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Critical Missing 31-Year-Old Female

October 22
Update
 
Melissa Veliz has been located safe and with her family as of 9:55 PM per Devonshire Watch Commander
 



Granada Hills:
The family of Melissa Veliz and the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On October 31, 2018, around 2:20 p.m., Veliz was last seen near the 11200 block of Gaviota Avenue in Granada Hills. She has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Pic1Veliz is described as a 31-year-old Hispanic, female with brown hair and brown eyes, who has an intellectual disability with a mental capacity of a 3-year-old. She stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing approximately 160 lbs.

Veliz was last seen wearing baseball cap with a red bandana, black jacket, black pants, aand black shoes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Valadimir Povolotsky, please contact, Van Nuys Area 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.


Shooting Leaves One Dead and One Injured

North Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect responsible for killing a man.

On Monday, October 29, 2018, around 10:15 p.m., North Hollywood Division officers responded to a radio call of shots fired at Denny Avenue and Victory Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles. Upon their arrival, officers were flagged down by a female who stated someone was shot inside a residence in the 6400 block of Denny Avenue. Officers entered the residence and discovered two victims with gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced one of the victims, a 30-year-old male, dead at the scene. The second victim, a 23-year-old male, was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

The investigation revealed a 45-50-year-old male Hispanic suspect arrived at the residence, at which time, he and the surviving victim had a verbal dispute. The suspect shot both victims before fleeing on foot, westbound on Victory Boulevard.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Mark O'Donnell, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-9550. 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 www.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.


Missing 40-Year-Old Male NR18274dm

 

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

Damon was last seen on October 13, 2018, at 1:00 a.m., in the 1100 block of Ruggiero Ave in the City of Los Angeles. He hasn't been seen since and his family is concerned.

Damon is described as a 40-year-old White male with brown hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. Damon was wearing a black T-shirt and black sweat pants with a white stripe. He has a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his left shoulder.

Damon Field


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Damon Field, 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 www.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.


Fraud via Bitcoin

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division would like to alert the public of reports of fraud taking place to its community members.

The caller(s) are claiming the member's social security number has been stolen and a payment must be made via Bitcoin to avoid further fraud/theft.

The callers are telling the victims that they are from the Police Department and give out an 800-toll free number that they can verify the number by searching on the internet and it will show it's a Police Department toll free phone number.

The victims are being asked to empty their bank accounts to stop the fraud and theft, however this is a SCAM and ploy to empty the savings of the victims.

Please DO NOT follow their directions.

If you receive a call from anyone alerting you to Social Security theft, we ask that you contact your local LAPD station and your respective bank.

Tips to avoid getting scammed

Get it in writing. Verbal promises don't count. It doesn't matter what the salesperson tells you, the only thing that matters is what's written down. Most sales contracts specifically state that verbal promises are not binding. That's why you need to read, understand, and agree to the terms before you sign any contract.
Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face. Seriously, just don't ever do it. And really, really don't do it if they ask you to use wire transfer, a prepaid debit card, or a gift card (those cannot be traced and are as good as cash).
Don't believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, and other details. Just because a website or email looks official does not mean that it is. Even Caller ID can be faked.

Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it's over the phone, by email, on social media, even at your front door. This includes banking and credit card information, your birthdate, and Social Security/Social Insurance numbers.
Don't be pressured to act immediately. Scammers typically try to make you think something is scarce or a limited time offer. They want to push you into action before you have time to think or to discuss it with a family member, friend, or financial advisor. High-pressure sales tactics are also used by some legitimate businesses, but it's never a good idea to make an important decision quickly.
Whenever possible, work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance, especially contractors who will be coming into your home or anyone dealing with your money or sensitive information. Check them out at bbb.org to see what other consumers have experienced.
Be cautious about what you share on social media and consider only connecting with people you already know. Be sure to use privacy settings on all social media and online accounts. Imposters often get information about their targets from their online interactions, and can make themselves sound like a friend or family member because they know so much about you.
Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.


LAPD Statement Regarding Shooting at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Los Angeles: We are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania very closely and communicating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Right now there is no apparent connection to Los Angeles. However, out of an abundance of caution you will see extra patrols around houses of worship today. Remember if you see something...say something.