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Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a suspect involved in a fatal hit and run collision, that killed a 57-year-old woman, a resident of Los Angeles.

On January 16, 2019, around 7:35 a.m., Northeast Area patrol officers responded to the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue for a radio call of a 'Found Body'.

A witness who was collecting recyclables discovered the victim and had a local business in the area call 9-1-1. When the officers arrived, Los Angeles Fire Department was already at scene and had declared the victim deceased.

The death was undetermined in the initial stages of the patrol officers' investigation. However, the officers reviewed surveillance video from a local business across the street, and determined the incident to be a possible hit and run otherwise.

The video revealed that a tan or brown 2010 to 2013, 4-door, Toyota Corolla was travelling southbound on Hyperion Avenue passing Udell Court. The Corolla loses control and spun into the northbound lanes on Hyperion Avenue and onto the sidewalk.

The video shows the victim was on the sidewalk standing next to two trashcans when she was struck by the Corolla. The trashcans and the victim were launched approximately 15-feet into an open area between two buildings.

Moments later, what appears to be a male driver, exits the vehicle, and appears to inspect the damage to his vehicle. The driver then re-enters his vehicle, and fled southbound Hyperion Avenue. The suspect failed to render aid as required by law.

The Corolla has obvious damage to the right side.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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-II Juan Campos (213) 486-0755. 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.


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Encino: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area Burglary Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two burglary suspects who were observed on video breaking into a residence and stealing a safe.

On December 23, 2018, at the 4400 block of Alonzo Avenue, one suspect waited in the car while the other suspect went to the rear of the residence and broke a window.

The suspect then entered the location and found a small safe, cash, and jewelry. The suspect then exited the location with those items. The suspect threw the safe and items into the driveway where the other suspect exited the vehicle and then helped put the stolen goods in their vehicle.

The suspects then fled in the vehicle. Stole $150,000 in cash, jewelry, and a handgun.

Suspect #1 is a male white, standing at 5'06"/5'10", 150/170 lbs., wearing a black cap, shirt, pants and shoes.

Suspect #2 is a male white, standing at 5'06"/5'10", 150/170 lbs., wearing a black cap, a blue windbreaker with a white stripe, and blue jeans.

The suspects are using a white 2015 to 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson SUV.





Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact West Valley Burglary Detective Dunn at (818) 374-7769. 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 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."


Small Unmanned Aerial System Used During Barricade Incident

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Division, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) utilized a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) for the first time, during a barricade incident involving a robbery suspect.

In July of 2018, a pilot program began that would allow the Department to use these devices with the hopes of de-escalating dangerous situations while enhancing our commitment to the preservation of life. The sUAS would be used in limited circumstances, under strict guidelines that consider community concerns and privacy interests. For accountability, the device would be used only by a team of officers with specific training, and with prior approval from a Command Staff Officer (commander or above), as well as the Commanding Officer of Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.

On December 13th, 2018 around 9:40 p.m., three suspects were involved in the armed robbery of a convenience store in the 4900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. During the robbery, two of the suspects entered the location, one armed with a firearm, and demanded that the clerk open the register. The suspects took money from the register and fled in a car where the third suspect was waiting. Through the course of the investigation, Northeast Area detectives identified the suspects involved in the Robbery. Two of the suspects were arrested by detectives, but the third suspect was not captured. The search for the third suspect continued into January of this year.

On January 9th of this year, SWAT officers encountered one of those unique circumstances where officers hoped the use of this tool would allow officers to take a suspect into custody without force. Around 5:45 a.m., Metropolitan Division police officers who were in the area looking for the third suspect, went to an apartment in the 300 block of North Berendo Street. They knocked on the door and a female came out of the apartment to meet them. She closed and locked the door behind her.

The officers and detectives at the scene were utilizing investigative techniques which led them to have a strong belief that the suspect was still inside the apartment. Because of the suspect's refusal to exit and believing the suspect could be armed with a firearm, SWAT was requested to the location, around 8:30 a.m.

The stand-off with the suspect lasted approximately nine hours. During that time, LAPD's specialized sUAS pilot (SWAT officer), used the aircraft to find the suspect who was hiding in a second-floor apartment. During that time, SWAT utilized various types of communication strategies, tear gas, and ultimately the sUAS. This was the first time a sUAS was used since the approval of the pilot program. In this incident, the sUAS was used after the tear gas was ineffective in flushing out the suspect. The sUAS was flown outside of the windows of the suspect's apartment but the suspect was not seen with the sUAS. After several hours, the suspect who had been hiding in the attic space of his apartment, was located and taken into custody by officers, without any further incident.

During the operation of the sUAS, video footage was captured by the sUAS. The LAPD is making that video footage available to the public as a commitment to transparency and constitutional policing. The ability to use a sUAS in certain situations is an important tool for SWAT, and allows officers to gather critical information that can mitigate high risk situations.

The LAPD continues to seek methods for keeping its communities and its officers safe, while enhancing public trust and confidence. If you are interested in reading the entire policy to learn more about how the Department deploys sUAS and the restrictions of their use visit lapdonline.org/SUAS


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North Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives 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 34-year-old man.

On January 14, 2019, at approximately 9:00 am, Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Uniformed Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting," at the 7100 block of Whitsett Avenue. (Whitsett Park)

Upon arrival, officers were met by Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics who pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. Upon arrival, detectives assumed investigative responsibility.

Detectives observed victim lying on the ground in the parking lot of the park. Victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives processed the crime scene for evidence and canvassed the area for witnesses.

Victim was a known transient who resided in the area. Victim's identity is not being released, pending notification to the family of the victim.

Victim is described as a male White, thirty-four years of age.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.