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Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of an Apartment Rental Scammer NR18229dm

 

Hollywood: On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division arrested Johnny Ray Gasca for numerous counts of grand theft stemming from an apartment rental scam.

Mr. Gasca was named in several crime reports that noted similar patterns. The victims responded to a Craigslist post advertising a room for rent in the Hollywood area. After collecting a security deposit and first month's rent, but before the agreed upon move-in date,
Mr. Gasca told the victims the room would not be available on the contracted date. An excuse Mr. Gasca gave some of the victims involved the death of the current tenant's family member which required a delayed move-in date. Various excuses continued until the victims demanded their money back. Ultimately, many of the victims never received a full refund. Detectives have reason to believe Mr. Gasca has continued to similarly defraud victims in the Hollywood area.

Johnny Ray Gasca


Additional victims who may have not reported the incident are encouraged to contact Hollywood Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2930. 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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Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Female NR18228ml

 

Northridge: The family of Gloria Amanda Polanco, and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating her.

Ms. Polanco was last seen on August 27, 2018 around 3:00 p.m., near 8400 block of Wilbur Avenue in the City of Northridge.

Ms. Polanco is described as a 80-year-old Hispanic female with black hair, brown eyes, 5'3"and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Ms. Polanco was last seen wearing Red Sweater with a mickey logo, Burgundy pants, suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's. Ms. Polanco is an elderly woman and her family is concerned for her safety.

Sandra Robinson

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Polanco please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, 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 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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Metropolitan Officer-Involved-Shooting in Rampart Division NRF051-18cr

 

**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 Rampart Area neighborhood late Monday evening.

On August 20, 2018, around 11:27 p.m., Metropolitan Division uniformed officers were conducting crime suppression in Rampart Division. While driving on the 2200 block of Ocean View Avenue, they observed a lone male black individual (later identified as Dennis Smith) straddling a bicycle in the middle of the road and observed him commit a traffic violation. The officers initiated a traffic stop for the violation and as the passenger officer exited the police vehicle, Smith got on his bicycle and rode off. The driver officer then drove forward in an attempt to cut Smith off as his partner ran after him. Smith suddenly cut in front of the police vehicle, reached into his cargo shorts, removed a handgun and pointed it directly at the driver officer, which resulted in an Officer-Involved-Shooting.

Smith then fell off his bicycle and ran on foot as both officers went in foot pursuit. The short foot pursuit ended just outside of the St. Vincent Medical Center, at which time the officers were involved in an additional use of force, in order to effect Smith's arrest. Smith was not struck by gunfire and only complained of chest pains. Smith was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment and was released for booking. Smith was eventually booked for (69 PC) of the California Penal Code.

During the foot pursuit Smith discarded a handgun that was recovered and later determined to be a pellet gun.

Fortunately, no officers or persons were injured 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 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.

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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Missing 21-Year-Old Male NR18227dm

 

Topanga: The family of Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

It is believed Matthew was last seen on August 10, 2018, at 9:30 p.m., in the 2600 block of
Stearns Street in the City of Simi Valley. His vehicle was located on August 11, 2018.
It had been abandoned on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook, and above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas.

Matthew is described as a 21-year-old White male with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr.


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr., please contact the L.A.P.D.'s 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.