Sun Valley Traffic Collision Claims Man’s Life

SUN VALLEY: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision, which left a 56-year-old male Hispanic resident of Sun Valley fatally injured.

On November 13, 2016, around 7:00 p.m., the driver, identified as Tess Torres, a 25-year-old resident of North Hollywood was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, white in color, southbound on Lankershim Boulevard when the truck collided with a 56-year-old male Hispanic resident of Van Nuys, who was on the roadway.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer M. Tucker at (818) 644-8114 or Valley Traffic Division Detective Officer-in-Charge William Bustos at (818)644-8021. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "web tips" and follow the prompts.

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Residential Burglary Suspects Caught on Video

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying two burglary suspects.

On August 8, 2016, around 11:45 a.m., two suspects entered an apartment located in the 14300 block of Riverside Drive in the city of Los Angeles. Both suspects walked to the side of the complex where they gained access to the victim's apartment by climbing into the patio area and prying open the sliding door. The suspects stole jewelry and fled on foot.

Suspect-1 is described as a male Hispanic, 20-25 years old. He stands around 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 180-190 pounds. He was wearing a baseball cap with the letters "LA" on the front, gray shirt, khaki shorts and black shoes.

Suspect-2 is described as a male Hispanic, 30-35 years old. He stands around 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot
9 inches tall and weighs approximately 190-200 pounds. He was wearing a straw hat, white shirt, jean shorts and brown boots.

***To view the video of the suspect please go to www.lapdonline.org.***

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Burglary Detective Diamond at (818) 374-0029 or Detective O'Connor at (818) 374-0024. 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."


19-Year-Old Missing Man

June 30, 2016
Update


Andre Portier Jr. returned home to be reunited with his family and is in good health.

 

Los Angeles: The family of Andre Portier Jr and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in finding Mr. Portier.

On June 25, 2016, around 7:30 p.m., Mr. Portier was last seen in the 26000 block of Magic Mountain Parkway, in the city of Valencia, California. He has not been seen or heard from since and his family is extremely concerned for his welfare.

Mr. Portier is described as a 19-year-old male Black, with black hair, and brown eyes. He stands about 6 feet tall and weighs around 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey/navy blue shirt, grey pants, and black shoes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Andre Portier Jr., please contact the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit Detective K. Thomas 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.


Man Found Shot to Death

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department and Van Nuys Division Homicide Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 19 year old Martinez.

On October 10, 2015, around 10:50 p.m., Van Nuys patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting in the 6000 block of Kester Avenue.  When officers arrived, they found the victim, later identified as George Louis Martinez Jr., lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.

An unknown male Hispanic was seen on the street during the time of the shooting but fled the area before the officers arrived.

The motive of this incident is unknown and the weapon used is outstanding.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Van Nuys Detective Desk at (818) 374-0040.  After hours, please contact Van Nuys Division at (818) 374-1999 or
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."

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Police Commission President Steve Soboroff’s Comments Regarding Newton Division Officer Involved Shooting Of August 11, 2014

Los Angeles - On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Police Commission President Steve Soboroff stated the following:

"This morning, my fellow Police Commissioners and I completed the long and extremely difficult task of carefully reviewing and making a decision regarding the use of force incident which resulted in the death of Mr. Ezell Ford, 25 years of age, on August 11, 2014.

This is a tragedy for all involved, the family, relatives, loved ones and friends of Mr. Ford, as well as the involved police officers. To the Ford family, my fellow Police Commissioners and I extend our sincere sympathies for your profound loss.

I would like to give a brief review of the investigative process that took place in this investigation, and in all deadly use of force incidents involving Los Angeles Police Officers. The investigation into the facts of the events was completed by the Los Angeles Police Department Force Investigation Division, which is comprised of very experienced and skilled investigators, in accordance with guidelines that have been in place for a number of years as a result of the past Federal Consent Decree. The completed investigation is presented to the Los Angeles Police Department Use of Force Review Board, which is comprised of Command Staff members of the Department. Upon their review, they make a recommendation to the Chief of Police for his consideration.

The Chief of Police then provides the Police Commission with his analysis of the investigation and recommendations as to the findings in three specific areas: Tactics of the involved officers, Drawing of the Firearm by the involved officers, and the Use of Deadly Force by the involved officers. That document will be available via a California Public Records Request, with the names of the involved officers redacted, this afternoon.

While the Department is conducting its investigation, our Inspector General Alexander Bustamante and members of his staff, on behalf of the Police Commission, are involved in monitoring the investigation from the initial steps of responding to the scene, through attending the Use of Force Review Board. The Inspector General is given unfettered access to all of the investigative materials. The Inspector General provides the Police Commission with an independent analysis and recommendation into the same three areas that the Chief of Police does: Tactics, Drawing, and Use of Deadly Force.

As is the case in all Categorical Use of Force incidents, the Inspector General will have available for public review an Abridged Summary of his analysis of this incident, on behalf of the Police Commission, on the Department website, www.lapdonline.org by the end of the work day today.

The Police Commission has had copies of all of the investigative materials for our review for a period of time which we have all done. This morning, the Police Commission was given a presentation by the Force Investigation Division investigators with a very thorough and complete overview of this investigation. The presentation was followed with a discussion with the Chief of Police and Inspector General relative to their respective analysis of the incident and the three areas of Tactics, Drawing and Use of Deadly Force.

The Los Angeles Police Department has the most extensive investigative processes into use of deadly force incidents in the Country. Our review of this incident has been intensive. This Commission takes its responsibility to the community and the Los Angeles Police Department very seriously when considering incidents in which Los Angeles Police Officers use deadly force. I am confident that we have been presented a very thorough and complete investigation, with analysis provided by skilled and talented members of the Los Angeles Police Department and our Inspector General's office. Our analysis has been deliberate, thoughtful, and compassionate based on our best understanding of the facts.

The recommendation of the Chief of Police for all officers was that their actions were in policy in all three areas.

The recommendation of the Inspector General as it relates to Tactics, was one officer out of policy and one officer in policy. As it relates to the Drawing and Use of Force, the officers' actions were in policy.

Now that this extensive investigation is complete, this civilian oversight body has made our decision on this incident relative to the appropriateness in each of the three areas, Tactics, Drawing and Use of Force.

TACTICS
As it relates to the Tactics in this incident, the Police Commission found Tactical Debrief for both officers, the Tactics employed by one Police Officer III
Administrative Disapproval and one Police Officer II In Policy, No Further Action.
VOTE UNANIMOUS

DRAWING OF THE WEAPON
Relating to the Drawing of the Weapon, the Police Commission found that the Drawing of the Weapon by one Police Officer III Administrative Disapproval and one Police Officer II, first drawing Administrative Disapproval and second drawing In Policy, No Further Action.
VOTE UNANIMOUS

NON-LETHAL USE OF FORCE
Regarding the Non-Lethal Use of Force the Police Commission found that the Non-Lethal Use of Force by one Police Officer III was Administrative Disapproval and one Police Officer II In Policy, No Further Action.
VOTE UNANIMOUS

USE OF FORCE
Regarding the Use of Force, or firing of the weapon, the Police Commission found that the Use of Force by one Police Officer III was Administrative Disapproval and one Police Officer II In Policy, No Further Action.
VOTE UNANIMOUS

Consistent with the Los Angeles City Charter, disciplinary matters relevant to the Administrative Disapproval finding for the involved officers for this case will now be determined by the Chief of Police.

Pursuant to California law, my fellow Commissioners and I, along with those who were present in the closed session meeting, are unable to divulge any of the information discussed during those meetings, including our justification leading to our individual decisions.

The determination as to the criminal culpability for the involved officers is the responsibility of the Los Angeles County District Attorney and not within the authority of the Chief of Police or Police Commission.

This incident has changed all involved in it forever. My fellow Police Commissioners and I clearly understand the grief and loss the Ford family will feel forever, as well as the impact on the involved police officers. Our compassion and thoughts will remain with them."

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Man was Shot and Killed in the Van Nuys Area

Van Nuys:  Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed 28-year-old Sevada Aghazarian.

On February 10, 2014, around 6:10 p.m., the victim was in the parking lot in the 13640 block of Burbank Boulevard, to the rear, when he was confronted by the suspect. The suspect produced a semi-automatic handgun and fired numerous times striking the victim in the torso.  

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he died a short time later from his injuries.    

The suspect is described as a male Armenian, around 35 years of age.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Van Nuys Homicide Detectives J. Nuttall or M. Martinez at 818-374-0040.  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.”


Chief Charlie Beck’s Response to Settlement of West Traffic Officers’ Lawsuits

Los Angeles:  Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a settlement on two lawsuits filed by eleven current and former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) West Traffic Division (WTD) officers.  The settlement for the amount of $5.9 million among the eleven officers and their attorneys follows the payment of $2 million to two WTD officers that had prevailed at the earlier trial on similar allegations. 

"It is unfortunate that this case cost the city hard-earned taxpayers money.  The goal has always been to improve the productivity and accountability of our officers in order to reduce serious and fatal traffic collisions,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  “We do not agree with the original jury’s findings, unfortunately the large jury award in the earlier court case made settling this case the most prudent business decision.”

The WTD case challenged the Department’s efforts to ensure productivity among traffic enforcement motorcycle officers assigned to WTD.  The primary duty assignment of motorcycle officers assigned to traffic enforcement is facilitating the safe movement of traffic and reducing serious injury and fatal traffic collisions.  Their primary tools are giving warnings and issuing citations for traffic violations that contribute to serious injuries and deaths.

In an effort to reduce serious injuries and deaths, WTD made the decision to set goals for reductions of these violations.  This was not a quota system under the law.  Specifically, the WTD traffic enforcement officers should spend 80% of their time enforcing Vehicle Code violations that could lead to serious injury or death.  The jury in the first lawsuit interpreted this as an unlawful quota and determined that the officers were retaliated against for not meeting the productivity goals.  This case involving the eleven WTD officers now being settled was filed after the jury award of $2 million in the first case.

The Department has taken steps to ensure that all divisions are using appropriate measures to evaluate officers’ productivity.   The Department is committed to maintaining a workplace free from retaliation and all other types of unlawful discrimination and we will continue to strive for that goal. 

For further information please contact LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.


Students, Parents Beware in Sylmar Man Exposes Himself to Two Young Girls

Los Angeles:  LAPD detectives are investigating reports of a man who exposed himself to two girls who were sisters taking an evening walk around the Sylmar Leadership Academy.

“None of the girls were harmed and the man had no physical contact with them,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division.  “In fact, the girls did exactly right; they were suspicious of the man’s presence, refused to approach him when he beckoned them, and they reported what happened to their mother.”

The incident happened on August 5, 2012, around 7 p.m., while an 11-year-old girl was walking around the school with her 10-year-old sister.  The girls noticed a black or dark-blue, older-model Jeep circle the block several times.  “The girls got suspicious, which shows they were paying attention to their surroundings,” Vernon explained.

After the third or fourth pass, the driver, a white man in his 20s, stopped and called the girls over to his car.  When the girls refused to approach, the driver exposed himself.  The sisters ran home to report the incident to their mom, who called police.  Officers checked nearby Sylmar Park where some bystanders in the neighborhood thought the suspect might hang out, but he was not there.

The girls thought the Jeep was an older model with a hard top.  The suspect had dark hair and was wearing a light-green shirt and dark-green shorts.

Detectives have asked the girls to sit down with a forensic artist to sketch the suspect’s image.  That sketch will be released once it is complete.

The Sylmar Leadership Academy was closed at the time of the incident.  School police were notified of the incident.  Detectives are searching local sex registrant rolls to see if any registrant matches the suspect’s description.

“Kudos to the girls for how they handled themselves, and kudos to their mom for training them to be aware of their surroundings,” Vernon added.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD Mission Detectives, at 818-838-9971. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org by clicking on “webtips” and following the prompts.


Ricardo Lizarraga Elementary School

Pb170448 Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Police Department, parents and students participated in naming an elementary school for the first time after a fallen Los Angeles Police Officer. 

On February 20, 2004, Officer Ricardo Lizarraga, 31 years old, along with partner Joel Ruiz, responded to the aid of a Domestic Violence victim, when they were confronted by Kendrick Johnson, a known gang member and convicted felon. Johnson produced a handgun and fired several rounds at the officers fatally wounding Lizarraga. 

At the naming ceremony, attendees celebrated Lizarraga's life and spirit.  Chief William BrattonPb170447_1 spoke of Lizarraga's gift of "giving" to the community.  Lizarraga's widow, Joyce, expressed her appreciation for honoring her fallen husband and spoke of his motto, "Don't ever give up." Other speakers included, Ms. Veronica Moscoso, Principal, Mr. Marvin Horner, Assistant Principal, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council, 9th District, and members of the LA Unified School District, all who elegantly praised Officer Lizarraga. 

Pb170453 As important, if not heart warming where the thoughts expressed by several students in their speeches.  Giovanny Chavez, 5th Grade, expressed how police officers help the community. Ivonne Hipolito, 5th Grade, pointed out the importance of police officers.         

It was a special day that captured Officer Lizarraga's spirit and soul. 


Missing Girl and Baby in South LA

UPDATE:  Daisy Munoz and Diego Padilla were found unharmed on Saturday.  Newton Detectives are handling the investigation. 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating Daisy Vanessa Munoz,13-year-old and 18-month-old Diego Padilla, who were last seen yesterday in Central Los Angeles.

On Thursday, August 17, 2006, Daisy, a friend of the family, visited 18-month-old Diego and his grandmother at their home located in the 1600 block of 32nd Street.  Daisy asked the grandmother for permission to take Diego to a store to go buy some medicine. Daisy told the grandmother that a friend who is unknown to the grandmother was taking them to the Alameda Swap Meet located on Vernon Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.  Daisy and Diego never returned. 

Daisy is a Hispanic girl 5' tall and weighs about 125 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and medium built. She was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, brown sweater and white tennis shoes.

Diego is a Hispanic baby, 2'0 tall and weighs about 30 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a red shirt, black pants and red/black shoes. 

Anyone with information regarding Daisy and Diego whereabouts is urged to call Newton Division at 323-846-6547.  Weekend or during off-hours the public may contact the toll free-24 hours tip line at 1-877-LAW FULL (1-877-529-3855).