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Recovery of Stolen Art from 1995

Los Angeles: In January 1995, an art gallery in Los Angeles discovered that four high value paintings were stolen from their gallery. On November 9, 2019, LAPD's Commercial Crimes Division (CCD), Burglary Special Section, received information regarding one of the stolen paintings. A citizen reported the painting was consigned and on an exhibit at a museum in Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania.

 
CCD detectives identified the possessor of the stolen painting in New Jersey and contacted the local authorities. Detectives met with the possessor and assisting agencies in Pennsylvania. After a thorough investigation no fault was found with the possessor and the painting was voluntarily released to detectives. At this time there are no leads to the suspect or suspects involved. The remaining stolen collections are still missing.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Mel Vergara, Commercial Crimes Division 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. 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: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division are seeking the public's help in identifying vandalism suspects.

On August 28, 2020, at 11:00 p.m., approximately 50 protesters, wearing masks and dark clothing, gathered at Tyrone Avenue and Delano Street. The protestors chanted anti-police chants and circled the police station. Several suspects from within the group removed the American flag from the flag pole in front of the station and set it on fire. Other suspects within the group then spray-painted anti-police slogans on the walls of the station in various areas of the courtyard.

Several individuals within the group walked out of the courtyard and surrounded a marked black & white police vehicle occupied by uniformed LAPD officers. They began hitting the vehicle with an unknown hard object and blocked the vehicle from driving away. Officers were eventually able to reverse out of the area and, upon inspection, observed damage to their vehicle.

The group fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood and were last seen near Hazeltine Avenue and Oxnard Street around 1:00 a.m.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Van Nuys Area Watch Commander at 818-374-9500. 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. 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: On August 31, 2020, around 6:50 p.m., a police sergeant was exiting a parking lot at the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Station in the 2700 block of Temple Street. He was driving an unmarked police SUV. As the sergeant pulled out of the parking lot on Benton Way, a male suspect threw a glass jar candle at his front windshield. After the jar hit the windshield, the sergeant stopped and saw the suspect standing in front of a residence. The suspect fled into the residence and a perimeter was established.

Elvis Ayala, 38-years-old, was taken into custody and booked for 245(c) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer. Ayala is being held, without bail, at the Metropolitan Detention Center due to a parole hold.

Fortunately, the sergeant driving the SUV was not injured during this incident. The damage to the vehicle is seen in the below photograph.

 


Major Crimes Division will be handling the investigation. Ayala is the suspect of an additional incident at the Metropolitan Police Station which occurred on August 20th, 2020. During that incident, Ayala threw a metal candlestick at a large Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) vehicle. The candlestick caused a dent to the rear of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 213-486-7280. 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Update: The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Southeast Gang Enforcement Detail Police Officer III Hector Beas, Serial No. 38726.


**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 Southeast Division.

On August 24th, 2020, around 5:20 p.m., LAPD Southeast Area Gang Enforcement Detail (GED)officers responded to a radio call of gang activity, possibly with a handgun, to the rear of an apartment complex located in the 300 block of East 99th Street. As officers arrived at the rear of the apartment complex, 19-year-old Kwame Page ran north toward 99th Street. When Page reached the front courtyard of the complex, additional GED officers had arrived on 99th Street and an OIS occurred. Page was not struck by gunfire and ran back to the rear of the complex where he was taken into police custody.

A handgun was found at the scene and was collected by detectives. Page was booked for 29800(A)(1)PC, Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. 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, 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 will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer was reasonable.


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Koreatown: The Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Area is requesting the public's help in locating Dora Henriquez.

Dora was last seen on August 29, 2020, around 10:00 a.m., in the 800 block of South Kenmore Avenue. Dora is known to frequent the area of Vermont Avenue and James M. Wood Boulevard. Dora's mental condition is poor, and she suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia. Dora's family is concerned for her safety and safe return home.

Dora is described as a 71-year-old female Hispanic with gray hair, brown eyes, and a small build. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds. Dora was last seen wearing a brown shirt with black line print, brown jeans, gray tennis shoes, and carrying a white cloth bag with flower print.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Olympic Watch Commander at (213)382-9102. 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.