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Human Trafficking Suspect & Additional Victims Sought

Los Angeles: Vice Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a Human Trafficking Suspect and any additional Victims.

On February 20, 2019, around 8:00 pm, a female approximately 20 years old walked into an LAPD police station to report she was a victim of Human Trafficking.

The suspect had loaned the victim money and forced her to prostitute herself, to repay the loan. The suspect knew the victim's financial struggles and coerced her to continue to work as a prostitute. When she refused, the suspect escalated his aggression causing the victim to fear for her safety.

The suspect is a 27-year-old male black with black hair styled in long dreads and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms, and frequents the Hollywood and North Hollywood areas.

Anyone who sees the Suspect or has additional information is urged to call the Van Nuys Community Police Station at (818) 374-9500. If you are a Victim of Human Trafficking you are urged to call Officer Smith at (818) 374-0073. 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 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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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Burglary detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects responsible for burglarizing a mail room.

On January 24, 2019, around 1:50 p.m., the suspect(s) entered an apartment complex in the 1300 block of West 7th Street and on three separate occasions in the month of February. The suspect gained entry through the locked apartment complex with a key fob. He then rode the elevator to the second floor where the mail room is located. The suspect then used a counterfeit mailbox key to open mailboxes and remove the mail. He also has an electronic code to access the package locker to remove packages.

First suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, stands between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs between 210-230 pounds, wearing a black/gold Dodgers cap.

Second suspect is described as a female, white, stands 5 feet 3 inches, weighs around 140 pounds, wearing a black track suit.

Third suspect is a male, Hispanic, stands 5 feet 9 inches, weighs around 230 pounds, wearing a blue hoodie.



Anyone with information is urged to call Rampart Burglary Detective Elizabeth Holguin at (213) 484-3486. 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.


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Chinatown: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of three suspects who attempted to rob a jewelry store.

On February 26, 2019, at approximately 2:50 p.m., two male Black suspects exited an orange Ford Mustang with paper plates in front of a jewelry store at the 800 block of North Broadway.

The first suspect was carrying what appered to be a black semi-auto rifle. The second suspect was carrying a hammer. The owners of the jewelry store saw the suspects approaching the door and locked the door. The first suspect attempted to enter the store and upon realizing the door was locked, turned around and both suspects ran back to the waiting Ford Mustang.

The vehicle pulled away from the curb and was involved in a traffic collision with a ride share vehicle, which tried to follow the Ford Mustang. The ride share vehicle lost sight of the Ford Mustang as it headed southbound Alameda at Cesar Chavez.

Both suspects were described as male Black, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, in their 20s.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Scott at 213-996-1868, or Detective Mazzacano at 213-996-1877. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (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.


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Chinatown: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's, Central Division are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a outstanding robbery suspect along with a suspect impersonating a LAPD officer.

On February 26, 2019, about 11:30 a.m., a grand theft occurred at Jewelry Store at the 800 block of North Broadway in the Chintatown area of Los Angeles. Officers were able to locate Gerald Roberts, a 19 year-old, from Los Angeles. Roberts was arrested and booked for Grand Theft with a Bail amount Set for $20,000.00.

The second suspect is still being sought and is described as a male Black, black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, a brown cap, red polo shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

On February 26, 2019, about 3:45 p.m., a male Hispanic entered the jewelry store and identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department detective and he wanted to get a chain similar to the one that was stolen earlier that day.

The jewelry store owner did not feel comfortable and asked for a business card, which the suspect provided and then left the store.

The jewelry store owner then called LAPD Central Area Detectives to report the incident.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, in his 20s. The suspect was wearing a blue Dodgers baseball cap, sunglasses, a Dodgers shirt, blue jeans, with a badge, and a set of handcuffs clipped to his left hip.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Lee at 213-996-1860 or Detective Mazzacano at 213-996-1877. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (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.


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Van Nuys: 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 and arrest of the suspects responsible for killing 34-year-old Jorge Soto of Northridge.

On February 25, 2019, around 2:10 a.m., West Valley Area uniformed patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting" in the 15800 block of Stagg Street. When officers arrived, they located a male victim in the parking lot of a business, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was engaged in a verbal dispute with several suspects that were seated inside of a vehicle. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot the victim before re-entering the vehicle and fleeing the location. There is no suspect or vehicle description.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. 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.


In-Custody Death on Hollywood Freeway and North Alameda Street

**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**

North Hollywood:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an in-custody death in which a male was pronounced dead at the scene.

On February 12, 2019, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a uniformed California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer observed a pedestrian on the Hollywood Freeway at Alameda Street. The CHP officer stopped his vehicle in the middle of southbound lanes and detained the pedestrian, later identified as Oscar Javier Rojas, and moved him to the south shoulder of the freeway.

An off duty, uniformed, LAPD lieutenant observed the CHP officer and stopped to assist. The CHP officer asked the LAPD lieutenant to guard Rojas, who was handcuffed, so he could move his vehicle out of traffic lanes. When the CHP officer returned to his vehicle, Rojas attempted to flee from the LAPD Lieutenant who took Rojas to the ground. The CHP officer returned to assist the LAPD lieutenant. Rojas began to foam blood from his mouth, and a rescue ambulance was requested to respond for the medical emergency. The CHP officer and LAPD lieutenant attempted lifesaving measures.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to the scene and attempted lifesaving measures to no avail. Rojas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Force Investigation Division and the CHP's Special Investigation Team (SIT) responded and are handling the investigation.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division (FID) responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. The FID investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department's policy. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the incident.

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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Van Nuys: 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 and arrest of the suspects responsible for killing 34-year-old Jorge Soto of Northridge.

On February 25, 2019, around 2:10 a.m., West Valley Area uniformed patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting" in the 15800 block of Stagg Street. When officers arrived, they located a male victim in the parking lot of a business, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was engaged in a verbal dispute with several suspects that were seated inside of a vehicle. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot the victim before re-entering the vehicle and fleeing the location. There is no suspect or vehicle description.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. 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.


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Canoga Park: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect responsible for robbing two 24 hour businesses.

The first robbery occurred on February 12, 2019, in the 22800 block of Saticoy Street. The second occurred on February 15, 2019, in the 6400 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Both robberies occurred between the hours of 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. The suspect enters the store, approaches the counter, removes a handgun from his waistband, points it at the cashier and demands money. The suspect leaves the location on foot, and has been seen in a gray or silver sedan.

The suspect is described as a male Black with brown eyes and a mustache. He stands 5 feet
7 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs 160-170 pounds. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.



Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Kohl at 818-756-3520. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247
(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.