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Shooting/Assault with a Deadly Weapon against an Officer

Reseda: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Homicide Special Section (HSS), responded to a shooting investigation in Reseda.

On September 26, 2020, at approximately 5:45 a.m., an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer, while driving in his personal vehicle came under fire from an unknown suspect armed with a handgun. The suspect, at this time described only as a male Hispanic driving a black sports utility vehicle, fired at the officer while both vehicles were driving on Vanowen Street in the area of Lindley Avenue.

The shots struck the officer's vehicle, but the officer was uninjured.

At this time, the motive for this shooting is unknown.

If you have any information that would aid the investigation, you are asked to contact Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at 213-486-6910. 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.


Detectives Request The Public’s Help to Locate a Person of Interest in Sexual Assault and Attempt Murder Investigation NR20236jc

UPDATE
September 26, 2020
 
 

A person of interest was identified, and his information was released to the press. This is to notify the public that the person identified, Kwan Dante Adams, a transient who frequents the area, has been arrested.

In the early morning hours of September 26, 2020, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Gang and Narcotics Division, Fugitive Warrants Section, located Kwan Adams in the Venice Beach area. He was detained without incident and booked for an outstanding robbery warrant. He remains in custody with No Bail. Detectives from Robbery-Homicide continue to investigate the crime that occurred on September 8, 2020.

Anyone with information about this incident are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at (213) 486-6910. 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.



Venice Beach: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) is requesting the community's assistance in providing any information about a person of interest in relation to a sexual assault and attempt murder investigation.
In the early morning hours of September 8, 2020, detectives from RHD, Special Assault Section (SAS) responded to a sexual assault and attempt murder investigation in the area of Ocean Front Walk and Anchorage Street. An unconscious victim suffering from severe head trauma was discovered laying on the ground outside of a restroom.
An individual identified as Kwan Dante Adams has been identified as a person of interest related to the attack. Kwan Dante Adams is described as a 24-year-old black man with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He is known to have tattoos on his chest and arms. He is also wanted on a felony warrant for robbery.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at 213-486-6910. 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, "P-3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Missing 21-Year -Old Young Man

Los Angeles:  The family and friends of Juan Carlos Hernandez and the Los Angeles Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance in locating him.

Juan was last seen on September 26, 2020, near the 3200 hundred block of West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. He was wearing a gray hoodie, light colored shorts, long black socks and dark Vans.  He hasn’t been seen since and his family is concerned.   

Juan is described as a male Hispanic, brown hair, brown eyes, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds.   

If you have seen Juan Carlos Hernandez or have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, at (213) 996-1800.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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.  


Officer-Involved-Shooting at LAPD Harbor Division

**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: The Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS) that occurred Saturday evening, at the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Community Police Station.


On September 26, 2020, around 9:59 p.m., a male Hispanic, later identified as 29-year-old, Jose Guzman, entered the front lobby of the Harbor Community Police Station. Guzman was met by the Harbor Area uniformed desk officer at which time Guzman engaged the officer in a physical altercation by punching him on the face causing the officer to fall backwards onto the floor. While on the ground Guzman began to struggle over the officer's gun and managed to remove the gun from the officer's holster and gain control of the gun. Guzman continued his assault and hit the officer on the head with the gun causing lacerations and immediate bleeding. As Guzman stood up he pointed the gun at the officer and began to retreat towards the front door. The on-duty Assistant Watch Commander (AWC) responded to the front lobby at which point the officer informed the AWC that Guzman had his gun. As the AWC turned to address Guzman, he turned and fired at the AWC which precipitated an Officer-Involved-Shooting. Guzman was not struck by gunfire and fled the station in his vehicle.

Responding officers observed Guzman's vehicle and initiated a pursuit which terminated at Pacific Avenue and 17th Street, where he was taken into custody involving of a non-categorical use of force. Guzman sustained minor abrasions, was medically treated and was released for booking.

A loaded 9mm Berretta semi-automatic pistol was recovered from Guzman's vehicle.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the officer to a local hospital where he was medically treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

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 on-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 was reasonable.


LAPD Statement Regarding Armenia and Azerbaijan Conflict

The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of increasing military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Artsakh region. Any peaceful protests related to this conflict will be facilitated as protected free speech. However, violent behavior or vandalism by protestors will not be tolerated and will result in enforcement action or arrest.

The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to the rights, freedom, and safety of all Angelenos. Extra patrol will be given to both the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities within Los Angeles during this time of heightened tension.


Shooting at Sports Bar in Marina Del Rey

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Area are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in an early morning shooting.     

On September 23, 2020, around 1:00 a.m., a male victim and female victim were with family members and friends at a sports bar, just west of Pacific Avenue on Washington Boulevard in the Venice Beach area.  They were socializing in the outdoor dining patio when a verbal dispute turned into a physical fight with three suspects.  During the fight, one of the suspects fired a handgun, striking both victims.  The suspects fled the location.   
 
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the male victim to a local hospital in stable condition.  The female victim was treated at scene. Detective’s investigation led to the identification of the shooting suspect.  On September 24, the suspect was located and arrested in the city of Norwalk.  A subsequent search warrant was served at the location of arrest.  Several items of evidentiary value were located including the handgun believed to have been used in the crime.  The shooting suspect is a resident of Los Angeles.  Detectives are attempting to identify two additional suspects that were involved in this incident.
Anyone with information about this incident, have camera video footage of the crime, or any additional witnesses that may have been at the scene are urged to call Pacific Area Robbery Detective Angel Gomez at 310-482-6370.  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.

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of Crime Against Child Sexual Assault Suspect

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking the assistance of the public in an attempt to locate any additional victims of a sexual assault suspect, 22-year-old Princeton Bloome.

Bloome would seek out minor children online and pose as a 17-year-old. He used false identities and fabricated stories about his lifestyle. After forming an online relationship with victims, he would meet them in person and sexually assault them.

Bloome was responsible for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 2018 in Topanga Area.. After meeting the victim online, he lured the victim to a location where the sexual assault occurred. Bloome met with the victim several times during a one-month period. During that month, Bloome used threats of harm to the victim and the victim’s family to continue seeing the victim.

During January 2020, Bloome sexually assaulted a 13-year-old victim in North Hollywood Area. Bloome also threatened harm to this victim and this victim’s family.
 
 
In May 2020, Bloome had a similar incident in West Los Angeles Area where he met a 16-year-old online. Bloome met with and sexually assaulted the victim.

    
Bloome was taken into custody by the LAPD on June 25, 2020 related to the West Los Angeles and Topanga incidents. Charges were later filed for the North Hollywood incident. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed several felony counts against Bloome for crimes against children.

Detectives are asking the assistance of the community in identifying any additional victims and are asking any victims to please come forward.

If you believe you were a victim, or if you have additional information, you are urged to contact LAPD North Hollywood Sexual Assault Detective Perez or Officer Rico at 818-754-8435 and 818-754-8436. 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 “P-3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Community Forum on Police Reform Sep 15, 2020

Los Angeles – Members of the Board of Police Commissioners, in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Building Trust and Equity, will be conducting its third virtual community forum on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 4:30 p.m.to 7:00 p.m.  The forum series is aimed at listening to ideas and suggestions for police reform from community groups, social justice advocates, clergy, academics, and other community-based organizations.   

The recommendations will be used by the Police Commission and the Advisory Committee in building a roadmap for continued police reform.  Under the direction of the Commission President, the Advisory Committee has begun its comprehensive review to evaluate existing reform proposals, past reforms recommended for the LAPD, recruitment and hiring, data collection and retention, and discipline and accountability.  

Members of the public may listen to the virtual meeting using the Zoom link provided below on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  In addition, members of the public wishing to provide specific proposals on police reform may submit their written ideas, of a maximum of two pages, to policecommissionadvisorycommittee@lapd.online.
 
or
Accessible via phone (855) 880-1246
Meeting ID: 972 7358 9743


The current schedule for the remaining forum series is:
September 17, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
September 24, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
October 1, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Attempt Kidnap Suspect Arrested

Westlake: On August 18, 2020 around 1:30 p.m., the victim, a 6-year-old girl, and her father, Cesar Palma, were on a Metro train when the suspect approached Palma, who is legally blind, and asked him "Can I take your daughter home?" After emphatically telling the suspect "no" the suspect asked if Palma was blind and asked if he could help them. Palma told the suspect he did not need any help. Palma and the victim exited the train at 7th Street and Figueroa to board a bus. While on the bus, the victim realized the suspect had followed them and was in the rear of the bus. The victim told Palma she saw the suspect. The victim and Palma exited the bus in the area of 7th Street and Coronado Street. The suspect followed them and as they were approaching their apartment complex the suspect grabbed the victim's arm. Palma was holding the victim's hand and would not release the victim. Palma began shouting at the suspect to leave the victim alone. Palma's shouting caught the attention of people in the area. Several people began yelling at the suspect, who fled on foot.

While officers were completing their report on the incident, one witness provided officers with cell phone photos she took of the suspect as he was fleeing. A second witness was in the area when he saw some of the interaction between the suspect and victim. The witness quickly could see there was something alarming happening and told the suspect to leave the victim alone. Both witnesses provided important information about the suspect to officers.
Within days, Rampart detectives utilized Department computer resources and were able to identify the suspect, 24-year-old Elijah Lopez. Once Lopez was identified, Rampart detectives issued a crime alert. The crime alert was shared throughout Los Angeles County as well as San Diego County. During the investigation, detectives had discovered Lopez had ties to San Diego.

On September 2, 2020 Rampart detectives were contacted by San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Deputies had detained Lopez based on the attempt kidnap incident. Rampart detectives responded to San Diego and returned Lopez to Los Angeles where he was booked for attempt kidnap.


If anyone believes they may have been a victim of Lopez or has information regarding the incident please contact Detective Olmedo of Rampart Division, at 213-484-3613. 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 Hollywood

Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left a man dead.

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, around 12:45 a.m., Hollywood Division officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 1700 block of North Orange Drive.

Officers were directed to a homicide victim inside of a multi-unit apartment building. As residents were attempting first aid. The Los Angeles Fire Department treated the victim and determined the victim dead at scene.

Detectives learned that the victim was involved in a marijuana transaction when the suspects shot the victim and robbed the victim of marijuana. The suspects were described as two male Blacks and one female Black. The suspects fled the apartment on foot and may have left in a black sedan in an unknown direction.

The investigation is being handled by LAPD, West Bureau Homicide. Anyone with information regarding this shooting should contact investigators 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 “P-3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.