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LAPD Officer Arrested NR20025ti

Northeast Area Police Officer II Louis Mota was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of theft. The incident occurred this morning, while narcotics officers were conducting enforcement of an illegal cannabis grow facility. During the operation an individual working at the facility notified an LAPD supervisor that money was missing from her personal backpack. The supervisor took immediate action, secured the scene and initiated an investigation into the missing money. A review of closed circuit cameras, installed in the building led investigators to believe Officer Mota had taken cash from the worker's backpack. The Department's Internal Affairs Group was immediately notified and Mota's badge, gun, and Department ID were removed as he was taken into custody.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore stated, "No employee of this Department is above the law, and we will not tolerate any individual who betrays the public's trust through this type of behavior." Mota was booked for misdemeanor theft and released on his own recognizance. He has been assigned to home pending the outcome of the administrative and criminal investigation.


Fatal Shooting in West Hills NR20023jc

West Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for a shooting that resulted in the death of a man.

On January 24, 2020, at 11:26 a.m., Topanga Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of an, "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" (ADW) shooting at the 7300 block of Medical Center Drive. The comments of the call indicated that a victim had been found in the parking lot of the location with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Once found, the victim was provided medical attention but, unfortunately, succumbed to the injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m. The victim is identified as 18-year-old Joseph Waary.

Through a preliminary investigation, detectives determined that Mr. Waary had been shot at another location and had been dropped off by his acquaintances at the location where he was found.

The suspect is described as a 19-year-old Hispanic male standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Castro at
(818) 374-1925. 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.


Traffic Collision in Hollywood Leaves One Dead and One Arrested NR20021jl

Hollywood: The passenger of the Mercedes fled the scene on foot, however, was later detained and arrested by responding officers. She has been identified as 27-year-old Samantha Cunha.

On January 20, 2020, around 11:54 p.m., a gray Mercedes traveling southbound in the 1300 block of Martel Ave collided with the rear tire of a motorcycle also traveling southbound Martel Ave. The Mercedes continued driving southbound on Martel Ave, turned into a driveway and was confronted by the motorcyclist.

Both the driver and passenger of the gray Mercedes exited the vehicle and engaged in an argument with the motorcyclist. The passenger then entered the front passenger seat of the vehicle which started to move forward with the driver's side door open. The driver attempted to enter the driver's seat of the moving vehicle as the vehicle collided with the curb and a tree. The driver was knocked down, became trapped under the Mercedes and succumbed to her injuries.

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

Samantha Cunha was booked for felony hit and run, California Vehicle Code - 20001(a).
Her bail amount has been set at $50,000.00.

The decedent has been identified as a 27-year-old female from Los Angeles, CA.

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 about this case is asked to contact West Traffic Division Investigator, Osborne, at (213) 473-0234. 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.


Fatal Shooting in West Los Angeles NR20019ll

West Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of a man.
On January 20, 2020 around 10:17 p.m., Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles Station responded to a call of an altercation at the Century City Mall. The call was upgraded to a shooting in progress.
When officers arrived, they found a male adult victim outside of the mall who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim's identity is being held until the notification to next of kin.
The incident unfolded when a dispute occurred between two separate groups inside of a restaurant. Females were involved in a fight. A fight then occurred outside of the restaurant and the suspect armed himself and shot the victim multiple times outside of the restaurant. This homicide is possibly gang related.
The suspect was described as a male Black, approximately 25-30 years of age, 5' 7", 160 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The suspect left the location on foot, exiting the Eastern stairway to Santa Monica Boulevard.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, West Bureau Homicide, at (213) 382-9470. 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


Fatal Shooting in Fairfax NR20018ll

Fairfax: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of a man.
On January 20, 2020 around 2:13 a.m., Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Station responded to numerous calls of "Shots Fired" near the area of Melrose and Fairfax.
When officers arrived they found a blood trail leading Northbound on Fairfax. A crime scene was established and shooting evidence was located in an alley parallel to Fairfax.
Witnesses reported seeing a male Black wearing a red hoodie sweatshirt running Northbound and attempting to stop Southbound cars. This male (a shooting victim) was picked up by additional male Blacks in a black sedan that left Southbound. Officers contacted local hospitals and learned of a shooting victim at a local hospital. This victim was transported by a private vehicle and had succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, West Bureau Homicide, at (213) 382-9470. 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.


Critical Missing 12-Year-Old Female

Pacoima: The family of Letzy Cortez and the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On January 7, 2020 around 12 p.m., Letzy Cortez was last seen leaving her home near the 12200 block of Osborne Place in Pacoima. Cortez is possibly with an unknown boyfriend and loitering in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.

Cortez is described as a 12-year-old, female Hispanic, with black hair, and brown eyes. She stands at 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 lbs. Cortez was last wearing a black jacket, white shirt and blue pants. Cortez has a nose stud and her mental condition is described as good.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Letzy Cortez, please contact, Foothill Area at (818) 834-3115. 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 ww.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.


Road Rage Leads to Severe Injury

Van Nuys: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for severely injuring a man.

On January 1, 2020, around 9:30 p.m., the victim was in his vehicle, stopped at a red light,
facing south on Woodman Avenue at Victory Boulvard. The suspect vehicle had been driving irractically, south on Woodman Avenue. The suspect vehicle got behind the victim's vehicle and followed the victi. The victim and suspects pulled to the curb and exited their vehicles. A dispute quickly erupted. During the confrontation, one of the suspects punched the victim once in the head causing him to become unconscious and fall to the ground. The suspects returned to their vehicle and fled the location south on Woodman Avenue from Victory Boulevard.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. He has not regained consciousness since the incident.

SThe first suspect is described as a male, Armenian, short black hair, 510, 150 lbs, 20-30 years old wearing a black sweatshirt, white shirt, black pants, and black hair. He was the one who hit the victim and was the driver of the Jeep. The second suspect is described as a male, Amenian, black hair, 601, 170 lbs, 20-30 years old wearing light blue pants and a dark jacket. The third suspect is a male, Armenian, black hair 509, 140 lbs. 20-30 years old wearing a dark jacket, white shirt, and dark pants.

The suspects were last seen driving south on Woodman from Victory in a black Jeep with tinted windows and California paper plates.



Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Area Detective R. Secor at (818) 374-0062. 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.