Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

North Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the driver responsible for killing a 40-year-old female pedestrian.

On August 04, 2019, at 12:05 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing south on Roscoe Boulevard, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a black vehicle traveling west on Roscoe Boulevard passing Haskell Avenue. The vehicle continued west, failing to stop to render aid and provide identification.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The victim's name will not be released until next-of-kin is notified.

The public should be aware that individuals who are involved in an injury 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. Pedestrians are also reminded to utilize crosswalks when crossing the street.

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Detective Benyamin Sadeh, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8029. 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.lapdonloine.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.


Arrests Made in the Murder of LAPD Police Officer Juan Diaz

Los Angeles: During the early morning hours of August 2, 2019, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Robbery Homicide Division, and numerous LAPD resources, served multiple search warrants in Southern California, including areas surrounding Murrieta, Riverside and Temecula, California. Thus, three suspects were arrested who detectives believe are responsible for Diaz's murder.

The suspects arrested are:

Booking #5706203
Francisco Talamantes, male Hispanic, Date of Birth - 08/11/1995 (23 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

Booking #5706186
Cristian Facundo, male Hispanic, Date of Birth - 05/28/1999 (20 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

Booking #5706333
Ashlynn Smith, female White, Date of Birth - 07/06/2001 (18 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

The investigation is on-going and the case is being prepared for filing with the District Attorney's Office. As additional information becomes available, we will provide it in a timely manner.


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UPDATE

Erik Diaz has been located and reunited with his family members.

Los Angeles:
The family of Erik Diaz and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating Mr. Diaz.

On July 28, 2019, around 3p.m., Mr. Diaz was last seen at a local fast food restaurant in the 2700 block of South Vermont Avenue in the City of Los Angeles. He has not been seen since and his family is concerned.

Mr. Diaz and is described as a 28-year-old male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 foot 6 inches tall and weighs around 178 pounds. He was wearing a light blue shirt, black shorts, and red & black Vans shoes.

Erik Diaz


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Erik Diaz 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 wishingto 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.


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Fairfax: On Thursday, August 1, 2019, around 10:30 p.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred involving two vehicles and pedestrian. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The collision occurred when a 2018 Infinity Q60S that was traveling eastbound on Melrose Avenue and collided with a 2017 Acura MDX that was negotiating a left turn to Martel Avenue from westbound Melrose Avenue. As a result of the collision, the Acura continued in a southeast direction, ran off the road, and collided with a pedestrian that was standing on the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the intersection. The driver of the Infinity and Acura both remained at scene and provided statements to the police.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The pedestrian sustained major blunt force trauma to his head. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

The driver of the Infinity was identified as Jacob Gralitzer. He was arrested and booked for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while DUI.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. 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 CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers 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. The LAPD report number for this collision is DR#19-07-07890.


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North Hollywood: The family of Kent Connell and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating Mr. Connell.

On July 28, 2019, around 5 p.m., Mr. Connell was last heard from when he texted his brother, who was on his way back from a family reunion. Connell suffers from depression. His family is concerned that he has not been found.

Mr. Connell is described as a 40-year-old male white with black hair, brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 155 pounds. Connell was last seen wearing a white shirt and green cargo pants. Connell frequents hiking trails in the area.

Kent Connell


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Kent Connell please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons 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.


Off-Duty Los Angeles Police Officer Murdered in Lincoln Heights Identified

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of Police Officer II Juan José Diaz, who was senselessly killed while off-duty in Hollenbeck Area. Officer Diaz was last assigned to Professional Standards Bureau. We have garnered the talents of our dedicated men and women to the investigation and pursuit of justice. Please hold Juan, a hero, and his family in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers. We will never forget.


“Chop Shop” Investigation Leads to an Arrest

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary and Auto Theft Section, in collaboration with Southeast Area Detectives, conducted a Chop Shop investigation which resulted in the arrest of Gustavo Ramirez, 35 years of age.

Ramirez was arrested for a violation of Section 10801 of the California Vehicle Code - Owning or Operating a Chop Shop, in the area of Main Street and 88th Place.

 

Gustavo Ramirez

Detectives recovered a stolen vehicle from a prior investigation at the location where Ramirez was arrested. Further investigation and the search warrant service at the location resulted in numerous stolen car parts being recovered.

If you have been a victim or have additional information regarding Ramirez' criminal activity, you are urged to call Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-6943. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call L.A. 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 "Anonymous Web Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Detectives Seeking Help to Identify Robbery Suspect

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of a brutal assault robbery.

On January 18, 2019 at 1:15 a.m., the victim along with two females were walking through the parking lot of a hotel located in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.

As the group was walking through the parking lot, one of the females motioned with her hands to a male suspect who was nearby. The male suspect approached the victim from behind with a wooden baseball bat.

The suspect attacked the victim with the bat, striking him multiple times in the head. The victim lost consciousness and fell to the ground. While the victim was unconscious on the ground, the suspect stood over the victim and struck the victim in the face numerous times with the baseball bat.

After brutally beating the victim, the suspect walked to a nearby vehicle and discarded the wooden baseball bat. The suspect returned to where the victim had collapsed on the ground and took the victim's wallet and cellphone from the victim's pockets.

The suspect along with the two females fled the location with the victim's property.

Suspect-1 is described as a male, wearing a brown or orange hooded jacket, dark pants and white tennis shoes.

Suspect-2 is described as a female, wearing a black top, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.

Suspect-2 is described as a female, wearing a black top, dark pants, and unknown color shoes.
 

 
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Van Nuys Area Robbery Detective Barba or Detective Rose at (818) 374-0087. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org. 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.

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of a Sexual Predator

Lake Balboa: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division have released a photo of a suspect charged in a several sexual assault cases in the hope of identifying other victims.
22-year-old Omar Talley, a male Black has been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office with three counts of rape with multiple victims, two counts of oral copulation, and one count of forcible acts of sexual penetration. He is being held in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department with a bail of $1,600,000.

Talley claims to be a nightclub promoter and social media influencer. He moved from the state of New Jersey to California a few years ago, taking up residency in the Lake Balboa area of the San Fernando Valley. Talley would frequently travel to nightclubs in the Hollywood and West Hollywood Areas. He would then befriend young women in their early 20's and gain their confidence. Talley would then order a ride share service to transport himself and the young women to his residence in the 6600 block of Valjean Avenue, located in the Lake Balboa area or a nearby 'after party' location. Once at one of these locations, Talley would sexually assault the young women. Several of the women escaped during the attack, as one young woman did on July 11, 2019. This young woman immediately summoned for help and LAPD West Valley patrol officers responded to her location. Their investigation revealed Talley forced the woman to perform sexual acts, physically assaulted her and spoke degrading words to her during the commission of his criminal act. "It appears Omar Talley would be charming just before the sexual act, then change his demeanor and force the women to perform sexual acts against their will," stated Detective II Katherine Gosser.

Omar Talley
DOB: 09/05/1996
Booking Number: 5685043


Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to call Detective Wes Potter, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7714 or Detective Katherine Gosser, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7717. 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."


Burglary Suspects Caught on Video at Hollywood Hills Home

Hollywood Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department has obtained additional identifying information about two burglary suspects who are suspected of committing a residential burglary in the Hollywood area.

On July 19, 2019 at 5:40 p.m., two suspects approached a residence near Hillside Avenue and North Ogden Drive. The suspects repeatedly rang the victim's doorbell and after a few minutes, shattered the door's glass. They entered the residence and proceeded to ransack the interior. The suspects stole the victim's expensive watches and a Mac computer, then fled the location.

The suspects were caught on home surveillance video and are described as two male Blacks, between 18 and 25 years old with thin builds. One suspect is wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and is seen speaking into a cell phone. The other suspect has short hair and has tattoos on both arms.




Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollywood Burglary Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2931. 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."