Fatal Hit and Run Leaves One Dead NR20059ll

Reseda: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that resulted in one pedestrian being killed.

On March 2, 2020, around 6:40 p.m., a 2006 silver Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Tampa Ave at Hart St, when it collided with a pedestrian who was crossing from the west side of Tampa Ave to the east, in a marked crosswalk against a solid red don't walk signal. The driver of the Honda Accord remained at scene and cooperated with the investigation. Moments after the initial collision, the pedestrian who was down on the ground was struck by a dark color sedan who was also traveling northbound on Tampa Ave passing Hart St. The dark color sedan failed to stop and fled the scene failing to render aid and identify him or herself as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a
hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The pedestrian was a female and her name will
not be released until next-of-kin are notified. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the
Honda Civic was driving under the influence of alcohol and was ultimately arrested for DUI.

Pedestrians are reminded to follow the rules of the road, obey traffic signs and signals, and stay
alert at all times. Drivers are reminded to not drink and drive or you will possibly risk deadly
consequences. The public should be aware that individuals who are involved in a traffic collision
must stop at the scene, provide their identification, and render aid. Failing to do so is a Felony and
carries the possibility of significant time in prison.

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.

If anyone has information, please contact Detective Sadeh, Valley Traffic Detectives at (818) 644-8029. 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.


Detectives Seek Information for Theft of Mercedes-Benz Rims and Tires NR20058jc

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Los Angeles Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information about a series of thefts that have been occurring since 2018.

The suspect or suspects target newer model Mercedes-Benz vehicles and use a manual jack to lift the vehicles, lower them onto storage crates, and remove the tires and rims. The incidents unfold in a matter of minutes. There is no description of the suspect or suspects and/or their vehicle as of this time.

The thefts have occurred around the area of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Los Angeles Division, Pacific Division, Wilshire Division, North Hollywood Division, and in the city of Beverly Hills.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Hill, West Los Angeles Detectives at (310) 444-1503. 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.


Assistance needed in locating a 2nd Suspect connected to burglaries NR20045ll

Los Angeles: Burglary Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division are announcing the arrest of one burglary suspect and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a second burglary suspect who evaded police officers.

The suspect in custody is Donte Caldwell, 27 years of age, a resident of Los Angeles. Suspect No. 2 is described as a male who was wearing dark clothing. No vehicle was seen or associated with the suspects.

On February 17, 2020, at about 6:00 p.m., Caldwell and the 2nd suspect were seen by officers fleeing the location of a burglary in the 15500 block of Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks. A foot chase ensued, but officers lost sight of the two men. Caldwell then forcibly entered an occupied residence in the 4800 block of Orion Avenue where he used the resident's cell phone to call a conspirator. The resident was able to alert police and Caldwell was subsequently arrested.

In 2012, Caldwell was sentenced to six (6) years in prison for a series of burglaries including burglaries in Encino, Northridge and Monrovia. After he was released, he was arrested again for a series of burglaries in 2015 and sentenced in 2016 to eighteen (18) years in State Prison. That second case included burglaries committed in Pacific Palisades and Ventura County. In both instances, it is believed that Caldwell was working with other burglars as a member of various "Knock-Knock" burglary crews that are associated with the Crips street gang.

Caldwell was given an early release in August of 2019. Investigators are conducting follow-up investigations to determine if Caldwell has been an active burglar since his release.


Donte Caldwell


Please see link below to view 2016 Los Angeles District Attorney's Press Release identifying Caldwell as a member of a four-person "Knock-Knock" burglary crew
http://da.lacounty.gov/media/news/four-member-knock-knock-burglary-crew-sentenced

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Dunn, West Valley Burglary Unit, 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 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.


Detectives Investigate Identity Theft/Burglary Incidents NR20044jc

Hollywood: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division are investigating an identity theft suspect that was also involved in burglaries.

On February 11, 2020, detectives arrested Quentun Nakail Hubbard from Tennessee for identity theft and burglary. Mr. Hubbard entered secure buildings throughout the greater Los Angeles area and removed items from offices appearing to specifically target purses, wallets, and laptop computers. Mr. Hubbard used the name of, "Gabriel Levi" during the commission of these crimes. Detectives believe that Mr. Hubbard is responsible for additional burglaries.

Detectives are seeking any possible additional victims connected to Mr. Hubbard.

Quentun Nakail Hubbard


Additional victims or anyone with information is urged to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Brian Richardson at (213) 972-2928. 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.


Missing 31-Year-Old Female NR20043ml

Los Angeles: The family of Stephanie Ha, San Gabriel Police Department, and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating her.

On February 15, 2020, around 3:30 p.m., Stephanie left her residence near the 1000 block of Monecito Drive in the City of San Gabriel.

Stephanie was taken by family relatives to a Transitional Living Facility at the 17300 block of Halstead Street in Northridge.

On February 16, 2020, around 4:00 p.m., Stephanie left the living facility and headed to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Stephanie suffers from Schizophrenia, takes medication and her family is concerned for her safety.

Stephanie is described as a 31-year-old Chinese female, with black hair, brown eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs around 170 pounds.

Stephanie Ha

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Stephanie Ha please contact the San Gabriel Police Department, Detective Chris Wenzel at (626) 308-2847 or LAPD Missing Person Unit 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 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


Shooting in Arleta Leaves One Teenager Dead   NR20038rc

Arleta: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in the murder of a 17-year-old male, Hispanic, a resident of Sun Valley.

On February 14, 2020, around 10:47 p.m., Mission area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an, “ADW Shooting”, in the 13400 block of Rangoon Street, in Arleta. When officers arrived, they found the victim laying on the ground in the rear driveway area, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced him dead at scene. The victim’s identification is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The investigation revealed that the victim attended a party at a residence and became involved in an altercation with the suspect. During the altercation, the suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim multiple times. The suspect ran from the scene and entered a dark colored vehicle, along with another male and female. They drove away from the location.

Two additional male, Hispanic victims were struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both victims were treated and released from the local hospital.

The suspect is described as male Hispanic, no further information.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Steve Castro at (818) 374-1925. 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.


Family Therapist Murdered in Hollywood Hills; Former Boyfriend Arrested NR20039rc

Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide detectives are investigating the homicide of Doctor Amie Harwick, a Hollywood Family Therapist. The suspect (former boyfriend) has been identified as, 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, a resident of Playa Del Rey, and was arrested for Murder, 187 PC.

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, around 1:16 a.m. Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a, “Woman Screaming”, in the 2000 block of Mound Street in Hollywood Hills. When officers arrived, they were met by a roommate who was in the street. He informed officers that the victim was being assaulted inside of her residence. The roommate had jumped a wall and went to neighboring residences to call for help.

When officers went to make entry, they found the victim on the ground beneath a third story balcony. The victim was gravely injured. She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall. The victim was unresponsive. The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle in the upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence. A canvass of the area located further evidence of an intruder (suspect) entering the property and leaving after the murder.

Detectives learned that victim had recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person. The restraining order had expired and the victim had seen this former boyfriend two weeks ago.

On February 15, 2020, around 4:30 p.m., FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force members arrested the suspect outside of a residence in the 8100 block of Cabora Drive in Playa Del Rey.

This is an ongoing investigation and this case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Although there are no outstanding suspects, the LAPD needs help from the community. Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity related to this Burglary-Murder and prior relationship between Doctor Harwick and this suspect is encouraged to contact the LAPD-West Bureau Homicide 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 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.


Fatal Shooting in Van Nuys NR20035ll

Van Nuys: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Velley Bureau Homicide Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for the shooting death of two men.

On February 11, 2020 at 11:23 p.m. LAPD Van Nuys Officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 15000 block of Wyandotte Street.

When the officers arrived, they observed a victim laying on top of a second victim on the front porch of the residence. Both appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and rendered aid, the first victim was pronounced dead at scene. The second victim was transported to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Witnesses reported hearing an argument in the front porch of the residence. They heard gun shots and observed 3-4 males running away. The suspects entered a sedan parked on the street. The vehicle drove away east on Wyandotte Street.

This is an active investigation and the victims have not been identified.

Anyone with information on this murder is encouraged to contact Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, investigators 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can 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.


Detectives Seek Any Additional Victims of Serial Sexual Assault Suspect NR20034jc

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division Sexual Assault Unit are seeking any additional persons that may have been victimized by Simon Ruiz Hernandez, a defendant accused of serial sexual assault.

On July 23, 2019, Simon Ruiz Hernandez was arrested for the sexual assault of a minor and subsequent investigations revealed additional victims. Simon Ruiz Hernandez is believed to have assaulted minors that lived nearby as he would befriend children and their families. Among the persons that he is believed to have sexually assaulted was one adult that had been victimized as a young child.

On February 10, 2020, Simon Ruiz Hernandez was held to answer in court on multiple felony counts for sexual abuse of multiple minors between the ages of 11 and 15 years old. His bail is set at 2.8 million dollars and, if convicted, could result in a sentence of life imprisonment.

Simon Ruiz Hernandez's first known allegation of a sexual offense against a child occurred in 2004 and the heinous crimes alleged against him came to an end when he was arrested on July 23, 2019. Detectives believe that additional persons (minors, especially) were sexually abused by Simon Ruiz Hernandez.

Simon Ruiz Hernandez


Detectives are asking anyone with further information to come forward. Any additional information can be provided by calling the North Hollywood Sexual Assault Unit at (818) 754 - 8435. 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.


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.