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Organized Retail Grand Theft Ring

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in apprehending organized retail crime suspects who have been targeting cosmetic retail stores in the Los Angeles area.

From June of 2019 to October 2019, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The suspect(s) entered the businesses with empty back packs or shopping bags and concealed high dollar fragrances in their empty bags. The suspects would then leave the store without paying for the merchandise.

Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section are investigating and attempting to identify suspects responsible for a series of organized retail grand thefts occurring at cosmetics retail stores located in the Beverly Center Mall, The Grove and Century City. This organized group is also believed to be responsible for targeting other cosmetic stores in Glendale, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

Burglary Special Section (BSS) has identified two outstanding suspects involved in the above incidents. The suspects were responsible for thousands of dollars in property loss. In total, there were 11 crimes committed in the city of Los Angeles. The District Attorney's Office filed multiple counts on suspects James Stephen Henry and Brian Keith Upton. Also arrest warrants were issued for the two suspects.
 


Brian Keith Upton.................. James Stephen Henry
DOB: 6/17/90.........................DOB: 7/25/88
Warrant $190,000.00..............Warrants $60,000.00

 

 
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section Detective Prieto at 213- 486-6940. 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.

Gruesome Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

South Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division 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 a fatal hit and run that occurred at Avalon Boulevard and 81st Street. The hit and run collision resulted in the death of 47-year-old Mr. Rufino Miranda.

On December 4, 2019, around 9:20 p.m., a black Ford Fusion was traveling southbound on Avalon Boulevard when it struck Mr. Miranda as he was crossing the street. The force of the impact caused him to become lodged on top of the suspect's vehicle's hood and windshield area. The black vehicle continued southbound on Avalon Boulevard with Mr. Miranda still lodged on the hood of the vehicle for approximately 150 feet. The suspect aggressively pressed on the brakes forcing Mr. Miranda off the vehicle and onto the roadway. The suspect then fled southbound on Avalon Boulevard failing to stop and render aid to Mr. Miranda as required by law.

Mr. Miranda was transported by the Los Angeles Fire Department to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

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.

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 Gonzales at (213) 842-3917 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.

Officer-Involved-Shooting in Hollenbeck Division NRF055-19cr

The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II James Sigbisal, Serial No. 41681, assigned to Hollenbeck 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 Boyle Heights community early Friday evening.

On November 29, 2019, around 7:10 p.m., LAPD, uniformed Gang Enforcement Detail officers, assigned to Hollenbeck Division were conducting patrol in the vicinity of Malabar Street and Fickett Street. While in the area they observed an individual, known to the officers as (Nathan Alexander Tovar) who was on formal probation for narcotics violations. As the officers attempted to make contact with Tovar, he produced a handgun and fired at an officer. An officer-involved-shooting occurred, however Tovar was not struck and was taken into custody.

One officer was struck by Tovar's gunfire and was immediately transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

A 9mm semi-auto handgun was located next to Tovar and recovered as evidence. Fortunately, no other 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.