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Central Officers Involved in Law Enforcement Related Injury

Downtown Los Angeles: Patrol officers used less-lethal weapons systems during the arrest of a man with a knife who had threatened a woman in a restaurant.

On February 26th, 2019, Central Area officers responded to a radio call of an assault with a deadly weapon at a restaurant in 300 block of West 5th Street. Upon their arrival, the officers met with a woman who stated she had been inside the restaurant and the suspect, later identified as 68-year-old Kenneth Sylvas, armed himself with a knife and threatened to cut the woman's throat. Sylvas was still seated inside the restaurant refusing to come out. The officers tried for about ten minutes to have Sylvas come out to them. After Sylvas refused to follow the directions of the officers and drop the knife and comply with their orders, the officers fired 40mm and beanbag shotgun munitions that struck him, causing him to drop the knife. Investigators recovered a knife at scene.

Sylvas was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for an injury to his right hand. No one else was injured during the incident.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the Law Enforcement Related Injury.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department's policy. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the incident.

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.


Multi Victim Shooting on 103rd Street

Suspect Wanted on Multi Victim Shooting on 103rd Street

Los Angeles: Today, while the procession of Mr. Nipsey Hussle traversed through the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, a shooting occurred around 6:25 p.m., in the area of 103rd and Main Street.

Four victims were struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital. One victim was pronounced dead. The suspect is possibly driving a grey Hyundai. No additional information or description of the suspect at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Hit and Run Driver and Passengers Wanted

Felony Hit and Run Driver and Passengers Wanted

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the driver and passengers involved in a felony hit and run collision.

On March 11, 2019, around 11:40 a.m., a felony hit and run occurred at Olympic Blvd and Georgia Street. The victim was travelling eastbound on Olympic Boulevard and was stopped for a red phase tri-light at Georgia Street. When the tri-light changed to green, a black 2019 Rolls Royce, which was travelling westbound on Olympic Boulevard and was negotiating a southbound turn onto Georgia Street, failed to yield for eastbound traffic. The victim proceeded forward on the green light and collided with the right rear side of the Rolls Royce. Both drivers stopped and exited their vehicles. The Rolls Royce had a female and male passenger who also exited.

The victim attempted to exchange information with the driver of the Rolls Royce, however he refused. The driver of the Rolls Royce eventually walked away from the scene and left the care of the Rolls Royce with his male passenger. The male passenger had the Rolls Royce parked in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel underground parking and walked away, with the female passenger. Neither the driver or the passengers identified themselves to the victim, who sustained minor injuries from the collision.

The driver is described as a male Black, around 25 to 35-years-old, standing around 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and thin goatee. He was wearing black baseball cap with black lettering, black hooded sweater, black leather jacket, black skinny jeans, white socks, sandals with orange/red/white design.

The male passenger is a male Black, around 30 to 40-years-old, standing 6 feet tall, around 220 pounds. He had thin goatee/beard, wearing a black hooded sweater, and gray pants.

The female passenger is a female black, around 30 to 40-years-old, standing around 5 feet 6 inches tall, around 135 pounds. She had black hair, gray hooded sweater, pink pants.



Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Traffic Division Detective Juan Campos at (213)486-0755 or email 31480@LAPD.Online. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Detectives Investigating a Shooting that Occurred During Vigil

Los Angeles: This is an update to the Department's initial reports surrounding an incident that occurred Monday, April 1, 2019, during a vigil for Nipsey Hussle. The LAPD is investigating reports of an assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) and brandishing of a handgun that was reported when a crowd of more than 400 mourners amassed in front of a clothing store at the corner of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

The peaceful vigil began at 6:30 p.m. and was conducted without incident. After the formal event, around 8 p.m., a large mass panic occurred, where mourners were seen running from the vigil site. Some of the people were injured because of the stampede and others from falling on glass candles that lined the sidewalks. LAPD and L.A. Fire Department resources immediately responded and dispersed the crowds while treating individuals for minor injuries.

During the chaos, a witness notified a member of LAPD's command staff on-scene, that an individual in the crowd brandished a handgun and an unknown member of the crowd began struggling with that man to get the gun away. He was eventually able to disarm that individual. That same witness also stated no shooting had occurred, which was consistent with reports from officers working the event who also reported that they did not hear any gunshots. However, there were witnesses who stated they heard shots fired. Regardless, investigators began searching for information regarding the potential ADW and brandishing, but they were unable to confirm that a shooting occurred, due to no victims at the scene, and no witnesses to a shooting.

Officers were sent to local hospitals to check on victims of the incident and were alerted that two victims of gunshot wounds had been treated at one of those hospitals. The victims were in stable condition, with non-life-threatening injuries, and confirmed that they were at the vigil and had transported themselves to the hospital.

On April 8, 2019, detectives served a search warrant on several locations in the area of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue to obtain evidence of the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD's 77th Area Detectives at (323) 786-5420. 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.


Shooting in Koreatown leaves One Man Dead

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for killing a man.

On Monday, April 8, 2019, around 10:14 p.m. officers assigned to Olympic Area responded to a radio call of "Ambulance Shooting," near the 900 block of St. Andrews Place. When officers arrived, they were directed to 21-year-old Jorge Gracida of Los Angeles, who was the victim of a shooting.

The suspect approached Gracida, who was with two friends and a verbal dispute ensued. The suspect then challenged one of the men to fight, pulled out a handgun and a physical altercation occurred. Gracida tried to disarm the suspect, but was shot during the altercation. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and pronounced Gracida dead at scene.

The suspect is described as a male around 25 years of age, wearing dark clothing. He was last seen fleeing the location south on St. Andrews Place.

Anyone with information to this incident is urged to call West Bureau Homicide Detective Radtke at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours, 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.


Burglary Suspects Captured on Video NR19098ll

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects responsible for burglarizing a home.

On March 29, 2019, around 8:35 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 6000 block of Varna Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. The suspects entered the residence by smashing a rear window. Once inside, they removed property then fled in a newer model black Chevy Malibu. The same suspects returned to the residence, a short time later, with additional suspects in a newer model black Ford Explorer and a white Chevy Van. They removed additional property, including a large safe that was loaded into the van, then fled.

The suspects are described as 5-8 males, wearing dark hooded sweat shirts, masks and gloves. One of the suspects is described as a male Black, 25-30 years old, with a beard and wearing glasses. He stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs 200-225 pounds.
He was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt, blue and gray pants, dark shoes and gloves.



The suspect vehicles are described as a newer black Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows and paper plates, a black newer model Ford Explorer with no plates, and a newer white Chevrolet van with unknown plates.

These suspects committed a residential burglary in the 13800 block of Bessemer Street earlier in the day. A safe containing jewelry and currency was taken.

Anyone with information to this incident is urged to call Van Nuys Burglary Detective Diamond at (818) 374-0029 or Detective Krauss at (818) 374-0031. During non-business hours, 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.