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LAPD Statement on Today’s Earthquake

Los Angeles: In light of the recent earthquake, the Los Angeles Police Department is working with the Los Angeles Fire Department and other city agencies to address any public safety matters. The earthquake was centered in the Searles Valley area located approximately 160 miles east of Los Angeles and at this time, there are not any reports of serious damage to City infrastructure, nor have any injuries been reported in Los Angeles.


Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit & Run of 91-Year-Old Man NR19168jl

UPDATE
North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division (VTD) has named Joyce Bernann McKinney, as the person involved in the Fatal Hit and Run traffic collision that took the life of 91-year-old, Gennady Bolotsky. The fatal incident took place in North Hollywood on Monday June 16th, around 5:40 in the morning. Investigators believe that McKinney was driving her 2006 white GMC pick-up truck when she struck Mr. Bolotsky as he was walking with his dog in a cross-walk at Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue.


On June 21, 2019, investigators followed up on a lead provided by a citizen that a vehicle matching the described suspect vehicle may be parked in the city of Burbank, near the Burbank Airport. Investigators followed-up to that area and located the described vehicle which McKinney was the sole occupant of. During the investigation, detectives learned that McKinney had warrants for battery and public nuisance from an unrelated investigation. McKinney was taken into custody on those outstanding warrants and booked into Valley Jail Division in Van Nuys. McKinney's vehicle was also taken into custody at that time and was processed by VTD investigators for evidence related to the fatal collision.

While McKinney was in custody for the unrelated warrants, investigators gathered their evidence and July 01, 2019 presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The felony charges filed in the fatal hit & run collision investigation are:
1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon (not a firearm),
2) Hit & Run with Injury, and
3) Vehicular Manslaughter.

McKinney remains in custody on the previous warrants. Her combined bail amount now stands at $137,500.00. McKinney is a female White, with a birthdate of August 06, 1950. She is a transient and appeared to be living out of her 2006 white GMC pick-up truck with three dogs at the time of her arrest.

This investigation remains ongoing and the fact that McKinney is in custody with charges filed, should not dissuade anyone from providing additional information related to this tragic collision that took the life of Gennady Bolotsky. We urge anyone with any information regarding this incident or, information about McKinney, to contact Valley Traffic Division investigators at (818) 644-8020. 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.

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred at Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue.

On Monday, June 17, 2019, around 5:35 a.m., a severe hit and run traffic collision occurred on Magnolia Boulevard at Wilkinson Avenue. An unidentified vehicle was traveling eastbound Magnolia Boulevard, approaching Wilkinson Avenue. The vehicle collided with a pedestrian, who was walking northbound on Wilkinson Avenue, inside the marked crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid, identify him/herself as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the 92-year old, male pedestrian to a local hospital, where he later died due to his injuries. The name of the deceased will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should stop, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

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 $50,000 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 Division Detectives, Officer Fredo at (818) 644-8029 or Officer Reyes at (818) 644-8032. 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.


Arrest Made in Local College Student's Murder

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department detectives assigned to Robbery-Homicide Division have made an arrest for the March 10, 2019 murder of a local college student, Victor McElhaney.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, Victor McElhaney was out with his friends when a group of Hispanic males attempted to rob them in the area of Adams Boulevard and Maple Avenue. During the commission of the attempted robbery, one of the suspects shot and killed McElhaney. The suspects fled in a vehicle to an unknown location.

During the course of the investigation, Robbery-Homicide Division assumed primary investigative responsibility for the case. Based on evidence and witness statements, Robbery-Homicide Detectives identified Ivan Hernandez as the one of the individuals responsible for murdering Victor McElhaney. On June 28, 2019, Robbery-Homicide Division, in conjunction with Newton Area Gang Enforcement Detail and Gangs and Narcotics Division, arrested Ivan Hernandez for 187 PC, Murder.

On July 2, 2019, detectives presented this case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Major Crimes Section. Deputy District Attorney filed one (1) count 187 PC, Murder and (1) count, 664/211 PC, Attempted Robbery. Additionally, the Deputy District Attorney filed 186.22(b)(1)(C), Gang Allegation and 12022.53(d), Firearm Allegation.


Barricaded Suspect Surrenders After Lengthy Standoff

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division detectives announce the arrest of 25-year-old Juan Zamora, a resident of Los Angeles, for possession of an assault rifle.

On June 28, 2019, around 3:30 a.m., Newton Area officers responded to a panic alarm at a convenience store, located in the 1900 block of San Pedro Street. Upon their arrival, the officers observed a red Sport-Utility-Vehicle (SUV) in the parking lot with two male occupants The primary unit and a backup unit deployed their vehicles in front of the SUV and ordered the occupants to exit. The suspects failed to comply, driving directly between the officer's vehicles, striking one of the open police vehicles doors.

Newton officers went in pursuit of Zamora's vehicle, but lost it due to excessive speed. An LAPD airship remained with the pursuit, and broadcast the vehicles location. This led to a 77th Division patrol unit seeing Zamora's vehicle and going in pursuit. During this portion of the pursuit, Zamora stopped his vehicle near 54th Street and Main Street, and a male passenger exited and fled on foot. Zamora accelerated away at a high rate of speed. Once again due to his excessive speed, the 77th Division officers were unable to safely continue the pursuit and lost Zamora's vehicle.

The LAPD airship continued to follow Zamora's vehicle, southbound Broadway at a high rate of speed. The pursuit terminated when Zamora collided with a light standard near the corner of Broadway and 65th Street. Zamora exited the vehicle and fled on foot into an apartment building in the 300 block of 65th Street. Newton officers at scene quickly determined they had a barricaded suspect and contacted Metropolitan Division.

While still securing the scene, a subsequent search of Zamora's vehicle yielded a loaded AK-47 assault rifle. Officers were later met by a woman who stated she was Zamora's girlfriend and that their two-month-old son was inside the apartment with him.

Metropolitan Division resources arrived on scene and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) quickly established a line of communication with Zamora. After several hours of negotiations, Zamora peacefully exited his residence with the child unharmed.


Our officers demonstrated great patience, discipline and a willingness to exhaust the CNT process to avoid provoking an adverse reaction with such a volatile individual. In the end, officers were able to bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Newton Area Detectives at (323) 846-5363. During off-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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 lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Hate Crime Suspect Wanted NR19177ml

Update
Los Angeles: The below mentioned wanted suspect has been identified, questioned, and released pending review by the City Attorney Office.

This is the only information available at this time.

Devonshire Area: The Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Criminal Investigation Section detectives are asking for the public's assistance in providing information that will lead to the identification and arrest of a Hate Crime Trespass suspect.

On Sunday, June 9, 2019, the suspect disrupted a religious service pacing and performing Nazi salutes causing the religious service to stop.

The suspect is being investigated for Hate Crime trespassing and disturbing a religious meeting.

The suspect is described as male, 20-30 years old, black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 6 feet 1 inches tall, and weighing approximately180-220 pound.

He was last seen wearing black skull cap, black hooded sweatshirt, red t-shirt, blue jeans, and red Converse shoes.

Anyone with information please call Detective Pamela Meesri (213) 486-7280 email 36177@lapd.online or Detective Kenneth Bryant (213) 216-6436 email 33900@lapd.online.
After hours: contact the Department Operations Center at (213) 484-6700 for Major Crimes Division on-call personnel 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.