Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a suspect involved in a fatal hit and run collision, that killed a 57-year-old woman, a resident of Los Angeles.

On January 16, 2019, around 7:35 a.m., Northeast Area patrol officers responded to the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue for a radio call of a 'Found Body'.

A witness who was collecting recyclables discovered the victim and had a local business in the area call 9-1-1. When the officers arrived, Los Angeles Fire Department was already at scene and had declared the victim deceased.

The death was undetermined in the initial stages of the patrol officers' investigation. However, the officers reviewed surveillance video from a local business across the street, and determined the incident to be a possible hit and run otherwise.

The video revealed that a tan or brown 2010 to 2013, 4-door, Toyota Corolla was travelling southbound on Hyperion Avenue passing Udell Court. The Corolla loses control and spun into the northbound lanes on Hyperion Avenue and onto the sidewalk.

The video shows the victim was on the sidewalk standing next to two trashcans when she was struck by the Corolla. The trashcans and the victim were launched approximately 15-feet into an open area between two buildings.

Moments later, what appears to be a male driver, exits the vehicle, and appears to inspect the damage to his vehicle. The driver then re-enters his vehicle, and fled southbound Hyperion Avenue. The suspect failed to render aid as required by law.

The Corolla has obvious damage to the right side.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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.

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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective-II Juan Campos (213) 486-0755. 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.


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Encino: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area Burglary Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two burglary suspects who were observed on video breaking into a residence and stealing a safe.

On December 23, 2018, at the 4400 block of Alonzo Avenue, one suspect waited in the car while the other suspect went to the rear of the residence and broke a window.

The suspect then entered the location and found a small safe, cash, and jewelry. The suspect then exited the location with those items. The suspect threw the safe and items into the driveway where the other suspect exited the vehicle and then helped put the stolen goods in their vehicle.

The suspects then fled in the vehicle. Stole $150,000 in cash, jewelry, and a handgun.

Suspect #1 is a male white, standing at 5'06"/5'10", 150/170 lbs., wearing a black cap, shirt, pants and shoes.

Suspect #2 is a male white, standing at 5'06"/5'10", 150/170 lbs., wearing a black cap, a blue windbreaker with a white stripe, and blue jeans.

The suspects are using a white 2015 to 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson SUV.





Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact West Valley Burglary Detective Dunn at (818) 374-7769. 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 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, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."


Small Unmanned Aerial System Used During Barricade Incident

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Division, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) utilized a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) for the first time, during a barricade incident involving a robbery suspect.

In July of 2018, a pilot program began that would allow the Department to use these devices with the hopes of de-escalating dangerous situations while enhancing our commitment to the preservation of life. The sUAS would be used in limited circumstances, under strict guidelines that consider community concerns and privacy interests. For accountability, the device would be used only by a team of officers with specific training, and with prior approval from a Command Staff Officer (commander or above), as well as the Commanding Officer of Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.

On December 13th, 2018 around 9:40 p.m., three suspects were involved in the armed robbery of a convenience store in the 4900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. During the robbery, two of the suspects entered the location, one armed with a firearm, and demanded that the clerk open the register. The suspects took money from the register and fled in a car where the third suspect was waiting. Through the course of the investigation, Northeast Area detectives identified the suspects involved in the Robbery. Two of the suspects were arrested by detectives, but the third suspect was not captured. The search for the third suspect continued into January of this year.

On January 9th of this year, SWAT officers encountered one of those unique circumstances where officers hoped the use of this tool would allow officers to take a suspect into custody without force. Around 5:45 a.m., Metropolitan Division police officers who were in the area looking for the third suspect, went to an apartment in the 300 block of North Berendo Street. They knocked on the door and a female came out of the apartment to meet them. She closed and locked the door behind her.

The officers and detectives at the scene were utilizing investigative techniques which led them to have a strong belief that the suspect was still inside the apartment. Because of the suspect's refusal to exit and believing the suspect could be armed with a firearm, SWAT was requested to the location, around 8:30 a.m.

The stand-off with the suspect lasted approximately nine hours. During that time, LAPD's specialized sUAS pilot (SWAT officer), used the aircraft to find the suspect who was hiding in a second-floor apartment. During that time, SWAT utilized various types of communication strategies, tear gas, and ultimately the sUAS. This was the first time a sUAS was used since the approval of the pilot program. In this incident, the sUAS was used after the tear gas was ineffective in flushing out the suspect. The sUAS was flown outside of the windows of the suspect's apartment but the suspect was not seen with the sUAS. After several hours, the suspect who had been hiding in the attic space of his apartment, was located and taken into custody by officers, without any further incident.

During the operation of the sUAS, video footage was captured by the sUAS. The LAPD is making that video footage available to the public as a commitment to transparency and constitutional policing. The ability to use a sUAS in certain situations is an important tool for SWAT, and allows officers to gather critical information that can mitigate high risk situations.

The LAPD continues to seek methods for keeping its communities and its officers safe, while enhancing public trust and confidence. If you are interested in reading the entire policy to learn more about how the Department deploys sUAS and the restrictions of their use visit lapdonline.org/SUAS


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North Hollywood: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect or suspects responsible for killing a 34-year-old man.

On January 14, 2019, at approximately 9:00 am, Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Uniformed Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting," at the 7100 block of Whitsett Avenue. (Whitsett Park)

Upon arrival, officers were met by Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics who pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. Upon arrival, detectives assumed investigative responsibility.

Detectives observed victim lying on the ground in the parking lot of the park. Victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives processed the crime scene for evidence and canvassed the area for witnesses.

Victim was a known transient who resided in the area. Victim's identity is not being released, pending notification to the family of the victim.

Victim is described as a male White, thirty-four years of age.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Man Stabbed and Left for Dead

Los Angeles: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect, or suspects, responsible for killing a 36-year-old man.

On December 26, 2018, around 6:00 p.m., Newton Area officers responded to an "Ambulance Cutting" radio call at Central Avenue and Vernon Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers discovered a male victim, later identified as Alejandro Saenz, laying on the sidewalk of Central Avenue, suffering from a stab wound.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Saenz to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Person of Interest

A photo was pulled from video surveillance footage, depicting a person of interest seen leaving the area. That person is described as a male Hispanic, with long bushy hair, wearing a plaid shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to call Newton Homicide Detectives J. Calzadillas or
R. Berdin (323) 846-6556 or (323) 846-6547. 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 onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Hit and Run Driver of Charter Bus

Hit and Run Driver of Charter Bus Strikes Elderly Man; Drags him on the Roadway Before Leaving the Scene

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that killed a 77-year-old man, a resident of Los Angeles.

On January 10, 2019, around 5:15 p.m., a commercial charter bus was travelling through the intersection of Flower Street and 23rd Street. The bus was headed southbound Flower Street at the time the driver struck the elderly man. After the collision, a witness saw a foot underneath the bus. As the bus was driving through the intersection of Flower Street and Adams Boulevard, the man was finally dislodged from underneath the bus. The witness attempted to get the driver's attention, but was unable to as the bus was last seen on an onramp of the 110 Freeway.

The driver of the hit and run vehicle failed to stop and render aid as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead at scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Detectives were able to identify the tour company who is associated with the bus and have identified the bus along with the driver that was involved in the collision. The tour bus company is cooperating with the investigation. Detectives have located the bus and are holding it for evidence. Detectives plan to interview the bus driver as part of their investigation.

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.

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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Moses Castillo (213) 486-0752. 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.


Woman Fatally Struck by Hit and Run Driver

Pacoima: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that killed a 26-year-old woman.

On January 10, 2019, around 8:20 p.m., a vehicle was travelling southbound Laurel Canyon Boulevard south of Paxton Street when it struck a pedestrian on the roadway south of Paxton Street. The woman was not walking within a crosswalk at the time she was struck by the vehicle.

Witnesses at scene described a driver in a red Toyota Prius who stopped momentarily at the scene of the collision to check on the woman then left shortly after for unknown reasons. Investigators are attempting to identify the occupants in the Prius as they may have information relating to the collision.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the woman dead at scene. Her identify will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

The driver of the hit and run vehicle failed to stop and render aid as required by law.

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. This collision would have been an accident if the driver stopped and stayed at the scene as required by law.

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 Valley Traffic Investigator Takishita at (818) 644-8116. 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 ww.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.


Found Adult Male Hispanic in West Adams District

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division detectives are asking for the public's assistance in re-uniting a found male with his family.

On January 9, 2019, around 3 p.m., Southwest officers responded to a call of a found male at 29th Street and Edgehill Drive in the City of Los Angeles. Officers were unable to locate his family. He is described as a male Hispanic, 60-70 years old, he stands 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs about 110 pounds. He is wearing a peach long sleeve shirt, blue baggy pants, black tennis shoes, and a brown beanie on his head.



(John Doe)

If you have seen or have any information regarding the found John Doe, please contact, Southwest Division Detective Delph at 213-485-2586. 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 ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Wounded Man Asked for Help Inside a Liquor Store

Olympic: The Los Angeles Police Department and West Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in shooting a man in Larchmont.

On January 9, 2019, around 10:25 p.m., Olympic Area Patrol Officers responded to a shooting call in the 4700 block of Beverly Boulevard in Larchmont. When officers arrived, they were directed to a victim suffering from gunshot wounds inside a liquor store.

The initial investigation shows the victim was on the sidewalk when a suspect approached on foot and pointed a gun at the victim and fired several rounds. The wounded victim went inside the liquor store after he was struck by gunfire; asking for help. The suspect left westbound on Beverly Boulevard on foot.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact West Bureau Homicide detectives 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 ww.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.


Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division

Officer-Involved Shooting of Man Armed with a Knife in Van Nuys Division

**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred when a man armed with a knife failed to follow commands by officers and moved toward one of the officers.

On December 31, 2018, around 4:40 a.m., Van Nuys Area police officers responded to the 13600 block of Vanowen Street for a radio call of a screaming woman. Officers went to the apartment which was given to them in the radio call. Rony Parras-Mendez, eighteen years old, came to the door of the apartment armed with a large kitchen knife. Parras-Mendez was given commands, which he did not follow, and quickly moved toward one of the officers; at that time, there was an officer-involved shooting. Parras-Mendez was struck by gunfire and determined deceased at the location by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.

Prior to the arrival of the officers, Parras-Mendez had physically assaulted an adult male who lives at the apartment complex. The male was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.

A knife, approximately 9 inches in length, was located at the scene and booked as evidence by investigators.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with the LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.