Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Los Angeles:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that killed 24-year-old Destin Moore.

On September 27, 2020, around 11:00 p.m., Olympic Area patrol officers responded to a man down in the north/south alley west of Vermont Avenue, north of Council Street.  Los Angeles Fire department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.   

The case was given to detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide due to the injuries sustained by the victim.  The case was transferred to West Traffic Division after the medical examiner from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office determined the victim’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle.   

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 $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.

The two images on the left are of vehicles of interest and were taken from video surveillance in the alley where the collision occurred.  The images on the right are not actual photos of the vehicles.

***Videos are not available***

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Randy Yoshioka at 213- 473-0236, West Traffic Detectives at 213-473-0234, or the West Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-473-0222.  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 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.


Chief Moore Invites Angelenos to Gun Buyback Events This Saturday

Angelenos will be able to receive up to $200 in exchange for returned firearms at three locations citywide  

LOS ANGELES: Chief Michel Moore today invited Angelenos to help build a safer Los Angeles at Gun Buyback events happening this Saturday, December 5th. Reducing gun violence is a top priority for the LAPD. In a tough year when homicides are rising across the city, the annual Gun Buyback is a chance to rally the community around the drive to take more guns off the streets and improve security in our neighborhoods.  Chief Michel Moore stated, “Reducing the number of shooting victims in Los Angeles has never been more important to the safety of all Angelenos.  Every gun recovered in this “Buy Back” program means one less weapon that can be used to inflict harm.”  

“Fewer guns on the street translates into less crime, more peace of mind, and safer communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Between our Gun Buyback events, our policy initiatives, and the efforts of our LAPD, we have made clear progress in tackling the plague of gun violence in our city -- and in these trying times, we will stay focused on meeting our core goals when it comes to the pandemic, public health, or public safety: protecting our families and saving lives.”   

The Gun Buyback initiative allows people to anonymously submit firearms in exchange for gift cards valued at $100 for handguns, shotguns, and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons as classified in the State of California, while supplies last. Firearms brought to a buyback location must be unloaded and stored in the trunk of a vehicle. Since 2013, the City of Los Angeles has removed 43,032 firearms from the streets, through joint efforts by the LAPD and the City’s Gun Buyback program.   

The Gun Buyback events take place in drive-through format and all participants are required to remain in their vehicles at all times. This year’s events will apply strict COVID-19 safety protocols including staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves, and physical distancing, and all participants will be required to wear a face covering. The Gun Buyback events will take place this Saturday, December 5th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at three locations:  

South L.A.  
Bethel A.M.E. Church L.A.  
7900 S. Western Ave.   
Los Angeles, CA 90047  

Lincoln Heights   
Lincoln Park Recreation Center  
3501 Valley Blvd.   
Los Angeles, CA 90031  

Van Nuys  
Van Nuys Masonic Building   
14750 Sherman Way Blvd.  
Van Nuys, CA 91405  

The City’s Gun Buyback program operates under the same premise of all smart laws regarding gun violence prevention: regulating access to guns reduces the number of gun-related injuries and deaths. A 2019 survey found that 91% of respondents felt their community was safer because of the Gun Buyback event. Still, nearly 30% of participants indicated that they or someone that they know had been a victim of gun violence.  

For more information about the gun buyback events, call (877) LAPD-247.


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Los Angeles: On Thursday November 19, 2020, around 6:10 p.m., a 21-year-old male pedestrian was riding a scooter northbound on Bixel Street just north of Wilshire Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle.  The driver fled the scene without stopping, rendering aid or identifying himself or herself. There is no description of the driver and/or vehicle.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. The victim was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit with severe injuries.

A witness recorded a video of a white Toyota Tacoma chasing after the hit and run vehicle. The vehicle pictured below belongs to the witness of the collision. The public’s assistance is needed in locating this witness who might have vital information on the hit and run vehicle and/or driver.

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives or Officer Robert Palma, at 213-833-3713 or by email at 26756@lapd.online.  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.


Critical Missing 80-Year-Old Female

UPDATE
December 2, 2020


On December 2, 2020, Maria Antonia Hernandez Ochoa was located and reunited with her family.
 
 
Sun Valley: The Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area is requesting the public's help in locating Maria Antonia Hernandez Ochoa.


Hernandez Ochoa was last seen on December 2, 2020, around 11:30 a.m., in the 10700 block of Colwell Drive. Hernandez Ochoa's mental condition is poor, and she suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. Hernandez Ochoa's family is concerned for her safety and safe return home.

Hernandez Ochoa is described as a female Hispanic with short gray hair, brown eyes, and a thin build. She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Hernandez Ochoa is known to frequent the area of San Fernando Road and North Hollywood Way. She was last seen wearing a purple long sleeve shirt, gray pants and gray shoes. Hernandez Ochoa is Spanish-speaking only.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Foothill Watch Commander at (818)756-8861. 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. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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Panorama City:  The family of Hugo Martinez and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Area Juvenile detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 12-year-old Hugo Martinez.   

Hugo was last seen on Monday, November 30, 2020 around 8:30 a.m. at his residence in the 8800 block of Tobias Ave.  Hugo suffers from ADHD and has not taken his medication.  Hugo has also made suicidal statements in the past.  Hugo left his residence without his cell phone or any of his belongings.

Hugo is described as a 12-year-old male Hispanic with short black hair, brown eyes, and a medium build.  He stands 4 feet 11inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with an orange logo “OFF”, gray-white-blue pajama pants, white Nike Airforce shoes, and a blue hat.
If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Hugo Martinez, please contact Mission Area Juvenile Detectives, at 818-838-9810 or 818-838-9800.  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.       Reference DR# 2019-17545

Shooting Leaves One Dead

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 27-year-old Gabriela Diaz.   

On November 25, 2020 at approximately 9:15 p.m., North Hollywood Area Patrol officers responded to a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Shots Fired, at the 6900 block of Simpson Avenue.  Upon the officers arrival they discovered Diaz, a local resident, shot to death on the sidewalk in front of the location.  The preliminary investigation revealed Diaz was arriving home, from an errand, when a gray sedan stopped on the street behind her vehicle.  A male exited the sedan and fired numerous times into Diaz' vehicle before fleeing north on Simpson Avenue.  Diaz survived that volley of gun shots, only to be fatally shot moments later when the same sedan returned.  
The motive of the shooting is still unknown.  The murder appears to be an isolated incident, and not an ongoing threat to the community. The investigation is ongoing.   

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective R. January, LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-1939.  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 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:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Bureau Homicide Unit are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for the stabbing death of a man at a Downtown jewelry store.   
On November 3, 2020, around 9:00 a.m., the suspect entered a jewelry store in the 700 block of South Broadway and was inside for approximately six minutes.  The suspect stabbed the jewelry store owner several times, then exited the store carrying a white grocery bag.  The suspect fled on foot eastbound on 7th Street from Broadway then northbound on Spring Street from 7th Street.   

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.  

The suspect is described as a 30 to 40-year-old male Hispanic.  He stands approximately five feet six inches to five feet eight inches tall and weighs approximately 160 to 180 pounds.   

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Central Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213-996-4149.  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 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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San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department detectives from Harbor area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 37-year-old Miguel Ruiz.

On November 23, 2020, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Miguel Ruiz was sitting in the courtyard area at an apartment complex in the 100 block of South Mesa Street in the city of San Pedro. Miguel was with a group of friends when an unknown male approached the group and fired a handgun at them. Mr. Ruiz was shot multiple times, while a female and additional male were also injured by gunfire. Mr. Ruiz succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. One of the additional victims was transported to a local area hospital and listed in stable condition. The third victim declined medical treatment.

It is believed that the suspect ran to an awaiting vehicle; however, the witnesses did not see the suspect get into a vehicle after the shooting.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call LAPD Harbor area Detective Killingsworth, or Detective Cortez, at 310-726-7879 or 310-726-7889. 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 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.


Severe Injury to a 76-Year-Old Great Grandmother

UPDATE
December 10, 2020
Detectives need to identify two witnesses for a Fatal Hit and Run.  They were captured on video associating with the driver of the Toyota Corolla, Ronald Waldamar Jo-Jlux.  One witness was a passenger in the hit and run vehicle. The second witness is a possible food vendor who delivered food to the hit and run suspect and the passenger on two different occasions. The vendor was selling food out of a 2016-2020 white Toyota Rav4. Video footage can be viewed on Central Traffic’s Twitter account @LAPDCTD24, Instagram account @LAPDCTD24 or YouTube account “LAPD Central Traffic.”


UPDATE
December 2, 2020
 
Detectives need help locating Ronald Waldamar Jo-Jlux, AKA Ronald Lux, a 26-year-old Male Hispanic who stands 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 120 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a light color hooded sweat top and light-colored shorts. Ronald is wanted for questioning in the Fatal Hit and Run of Victim Jeun Chu Ham. Detectives believe Ronald is currently driving the vehicle involved in the hit and run, a 4-door tan or a gold 2003 to 2008 Toyota Corolla, with its driver side wheels missing its hub caps or is equipped with aftermarket black rims. It is believed Ronald is living out of the vehicle and his whereabouts are unknown.

 
 
 
UPDATE
November 24, 2020

On November 23, 2020, around 8:00 p.m., Mrs. Kuen Ham succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the hospital. She was surrounded by her family.

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.
 
 
 
 
Hit and Run Traffic Collision Causes Severe Injury to a 76-Year-Old Great Grandmother


Los Angeles: On November 23, 2020, around 5:55 a.m., a Severe Injury Hit and Run occurred near Union Avenue and Miramar Street. A possible tan, 4-door, 2000 to 2010 Toyota Corolla was travelling northbound Union Avenue and made a westbound left turn onto Miramar Street. Mrs. Kuen Ham was crossing Miramar Street when the driver of the Toyota collided into her. The collision knocked her onto the street and dragged her approximately 15-feet before she was dislodged. The driver fled the scene without stopping to render aid and to identify him or herself.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded, and Mrs. Kuen was immediately transported to a local hospital. Mrs. Kuen was admitted into the intensive care unit with life threatening injuries.
 

 
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.


If anyone has information regarding the male, please contact Detective Juan Campos, Central Traffic Detectives, at (213) 833-3713, e-mail 31480@lapd.online or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746. 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). For anonymous calls please call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org, or Tipsters www.lapdonline.org.