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LAPD Statement on Deadly Florida School Shooting

The Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Charlie Beck join the rest of the nation in mourning the senseless loss of so many innocent lives. These mass shootings are becoming all too common in our schools across the nation, and they tear at the fabric of our communities. This is why it is so important that anytime anyone observes concerning behavior or potential criminal acts, they notify authorities as soon as possible. At this time, there are no known threats to Los Angeles area schools or any connection to Florida's shooting. However, in order to ease the nerves of worried parents and comfort students, you can expect to see a continued police presence in the area of our schools. As always, the LAPD is committed to keeping all of our citizens safe. Remember, if you see something, say something.


Missing 53-Year-Old Man

Los Angeles: The family of James Vincent McDonald and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

James was last seen on January 28, 2018, in the 1300 block of South Vermont Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. He has not been seen since, and his family is very concerned that he hasn't been located. James suffers from Schizophrenia.

James is described as a male White with gray hair and black eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. James was last seen wearing a red flannel shirt, white t-shirt and blue jeans.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of James Vincent McDonald, please contact Detective Rodriguez, 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.


Shooting Leaves one Man dead in Hollywood

UPDATE
February 15, 2018



On February 15, 2018 around 3:25 p.m., the FBI and LAPD Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 39-year-old Gregory Baranovsky, a Los Angeles resident near the 3000 block of Temple Street.  

Investigators believe Baranovsky was committing a burglary when he shot and killed the victim who was working as a maintenance worker at the apartment complex.  

Baranovsky was booked for 187(a) PC-Murder, and is being held without bail. The case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Monday.




Hollywood:  The Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of 37-year-old Yuvini Cortez.

On February 12, 2018, around 2:30 p.m., Hollywood area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a “Shooting Just Occurred,” in the 2000 block of Argyle Avenue. When officers arrived, they found Cortez suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Detectives investigation revealed, Cortez was working inside the location when the suspect entered the location and shot Cortez once in the torso.  The suspect left the scene on foot.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced Cortez at scene.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, around 30-years-old, wearing a blue jacket and brown pants.

Anyone having information about this shooting is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide, Detective Sean Kinchla at 213-382-9470.  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 can 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 


Class 9-17 Recruit Graduation

Friday, February 16, 2018 – This morning on the athletic field of the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, Chief Charlie Beck welcomed 34 new police officers to the LAPD family. The graduating officers proudly stood at attention as they were presented their diplomas of graduation, in front of family and friends, after having completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks.

Chief Beck began his address with a moment of silence in the memory of Commander Paul R. Bauer, a 31 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, who was killed on-duty on Tuesday February 13, 2018. Chief Beck’s goal is to instill his experience and knowledge, into the graduating officers so they won’t have to learn everything the hard way.

“The ignorance of the past cannot be repeated,” said Chief Beck. Chief Beck asked the new officers to pay close attention to the history of the LAPD, listen to senior officers, and learn from their experiences.

There is little down time for the new police 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 Beck address the graduating class, please lick on the link below.

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Home-Alone Minor Arrested after False 9-1-1 Call

Woodland Hills: Los Angeles police officers arrested the 17-year-old resident of a Woodland Hills apartment after officers determined the minor's report on an in-progress, hot-prowl burglary was made up.

"This is one of the hottest calls an officer can respond to," explained Capt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Topanga Patrol Division. "Officers responded with lights and siren and the helicopter was overhead quickly, but there were no suspects."

Officers found the 17-year-old caller, whose mother was out of town, was safe and home alone around 4:20 PM, February 14, 2018, but his story that three Black men had tried to force their way into his 3rd floor apartment, in the 21000 block of Erwin Street, was made up. The caller's initial report to 9-1-1 said the suspects had fired one bullet through the door, into the apartment.

Officers were immediately suspicious about the boy's story when they realized the bullet hole in the door had come from the inside, out, not the outside, in, as the boy had claimed. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the apartment and seized quantities of cannabis and found evidence of a firearm. Officers soon found a .380 Glock handgun in the bushes, below the balcony of the boy's apartment.

The 17-year-old was arrested for illegal discharge of a firearm, and he was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall, pending the return of his mother or legal guardian. The boy's mother may also face charges of child endangerment for leaving an unsecured firearm in a residence with a minor child. The cannabis seized is considered illicit and not protected under new laws as minors under 21 cannot legally possess nor consume cannabis. The arrestee's name was not released as he is a minor.

Anyone with information in this case may call Det. Brien Pogue, Topanga Detective Division, at 818-756-3537. 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.


Traffic Advisory for “NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND”

Los Angeles: It is advised that all unnecessary travel around the Staple Center & LA Live area be avoided when possible between 6:00 a.m. Saturday thru 11:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17- 18 to prevent travel delays. During that time, the following street closures will be in place:


· Figueroa Street between Olympic Boulevard & Pico Boulevard
· 11th Street between Figueroa Street & Flower Street
· 12th Street between Figueroa Street & Flower Street


In addition to the above, the following street closures will have restricted access starting at 11:00 a.m., Friday thru Midnight Sunday, February 16-18, 2018:


· Chick Hearn Court between Georgia Street & LA Live Way
· Georgia Street between Chick Hearn Court & Olympic Boulevard
· West Road between Georgia Street & LA Live Way


Media Staging

No media will be allowed to stage within in any of above street closures.

If anyone has any questions regarding this advisory, please contact Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.


Robbery Suspect Captured on Surveillance Video

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area, Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help on identifying two armed robbery suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video and are involved in multiple robberies in Newton and 77th Areas.

On February 10, 2018, the victim was seated in the front passenger's seat of his parked vehicle on the corner of 64th Street and San Pedro Street.

Suspect #1 approached the passenger window and pointed a handgun at the victim. Suspect-1 ordered the victim out of the vehicle, and took the victim's wallet and cell phone.



Suspect #2 reached into the back seat of the victim's vehicle and removed his backpack. Both suspects drove away in a vehicle with the victim's property.

Surveillance video from a business captured the suspects images and the vehicle they left in.

Suspect #1, is described as a Hispanic male, standing approximately between 5 feet 05 inches to 5 feet 08 inches tall, weighing approximately between 150 lbs. to 200 lbs. and between 18-23 years of age.

Suspect #2, is described as a Black male, standing approximately between 5 feet 05 inches to 5 feet 08 inches tall, weighing approximately between 150 lbs. to 200 lbs. and between 18-25 years of age.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a 4-door, silver colored Porsche Cayenne, no license plates. The vehicle has black rims, a sun roof and luggage rack.

Below are preventative insights one should consider while walking on the streets.

· Be aware of your surroundings, especially in isolated areas. Familiarize yourself with street names or landmarks in case an emergency occurs. Be cognizant of strangers standing around or behind you.
· Avoid travelling alone on the street. Suspects generally target lone victims.
· Avoid possessing large amount of money on your person or in your place of business.
· Limit the use of electronics that would distract your attention from potential dangers. If using a cellular phone, look up occasionally to reacquaint your surroundings.
· Exercise discretion wearing high-valued jewelry or using expensive cellular phones. Consider using hands-free earphones allowing you to keep your cellular phone concealed while in use.
· If a crime occurs to you or others, be a good witness. Observe as much detail as possible of the suspect without intervening. Your life is more valuable than property.
· Report the crime as soon as possible by calling 911. Delayed reporting can significantly reduce the possibility of apprehending the suspect.

Anyone with information or can identify the suspect is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila and Detective Lowe at 323-846-6572. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Arrest of Koreatown Aggravated Assault Suspect

Koreatown: The Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Division detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with the February 10, 2018, assault of 85-year-old Mi Reum Song.

On February 10, 2018, around 1:25 p.m., Mi Reum Song was struck in her face by a male Hispanic as she was walking to the grocery store around Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Mrs. Song sustained injuries to her head and face because of the attack.

Detectives assigned to the case located video from a local business that showed a person of interest running from the scene shortly after the crime was committed.

On February 12, 2018, a press conference was held at Olympic Community Police Station to request the assistance from the community in identifying the person of interest.

Within hours, the Los Angeles Police Department received several tips that led to the identification of 41-year-old Richard Rene Colomo of Bell Gardens. Colomo is a male Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds.

After several interviews and extensive investigation by detectives, Colomo was arrested for the crime.

The Los Angeles Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in identifying the suspect of this crime.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Hee Bae Cho, Olympic Area Detectives, at 213-382-9393. 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.


West Adams Fatal Collision

Los Angeles: On February 11th 2018, around 10:10 p.m., a Fatal Traffic Collision occurred on West Adams Boulevard just East of 6th Avenue. The driver of a 2007 Toyota Scion was Eastbound on Adams Boulevard and crossed over the double yellow lines into the Westbound lanes. The driver of a Toyota Tacoma travelling Westbound on Adams Boulevard struck the Toyota Scion on the passenger side.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and confirmed 2 fatal injuries in the Toyota Scion. The driver of the Toyota Scion, a 21-year-old Los Angeles man and the passenger, a 21-year-old female, died at scene. An additional passenger in the Toyota Scion had to be extracted from the back seat and was transported to a local hospital. He is listed in critical condition.

The Driver of the Toyota Tacoma was also transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

At this point, the investigation is ongoing and there are no charges pending.

Anyone having information about this fatal collision is urged to contact South Traffic Detectives at 323-421-2500. After hours please contact the South Traffic Division Watch Commander 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 can 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


Critical Missing 92-Year-Old Man

UPDATE
February 14, 2018


On February 11, 2018, Ignacio Palacios Moreno was found in good condition and reunited with his family members.


EL Sereno:
The family of Ignacio Palacios Moreno and the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

On February 10, 2018, Ignacio was last seen at 9:00 a.m., near the 4600 block of Yellowstone Street in El Sereno area of Hollenbeck Division.

Ignacio is described as a male Hispanic with White hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 135 pounds. Ignacio was last seen wearing a navy-blue jacket, dark long sleeve shirt, khaki pants and a blue ball cap.

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Ignacio suffers from beginning stages of Alzheimers.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ignacio Moreno, 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.