LAPD and the FBI Capture Suspect Wanted for Murder NR19280jl

Studio City: Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau homicide detectives and agents from the FBI announce the arrest of a murder suspect.

On October 2, 2019, around 7:00 p.m., LAPD officers from North Hollywood Division responded to an 'Assault with a Deadly Weapon' (ADW) radio call in the 6700 block of Tujunga Avenue. Upon arrival, officers determined that the victim and suspect had rented separate beds at the location (a hostile) and became involved in a lengthy argument. The dispute escalated to a physical altercation and the suspect produced a knife, stabbing the victim in the left leg. The suspect fled the scene in his black 2019 Nissan Sentra vehicle. The victim, identified as
31-year-old Noel Cabrera, was treated by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injury.

Detectives from LAPD's Valley Bureau Homicide Division responded to the scene and discovered the victim had bled to death as a result of a single stab wound to the left leg. Detectives gathered vehicle and suspect information and ultimately obtained a search & arrest warrant for the suspect. Members of the LAPD & FBI Fugitives Task Force located the suspect in Studio City three days later where he had been living in his vehicle. The suspect, identified as 45-year-old William Rivera was arrested for murder pursuant to a Ramey warrant.
On October 8, 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Van Nuys Branch, filed one count of murder, 187(a)PC, against William Rivera.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective G. Bucknell at (818) 374-9550. 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.


Possible Kidnapping: Seeking Five Persons of Interest NR19276jc

Mission: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division detectives and Mission Division's detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information related to a possible kidnapping investigation.

On October 9, 2019, around 9:27 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department police officers responded to a radio call in the 13600 block of Fellows Avenue and their investigation revealed that a possible kidnapping had occurred. We are searching for four possible victims of a kidnapping and a fifth individual who may be the suspect in the abduction. The following information provides descriptions of the individuals involved and we would appreciate any information that would aid in locating them.

Esteban Lopez
Described as a 28-year-old male Hispanic standing at 5 feet 8 inches and weighing
180 lbs. He has a tattoo of, "Lopez" on his chest

Liliana Lopez
Described as a 29-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes, standing at 5 feet 2 inches, and weighing 135 lbs.

Jakob Cabrera
9-years-old

Steven Matthew Lopez
6-years-old

Stephana Lopez
5-years-old

Vehicles of interest are:

2007 Dark Grey Lexus 350 I.S, 4D, California license plate 7JOM377

1996 Lifted White Chevy Tahoe, black rims, California license plate 3RSR716




Esteban Lopez Liliana Lopez



1996 Chevrolet Tahoe (Lifted) 2007 Dark Grey Lexus 350 IS

** ACTUAL VEHICLE ** **NOT ACTUAL VEHICLE**



Anyone with information about the persons or vehicle of interest is asked to contact Robbery and Homicide Detective Chamberlain or Detective Arroyo at (213) 486-6840. 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.


Former LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud NR19275ti

Los Angeles: A former Los Angeles Police Officer was arrested today in the City of Manhattan Beach on a felony warrant for workers' compensation fraud.

Michael Simon, 39-year-old, of Redondo Beach, California, resigned from the Department in late 2016, after 12 years with the Department.

Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department, Special Operations Division, 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 Simon knowingly engaged in physical activities inconsistent with his claimed injury while off work on disability. Simon received pay and benefits that he was not entitled to. Simon was booked in Los Angeles County for one count of Grand Theft, a violation of California Penal Code, Section 487 (A), and two counts of Worker's Compensation Fraud, a violation of California's Insurance Code, Section 1871.4 (A) (1). Michael's booking number is 5768707 and his bail is set at 40,000 dollars.

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 six arrests of Department employees for workers' compensation fraud.


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The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to fair and constitutional policing. We strive to ensure our stops and searches are lawful and done in a manner that builds community trust. Should we fall short of that standard we move quickly to take corrective action, including discipline when appropriate.

Regarding the LA Times analysis of some of our stop and search data, we do not believe the information provided tells a complete story. While the numbers presented reflect racial disparities when compared to the proportions of residential population, they do not define or describe the circumstances of each stop or search. As the LA Times has previously reported, the disparities neither prove nor disprove racial profiling or other improper action by the Department or individual officer involved.

It is our expectation that every contact with the public is conducted in a lawful and respectful manner, based on reasonable suspicion or consent regardless of race or ethnicity. The Department responds to and investigates any instance in which a motorist believes the officers' actions were improper. Additionally, our uniform personnel now have body-worn cameras which provides all involved the ability to later review the facts and circumstances of any stop or search.

Policing Los Angeles requires the flexibility to respond to changing criminal activity and for the ability to deploy resources into communities that are being victimized. We are mindful that these heightened responses may create anxiety at times for portions of communities that may already feel "over-policed." Most recently we have taken steps to more actively manage the actual number of personnel in some of these neighborhoods to avoid the perception of a constant over-deployment. Additionally, we have reinforced expectations that each stop be conducted in a manner demonstrating our respect for the communities we serve.

A sense of safety by our communities is built on trust. Trust that each action of an officer is fair and constitutional. The Department has no tolerance for any officer that would use race as a basis for a stop or search.


61-Year-Old Killed in Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR19271ml

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's South 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 fatal hit and run collision.

On October 6, 2019, at approximately 3:40 a.m., an unknown vehicle traveling southbound Figueroa Street, collided with a pedestrian who was crossing eastbound Manchester Boulevard at Figueroa Street on the south side crosswalk.

After being struck, the victim laid motionless on the ground and was struck a second time by a silver Chevy Traverse whom remained at scene.

The unknown vehicle fled the scene, failing to stop and render aid after striking the pedestrian.

The victim died at scene. The victim was identified as Wardell Nelson Jr. 61-years-old, from Los Angeles.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should stop, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

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 that 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 South Traffic Division, Detective Moreno or Detective Gonzales, at 323-421-2500 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division have released a photo of a suspect charged in two sexual assault cases in the hope of identifying other victims.

The first reported incident occurred in October 2018. The victim consumed alcoholic drinks inside of a night club in West Hollywood. The victim left the night club alone, and intoxicated.

The suspect approached the victim, and offered a ride home at a fare lower than rideshare services. The intoxicated victim agreed, and subsequently lost consciousness on the way home due to level of intoxication. When the victim regained consciousness, in the back seat of the vehicle being sexually assaulted by the suspect.

The second reported incident involved a different victim attending the same night club in September 2019. The victim attended the club with friends and consumed alcoholic beverages inside of the club. The victim left the club alone and intoxicated.

The victim had lapses of awareness, and recalled being in the suspect's vehicle after leaving the club. The victim lost consciousness in the suspect's vehicle, and awoke to the sexual assault.


During the investigations, both victims identified Dayvid Sherman. In both incidents, Sherman was providing transportation services in a large Black SUV.

On October 3, 2019 at 11:35 a.m., LAPD detectives have arrested Dayvid Sherman for 261 (a) (3) PC, Rape of an Intoxicated Person a felony, Bail Set at $200,000.00.

Sherman is described as a 48-year-old, male, Black, black hair, brown eyes, and standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Anyone with additional information regarding Dayvid Sherman or any additional victims are asked to call Southwest Area Detective Javier Orijel, at (323) 290-2976. 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 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipster 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.


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Los Angeles: The family of Benjamin Morales and the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Area are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

On September 28, 2019 at 8:30 p.m., Benjamin was last seen leaving his home located at the 500 block of South Gramercy Place in Los Angeles.

Benjamin is described as a 12-year-old, male Hispanic, with black hair, and brown eyes. He stands at 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Benjamin was seen wearing a red shirt, blue shorts, no shoes.


Destiny Gonzalez

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Benjamin Morales, please contact, Olympic Area at 213-382-9027. 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.


Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of a Latin Lotto Scam NR19263dm

Los Angeles: On September 26, 2019, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Commercial Crimes Division, Major Theft Task Force (MTTF), arrested three suspects for 487(A) PC, Grand Theft. The suspects had just completed a complex "Latin Lotto" scam on an unwitting 65-year-old victim. The suspects traveled through neighborhoods in the city of Long Beach looking for elderly female Hispanics walking alone. Once a potential victim was spotted, a female suspect would walk up and engage the victim in conversation. The suspect asks for help cashing a winning lottery ticket. A second suspect then walks up from the other direction and joins in the scam. The male suspect usually remained out of sight of the victim and would act as the "lottery commissioner" on the phone who would "validate" the winning lottery ticket. The suspects would convince the victim to retrieve money and jewelry from her house or bank as "good faith" money needed to cash the winning ticket. After leaving the bank, the suspects would then find a ruse to get the victim out of their vehicle and drive away with her money.

MTTF officers surveilled this crew for several days as they traveled through numerous cities including Pacoima, North Hollywood, San Fernando, El Monte, Ontario, Pico Rivera, and Long Beach. In each city they circled neighborhoods until they observed an older female Hispanic walking alone, where they would then start dropping off suspects at either end of the block to approach the intended target. This scam is purposely complicated, designed to keep the victim confused until they can talk her into retrieving money or jewelry to get the "big winnings," from which the victim is promised to make a large sum of money.
The male suspect in this crew, Tito Lozada, is suspected in another lotto scam in the city of San Diego, where the victim was held against her will for a period of time in the suspect vehicle before being released. This crew worked several days a week from late morning to early evening. It is highly likely there are more victims of their scam that we have not yet identified.


Mercedes Montanez
Booking #5757651


Luisa Camargo
Booking #5757594


Tito Lozada
Booking #5757640


Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Carol Mosher, Commercial Crimes Division, Major Theft Task Force, at (213) 486-6963. 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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Van Nuys: The family of Maria Lopez and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Lopez was last seen on September 25, 2019, around 3:00 p.m., walking away from the care facility where she resides. The facility is located on the 15200 block of Sherman Way in Van Nuys.

Lopez is described as a 65-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black skirt with horizontal white stripes and blue jeans.

Lopez's is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and her family is concerned for her safety. She stands 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Maria Lopez

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Maria Lopez, please contact Van Nuys Watch Commander at (818) 374-9500. 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.


Arrest Made In Encino Assault NR19258jc

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area Sexual Assault Unit Detectives have arrested a suspect for Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection to an attack that occurred on September 22, 2019. The attack occurred when the victim, a 51-year-old realtor, was approached by the suspect during an open house and was violently struck and knocked to the ground. The suspect was also arrested for multiple counts of Sexual Battery related to additional crimes already being investigated.

Thanks to critical information received from the public, investigators identified the suspect as Alen Karaboghosian, a 45-year-old resident of Encino. On September 25, 2019, plain-clothes investigators from Gang and Narcotics Division assisted in a surveillance operation which ultimately led to the detention and arrest of Alen Karaboghosian. Since his arrest, additional victims have recognized Alen Karaboghosian and have come forward to report being the victim of additional physical or sexual assaults. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney later this week.

Anyone with information, including possible additional victims, are urged to call Detective Katherine Gosser, Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Area Sexual Assault Unit, at (818) 374-7717 or (818) 374-7730. 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.

Suspect 1: Alen Karaboghosian Booking No.: 5755884 - Assault with a Deadly Weapon