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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.


Fatal Hit & Run Collision

Los Angeles: On September 7, 2020, around 10:10 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division (LAPD, CTD) responded to a call for service near the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Boca Avenue. The officers' investigation revealed that a pedestrian was laying on the roadway on Valley Boulevard east of Boca Avenue, when a black vehicle travelling westbound on Valley Boulevard struck the pedestrian. The driver failed to stop, remain at the scene, render aid, and identify themselves as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Drivers are reminded to drive at a safe speed and if you become 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.

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, driver, or collision please contact Officer Hale of CTD, at 213-833-3713 email: 39395@lapd.online or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to (323) 846-6553 or 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.


C.A.R.E. Alert

Update
September 9, 2020


On September 8, 2020 Rodney Dorsett Jr. (Suspect) and 6-year-old Chance Dorsett were both located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rodney Dorsett Jr. was arrested on a Los Angeles County warrant. Chance Dorsett is safe and currently in the custody of Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

 
 
Child Abduction Regional Emergency
Father Sought in the Abduction of 6-year old Son



Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division and the grandfather of 6- year-old, Chance Dorsett, is requesting the public's help in locating him.

On Sunday, September 6, 2020, around 4:00 p.m., Chances' biological father (suspect Rodney Dorsett Jr.) met with Mr. Dorsett Sr., whom has full custody of Chance and Chance at a nearby market. The market is located at Redondo and Washington Boulevard. The grandfather allowed his son Rodney Jr. to take Chance and spend time with him, hours went by and Chance was not returned.

When Chance was not returned, Mr. Dorsett Sr. made numerous attempts to contact Rodney Jr. via cell phone. Rodney Jr. failed to answer his phone or return any phone calls. Mr. Dorsett Sr. worried and concerned for Chance, contacted the Los Angeles Police Department for assistance in locating him.

Rodney Dorsett Jr. is believed to be travelling by bus. He has family in Texas and might be heading in that direction.
 
Chance Dorsett is 6-years-old, described as a male Black, with brown eyes, black hair, weight approximately 90 pounds and is 5 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a navy-blue shirt with tan polka dots and tan shorts.
 
The suspect, 25-year-old Rodney Dorsett Jr., is described as a male Black, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5'09" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.
 
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD, Wilshire Division at 213-473- 0467 or 213-922-8205. 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 1-800-222-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 www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Pedestrian Severely Injured in Hit & Run Collision

UPDATE
September 25, 2020
 
Through the assistance of news media, detectives received a tip that lead to the identification of the driver involved in a hit and run traffic collision that severely injured a 70-year-old woman. Today at 2:45 p.m., detectives went to the 900 block of Menlo Avenue and arrested 34-year-old Christopher David Smith at his residence.  He was booked (Booking #6019099), and bail was set at $50,000.00. 
 
 
Chinatown: On September 4, 2020, around 5:00 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division (LAPD, CTD) responded to a call for service at the intersection of North Broadway and College Street. The officers' investigation revealed that a pedestrian described as a 70-year-old woman was crossing North Broadway when she was struck by a black Mercedes Benz sedan. The driver of the Mercedes Benz sedan stopped briefly but fled the scene. The driver failed to stop, remain at the scene, render aid, and identify themselves as required by law.


The pedestrian sustained multiple blunt-force trauma injuries because of the collision. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the Mercedes Benz sedan is described as 35 or 40-year-old male Black. He stands at 6 feet 4 inches, weighs 180 pounds, and has braided short blond hair. He has a tattoo of the number, "1" on the left side of his face and has tattoos on both arms. The Mercedes Benz is described as a 2003-2006 model C 230 with dealer-issued paper plates.


**NOT actual suspect vehicle; Similar vehicle**

Drivers are reminded to drive at a safe speed and if you become 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.

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, driver, or collision please contact Detective Jose De Leon of CTD, at 213-833-3713 email: 23911@lapd.online or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 323-846-6553 or 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.