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Class 8-17 Recruit Graduation

Friday, January 19, 2018 – On the athletic field at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, the newest members of the Department proudly stood at attention as they were presented with their diploma of graduation. Thirty six officers underwent six months of intense physical and mental training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Department brass, dignitaries and their family and friends. The graduates were hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, and members of the Police Commission at the traditional Elysian Park.

There is little down time for these new 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 Charlie Beck’s address the new class, click here.



Young Man Murdered in Northridge

Northridge: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau are asking for the public’s help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the murder of 23-year-old Northridge resident Jorge Reyes.

On December 31, 2017, around 6:05 p.m., Devonshire Area uniformed patrol officers responded to an “Ambulance Shots Fired" radio call in the 8600 block of Balboa Boulevard in Northridge. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim laying in the parking lot of a business, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

Detective’s preliminary investigation revealed the victim and his two friends drove to a fast food restaurant. The driver went inside the restaurant while the victim remained in the vehicle in the front passenger seat. At that time, a male Hispanic suspect approached and began arguing with the victim. The suspect fought with the victim as he sat in the vehicle. The suspect then produced a handgun and began shooting at the victim. The victim got out of the vehicle and ran but was struck multiple times by gunfire and fell to the ground.

The suspect entered an older model sedan and fled the scene. He was accompanied by a female Hispanic, who detectives advise is a person of interest.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. 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.


LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Los Angeles: On January 17, 2018, Police Officer II Jason Gordon, a nine-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), was arrested by authorities for a felony arrest warrant related to Workers' Compensation Fraud and Attempted Perjury. His last assignment was with Valley Traffic Division.

The LAPD's Special Operations Division, Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, conducted an investigation that stemmed from a medical claim filed by Officer Gordon in 2015. Investigators worked in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Healthcare Fraud Division and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. They established probable cause to believe that Officer Gordon knowingly engaged in physical workout activities inconsistent with his claimed injury, while on Temporary Totally Disabled status. Thus, he received benefits to which he was not entitled.

Officer Gordon was booked and released, after posting $40,000 bail. He is 48-years-old and resides in Los Angeles County, California.

The 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 of the department is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the Workers' Compensation system.

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Multi-Victim Kidnap / Sexual Assault Suspect Captured

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Special Assault Section, arrested 35-year-old Ferdinand Ervin Flowers, a resident of Long Beach, for the kidnap and sexual assault of fourteen women from the City of Los Angeles and other areas within the County of Los Angeles.

During the early morning hours of Friday, January 12, 2018, the suspect, in a vehicle, approached a female near Long Beach and Palm in the City of Lynwood. The victim entered the vehicle and was driven to a street in Rancho Dominguez, an unincorporated area of Carson Sheriff's. The suspect brandished a handgun at the victim, robbed her, and then attempted to force her to perform a sex act. While being held in the vehicle, the victim fought off the suspect and was able to escape his vehicle. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, who were conducting an investigation in the area related to this case, observed the victim falling out of the suspect's vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Flowers was arrested in the 600 block of West Victoria Street in Rancho Dominguez, an unincorporated area of Compton Sheriff's and booked for 211 PC Armed Robbery, to include 664/261(a)(2) PC Attempt Rape, and 236 PC False Imprisonment. Flowers is being held in lieu of a $1,150,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Detective Dara Brown, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division, Special Assault Section, at (213) 486-6910. During non-business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). You can also contact the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, Special Victims Bureau, at (877) 710-5273. 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 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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Murder in Pacoima

Pacoima: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau are asking for the public's help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the murder of a 36-year-old man from Sylmar.

On January 16, 2018, around 1:50 a.m., Foothill Area uniformed patrol officers received a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting" in the 12300 block of Pierce Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a victim laying on the ground, next to a vehicle, in the driveway of a residence. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died.

Preliminary investigation revealed the victim was next to his vehicle and in the process of leaving the location. A vehicle drove by, and an unknown suspect shot the victim multiple times before fleeing the location. There is no suspect or suspect vehicle description.

The victim's name has not been released pending notification to next of kin.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Steve Castro at (818) 374-1925. 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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Notes from the January 16, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

P.C Jan 16

Commissioner President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s verbal report and discussion relative to the status of the deployment of Body Worn Cameras. No action required.

Inspector General’s Report, dated January 16, 2018 relative to the review of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Field Training Officer Program, as set forth. [BPC #17-0479] was removed from the agenda.

Department’s Report, dated January 10, 2018, relative to the Complaint Process Audit (AD No. 16-024), as set forth. [BPC #18-0034] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated January 10, 2018, relative to the Grant Application and Award for the 2017 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Program from The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, as set forth. [BPC #18-0037] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated January 10, 2018, relative to the Transmittal of the Grant Award for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Records Management System Traffic Citation Module Grant from The California Office of Traffic Safety, as set forth. [BPC #18-0036] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated January 10, 2018, relative to the Grant Application and Award for the Fiscal Year 2017-2019 Intellectual Property Enforcement Grant from The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, as set forth. [BPC #18-0039] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated January 10, 2018, relative to the Approval of Second Amendment to Professional Services Agreement No. C124927 Between the City of Los Angeles and Partners for a Safer America, Inc., DBA Jail Advertising network for Rotating Bail Bond Signboard Advertising, as set forth. [BPC #18-0040] was approved.

Chief Beck reported the Martin Luther King Jr. annual breakfast changed format this year and was held in Southeast Division, making it more grass roots as it had been previously held at USC. Chief Beck thanked Commissioners Soborff and Matthew Johnson for their attendance. Chef Beck reported the Department’s participation in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Southwest Division. Chief Beck provided reports on two officer involved shootings that occurred on Monday January 8 and Thursday January 11. Chief Beck reported there are 10,060 sworn personnel, with 29 in the municipal police for a sworn total of 10,031. This total is two shy of the funded strength of 10,033. There are 2,896 civilian employees, 390 vacancies, about 400 police reserves, 285 specialist volunteers, 55 chaplains, and 1,850 police cadets.


Metropolitan 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 January 8, 2018, around 6:00 p.m., officers assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division were in the area of Florence Avenue and Main Street. They were in their police vehicle when they saw a vehicle driving erratically. The vehicle drove eastbound on Florence Avenue from Main Street and collided with the rear of another vehicle and then struck a street light pole. The officers drove toward the suspect's vehicle; the suspect pointed a a rifle through an open driver's door window at the officers. At that time; two officers fired their handguns at the suspect. The suspect was struck by gunfire.
Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and determined the suspect was dead. A loaded rifle was recovered at the scene. The occupants of the vehicle struck by the suspect complained of minor pain and none were transported to the hospital. No officers were injured.
The suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Primitivo Rodriguez Macias.
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 the 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 officer(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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Two Suspects Wanted for Murder

 

Sylmar: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing information that will lead to the arrest of the two suspects responsible for the murder of 31-year-old Gregory Baltazar, a resident of Sylmar.

On January 11, 2018, around 9:00 p.m., Mission Area patrol officers received a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon shooting, man down, near the 13600 block of Simshaw Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered the victim down at scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

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

Valley Bureau Homicide personnel responded and processed the crime scene. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim resided at the location with his extended family. Two unidentified males knocked on the front door of the residence just before 9 p.m. Baltazar answered the door and began arguing with those individuals. One of the male suspects shot Baltazar numerous times and fled the location with his associate. Neither of the male suspects have been identified. This appears to be an isolated incident, and the victim most likely knew the suspects. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact 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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