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Attempt Kidnapping Outside of Elementary School NR19114ml

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Detectives from Wilshire Division released a crime scene sketch illustrating the suspect of a brazen daytime attempted kidnap of a school girl outside of her elementary school.

On Thursday, April 25, 2019 at approximately 7:45 a.m., a single suspect approached the victim as she was walking herself to school in the 1700 block of Vineyard Avenue.

The suspect stood directly behind the victim, causing her to turn. The victim then attempted to continue on her way to school, at which point, the suspect grabbed her backpack and said, "Let's Go". The victim managed to slip out of her backpack and run into the school grounds where she observed the suspect running south bound on Vineyard and out of sight.

Once notified, school staff attempted to check the area for the suspect but were unable to locate the suspect at the time.

The Suspect is described as a male Black, between 30-35 years-old. He stands approximately 6'02"-6'-04" tall with a medium build. The suspect was described as having curly black hair with red tips, and wearing a blue shirt and black pants.

Officers have not yet been able to recover any video footage, however a criminologist responded and created a rendering, with assistance from the victim. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Wilshire Robbery Detective D. Slater at 213-922-8217. 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Grand Theft Lottery Scam

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detectives were investigating a series of Grand Thefts occurring in the Valley, Metropolitan Area and South Los Angeles. After a lengthy investigation, Nickey Yonko was identified as the suspect responsible for the Grand Thefts.

On August 18, 2017 to October 23, 2017, Yonko would enter several liquor stores and request to purchase California Lottery "Hot Spot" tickets. The store employee would print the tickets and place them on the counter. He then would distract the employee's attention from the printed Lottery "Hot Spot" tickets and retrieve expired tickets from his person and swap them out for the new valid tickets.
Yonko placed the new tickets in his pocket leaving the expired tickets on the counter. He told the employee he needed to retrieve additional money from his vehicle and would not return. The employee became suspicious when the suspect did not return and discovered the tickets were expired and not the ones he had printed.

The employees later reviewed surveillance video and discovered that Yonko had switched the freshly printed "Hot Spot" tickets with the older tickets. Yonko then walked out of the location with the stolen lottery tickets. The suspect is responsible for numerous grand thefts in the City of Los Angeles. The suspect is also responsible for similar Grand Thefts in Long Beach, Monrovia and the City of La Verne.

Nickey Yonko (AKA Steven John Adams)


On April 19, 2019, Nickey Yonko (AKA Steven John Adams) was taken into custody.
The District Attorney's Office has filed an arrest warrant for Nickey Yonko in the amount $60,000.00 for the above investigation.

Anyone with information about this case or has been a victim of a similar scam by Nickey Yonko, contact Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detective Prieto at 213-486-6940. 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.


Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested NR19060ml

Update:
On April 19, 2019, Los Angeles Police Officers arrested suspect Davon Thomas, 27-year old, from Perris, California, for a rape that occurred on March 5, 2019 in the 400 block of 11th Street in the City of San Pedro.

On April 23, 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed 7 felony counts against Thomas.



Detectives have provided a photo of Thomas in case there are additional victims who may have been reluctant to report similar crimes, they are encouraged to contact LAPD Harbor Detectives at (310) 726-7861.


Transit Services Division Officer-Involved Shooting at Hope and 7th Street NRF013-19ma

UPDATE: The personnel involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer III Jaime Luna, Serial No. 34651 and Police Officer III Bradley Nielson, Serial No. 36445, assigned to Metropolitan Division.

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Downtown Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred in Central Division.

On April 14, 2019, around 2:15 p.m., officers assigned to a detail with Transit Services Division received information that a man who was wanted for carjacking was possibly in the area they were assigned. One of the officers had knowledge of this violent suspect, 47-year-old William Crawford, and saw a man he believed could be Crawford at a kiosk at the Metro Center Station subway. The officers followed Crawford out of the station to the street level on 7th Street near Flower Street. Crawford looked back in the direction of the officers and began running eastbound on 7th Street. Crawford ran southbound on Hope Street, stopped and reached into a backpack he was carrying. He removed a shotgun from the backpack and pointed it at one of the officers, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Crawford was struck by gunfire and determined to be deceased at scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel. No officers were injured during the incident. A shotgun loaded with two shotgun shells and twelve additional shotguns shells were recovered by detectives at the scene.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

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.


Attempt Murder Suspect Sought in Morning Road Rage Shooting NR19108ti

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division Detectives are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of an attempt murder suspect.

On March 25, 2019, around 8:35 a.m., officers responded to a radio call of shots fired near the area of Haskell Avenue and Parthenia Street. The victim was travelling southbound on the 405 Freeway and exited at the Nordhoff Street exit after a road rage incident that occurred on the freeway. The suspect followed the victim who pulled to the curb on Haskell Avenue. The suspect pulled behind, then alongside the stopped victim, and shot the victim multiple times. The suspect fled the location in his vehicle and the victim was hospitalized for the gunshot wounds.

Suspect is described as a male, Caucasian or Asian, 34 to 38 years-old, shaved head, multiple "sleeve" tattoos on both arms and back of the neck.

Suspect was seen in a 1994 to 1998, 2-door, Chevrolet Silverado Z71 pickup truck, black or green with a camper shell.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Devonshire Detective Division Crimes Against Person's at (818) 832-0530. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247(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.