit over that five year period and by 2011 the original 6,132 kits were cleared. That backlog remains cleared to this day and is a testament to the dedication of the men and women of this organization and the extraordinary political leadership of this City, both past and present.


Robbery of Exotic Bird Caught on Video

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Area are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect and identifying potential additional victims.

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., a robbery occurred at a pet store in the 14000 block of Burbank Blvd in Van Nuys.

The suspect entered the pet store pretending to be a customer. The suspect left the store and came back a few minutes later for a third time. The suspect grabbed the bird and tried to run out of the store. The cashier quickly grabbed a stick and chased the suspect until he was able to retrieve the exotic bird.

The suspect fled and is still outstanding. The suspect has not been identified. He is a male Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He was wearing a black and white shirt, a black hat, brown pants, and brown shoes.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Barba or Detective Cheun, Van Nuys Area Detectives at 818 374-0081. 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.


Gun Buy Back Program 2018

Dozens of assault rifles are among the firearms collected at May 12 events held in Northeast Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that his Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development and the LAPD collected more than 470 guns — including close to three dozen assault weapons — at dual gun buybacks held on May 12.

“Every gun that we get off the street is one less chance for a violent crime or tragic accident to strike,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Angelenos turn in unwanted weapons because they understand that all of us can play a part in ending gun violence — and I’m grateful to everyone who participated in the buyback program.”

In all, 478 firearms were collected at the buyback events — 35 assault weapons, 174 handguns, 103 shotguns, and 166 rifles.

The Gun Buyback program allows individuals to surrender weapons anonymously in exchange for store gift cards — $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons as classified in the State of California.

Since the City began organizing annual gun buybacks in 2009, 16,483 weapons have been collected at the events. To expand the program, the Mayor has partnered with the non-profit organization Gun by Gun on an initiative that allows Angelenos to financially support efforts to get guns out of their own communities.

“Each gun that we recover in this Buyback program is one less gun that could be responsible for a shooting victim,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “Its success is a product of powerful community partnerships and residents who want to make our communities safer.”

Reducing gun violence is a top priority for Mayor Garcetti, who has signed laws that ban large capacity ammunition magazines and require that guns be stored and locked while at home and not in use.

In 2017, the Mayor set a goal to get at least 20,000 guns off the streets of L.A. in five years. The City is well ahead of the pace to meet that goal — collecting 7,300 last year alone, the most since 2013.

At the beginning of 2018, Mayor Garcetti directed the LAPD to start the year by clearing the list of prohibited gun owners — people who are no longer legally allowed to possess firearms, including felons and people with a history of domestic violence or severe mental health issues. In mid-April, officers were able to bring that list down to zero.

Mayor Garcetti has also committed additional resources to the people and communities most affected by gun violence: he worked with the LAPD to create a Crime Gun Intelligence Center, which matches guns to crimes and crimes to criminals — by coordinating the work of local and federal law enforcement and using data-driven strategies, forensic expertise, and prosecutorial resources to drive down gun violence and combat illegal gun trafficking and dealing. And in 2016, Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD established the Community Safety Operations Center (CSOC) in South L.A. — a command post where specially-trained and equipped officers can pool their information to pinpoint the response to violent crime. The strategy has worked: Last year, LAPD’s South Bureau saw the lowest number of homicides and victims shot since 1973. The CSOC is now being taken citywide.

The Mayor’s strategies to reduce gun violence are showing results. Homicide in Los Angeles is down more than 13 percent compared to the same time period last year, and the number of people shot has fallen by close to 28 percent.

Audio - Gun Buy Back Program 2018

 


Hollywood Detectives Seek the Public’s Help in Identifying Attempt Murder Suspect

Hollywood: Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for the stabbing of a man on Hollywood Boulevard.

On May 12, 2018 around 10:00 a.m., the victim, a male in his 20s, was in the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard. The victim had approached the suspect, a male in a wheelchair, who was smoking near a business. The victim and male had a brief argument and the male in the wheelchair stood up, armed with a knife, and stabbed the victim in the arm. The victim walked away from the suspect and the suspect left the location immediately after the incident.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery due to the severity of the injury.

Hollywood investigators have collected surveillance footage of the suspect and are seeking the public’s help in identifying him. The suspect is described as a male, Black, 30-40 years of age, medium build.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollywood Detectives, Officer Danielson at (213)972-2937. 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.


Pedestrians Struck by Hit and Run Driver

Pacoima: Detectives from 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 fatal hit and run traffic collision that severely injured a minor.

On May 15, 2018 around 5:50 p.m., a motorist traveling northbound on Laurel Canyon Boulevard collided with a 2006 Kia Spectra at the intersection of Montague Avenue.

The collision forced the Kia to travel in a northeasterly direction and caused it to collide with two pedestrians, in the crosswalk.

The adult male sustained minor injuries and the minor sustained severe injuries as a result of this collision.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported both pedestrians to Northridge Hospital where the minor child has undergone surgery for his injuries.

The driver did not stop and render aid to those involved as required by law.

That vehicle is described as an older model Chevy van possibly blueish gray in color with a blue strip around the midline of the vehicle.

The van was being driven by a male either White or Hispanic with a full-faced beard.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective II L. Montero at (818) 644-8035 or Detective Danny Martinez at (818) 644-8000. 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 CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers 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.

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Response to the Arrest of a LAPD Officer

Los Angeles: On May 15, 2018, Kenneth Collard, 51, a Los Angeles Police Officer, was arrested by Torrance Police Department and the case has been filed with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of this arrest and the Department has initiated a personnel investigation however, if the accusations are true, this officer will prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and will face severe repercussions in regards to his employment as well.

Collard will remain assigned to home pending the outcome of this investigation.

The LAPD will continue to provide its full cooperation with Torrance Police Department until their investigation is complete. We would encourage anyone who may have information about this incident or any other incident to provide that information to the Torrance Police Department.

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