Critical Missing 20-Year-Old Autistic Male

Los Angeles: The family of Scott Ballsun and the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire detectives are asking for the public's help in locating him.

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Scott was last seen at his school in Sherman Oaks around 3:50 p.m., in the 13000 block of Burbank Boulevard. His family is very concerned for his safety.

Scott is described as a 20-year-old male White with blond hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Scott was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark snow pants, black gloves, and a black beanie, possibly with "Alcatraz" written on it.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Scott Ballsun, please contact Devonshire Watch Commander at (818) 832-0609. 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.


LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Los Angeles: Police Officer III Mario Jacinto, assigned to Newton Area, was arrested today in the City of Diamond Bar on a felony arrest warrant for workers' compensation fraud. The Los Angeles Police Department's Special Operations Division, Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, conducted an investigation that stemmed from a medical claim filed by Jacinto in 2018.

Investigators working in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Healthcare Fraud Division, as well as the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, established probable cause to believe that Jacinto knowingly engaged in physical activities inconsistent with his claimed injury while off work on disability. As a result, he received benefits to which he was not entitled. Jacinto was booked in Los Angeles County and released after posting a $50,000 bail. Jacinto, a 16-year veteran of the Department, is 40 years old and resides in Los Angeles County, California. He is currently assigned to home.

The LAPD's Workers Compensation Fraud Unit was expanded in late 2008 to investigate workers' compensation fraud and other allegations involving abuse of benefits by City employees. The goal of the Department is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the workers' compensation system. As of January 2018, the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit has made five arrests of Department employees for workers' compensation fraud.


Detectives Investigate Inappropriate Conduct at School

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's detectives are investigating inappropriate conduct at a elementary school by an employee.

On May 16, 2019, at about 7:45 a.m. Los Angeles Police Department personnel responded to Oxnard Elementary located at the 10900 block of Oxnard Street in North Hollywood to investigate allegations of a male adult, Los Angeles Unified School District employee abusing at least one student at the school.

Detectives met with several individuals and are in the preliminary stages of their investigation.

The nature of the allegations, include inappropriate touching.

The adult male employee has been assigned an administrative assignment pending further investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The assignment will not have any contact with children.

Several students allege inappropriate conduct by the employee.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division / Sexually Exploited Child Unit, assumed investigative responsibility of this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sexually Exploited Child Unit, Juvenile Division at 213-486-0580, from 6:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.


Kidnap Suspect Sought by Detectives

UPDATE


Los Angeles: The suspect in the kidnapping incident that occurred at the McDonald's located at 1310 East Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles has been identified as Maralyn Ramos. She was arrested and booked for 207(A) PC-Kidnapping and her bail is set at $100,000.

On May 15, 2019, at 10:35 p.m., Central Area uniformed officers contacted the suspect during an unrelated incident in the area of Agatha Street and San Pedro Street. They recognized her as the suspect in the kidnapping and took her into custody without incident.

In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, a photo of Ramos will not be released until additional investigative steps have been completed.

In addition, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives have determined that the second Attempt Kidnapping incident was not committed by the same suspect and there is no connection between Ramos and the suspect detectives are looking to identify. The suspect in that case is still at large. Detectives are releasing video of that incident and need the community's help to identify her.

On May 15, 2019 at 11:15 a.m., an attempt kidnap of a 4 year-old boy occurred on Martin Luther King Boulevard and San Pedro Street in Los Angeles.

The suspect approached the victim, pulled his hand, and attempted to walk away with the victim. The victim was walking alongside a family member when the attempt kidnap occurred.

The suspect was stopped by a witness in the area and fled from the scene on foot.

The Los Angeles Police Robbery-Homicide Robbery Special Section assumed investigative responsibilities for the Kidnap and Attempt Kidnap investigation committed by the female suspects.

The suspect from the incident on Martin Luther King Boulevard is described as approximately 30-40 years old, female Black, black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing 180-200 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detectives F. Arroyo, Serial No 26531 and D. Moreno, Serial No. 32580 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."


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Los Angeles: The family of Jimmie Fort and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Jimmie was last seen with her caretaker on May 9, 2019, around 7:00 p.m., at her residence in the 200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street. She may have wandered from her residence, at an unknown time, after her caretaker left for the evening. Her family is concerned for her safety.

Jimmie is described as an 87-year-old female Black with gray hair and brown eyes. She stands
5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. Jimmie was last seen wearing a striped blue pajama shirt, and blue jeans with burgundy sweatpants over them.

Jimmie Fort



If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jimmie Fort, please contact Missing Person's Unit Detectives at (213) 996-1880. 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.


Murder Suspect Captured After Decades on the Run

North Carolina: In 1985 a housekeeper in North Hollywood discovered a murder victim wrapped in his bedding on the garage floor of his residence, appearing to be bludgeoned and strangled. The victim's vehicle was stolen and later recovered with forensic evidence.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives learned that victim was Barry Crane, a prominent Hollywood television director. He directed television shows such as: The Incredible Hulk, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Police Woman, Police Story, and The Streets of San Francisco, to name a few. Crane was also a world-class champion Bridge player who competed all over the country.

The case involving his murder went unsolved for several years. In 2006, and again in 2018, a Los Angeles Police Department detective from Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) requested that evidence be retested. In July 2018, RHD received a forensic match to Crane's suspected killer, Edwin Hiatt, who resided in North Carolina.

On March 8, 2019, RHD Detectives traveled to North Carolina and interviewed Hiatt. During the interview, Hiatt admitted to killing Barry Crane. RHD Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who filed one count of murder against Hiatt and issued an arrest warrant. Today, the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Hiatt in North Carolina and he is pending extradition.


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating a 11-year-old missing runaway.

On May 7, 2019, Julio Contreras was last seen walking around in the 6300 block of La Brae Avenue near La Cienega Boulevard and La Tijera Boulevard.

His foster mother ordered him a ride shared vehicle for him to go to Audubon Middle School located in the 4100 block of 11th Avenue, Contreras never used the vehicle or went to school.
Contreras may be attempting to go to his biological mother's residence in the 5200 block of Repetto Street near East Los Angeles College.

Contreras is described as a 11-year-old male Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 152 pounds. Contreras is bipolar and suffers from depression. He walks with a slight limp has curly hair that hangs over his face.

Julio Contreras

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Julio Contreras, please contact Pacific Division Watch Commander at (310) 482-6334. 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.


Southeast Area Officer-Involved Shooting

**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**

South Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which officers were shot at by a man with gun.

On April 22, 2019, around 6:45 a.m., officers assigned to Southeast Area were responding to multiple radio calls of a "Man with a Gun" in the area of Figueroa Street and West Gardena Boulevard. As Police Officers II Andrew Do, Serial No. 43209 and Bryan Tahuite, Serial No. 42780 approached the intersection, they saw a man they believed was the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old David Flores, armed with a handgun. Flores shot at the officers as they exited their vehicle, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.

Flores was struck by gunfire and pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured. One of the rounds fired by Flores struck the front passenger door panel of the police vehicle the officers were driving.

The handgun used by Flores was recovered by detectives.

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.


Newton Area Officer Shot During Officer-Involved Shooting

**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**

South Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting in which a Newton Area officer was shot by a suspect.

On April 20, 2019, around 9:20 p.m., officers assigned to Newton Gang Enforcement Detail saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 52nd Street and Holmes Avenue. The officers followed the vehicle till it came to a stop on 51st Street, west of Holmes Avenue. The sole occupant, the driver, exited and ran into the Pueblo Del Rio housing complex. The officers pursued the driver on foot, broadcasting they were chasing a man with a gun. As the officers continued their foot pursuit, a second male suspect, identified as 39-year-old Curley Lee Duff, fired a pistol at Police Officer II Enrique Trujillo, Serial No. 42259, who returned fire. Officer Trujillo and Duff were both struck by gunfire. Both received medical treatment at a local hospital.

The pistol used by Duff was recovered by detectives.

Detectives are still attempting to identify and locate the driver of the vehicle.

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.


52-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The family of Diane Black and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Black was last seen on April 25, 2019, around 3:30 p.m., when she left her residence in Yonkers, New York and boarded a flight to Los Angeles. Black landed at Los Angeles International Airport on April 25, 2019, around 10:45 p.m. and has not been heard from since. Black may need medical attention and her family is concerned for her safety.

Black is described as a 57-year-old African-American female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark green parka, blue jeans, carrying a blue purse.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Diane Black please contact Missing Person's Unit Detective Merrill at (213) 996-1800. 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.