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Update
December 15, 2020




Mr. Zuniga was located and reunited with his family.




Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area is requesting the public's help in locating Carlos Zuniga.

Carlos was last seen on December 13, 2020, around 7:30 p.m., in the 16000 block of Chase Street. Carlos' mental condition is poor, and he suffers from dementia and seizures. Carlos' family is concerned for his safety and safe return home.

Carlos is described as a male Hispanic with grey hair, hazel eyes, and a medium build. He stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Carlos is known the frequent the area around Northridge Medical Center located at Rosco Boulevard and Reseda Boulevard. He was last seen wearing a light-grey hooded sweater, light blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Devonshire Watch Commander at 818-832-0633. 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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Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide unit are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the shooting death of a man.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, just before 1 p.m., officers from Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area were flagged down by citizens for a shooting near Melrose Avenue and Stanley Avenue.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and a male approximately 30 years of age was pronounced dead at scene.

He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. A second male was also struck by gun fire, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and is listed in serious condition.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The suspect is described as a male black, no further description, and was last seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact West Bureau Homicide investigators at 213-382-9470. 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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Westwood: On December 15, 2020, Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Special Assault Section (SAS), in conjunction with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Police Department and investigative personnel from the LAPD's West Los Angeles Area, arrested a serial sexual predator operating in the area around UCLA and Westwood Plaza.

This case involved a sexual predator who has been active since October 23rd, 2020 and committed (a reported) 23 misdemeanor sexual batteries in the West LA area. The series was initially investigated by Operations West Bureau (OWB) detectives and assumed by RHD on November 18th. In almost all of the reported crimes, the suspect approached lone females from behind, fondled their breasts or buttocks and quickly fled from the scene. The suspect typically wore a hooded sweatshirt and a surgical type mask which concealed his face.

Detectives from the UCLA Police Department were critical in obtaining the identity of a possible suspect. Although due to the nature of how the crime occurred and the way the suspect concealed his face, positive identification by victims had proved difficult. Undercover detectives from West LA's Narcotics Enforcement Detail began to surveil the possible suspect, who was identified as Derrick Kim, a 32-year-old Los Angeles resident. While gathering information as to Mr. Kim's movements, they observed him attack a 50-year-old female transient, by groping her breasts. Mr. Kim was immediately taken into custody without incident, and booked at the Valley Jail for 243.4(A) P.C., "Sexual Battery." Mr. Kim remains in custody with a bail of $575,000.
 
Detectives anticipate that there are more victims who have not yet come forward. They are encouraged to call Robbery-Homicide Division, to report what occurred.
 
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 "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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.