Juan Hernandez Missing Person Investigation South Los Angeles

Los Angeles:  On September 22, 2020, Juan Hernandez was reported missing by his family after not returning home from work that night.  Within a week of Hernandez disappearance, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) Robbery Special Section (RSS) Detectives assumed the investigation after someone attempted to extort money from the family for his safe return.  RHD Detectives were able to determine the attempted extortion was not related to Hernandez disappearance, but he was most likely the victim of a crime and continued to investigate his disappearance.  

LAPD RHD Detectives worked tirelessly in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine how Juan Hernandez disappeared and if in fact he was the victim of a crime.  Ultimately, their efforts provided Detectives with a sequence of events to find Hernandez.  

On November 15, 2020, LAPD RHD, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Homicide, and FBI personnel discovered the remains of Juan Hernandez.  Hernandez was found in a shallow grave along Afton Canyon Road east of Interstate 15 which is north of Barstow. The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to recover the human remains which appeared to be the victim of a homicide.  It was later determined by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office; the remains were of Juan Hernandez.  

On November 19, 2020, LAPD RHD Detectives with the assistance of LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) served search warrants at the residences of the persons of interest in Hernandez murder.  The following suspects were arrested for 187 PC/Murder and booked at LAPD Jail:  

1. Ethan Astaphan, 27 years  

2. Sonita Heng, 20 years  

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detective Jaramillo and Detective Hammer 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.”


Fatal Hit and Run

UPDATE
November 19, 2020
 
 
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.

 

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that killed a male bicyclist.     

On November 18, 2020, around 9:15 p.m., a bicyclist was travelling north on Main Street just north of 120th Street.  A dark colored sedan, also travelling north on Main Street, collided with the bicyclist and fled north on Main Street without stopping or rendering aid to the bicyclist as required by law.  

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The identity of the bicyclist is not being released until next of kin is notified.  

Drivers are reminded to drive at a safe speed and if you become involved in a collision, you should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify yourself.

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 any information is encouraged to contact Detective Flannery or Officer Mitchell at 323-421-2500.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the South Traffic Watch Commander at 323-421-2577, or 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 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.    


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Los Angeles: In anticipation of celebratory activity following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, several Mobile Field Forces were deployed in the downtown area.

On Monday, October 12, 2020, around 12:30 a.m., a squad of officers arrived in the area of South Flower Street and West 9th Street due to a large crowd. While interacting with that group, officers reported seeing individuals throw bottles in their direction. In response to those actions, less-lethal munitions were deployed, which struck an individual in the face. That person was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted due to injuries sustained to his mouth. He was not arrested.

No officers were injured during this incident.

Force Investigation Division detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.


LAPD Statement on the Election of the 43rd District Attorney in Los Angeles County NR20278ti

The people of Los Angeles County have elected a new District Attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department stands ready to work with DA elect George Gascón as he assumes the leadership over the largest prosecuting agency in the Nation.

The men and women of the LAPD also extends its appreciation and gratitude to outgoing DA Jackie Lacey for her life-long public service to the people of Los Angeles County. During DA Lacey's many decades of service and specifically her time as District Attorney, she has demonstrated her relentless commitment to justice and needed reforms.

Chief Moore stated, "Congratulations to DA elect George Gascón and welcome back home. I am committed to working with him and his leadership team in the pursuit of justice including the path of continued reforms. I also want to thank outgoing DA Jackie Lacey on her many years of public service to the people of this City and County. Her work fighting violent crime, safeguarding children from sex traffickers, and finding meaningful alternatives to the criminal justice system for those suffering from mental illness is unmatched."


Officer-Involved Shooting in Devonshire Division

Update
November 5, 2020


The officer involved in the below investigation has been identified as Police Officer II Phillip Yu, Serial No. 41574 assigned to Devonshire 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 (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Devonshire Division.

On November 1, 2020, around 6:00 p.m., a man, later identified as 37-year-old Manuel Marshall Hernandez, was found inside the rear warehouse area of a grocery store in the 16900 block of Devonshire Street. A store employee told Hernandez he needed to leave the area. While he was walking Hernandez out of the store, Hernandez took a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the employee. Hernandez fled toward the rear of the store and the employee called 9-1-1.

Devonshire Division officers responded and found Hernandez standing on top of a fixture near the front of the store. For several minutes, officers tried to convince Hernandez to surrender. Suddenly, Hernandez jumped down and ran toward the rear of the store, holding a firearm in his hand. Hernandez fired at an officer, at that time there was an officer-involved shooting.

Hernandez was not struck by gunfire and was able to run out a rear exit of the grocery store and across Balboa Boulevard. He ran into a convenience store where held the clerk at gunpoint. Additional officers responded to the area and Hernandez ultimately surrendered.

One police officer was transported to a local hospital for an injury they sustained during the officer-involved shooting. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. No one else was injured during the incident.

A handgun was located in the convenience store and collected as part of this investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, 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 LAPD's policies and procedures.






55.07 LAMC Amendment

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is fully committed to protecting everyone’s First Amendment Right to peacefully assemble and protest.  Due to recent incidents involving laser pointers and laser devices being used to cause eye damage, including temporarily blindness and potentially permanent vision loss to both police officers and members of the public, the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor have added an amendment to 55.07 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) prohibiting laser pointers and laser devices at specified events.  As a reminder, and to ensure everyone’s safety, LAMC 55.07 prohibits possession of the below specified items while attending or participating in any public demonstration, rally, protest, picket line or public assembly: 

1.   Any length of lumber, wood, or wood lath unless that object is 1/4 inch or less in thickness and 2 inches or less in width, or if not generally rectangular in shape, such object shall not exceed 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension.  Both ends of the lumber, wood or wood lath shall be blunt;

2.   Any length of metal or plastic pipe, whether hollow or solid; provided, however, that hollow plastic piping not exceeding 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension and not exceeding 1/8 inch in wall thickness, and not filled with any material, liquid, gas or solid may be used solely to support a sign, banner, placard, puppet or other similar expressive display.  Both ends of any plastic pipe permissible under this subsection shall be blunt;

3.   Signs, posters, banners, plaques or notices, whether or not mounted on a length of material permitted under Subdivisions 1. and 2. of this section, unless such sign, poster, banner, plaque or notice is constructed solely of soft material, such as cloth, paper, soft plastic capable of being rolled or folded, or cardboard material no greater than 1/4 inch in thickness;

4.   Baseball or softball bats, regardless of composition or size; provided, however, that such items are permissible when configured of cloth, cardboard, soft plastic, foam or paper for expressive purposes;

5.   Any aerosol spray, tear gas, mace, pepper spray or bear repellant;

6.   Any projectile launcher or other device, such as a catapult or wrist rocket, which is commonly used for the purpose of launching, hurling or throwing any object, liquid, material or other substance, whether through force of air pressure, spring action or any other mechanism;

7.   Weapons such as firearms, knives, swords, sabers or other bladed devices, axes, hatchets, ice picks, razor blades, nunchucks or martial arts weapons of any kind, box cutters, pellet or BB guns, conducted electrical weapons (CEWs), including, but not limited to, Tasers or stun guns, metal/composite/ wooden knuckles, or any chain greater than 20 inches in length or greater than 1/4 inch in diameter.  This subdivision also includes toy or replica firearms unless such toy or replica is florescent colored or transparent;

8.   Balloons, bottles or any other container such as water cannons or super-soakers, filled with any flammable, biohazard or other noxious matter which is injurious, or nauseous, sickening or irritating to any of the senses, with intent to throw, drop, pour, disperse, deposit, release, discharge or expose the same in, upon or about any demonstration, rally, protest, picket line or public assembly;

9.   Glass bottles, whether empty or filled;

10.   Open flame torches, lanterns or other devices that utilize combustible materials such as gasoline, kerosene, propane or other fuel sources;

11.   Shields made of metal, wood, hard plastic or any combination thereof;

12.   Bricks, rocks, pieces of asphalt, concrete, pellets or ball bearings; or,

13. Laser pointers or laser-style devices emitting any color beam, milliwatt output level, intensity class level or any visibility level, including infrared, or nonvisible.

The LAPD asks all members of the public to not bring any of the listed prohibited items to any event specified under 55.07 LAMC as these items have no legal purpose while individuals are attending or participating in these events.  The First Amendment is essential to our Democracy and by prohibiting the above listed items we can all ensure the public’s safety as they exercise their Constitutional Rights. 

Additional information can be obtained by contacting LAPD Media Relations at 213-486-5910.


Double Homicide in Sylmar

Sylmar:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in the fatal shooting of two individuals.
 
On October 27, 2020, around 11:50 p.m., Mission Area patrol officers and Valley Bureau Homicide detectives responded to a shooting investigation at the intersection of Polk Street and Glenoaks Boulevard.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed there was a post-Dodger World Series celebration, consisting of 30-40 individuals in the intersection.  Vehicles were performing vehicular stunts, commonly known as "doughnuts", in the street while fireworks were being set off.  Two males approached one of the vehicles and smashed out one of the windows using baseball bats.  Those two males fled north on Glenoaks Boulevard, being followed by several members of the crowd and the vandalized vehicle.  Gunshots rang out and two victims were struck by the gunfire.  The victims were not occupants of the vehicle, and it is unknown if they were the individuals with the baseball bats.
 
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported both victims to a local hospital where both died.  Their identities are being withheld pending notification to next of kin.
 
There is no suspect description.


Anyone with information, or those who may have captured video footage of the incident on cellphones or cameras, are urged to call Valley Bureau Homicide detectives 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 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.      


Movie Producer David Guillod Arrested

Sherman Oaks: The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division, Special Assaults Section announce the arrest of David Guillod.

On October 28, 2020, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division, Special Assault Section, conducted a search and arrest warrant at the Sherman Oaks residence of movie producer David Guillod.
 
Mr. Guillod was out on bail from a prior sexual assault allegation being prosecuted by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.
 
On October 21, 2020, a female victim, whose identity is protected by confidentiality, reported being sexually assaulted by Guillod during an evening meeting.
 
During the warrant service, Mr. Guillod was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Detention Center, where he remains held on $5 million bail.
 
Detectives are interested in any other victims of Mr. Guillod that have not already come forward.
 
Anyone with information about this incident are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at 213-486-6910. 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, "P-3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

LAPD Statement Regarding Upcoming Elections

The Department is committed to ensuring the safety of every Angeleno at the polls during this election. While we fully expect a peaceful election day, we are prepared to address any potential violence that may occur on November 3rd or the days following. The LAPD is communicating with our local and state emergency partners to coordinate our response and plan for any protests or groups that might become violent. The department has modified deployment to ensure a sufficient number of officers will be available to work evenings and into the weekend. The Department is working with the Registrar Recorder/ County Clerk's Office to ensure people understand the rules of participating in an election and the ways they can vote.

In line with the Department's core value, of Quality Through Continuous Improvement, officers are receiving ongoing training on crowd control and crowd management in preparation for any protest activities related to the election. Rest assured residents can feel safe as they head to their local polling places, and the department has sufficient resources to respond to any crisis or situations that arise. Senior Lead Officers and other staff from our community relations offices will be available to deal with public safety problems. Free elections and the peaceful transfer of power is the corner stone of our democracy, and the LAPD is committed to ensuring a safe election here in Los Angeles.

 


Officer-Involved Shooting in Hollywood Division

The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer III Joseph Marx, Serial No. 37650 from Hollywood 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 (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Hollywood Division.

On October 18, 2020, around 9:50 p.m., Fullerton Police Department personnel were in the area of 5500 Melrose Avenue looking for a sexual assault of a minor suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Bryan Gudiel Barrios. They requested the assistance of LAPD officers, who were enroute, when they attempted to detain Barrios. Barrios was armed with a knife and began to stab himself. Fullerton Police Department personnel utilized a TASER, which was ineffective and Barrios ran east on Melrose Avenue toward the Windsor Boulevard entrance of Paramount Studios. LAPD Hollywood Division patrol officers arrived and followed Barrios on to the studio lot, where less-lethal projectiles were used and an Officer-Involved Shooting occurred. Barrios was not struck by gunfire and fled into a multi-story building façade of a movie set. A perimeter was established by officers and additional personnel responded to assist.

After approximately two hours of negotiating with Barrios, he was taken into police custody without an additional use of force.

Barrios was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment from several self-inflicted lacerations. He was expected to survive. No officers were injured.

A folding knife was located at scene and booked as evidence.

Fullerton Police Department will be handling the criminal charges related to their investigation, while LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, 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 LAPD's policies and procedures.