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School Shooting Ends with Suspect in Custody

UPDATE:
February 2, 2018

Today detectives have released information related to the shooting at Sal Castro Middle School on February 1, 2018. While the investigation is still active and evolving, detectives do believe that the handgun was inside a backpack at the times it was fired. Additionally, it appears the bullet went through the wrist of one student and struck a second student in the head.

The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the charges the subject will ultimately face will be determined by their review of the evidence.
 
 
 
UPDATE
February 1, 2018


The juvenile suspect in this case was transported to the Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall (Eastlake) and booked for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm (602WIC/246.3PC of the California Penal Code). This continues to be an active investigation. However, at this time, the information suggest that this was an isolated incident, involving the negligent discharge of a firearm, where innocent children and a staff member were unfortunately injured.




Los Angeles:
Early this morning, at about 8:55 a.m., first responders from the Los Angeles School Police, Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW) Shooting call at the Sal Castro Middle School located at the 1500 block of West 2nd Street in the City of Los Angeles.

Upon their arrival, they located the students who were victims of the shooting, and transported them to a local hospital for immediate medical treatment. The shooting suspect (a 12-year-old female) student was detained at scene without incident and a semi-auto handgun was recovered.

In all, a total of five individuals were hurt during this incident, who ranged between the ages of 11 through 30 and were listed in the following conditions. One 15-year-old male student sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was listed in critical but stable condition, a second 15-year old female student sustained a gunshot wound to her arm, and was listed in stable condition, a third 11-year old male student, a fourth 12-year old female student and 30-year old female staff person sustained minor superficial face & head injuries and were listed in fair condition.

Due to the serious nature and circumstance of this crime, the Los Angeles Police Department, Rampart Detectives will lead this investigation with the assistance of the Los Angeles School Police Department.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Rampart Area Detectives at 213-484-3660. 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.


Argument Leads to Murder of a Sylmar Resident

Sylmar: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's assistance in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the murder of a 17-year-old teenager.

On February 1, 2018, around 7:50 a.m., LAPD Mission Area officers responded to a shots fired/man down radio call at the 13900 block of Maclay Avenue in Sylmar. Upon arrival, they discovered the victim down at scene suffering from a gunshot wound. The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, a 17-year-old Sylmar resident, had an argument with the occupants of a white SUV. The victim attempted to open the passenger door of the SUV when the driver produced a handgun and fired a single shot at the victim.

The suspect fled the scene in the SUV westbound on Maclay Avenue from Bromont Street.

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

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Mark O'Donnell, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-9550. 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.


Arrest of Carjacking Suspect Caught on Video

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys officers arrested 25-year-old Chatsworth resident Gustavo Aranda in the city of Sherman Oaks. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are also seeking the public's assistance in identifying additional victims and locate the stolen vehicle taken by the suspect.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 8:25 a.m., a Robbery Carjack occurred near the 14400 block of Gilmore Street, Van Nuys.

The suspect approached the victim from behind and shouted obscenities at the victim. In fear, the victim ran away. The suspect chased the victim and hit him repeatedly causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect forcefully removed the victim's vehicle keys from his pocket and fled in the victim's vehicle, a 2007 gray Toyota 4 Runner. The vehicle is still outstanding.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., a suspect entered a nail salon near the 13600 block of Burbank Blvd and began hitting three women inside for no reason. The victims were involved in an intense fight for their life with the dangerous suspect. The suspect punched the victims several times. He also swung a chair and hit the victim until employees from a neighboring business arrived and apprehended the suspect.

Officers investigation revealed Gustavo Aranada is the suspect responsible for the carjacking that took place near the 14400 block of Gilmore Street.

The suspect has been identified as Gustavo Aranda, a 25-year-old male Caucasian with brown hair and a beard. He stands 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue beanie, black shirt, light blue jeans, and blue tennis shoes at the time of arrest.



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.


Los Angeles Police Department City Wide Annual Homicide Report - 2017

2017 Homicide recap

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck provided members of the press with city wide 2017 homicide statistics. Chief Beck was joined by LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Director, Office of Special Operations, LAPD Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg, Chief of Detectives, and Captain Billy Hayes, Robbery Homicide Division. 

Chief Beck was happy to report for the 8th year in a row homicide numbers were kept below 300. In 2017 there were 282 homicides, a 4% drop from the previous year. The top 3 modus for operandi were gang, dispute or revenge, and domestic violence. 

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Grand Theft by Trickery

Studio City: Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying of two grand theft suspects in North Hollywood.

On January 23, 2018 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., the suspects introduced themselves to the victim in a parking lot of a shopping center. The suspects indicated they were about to leave town and needed help to donate money to a local church. The suspects told the victim they received a large sum of money and they could not take the money with them to their home country.

The suspects convinced the victim to provide some "good faith money" to ensure she didn't keep the money for herself. The suspects drove the victim to multiple banks to withdraw large sums of money.

The suspects dropped the victim at her residence and as she exited the vehicle, the suspects sped off with all the victim's money.

The victim is a 75-year-old North Hollywood resident and the suspects were able to get $45,000 of the victim's money.

Suspect-1 is described as a male Black or Hispanic, standing at about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, and 60-65 years old. He is also described as having light skin.

Suspect-2 is described as a female Black or Hispanic, standing at about 5 feet tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds, and 30-35 years old. She is described as having light skin and spoke with an accent. The suspect's vehicle is described a newer model, dark blue, Toyota Camry.
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Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Detective Joseph Hampton with North Hollywood Area Theft Detectives at 818-754-8377. 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 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.


House of Worship Arsonist Arrested

Los Angeles: Members of the Inter-Agency House of Worship Task Force have made an arrest in a series of intentionally set fires and acts of vandalism targeting houses of worship in various Southern California communities. Christian Michael Garcia, 25, was arrested on Thursday, January 25th, 2018, for suspicion of arson and vandalism, by personnel from LAPD Major Crimes Division and Criminal Conspiracy Section along with LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section Investigators and Pasadena Fire and Police Department Arson Investigators.
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The most recent incidents involved an incendiary fire and vandalism at Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights and the Church of the Angels located in Pasadena. In addition to the above incidents, multiple other acts of arson and vandalism have occurred at houses of worship in the City and County of Los Angeles over a period of time.

The House of Worship Task Force consists of personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Pasadena Fire Department, Pasadena Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney on Monday, January 29, 2018, for prosecution. Members of the task force will be available to provide more details at a press availability to be scheduled early next week.

"Arson and vandalism targeting houses of worship is a serious crime and we have zero-tolerance for willful acts of destruction in the City of Los Angeles," said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "The destruction of a house of worship not only devastates the affected congregation, but affects the entire community. We will always investigate and prosecute the serious crime of arson to the fullest extent of the law."

"The Collaboration of our Federal and local partners and the tireless work of investigators from the various agencies in the task force, made this arrest possible and is a testament to the productive working relationship, first responders have here in Southern California when a community is threatened by criminal activity," said Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington and Pasadena Police chief Philip Sanchez.

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