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***UPDATE***

The officers involved in the incident below have been identified as Police Officer II David Orozco, Serial No. 42770, Police Officer II David Torres, Serial No. 41483, and Police Officer I Brandon Prisk, Serial No. 43869, Southeast Area.
 
**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 Thursday afternoon.

On May 14, 2020, around 12:43 p.m., Southeast Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of shots fired in the 700 block of W. 123rd Street. The Person Reporting (PR) called on behalf of her neighbor, who stated her son had a gun and was attempting to kill her daughter. Upon arrival, the officers set up containment and made contact with the suspect over the phone. While speaking with the suspect, the officers learned that he was armed with a gun and had fired a round into a door inside the residence. In addition, the suspect was refusing to allow his sister to exit the location.

The suspect eventually exited the location armed with a revolver and an OIS occurred. The suspect was struck by gunfire and succumbed to his injuries at scene.

No officers were injured during the incident and a loaded revolver was recovered at the scene.

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 and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office also responded and monitored the 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 the 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 officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are investigating a hit and run traffic collision that resulted in the death of a 67-year-old man.

On May 13, 2020, around 3:50 a.m., officers responded to a hit and run traffic collision at the intersection of Main Street and 47th Place. Preliminary investigation determined the driver of a light-colored sedan, traveling northbound on Main Street, struck a pedestrian crossing Main Street in a marked crosswalk. The pedestrian was then struck by another unknown type of vehicle traveling southbound on Main Street. Both drivers fled the scene without identifying themselves or rendering aid to the severely injured pedestrian.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and pronounced the male victim dead at scene. His identity has not been released pending notification to next of kin.

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.

The City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund in April 2015. A reward of up to $25,000 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 is urged to contact Detective Jose De Leon at (213) 833-3713, or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713. 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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Los Angeles: The family of Melissa Barrios and the Los Angeles Police Department are requesting the public's assistance in locating her.

Melissa Barrios was last seen on May 1, 2020, around 10:20 a.m., near the 900 block of Menlo Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. She hasn't been seen since and her family is concerned.

Melissa is described as a 30-year-old female Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes. She stands around 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing all dark clothing.

If you have seen or have any information regarding her 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 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a bank robbery suspect.

On December 18, 2019, at approximately 1:20 p.m., a bank robbery occurred at the 700 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The suspect entered the bank and presented the teller with a note. The teller complied with the suspects demands, who then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.


The suspect is described as a Male, possibly Hispanic, 6'0, 180-200 pounds, and 23-26 years old. He was wearing a long sleeve shirt, sweatpants, and a blue surgical mask at the time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detectives F. Arroyo and C. Mrakich, at 213 486-6840. 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 Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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Suspect Arrested for Selling Covid-19 Test Kits Not Approved by Federal Drug Administration

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Intellectual Property Crimes Unit (IPCU), announce the arrest of a suspect for selling Covid-19 test kits that have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

On May 12, 2020, around 2:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Intellectual Property Crimes Unit, in collaboration with Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) served a search warrant near the 800 block of Broadway Avenue in the city of Santa Monica. Detectives arrested Ying Lien Wang, 39-years-old, for selling Covid-19 test kits that have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

Investigators conducted three undercover buys and surveilled the suspect before her subsequent arrest for a violation of 17500 Business and Professions Code-False Advertising. The suspect sold her products on Craigslist. None of the Covid-19 test kits recovered had been tested to meet United States safety standards and could pose a risk to anyone using them. Investigators recovered 61 non-approved Covid-19 test kits. There will be additional pending charges are for 109920 Health and Safety Code.

Residents are reminded that Los Angeles is offering free coronavirus testing to all, you may obtain one, free of charge by logging in to covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/
 


Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to contact Commercial Crimes Detectives at (213) 486-5940. 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.


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May 12, 2020
UPDATE

Suspect's booking number is 5929856 and his bail was set at $2,000,000.00 dollars. The victim has been identified as Corey James La Barrie and his birthdate is May 10, 1995.

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division announce the arrest of Daniel Joseph Silva, a 27-year-old driver and resident of Los Angeles for murder.

On Sunday, May 10, 2020, around 9:39 p.m., a 2020 McLaren 600LT was traveling eastbound on Huston Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control. Driver then ran off the road and collided with a stop sign and a tree on the northeast corner of Huston Street and Carpenter Avenue.

The driver of the McLaren exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene but was stopped by citizens who came to render aid. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported both parties involved in the collision to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The passenger, a 25-year-old male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the passenger is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Drivers are reminded to obey the rules of the road and to drive at a safe speed. Speed kills and reckless driving puts other innocent bystanders in danger as well. If you are involved in a collision, you should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify yourself.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division, Detective Sinclair at (818) 644-8033 or Detective Buenaventura at (818) 644-8035. 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 Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with a felony battery.

On May 1, 2020, around 10:20 a.m., two suspects entered a local store in the 5700 hundred block of Sepulveda Boulevard, in the city of Van Nuys with no mask on. The two male suspects were confronted about not wearing masks within the retail store. When they refused to wear a mask, they were escorted out of the store.

As they approached the exit, one suspect, suddenly without provocation, turned and punched a store employee, causing him and the suspect to fall to the floor. While on the ground, the store employee broke his left arm. A fight erupted between the two suspects and store employees.

 
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the store employee to a local hospital and was treated for his injuries.

The two suspects were shortly arrested on the same day for Felony Battery and their bail was set at $50,000.

First suspect is 31-year-old, Phillip Hamilton. Booking Number 5924295.
Second suspect is 29-year-old, Paul Hamilton. Booking Number 5924294.

If anyone has information, please contact Lt. Gavin, Van Nuys Division at (818) 374-1913. 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.


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Pacoima: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects involved in a fatal shooting.

On May 9, 2020, at 10:45 p.m., Foothill Area Patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon Shooting" at 13200 block of Cornelius Street in Pacoima.

Upon arrival officers observed the victim laying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. He was unconscious and not breathing.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.

Operation Valley Bureau Homicide was contacted and assumed responsibility of the investigation. Detectives interviewed witnesses who stated the victim was standing in front of the residence when a dark colored Sedan approached.

The passenger and driver exited the vehicle and shot multiple rounds at the victim striking him several times. The vehicle fled in unknown direction.

The victim, Davon Pledger is a 26-year-old male, from Van Nuys.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. 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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Winnetka: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the driver involved in a hit and run traffic collision that left a 36-year-old male with severe injuries.

On May 1, 2020, around 10:45 p.m., officers responded to a severe injury hit and run that occurred at Winnetka Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard. A motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Winnetka Ave passing Roscoe Blvd, when it collided with a gray jeep Cherokee, which was making a left turn from northbound Winnetka Ave into westbound Roscoe Blvd. After the collision, the driver of the Jeep Cherokee stopped the vehicle momentarily.
The driver then fled the scene failing to render aid and exchange information as required by law. The motorcyclist was injured as the result of this collision.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital in stable condition.




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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 $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

If anyone has information regarding the vehicle and the driver, please contact Detective Benjamin Sadeh, Valley Traffic Detectives at (818) 644-8029, or e-mail at 39663@LAPD.Online. 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.


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May 17, 2020
 
Update #3
 
On May 17, 2020, around 1:50 a.m., a Central Area Patrol Sergeant located a white 2005 Scion xB, around Gladys Avenue and 6th Street, and was occupied by a female. The vehicle and female matched the description of the Fatal Hit and Run vehicle that collided into Byern Smith and killed him.
 
Central Patrol Officers stopped and detained 59-year old Maria Perez of Bell Gardens. The Detectives' investigation revealed Maria Perez was the driver who collided with Byern Smith and fled the scene without rendering aid or identifying herself as require by law.
 
Maria Perez was booked at Metropolitan Detention Center for 20001(a)VC, Felony Hit and Run, a Felony Warrant and 2-Misdamenaor Warrants, Booking No.593388. Maria Perez's bail is $0.00 as set by Los Angeles County Emergency COVID-19 Directive.

May 11, 2020
 
UPDATE #2
 
 
REWARD $50,000

Suspect's vehicle ................................................ Suspect Driver
 
May 8, 2020
 
UPDATE
Central Traffic Detectives announce $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person driving the vehicle. The vehicle is described as a white 2004-2006 Scion xB. It was last seen westbound 7th Street approaching Central Avenue. There was a 1980's full size van, blue or gray in color, that was directly behind the Scion when the collision occurred.
 
The driver of the van appeared to follow the Scion up to Central Avenue, however, the driver of the van never contacted the police. The occupants of the van were in position to see the collision and see the Scion's license plate number. Detectives are reaching out to occupants of the van to contact them.

The collision was captured on an exterior video surveillance system and is posted on Central Traffic Division's Twitter account, @LAPDCTD24.




Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are investigating a hit and run traffic collision that resulted in the death of a 50-year-old man.

On May 7, 2020, around 1:55 a.m., a pedestrian was walking on the 1600 block of East 7th Street. Per witnesses, a possible big rig truck struck the pedestrian. The driver of the truck failed to stop, render aid, and to identify himself or herself as required by law.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The victim is described as a 50-year-old male Black. Identification is unknown at this time and is being determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

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.

The City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund in April 2015. A reward of up to $25,000 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 is urged to contact Detective Juan Campos at (213) 833-3713, or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713. 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.