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Man Stabbed and Left for Dead

Los Angeles: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect, or suspects, responsible for killing a 36-year-old man.

On December 26, 2018, around 6:00 p.m., Newton Area officers responded to an "Ambulance Cutting" radio call at Central Avenue and Vernon Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers discovered a male victim, later identified as Alejandro Saenz, laying on the sidewalk of Central Avenue, suffering from a stab wound.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Saenz to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Person of Interest

A photo was pulled from video surveillance footage, depicting a person of interest seen leaving the area. That person is described as a male Hispanic, with long bushy hair, wearing a plaid shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to call Newton Homicide Detectives J. Calzadillas or
R. Berdin (323) 846-6556 or (323) 846-6547. 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.


Hit and Run Driver of Charter Bus

Hit and Run Driver of Charter Bus Strikes Elderly Man; Drags him on the Roadway Before Leaving the Scene

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 and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that killed a 77-year-old man, a resident of Los Angeles.

On January 10, 2019, around 5:15 p.m., a commercial charter bus was travelling through the intersection of Flower Street and 23rd Street. The bus was headed southbound Flower Street at the time the driver struck the elderly man. After the collision, a witness saw a foot underneath the bus. As the bus was driving through the intersection of Flower Street and Adams Boulevard, the man was finally dislodged from underneath the bus. The witness attempted to get the driver's attention, but was unable to as the bus was last seen on an onramp of the 110 Freeway.

The driver of the hit and run vehicle failed to stop and render aid as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead at scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Detectives were able to identify the tour company who is associated with the bus and have identified the bus along with the driver that was involved in the collision. The tour bus company is cooperating with the investigation. Detectives have located the bus and are holding it for evidence. Detectives plan to interview the bus driver as part of their investigation.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Moses Castillo (213) 486-0752. 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.


Woman Fatally Struck by Hit and Run Driver

Pacoima: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that killed a 26-year-old woman.

On January 10, 2019, around 8:20 p.m., a vehicle was travelling southbound Laurel Canyon Boulevard south of Paxton Street when it struck a pedestrian on the roadway south of Paxton Street. The woman was not walking within a crosswalk at the time she was struck by the vehicle.

Witnesses at scene described a driver in a red Toyota Prius who stopped momentarily at the scene of the collision to check on the woman then left shortly after for unknown reasons. Investigators are attempting to identify the occupants in the Prius as they may have information relating to the collision.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the woman dead at scene. Her identify will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

The driver of the hit and run vehicle failed to stop and render aid as required by law.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves. This collision would have been an accident if the driver stopped and stayed at the scene as required by law.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Investigator Takishita at (818) 644-8116. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Found Adult Male Hispanic in West Adams District

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division detectives are asking for the public's assistance in re-uniting a found male with his family.

On January 9, 2019, around 3 p.m., Southwest officers responded to a call of a found male at 29th Street and Edgehill Drive in the City of Los Angeles. Officers were unable to locate his family. He is described as a male Hispanic, 60-70 years old, he stands 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs about 110 pounds. He is wearing a peach long sleeve shirt, blue baggy pants, black tennis shoes, and a brown beanie on his head.



(John Doe)

If you have seen or have any information regarding the found John Doe, please contact, Southwest Division Detective Delph at 213-485-2586. 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.


Wounded Man Asked for Help Inside a Liquor Store

Olympic: The Los Angeles Police Department and West 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 involved in shooting a man in Larchmont.

On January 9, 2019, around 10:25 p.m., Olympic Area Patrol Officers responded to a shooting call in the 4700 block of Beverly Boulevard in Larchmont. When officers arrived, they were directed to a victim suffering from gunshot wounds inside a liquor store.

The initial investigation shows the victim was on the sidewalk when a suspect approached on foot and pointed a gun at the victim and fired several rounds. The wounded victim went inside the liquor store after he was struck by gunfire; asking for help. The suspect left westbound on Beverly Boulevard on foot.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact West Bureau Homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division

Officer-Involved Shooting of Man Armed with a Knife in Van Nuys 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**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred when a man armed with a knife failed to follow commands by officers and moved toward one of the officers.

On December 31, 2018, around 4:40 a.m., Van Nuys Area police officers responded to the 13600 block of Vanowen Street for a radio call of a screaming woman. Officers went to the apartment which was given to them in the radio call. Rony Parras-Mendez, eighteen years old, came to the door of the apartment armed with a large kitchen knife. Parras-Mendez was given commands, which he did not follow, and quickly moved toward one of the officers; at that time, there was an officer-involved shooting. Parras-Mendez was struck by gunfire and determined deceased at the location by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.

Prior to the arrival of the officers, Parras-Mendez had physically assaulted an adult male who lives at the apartment complex. The male was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.

A knife, approximately 9 inches in length, was located at the scene and booked as evidence by investigators.

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.