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Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Man

Lincoln Heights: The family of Michael Mario Peerzada and the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating him

On January 25, 2018, Michael was last seen at 1:00 p.m., near the 4300 block of Latona Avenue in Lincoln Heights.

Michael is described as an 80-year-old male Hispanic with grey hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds. Michael was last seen wearing an unknown color flannel shirt and a ball cap. Michael suffers from dementia as well as additional medical conditions and requires medications which he does not have with him.

Michael peerzadaIf you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Peerzada, please contact Hollenbeck Division at 323-342-4185. 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.


Critical Missing 89-Year-Old Woman

January 25, 2018
UPDATE


On January 25, 2018, Bertha Smith was found safely and reunited with her family members.

 

Van Nuys: The family of Bertha Smith and the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On January 25, 2018, Bertha was last seen at 9:30 a.m., near the 6600 block of Greenbush Avenue in Van Nuys.
Bertha is described as an 89-year-old female Black with black hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs around 110 pounds. Bertha was last seen wearing a white and yellow sweater, dark pants and blue sneakers. She often walks with a cane.
Bertha smith
Bertha suffers from dementia as well as additional medical conditions and requires medications twice a day and does not have the medications with her.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Bertha Smith, please contact Van Nuys Division at 818-374-9500. 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.


Local Mini Market Robbery

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help to identifying an armed robbery suspect whose image was caught on surveillance video.

On January 15, 2018, around 8:00 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a local mini market in the 5100 block of south Central Avenue.

Victims were sitting near the register located by the entrance of the market when the suspect entered the market with a handgun and pointed it at both victims. One victim immediately stood up and attempted to take the gun from the suspect but instead, a shoving match ensued. The suspect then pointed the gun back at the victims and demanded the money from the cash register. One of the victims fearing for their safety, gave the suspect the money from the register. The suspect grabbed the money and ran out of the market.

The suspect is described as a male Black, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has a large protruding tooth and possibly a gray mustache. He was last seen wearing black pants and a dark hooded jacket with a gray stripe on each sleeve and carrying a revolver.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila or Detective Lowe at 323 846-6572. 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.


Local Meat Market Robbery Caught on Video

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help on identifying 2-armed robbery suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video.

On December 23, 2017, around 8:30 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a neighborhood meat market located in the 5400 block of Central Avenue.

The suspects entered the meat market and pointed guns at the victims. Suspects demanded the money from cash register along with the victim's property. During the robbery one of the suspects struck one of the victims on the head with his handgun. Victims in fear for their lives complied with the suspects demands.

The suspects fled with money, southbound on Central Avenue in a light colored 4-door vehicle.

Suspect-1 is described as a 30 to 35-year-old male Black, stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light-colored sweatshirt with a red hood, a black bandana covering the lower portion of his face, white gloves, an orange safety reflective vest, dark pants, carrying a black handgun and a dark-colored shoulder bag.



Suspect-2 is described as a 30 to 35-year-old male Black, stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, white gloves, a dark-colored baseball hat with an "A" on the front, dark pants, an orange safety reflective vest with the letters "FTZ" or "FIZ" written on the back and carrying a black handgun.





Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila or Detective Lowe at 323 846-6572. 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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Notes from the January 23, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s verbal presentation and discussion relative to the year-end 2017 Part 1 Crime Statistics. No action by the Commission required.

Department’s report, dated January 18, 2018, relative to the Supervisory Cross-Training and Mentoring Programs Follow-Up Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0051] was approved.

Department’s report, dated January 17, 2018, relative to the Operations West Bureau Digital In-Car Video System Audit, as set forth. [BPC #18-0052] was approved.

Department’s report, dated January 17, 2018, relative to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Fourth Quarter, 2017, Risk Management and Harm Reduction Strategy Status Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0053] was approved.

Chief Beck began his report to the Commission noting LAPD’s security coverage for the March for Women on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Downtown Los Angeles. With a crowd of more than 600,000 people, no significant incidents were reported. Chief Beck commended the men and women of LAPD who were part of the event. Chief Beck added the event is a great example of Angelenos being able to express their opinions publicly without significant police intervention.

Chief Beck reported on Friday, January 19, 2018, he spoke to a group of active NFL players regarding leadership, hoping to convince the players to use their platform to speak to youth violence in the community. Chief Beck believes the meeting was a success, and the LAPD looks forward to working with the NFL.

Chief Beck attended the graduation ceremony of thirty five new LAPD members on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Chief Beck noted his retirement announcement. After serving as Chief of Police for almost nine years, and the LAPD for more than 40 years, Chief Beck will retire on June 27, 2018, his 65th birthday. Chief Beck is proud of his time with the Department, and feels this is the right time for this decision, adding the right people to make the selection and the right people to select from are in place. Chief Beck added he will work until his last day.

Chief Beck reported 10,060 sworn officers are on active duty, approximately 2,800 civilians, and approximately 1,800 cadets.

As directed by Mr. Soboroff, Richard Tefank gave a brief explanation of the selection process for recruitment and selection of Police Chief, as outlined in the Los Angeles City Charter, Section 575(a).

Each Commissioner gave a statement regarding Chief Beck’s pending retirement, commending him for his hard word, dedication and commitment to his position, to the members of LAPD, and to each Angeleno.


Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief Charlie Beck Announces his Retirement

 

Los Angeles: After 42 years in law enforcement Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his retirement from the Department, effective later this summer. "The time is right for this city, with a strong Mayor, a committed Police Commission, and a unified City Council who will all help to choose the next Police Chief," Beck said to a room full of reporters and command staff this morning. He acknowledged his leadership team, "This command staff is at its best in generations as evidenced by the LAPD veterans who lead police agencies all over the country. "This and the Department's current leadership create an outstanding pool of candidates who deserve an opportunity to lead."

Beck is Los Angeles' 56th Chief of Police and was first appointed in November of 2009. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the Chief will help identify candidates to replace him, but ultimately it is the Board of Police Commissioners who will forward recommendations to the Mayor's Office. Beck's last day on the job will be June 27th, 2018, and the Chief has said he will work to the very last day.

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s End of The Year Statistics

 

The Los Angeles Police Department revealed the city's 2017 crime statistics during a press conference held at Police Headquarters Facility on January 19, 2018.

Citywide Part 1 Crimes (including the newly acquired MTA) showed a 1.3% increase from 2016. Citywide Violent Crimes (including the newly acquired MTA) showed a 2.9% increase from 2016. Citywide Property Crimes (including the newly acquired MTA) showed a 0.8% increase from 2016.

In 2017, there were 282 homicides, which was the 3rd lowest year in the past 50 years; there was a 4.1% reduction in homicides in 2017 from 2016. In the last eight years, the City of Los Angeles has had fewer than 300 homicides each year. There were 1,059 total victims shot in 2017, a 10.2% decrease or 120 fewer victims than in 2016.

Operations-South Bureau had a total of 116 homicides in 2017, which was eight fewer than in 2016. In 2017, Operations-South Bureau had the lowest number of homicides since its inception in 1973. There were a total of 510 victims shot in Operations South Bureau in 2017; this is the lowest number of victims shot in recorded history.

The Los Angeles Police Department booked 6, 538 firearms in 2017, which was a 11.0% increase from 2016.

Some of the reasons for success was the implementation of the Community Safety Operations Center, Community Safety Partnership efforts, and firearm violence reduction strategies. As the Department looks ahead at 2018, the focus will continue to be on Community Partnerships, Smart Policing and removing guns from the hands of criminals. Trust between the Los Angeles Police Department and the people we protect and serve is essential to the stability of our City, along with crime reduction utilizing forward-looking strategies.

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Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run Collision

 

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's South 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 collision that killed an unidentified middle aged woman.

Detective's investigation revealed that on January 19, 2018, around 9:25 a.m., the suspect's vehicle was traveling eastbound on 79th Street. The vehicle made a left turn onto northbound Figueroa Street and struck the pedestrian crossing eastbound in a marked crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without identifying themselves and did not render aid to the victim as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she died from her injuries.

The suspect's vehicle is a described as an older model maroon pick-up truck with a washing machine in the bed of the truck. The truck may have traffic collision damage to the front of the vehicle. There is no suspect description.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or have information regarding this collision is urged to call South Traffic Division detectives at 323-421-2577. 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.