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LAPD Officer Arrested NR20025ti

Northeast Area Police Officer II Louis Mota was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of theft. The incident occurred this morning, while narcotics officers were conducting enforcement of an illegal cannabis grow facility. During the operation an individual working at the facility notified an LAPD supervisor that money was missing from her personal backpack. The supervisor took immediate action, secured the scene and initiated an investigation into the missing money. A review of closed circuit cameras, installed in the building led investigators to believe Officer Mota had taken cash from the worker's backpack. The Department's Internal Affairs Group was immediately notified and Mota's badge, gun, and Department ID were removed as he was taken into custody.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore stated, "No employee of this Department is above the law, and we will not tolerate any individual who betrays the public's trust through this type of behavior." Mota was booked for misdemeanor theft and released on his own recognizance. He has been assigned to home pending the outcome of the administrative and criminal investigation.

Fatal Shooting in West Hills NR20023jc

West Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for a shooting that resulted in the death of a man.

On January 24, 2020, at 11:26 a.m., Topanga Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of an, "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" (ADW) shooting at the 7300 block of Medical Center Drive. The comments of the call indicated that a victim had been found in the parking lot of the location with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Once found, the victim was provided medical attention but, unfortunately, succumbed to the injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m. The victim is identified as 18-year-old Joseph Waary.

Through a preliminary investigation, detectives determined that Mr. Waary had been shot at another location and had been dropped off by his acquaintances at the location where he was found.

The suspect is described as a 19-year-old Hispanic male standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Castro at
(818) 374-1925. 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 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.