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Chief Moore Invites Angelenos to Gun Buyback Events This Saturday

Angelenos will be able to receive up to $200 in exchange for returned firearms at three locations citywide  

LOS ANGELES: Chief Michel Moore today invited Angelenos to help build a safer Los Angeles at Gun Buyback events happening this Saturday, December 5th. Reducing gun violence is a top priority for the LAPD. In a tough year when homicides are rising across the city, the annual Gun Buyback is a chance to rally the community around the drive to take more guns off the streets and improve security in our neighborhoods.  Chief Michel Moore stated, “Reducing the number of shooting victims in Los Angeles has never been more important to the safety of all Angelenos.  Every gun recovered in this “Buy Back” program means one less weapon that can be used to inflict harm.”  

“Fewer guns on the street translates into less crime, more peace of mind, and safer communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Between our Gun Buyback events, our policy initiatives, and the efforts of our LAPD, we have made clear progress in tackling the plague of gun violence in our city -- and in these trying times, we will stay focused on meeting our core goals when it comes to the pandemic, public health, or public safety: protecting our families and saving lives.”   

The Gun Buyback initiative allows people to anonymously submit firearms in exchange for gift cards valued at $100 for handguns, shotguns, and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons as classified in the State of California, while supplies last. Firearms brought to a buyback location must be unloaded and stored in the trunk of a vehicle. Since 2013, the City of Los Angeles has removed 43,032 firearms from the streets, through joint efforts by the LAPD and the City’s Gun Buyback program.   

The Gun Buyback events take place in drive-through format and all participants are required to remain in their vehicles at all times. This year’s events will apply strict COVID-19 safety protocols including staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves, and physical distancing, and all participants will be required to wear a face covering. The Gun Buyback events will take place this Saturday, December 5th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at three locations:  

South L.A.  
Bethel A.M.E. Church L.A.  
7900 S. Western Ave.   
Los Angeles, CA 90047  

Lincoln Heights   
Lincoln Park Recreation Center  
3501 Valley Blvd.   
Los Angeles, CA 90031  

Van Nuys  
Van Nuys Masonic Building   
14750 Sherman Way Blvd.  
Van Nuys, CA 91405  

The City’s Gun Buyback program operates under the same premise of all smart laws regarding gun violence prevention: regulating access to guns reduces the number of gun-related injuries and deaths. A 2019 survey found that 91% of respondents felt their community was safer because of the Gun Buyback event. Still, nearly 30% of participants indicated that they or someone that they know had been a victim of gun violence.  

For more information about the gun buyback events, call (877) LAPD-247.

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Los Angeles: On Thursday November 19, 2020, around 6:10 p.m., a 21-year-old male pedestrian was riding a scooter northbound on Bixel Street just north of Wilshire Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle.  The driver fled the scene without stopping, rendering aid or identifying himself or herself. There is no description of the driver and/or vehicle.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. The victim was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit with severe injuries.

A witness recorded a video of a white Toyota Tacoma chasing after the hit and run vehicle. The vehicle pictured below belongs to the witness of the collision. The public’s assistance is needed in locating this witness who might have vital information on the hit and run vehicle and/or driver.

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives or Officer Robert Palma, at 213-833-3713 or by email at 26756@lapd.online.  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.

Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Female

December 2, 2020

On December 2, 2020, Maria Antonia Hernandez Ochoa was located and reunited with her family.
Sun Valley: The Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area is requesting the public's help in locating Maria Antonia Hernandez Ochoa.

Hernandez Ochoa was last seen on December 2, 2020, around 11:30 a.m., in the 10700 block of Colwell Drive. Hernandez Ochoa's mental condition is poor, and she suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. Hernandez Ochoa's family is concerned for her safety and safe return home.

Hernandez Ochoa is described as a female Hispanic with short gray hair, brown eyes, and a thin build. She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Hernandez Ochoa is known to frequent the area of San Fernando Road and North Hollywood Way. She was last seen wearing a purple long sleeve shirt, gray pants and gray shoes. Hernandez Ochoa is Spanish-speaking only.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Foothill Watch Commander at (818)756-8861. 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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Panorama City:  The family of Hugo Martinez and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Area Juvenile detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 12-year-old Hugo Martinez.   

Hugo was last seen on Monday, November 30, 2020 around 8:30 a.m. at his residence in the 8800 block of Tobias Ave.  Hugo suffers from ADHD and has not taken his medication.  Hugo has also made suicidal statements in the past.  Hugo left his residence without his cell phone or any of his belongings.

Hugo is described as a 12-year-old male Hispanic with short black hair, brown eyes, and a medium build.  He stands 4 feet 11inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with an orange logo “OFF”, gray-white-blue pajama pants, white Nike Airforce shoes, and a blue hat.
If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Hugo Martinez, 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# 2019-17545