« October 20, 2019 - October 26, 2019 | Main | November 3, 2019 - November 9, 2019 »

Shooting in Harbor City Leaves One Dead NR19296dm

Harbor City: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect, or suspects, responsible for the shooting death of 35-year-old Joshua Allen Pitts.

On October 30, 2019, around 6:30 p.m., Harbor Area officers received a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting" near 252nd Street and Normandie Avenue in Harbor City. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound, with several people attempting to render aid.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

There is no suspect description.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Tiffin or Detective Coffee, Harbor Area Detectives, at (310)726-7884 or (310)726-7887. 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.


Hit and Run Suspect Arrested: Had fled Severe Traffic Collision Vs Two Horseback Riders NR19293jc

Lake View Terrace: On Friday, October 25, 2019, at 9:40 p.m., a 1998 Chevrolet Astro Van was traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard approaching Wheatland Avenue when it collided with two horseback riders. The van then collided into a wall and became disabled. The driver exited the van and fled the scene failing to render aid or provide identification. Both animals perished at scene and the riders were severely injured.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the two riders to a local hospital where they received medical treatment and are currently in stable condition.

Valley Traffic Division detectives' investigation led to the arrest and booking of the driver of the suspect vehicle. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Rolando Garcia and he was booked for felony hit and run, booking number 5783462.

The public should be aware that individuals who are involved in a traffic collision must stop at the scene, provide their identification, and render aid. Horseback riders are also reminded to ride safely in well-lit areas and utilize lights or reflective wear when riding during darkness. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Detective Sadeh at (818) 644-8029. 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.


Clerk Arrested in Murder Investigation NR19294jc

Sun Valley: On Saturday, October 25, 2019, just after midnight, Foothill Area officers responded to a radio call of a robbery ("beer run") in Sun Valley in the area of Vineland Avenue and Cantara Street. When they arrived, they discovered a clerk had chased and confronted the suspects involved in the incident. During this confrontation, the clerk claimed that one of the suspects had pulled a knife and had threatened him. The clerk then ran over the suspect with his vehicle killing him.

One of the deceased suspect's associates began to shoot at the clerk, striking his vehicle multiple times. Four female passersby stopped to aid the victim in the street. One of the female passersby picked up a knife and skateboard near the victim's body and attempted to leave in a Nissan sedan. The clerk rammed her vehicle, hoping to prevent her from leaving the scene and the clerk pursued the Nissan. The driver of the pursued Nissan ultimately crashed into a building in the 8000 block of Vineland Avenue. All four occupants of the Nissan were detained and questioned. The shooter, only identified as a male Hispanic, remains at large. Detectives determined that the clerk had left the business and went searching for the suspects, finding them a short time later.

Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Personnel investigated the case and have arrested the clerk He is identified as Jose Mier from Sun Valley and is described as a Hispanic male standing at five feet five inches and weighing 200 pounds. Jose Mier was arrested and booked for Penal Code §187(a) - Murder; A felony with Bail Set at $2,000,000.00.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Alonso Avalos of Sun Valley California.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Bucknell, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1941. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247) 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." 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.