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Fatal Hit and Run in South Los Angeles

Los Angeles: On October 8, 2020 around 4:25 a.m., a 22-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a motorist traveling northbound on Avalon Boulevard south of 107th Street. The driver continued driving northbound on Avalon Boulevard dragging the pedestrian under the vehicle for a block and a half. The driver made an eastbound turn onto 106th Street where the pedestrian was dislodged from the vehicle just east of Avalon Boulevard. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at scene. The identity of the female will remain confidential until the next of kin has been notified.

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.

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.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Division, Detective Moreno or Detective Flannery, at 323-421-2500 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours please contact South Traffic Division's Watch Commander at 323-421-2577. 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.


Daytime Robbery Suspects Captured on Video Surveillance

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Area are seeking the public's help in identifying robbery suspects.

On September 26, 2020, around 10:50 a.m., the victim exited a convenience store and walked through the parking lot in the 5000 block of West Pico Boulevard. Two suspects approached the victim, physically assaulted him, and took his money. Both suspects fled the location.

Suspect #1, the driver, is described as a male Hispanic in his 40's, wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, and red shoes.

Suspect #2 , the passenger, is described as a male Black, in his 40's, wearing a blue baseball cap, white t-shirt, and orange reflective vest.

The suspect vehicle is described as a late model, red, 2-door Honda Civic with California license plate ending in "2."

 
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Villatoro, Robbery Section, at 213-922-8217. During non-business hours or on the 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.



Assault with a Deadly Weapon Hate Crime

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Area are investigating a hate crime which occurred in MacArthur Park.

On October 4, 2020, around 9:00 p.m., a transgender female victim was in MacArthur Park when she was approached by a group of three Hispanic suspects, two males and one female, 18-25 years of age. One of the suspects stated, "We don't want gays here!" The suspects surrounded the victim and proceeded to stab her multiple times. The suspects fled the area in a white Honda sedan. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Detectives are actively working this investigation and canvassing the area for witnesses and evidence. Due to the statement made to the victim, this is being investigated as a hate crime.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Rampart Detectives at 213-484-3660. 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 Arrest Trump Star Vandal

Hollywood: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area announce the arrest of James Otis for Felony Vandalism of the Donald Trump star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On October 2, 2020, Otis used a pick axe to destroy the Donald Trump star. Recently on social media, Otis expressed his intention to damage the star, and in 2016 was arrested for the same charge.

During the investigation, and after reviewing video of the incident, it was determined the individual destroying the star appeared to be James Otis. Detectives contacted Otis' publicity team who relayed his desire to turn himself in for the recent crime. On October 5, 2020, Otis entered Hollywood Station where he was questioned by detectives and subsequently booked for 594(b)(1), Felony Vandalism. Bail was set in the amount of $20,000.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce estimated the damage to be over $3,000.