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Hit and Run Traffic Collision Leaves One Person Dead

Van Nuys:  On Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 7:15 p.m., a 2013 black Lexus SUV was travelling westbound on Burbank Blvd at Natick Ave. A male passenger from the Lexus exited the moving vehicle and fell onto the roadway.  An unknown light colored sedan travelling westbound Burbank Blvd struck the male passenger while on the roadway. The driver of the sedan failed to stop, identify self and render aid as required by law.   

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced the male passenger dead at the scene.  He was a male, approximately 24 years-old.  His name will not be released until next of kin is notified.  The driver of the Lexus didn’t sustain any injuries from the collision.

This investigation is ongoing and no arrest was made at scene.   

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 $50,000 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 Valley Traffic Investigator Garcia at 818-644-8117.  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 CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers 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.


Los Angeles Board of Police Commission Changes

Los Angeles: Civilian oversight is the cornerstone of Constitutional Policing and it is critical in our ability to build trust with our residents. The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners Vice President Shane Murphy Goldsmith has spent the last four years dedicated to that mission. As she steps down this week from her role on the Board, the Los Angeles Police Department thanks her for her diligent service and we wish her well in her future endeavors. Ms. Goldsmith helped shape the LAPD's policies and procedures regarding community policing, homelessness, and juvenile pre-arrest diversion.

The LAPD remains dedicated to our Core Values and will continue to work diligently with our civilian Board of Police Commissioners "To Protect and To Serve" the people of Los Angeles as we welcome Los Angeles Police Commissioner nominee, William Briggs.


Burglary Suspects Targeting Storage Facility in Mission Hills NR20286jl

Mission Hills:  Burglary detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division  have recognized a pattern of burglaries in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles.  The suspects have scaled the walls of the facility and accessed the property.  Once inside, the suspects have forced open the doors of individual storage units and removed property.  This has occurred on two separate occasions.  The burglaries have occurred between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..   

The suspects are described as Hispanic males in their late teens to early twenties.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Mission Division, Burglary Section, Detective Gonzales or Detective Santa at 818-838-9810.  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.


Felony Hit and Run in Hollenbeck

Los Angeles: On Wednesday November 18, 2020, around 12:02 a.m., a green 1999 Honda Civic was involved in a speed contest at the 100 Block of North Myers Street.  The Honda was traveling southbound on Myers Street when it collided with a gray 2006 Mercedes that was making a left turn.  After the collision, a black Dodge Charger approached the Mercedes. The driver of the Mercedes, a Hispanic or White female and a Hispanic or White female passenger exited the car.  Both women entered the Dodge Charger and fled the scene.  The driver failed to render aid or identify herself as required by law.   

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the driver of the Honda to a local area hospital with severe injuries.

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.

***Video of suspect and vehicle can be viewed on the Central Traffic Twitter page @LAPDCTD24***

If anyone has information regarding the vehicle, driver, passenger or collision, please contact Officer Mendoza, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713 or e-mail Officer Mendoza at 32010@lapd.online or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746.  During weekends and off-hours calls should be directed to the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  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.


14-Year-Old Critical Missing Juvenile

Panorama City:  The family of Bianka Gomez and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Area Juvenile Detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating 14-year-old Bianka Gomez.  


Bianka was last seen on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, around 4:15 p.m. at her family’s residence in the 14600 Block of Gledhill Street. Bianka and her parents were involved in an argument over discipline issues. Bianka became upset and left home without permission and has not returned.

 
Bianka Gomez is described as a 14-year-old Hispanic female with shoulder length black hair, brown eyes, and a medium build.  She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white Nike tennis shoes, and was carrying a pink backpack.   


If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Bianka Gomez, please contact Mission Area Juvenile Detectives, at 818-838-9810 or 818-838-9800.  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. Reference DR# 20-1917076.


Juan Hernandez Missing Person Investigation South Los Angeles

Los Angeles:  On September 22, 2020, Juan Hernandez was reported missing by his family after not returning home from work that night.  Within a week of Hernandez disappearance, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) Robbery Special Section (RSS) Detectives assumed the investigation after someone attempted to extort money from the family for his safe return.  RHD Detectives were able to determine the attempted extortion was not related to Hernandez disappearance, but he was most likely the victim of a crime and continued to investigate his disappearance.  

LAPD RHD Detectives worked tirelessly in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine how Juan Hernandez disappeared and if in fact he was the victim of a crime.  Ultimately, their efforts provided Detectives with a sequence of events to find Hernandez.  

On November 15, 2020, LAPD RHD, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Homicide, and FBI personnel discovered the remains of Juan Hernandez.  Hernandez was found in a shallow grave along Afton Canyon Road east of Interstate 15 which is north of Barstow. The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to recover the human remains which appeared to be the victim of a homicide.  It was later determined by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office; the remains were of Juan Hernandez.  

On November 19, 2020, LAPD RHD Detectives with the assistance of LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) served search warrants at the residences of the persons of interest in Hernandez murder.  The following suspects were arrested for 187 PC/Murder and booked at LAPD Jail:  

1. Ethan Astaphan, 27 years  

2. Sonita Heng, 20 years  

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detective Jaramillo and Detective Hammer at (213) 486-6840.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”


Fatal Hit and Run

UPDATE
November 19, 2020
 
 
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 $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

 

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that killed a male bicyclist.     

On November 18, 2020, around 9:15 p.m., a bicyclist was travelling north on Main Street just north of 120th Street.  A dark colored sedan, also travelling north on Main Street, collided with the bicyclist and fled north on Main Street without stopping or rendering aid to the bicyclist as required by law.  

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The identity of the bicyclist is not being released until next of kin is notified.  

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.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Detective Flannery or Officer Mitchell at 323-421-2500.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the South Traffic Watch Commander at 323-421-2577, or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  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.    


Law Enforcement Related Injury at Laker’s Celebration NR20284wc

Los Angeles: In anticipation of celebratory activity following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, several Mobile Field Forces were deployed in the downtown area.

On Monday, October 12, 2020, around 12:30 a.m., a squad of officers arrived in the area of South Flower Street and West 9th Street due to a large crowd. While interacting with that group, officers reported seeing individuals throw bottles in their direction. In response to those actions, less-lethal munitions were deployed, which struck an individual in the face. That person was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted due to injuries sustained to his mouth. He was not arrested.

No officers were injured during this incident.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.