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Officer-Involved-Shooting in Mission Division

The officers involved in the below incident have been identified as Police Officer Adiel Herrera, Serial No. 42119, Police Officer Raul Hernandez, Serial No. 43361, both assigned to Mission Division and Police Officer Miguel Zendejas, Serial No. 40955, assigned to Foothill Division Gang Enforcement Detail.



**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 (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred in a valley community late Monday afternoon.

On August 19, 2019, around 4:19 p.m., LAPD, uniformed patrol officers, assigned to Mission Division, received and responded to a "Family Dispute" radio call for service at the 13100 block of Ottoman Street. When the officers arrived at the location they met with the person reporting, who directed them to the suspect (later identified as) Carlos Torres Jr. The officers encountered Torres on the front porch and attempted to speak with him. After several minutes of dialog, he stepped back into the residence as he removed a concealed handgun from his waistband. Torres then pointed the handgun at the officers and fired at them, which precipitated an OIS. Torres retreated into the house and a few moments later he was seen running through a neighborhood yard and onto Ottoman Street. As Torres continued to run west bound on Ottoman Street, a second OIS occurred.

Torres then ran through a residential property on Ottoman Street and into the rear east/west alley of that location. A responding Foothill Division, Gang Enforcement Detail unit, saw Torres in the alley and stopped their patrol unit at the mouth of the alley on Arleta Avenue. Torres again raised his handgun in the direction of the officers, at which time a third OIS occurred. Torres collapsed in the alley and was taken into custody without further incident.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Torres deceased.

A .22 caliber handgun was located at scene and recovered as evidence. Fortunately, no officers or innocent bystanders were injured during this incident.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene 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 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 officers(s) was reasonable.


Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

South Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred at Alondra Blvd and Orchard Avenue.

On Sunday, August 4, 2019, around 9:50 p.m., a fatal hit and run traffic collision occurred on Alondra Boulevard at Orchard Avenue. A dark (possible gray) BMW 5-Series was traveling eastbound Alondra Boulevard at a high rate of speed when it passed a vehicle on the right at Orchard Avenue. As the BMW was passing on the right, it struck and killed 45-year-old Veronica Hernandez, who was collecting recyclables from a recycling container. The driver of the BMW continued eastbound Alondra Boulevard at a high rate of speed, failing to stop, render aid and identify him/herself as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported Hernandez to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

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 South Traffic Division Detectives, Detective Moreno at (213) 822-6005 or Detective Flannery at (323) 421-2500. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (323) 421-2577 or 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.

Highland Park Homicide

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspects responsible for killing 36-year-old Edgar Franquez.

On August 21, 2019, around 9:18 p.m., Northeast Division officers responded to a radio call of an Ambulance Shooting in the 5000 block of Fayette Street. Upon their arrival, officers located a victim that had sustained several gunshot wounds to the upper torso. Preliminary investigation determined Franquez was in his backyard when an unknown suspect approached and shot him.

Los Angeles Fire Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

There is no suspect description and no vehicle was seen.

Anyone with information is urged to call Northeast Division Homicide Detective Watterson and Mangrum at (323)561-3321 or by email at 38415@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 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). All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, click on "webtips," and follow the prompts.


Hollenbeck Division Officer-Involved Shooting

**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**

El Sereno: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting in which officers shot a man armed with a handgun.

On August 18, 2019, around 11:25 p.m., uniformed officers assigned to Hollenbeck Area were assigned to a crime suppression detail in the area of E. Alhambra Avenue and N. Lombardy Boulevard in a marked black and white Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). As the officers were approaching a red traffic light, southbound Lombardy Boulevard at Alhambra Avenue, the suspect fired one round at the officers. The round struck the driver's door of their SUV. The suspect ran north from the location and into an alley just north of Alhambra Avenue. The officers made a U-Turn and then attempted to locate the suspect as they requested help and began to establish a perimeter. Believing the suspect would exit the alley at Belleglade Avenue, the officers drove west on Ithaca Avenue and then south on Belleglade Avenue to Alhambra Avenue. As they reached the intersection of Belleglade Avenue and Alhambra Avenue, the officers observed the suspect on the north sidewalk of Alhambra Avenue. The officers exited their vehicle and the suspect fired at them again resulting in an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS). The suspect then turned and fled east on Alhambra Avenue, where he confronted additional officers who were responding to the help call, resulting in a second OIS.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken into custody. Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedics responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he was treated for a yet undetermined number of gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead.

No officers were injured during this incident and a handgun was recovered at 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.


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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Area are requesting the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect of an attempt murder.

On August 12, 2019, around 5:10 a.m., Southeast officers responded to a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the 1700 block of East 111th Street. Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect arrived at the location and asked to speak with the owner of the establishment as he was looking for employment. Employees at the location advised the suspect the company was not hiring and to come back at another time. The suspect eventually located and contacted the owner whom also advised him they were not hiring. The suspect produced a handgun and fired multiple rounds at the owner striking him in his arm. The suspect fled on foot traveling west on East 111th Street toward Compton Avenue.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was treated and is in stable condition.

The suspect is described as a 25 to 35-year-old male Hispanic with green eyes. He stands 5 feet 10 inches and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, a long-sleeved grey shirt, and black pants. He has a tattoo of 3-dots near his left eye and is believed to also have tattoos on his neck. He identified himself to witnesses as, "Julian" and stated he was from the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles. He may have arrived in a late 90's model Honda Accord.


"Julian"


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the identity of the suspect in the photographs, please contact Southeast Area Detectives at (213)972-7886. 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly towww.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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Update
On August 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., Topanga Division officers arrested Robert Carrasquillo after a short pursuit which ended at Rolling Road and Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills.

If there are additional victims, please contact LAPD Commercial Crimes Division.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Commercial Crimes Division Detectives have taken a prolific identity theft suspect into custody.

In December, 2017, Veteran Financial Crimes Detective Woods investigated a complex case of identity theft involving multiple incidents, suspects, and victims. Upon completing the investigation, Woods identified 24-year-old Suppatra Tansuvit, as the suspect. Tansuvit was subsequently charged with multiple felony counts of ID Theft with priors by the District Attorney's Office.

Tansuvit, who had previously been released on bail, failed to show up in court for her own jury trial and a felony bench warrant was issued. The DA's office subsequently filed additional charges and warrants, thus making the suspect a wanted fugitive.

Commercial Crimes Division Detectives Due Diligence Unit was tasked with locating Tansuvit. In July, 2019, Tansuvit entered a high-end sports car driven by her boyfriend, and a high-speed vehicle pursuit ensued. Tansuvit's boyfriend, Robert Carrasquillo, was ultimately arrested for felony evading. Unfortunately, Tansuvit was able to evade arrest by fleeing on foot from the moving vehicle when the patrol units, in the interests of public safety, went into tracking mode. After his arrest, Carasquillo bailed out, and failed to appear for court. He is currently wanted.

Due Diligence Unit resumed their surveillance and arrested Tansuvit outside of her residence on August 14, 2019 near the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A warrant search of the suspect's home took place and detectives discovered a large quantity of evidence, including a credit card mill, and ID Theft making equipment.

At the time of the suspect's arrest, she had nearly $5,000 in cash on her person.

Tansuvit was subsequently booked for additional ID Theft charges, as well as her felony warrants. Due to her propensity for skipping bail and flight from prosecution, she was placed on a probation hold.

Robert Carrasquillo Suppatra Tansuvit

Anyone with the above information is asked to call Commercial Crimes Division, Financial Crimes Section, Detective James Woods at (818) 374-9420. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call 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 "Anonymous Web Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Burglary Detectives announce the arrest of Evan Weitzberg for Grand Theft by Trickery.

In August, 2019, a victim responded to an internet advertisement listing a property for rent in Los Angeles. The victim was contacted by a suspect who masqueraded as "John Cassab".

This suspect asked the victim to sign a lease and wire money to a bank account to rent a property. Believing the advertisement was genuine, the victim wired money to the account.

When "Cassab", contacted the victim asking for additional money to secure the rental, she became suspicious and sought assistance from LAPD's Hollywood Division.

Hollywood Division personnel determined Weitzberg or an associate was posing as "John Cassab" and that he had no authority to rent the property.

Weitzberg was arrested for 487(a)PC, grand theft and posted bail.

The Los Angeles Police Department recognizes that locating affordable housing is challenging. Residents are urged to follow the "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" rule, and be careful before wiring any money in exchange for property or goods.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto at (213) 972-2929, or 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Media Release - August 20, 2019 Board Elections

POLICE COMMISSIONER EILEEN M. DECKER
ELECTED POLICE COMMISSION PRESIDENT,


POLICE COMMISSIONER SHANE MURPHY GOLDSMITH
ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT

 

Los Angeles – On August 20, 2019, the members of the Los Angeles Police Commission held elections and unanimously elected Eileen M. Decker to serve as the new President, and Shane Murphy Goldsmith to the Vice President post. The five members of the Police Commission are Eileen M. Decker, Shane Murphy Goldsmith, Dale Bonner, Sandra Figueroa-Villa and Steve Soboroff.

Upon being elected to the President post, Commissioner Decker stated, “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for this Commission and the women and men of the LAPD.”

“Together we must continue to build trust with the diverse communities that we serve in order that we can provide public safety through building partnerships”. Vice President Goldsmith stated, “I am eager to assist President Decker in providing the necessary leadership to build upon the past successes of both the Commission and Department to move us forward”.

After researching the Police Commission files this appears to be the first time that both the President and Vice President of the Police Commission are women. Upon learning of that Commissioner Decker stated, “This is consistent with one of my goals, which is to work with the Department to increase the representation of women and minorities in the police officer recruit classes.”

For additional information, please contact the Police Commission at (213) 236-1400


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Montecito Heights: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a homicide suspect(s).

On August 17, 2019, at about 1:20 a.m., Hollenbeck Officers responded to a shooting call at the corner of East Avenue 42 and Griffin Avenue.

Upon arrival officers discovered three shooting victims, one male Hispanic, 21 years old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two were transported to the hospital and are male, Hispanics, 18 and 19 years old. The two males that were transported to the hospital sustained none life threatening injuries.

Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives believe the shooting is gang related. The Detectives have detained two individuals that they believe were involved in the shooting.

Detectives are still looking for an additional suspect(s).

The Los Angeles Police Department is requesting that anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective J. Ramirez, Serial No. 26074, at Hollenbeck Community Police Station, Homicide Detectives, at (323) 342-8964 or 1-877-ASK-LAPD. 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.