Detectives Seeking Brazen Burglary Suspects

Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Burglary detectives are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of two suspects who burglarized a residence in the Hollywood Hills.

On March 6, 2019, around 11a.m., two suspects used a crowbar to pry open a side door to the victim's residence. The suspects then entered the home, ransacked the interior and stole the victim's jewelry. Both suspects got into a newer model black Jaguar with no license plate and fled the scene.

First suspect is described as a male Hispanic, black hair, stands between 5 feet and 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, heavy build, wearing a dark blue parka with fur lined hood, a blue "Tommy" t-shirt, dark pants, white shoes, and dark blue or black hat with a white "Nike" symbol.

Second suspect is described as a male, black hair, stands between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, weighs about 170 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket with white writing on the left sleeve, blue jeans, and dark shoes.





Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Hollywood Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto , at (213) 972-2929. 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 onlinetip. 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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San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Detective Division is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a sexual assault suspect.

On March 5th 2019, between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m., the victim was entering her residence in the area of 11th Street in the City of San Pedro, when the suspect pushed her inside and a violent physical and sexual assault occurred. After the assault, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, black hair, he stands at 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 150-170 pounds, and is between 25-35 years of age with a light mustache, and unknown tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective III, K. Porter, Harbor Division, at 310-726-7861. 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 onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program. 


Two Arrested in “Jugging” Caper

Los Angeles: On March 1, 2019, FBI/LAPD Major Theft Task Force was surveilling the parking lot of a bank, located in the 18300 block of Ventura Boulevard in Encino. The bank had been the starting point for several bank follow-outs, also known as "jugging", in the past year.

Jugging is a predatory crime where by suspects target bank customers who have recently completed, or are suspected to have completed, a transaction from a financial center or ATM. Jugging suspects follow customers they believe are in possession of cash, waiting for the opportune moment to rob them directly or burglarize their parked vehicle. Most incidents occur on non-bank property, typically outside retail or commercial businesses.

The suspects park in the bank parking lot and watch customers exiting the bank. The suspects look for the customer carrying a white envelope that most banks give to customers when they withdraw cash. They also look for customers carrying a blue vinyl merchant deposit bag. When the suspects observe a customer with an envelope or blue bag they follow them away from the bank to their next stop. After the vehicle is no longer occupied, the suspects smash a window, enter the vehicle and check the center console and glove box for the envelope with the cash. They leave the location and set up on another bank. All too often, customers leave the envelope in the car with large sums of cash in it. Occasionally, the suspects enter the bank to look for customers withdrawing cash.

On March 1, 2019, two male suspects from Houston, Texas, were in a rented 2016 Hyundai Tucson with tinted windows and paper plates. Around 10:55 a.m., the suspects followed a silver Rolls Royce out of the bank parking lot to a health center in the 4800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. After the vehicle was parked and unoccupied, the suspects smashed the front passenger window and pried the door of the Rolls Royce to gain entry. The property was removed and the suspects fled. A short time later, both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

A search of the suspects and the vehicle produced over $21,000 in cash. Detectives believe both suspects are responsible for similar prior burglaries. It is likely these suspects have committed other follow-out burglaries in the last year in Los Angeles and Orange counties.


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Bank customers are encouraged to conceal any cash withdrawal "white envelope" or blue merchant deposit bag prior to leaving a bank branch. They are also advised to be aware of anyone following them away from a bank. They are also advised to NOT leave cash in their vehicles.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective D. Bopp, Commercial Crimes Division Major Theft Task Force, at (213) 486-6962. 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 onlinetip. 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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Remains of Missing Los Angeles Woman found in New Mexico

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division, announce the discovery of the remains of Denise Coultas found in New Mexico.    

On Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, detectives from Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division were notified by detectives from the New Mexico Board of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Service, that the remains of a human being were found on the Acoma Indian Reservation near the location that Los Angeles resident Denise Coultas had left her vehicle.

A joint investigation has been ongoing since November 2018 when Ms. Coultas's vehicle was found abandoned. Searches for Ms. Coultas have been conducted since she went missing, however weather and rugged terrain hindered some of the operations. On February 28th, Ms. Coultas remains were positively identified by New Mexico officials and her family was notified. No foul play is suspected. Ms. Coultas suffered from a diminished mental capacity and had a history of wandering away from her family.

Any questions may be directed to Detective Santillan, Robbery Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section, at (213) 486-6890. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 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.


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Southwest Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail arrested two men after a Large Methamphetamine Seizure in South Los Angeles.

On Sunday, March 3rd 2019, investigators were investigating reports of narcotic activity at a motel located at 7400 block of South San Pedro Street. They observed an individual enter a vehicle at the motel, armed with a handgun. He was detained, and when they consulted with the manager, they determined that there were two small children, aged 8 and 10, who had been left alone in the room.

When they conducted a welfare check, they found the children alone in the motel room. While providing for the safety of the children, they located duffle bags with methamphetamine, also inside the room.

The total gross weight of the methamphetamine was over 100 pounds, with an estimated street value of approximately one million dollars.

The parent, Hector Carrillo, a 31-year-old male Hispanic, was arrested for 11378 Health and Safety Code - Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales and Child Endangerment.

The other suspect, Cristian Martinez, a 25- year-old Male Hispanic, was arrested for 29800 (a)(1) of the Penal Code, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.


The children were unharmed and placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

The Department believes the suspects are part of a wider distribution narcotics ring operating in the Los Angeles area.

Any information regarding illegal narcotics activity in Southwest Division, please call (213) 485-2582. 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.


Human Trafficking Suspect & Additional Victims Sought

Los Angeles: Vice Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a Human Trafficking Suspect and any additional Victims.

On February 20, 2019, around 8:00 pm, a female approximately 20 years old walked into an LAPD police station to report she was a victim of Human Trafficking.

The suspect had loaned the victim money and forced her to prostitute herself, to repay the loan. The suspect knew the victim's financial struggles and coerced her to continue to work as a prostitute. When she refused, the suspect escalated his aggression causing the victim to fear for her safety.

The suspect is a 27-year-old male black with black hair styled in long dreads and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms, and frequents the Hollywood and North Hollywood areas.

Anyone who sees the Suspect or has additional information is urged to call the Van Nuys Community Police Station at (818) 374-9500. If you are a Victim of Human Trafficking you are urged to call Officer Smith at (818) 374-0073. 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 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.


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Burglary detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects responsible for burglarizing a mail room.

On January 24, 2019, around 1:50 p.m., the suspect(s) entered an apartment complex in the 1300 block of West 7th Street and on three separate occasions in the month of February. The suspect gained entry through the locked apartment complex with a key fob. He then rode the elevator to the second floor where the mail room is located. The suspect then used a counterfeit mailbox key to open mailboxes and remove the mail. He also has an electronic code to access the package locker to remove packages.

First suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, stands between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs between 210-230 pounds, wearing a black/gold Dodgers cap.

Second suspect is described as a female, white, stands 5 feet 3 inches, weighs around 140 pounds, wearing a black track suit.

Third suspect is a male, Hispanic, stands 5 feet 9 inches, weighs around 230 pounds, wearing a blue hoodie.



Anyone with information is urged to call Rampart Burglary Detective Elizabeth Holguin at (213) 484-3486. 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 onlinetip. 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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Chinatown: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of three suspects who attempted to rob a jewelry store.

On February 26, 2019, at approximately 2:50 p.m., two male Black suspects exited an orange Ford Mustang with paper plates in front of a jewelry store at the 800 block of North Broadway.

The first suspect was carrying what appered to be a black semi-auto rifle. The second suspect was carrying a hammer. The owners of the jewelry store saw the suspects approaching the door and locked the door. The first suspect attempted to enter the store and upon realizing the door was locked, turned around and both suspects ran back to the waiting Ford Mustang.

The vehicle pulled away from the curb and was involved in a traffic collision with a ride share vehicle, which tried to follow the Ford Mustang. The ride share vehicle lost sight of the Ford Mustang as it headed southbound Alameda at Cesar Chavez.

Both suspects were described as male Black, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, in their 20s.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Scott at 213-996-1868, or Detective Mazzacano at 213-996-1877. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (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 onlinetip. 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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Chinatown: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's, Central Division are seeking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a outstanding robbery suspect along with a suspect impersonating a LAPD officer.

On February 26, 2019, about 11:30 a.m., a grand theft occurred at Jewelry Store at the 800 block of North Broadway in the Chintatown area of Los Angeles. Officers were able to locate Gerald Roberts, a 19 year-old, from Los Angeles. Roberts was arrested and booked for Grand Theft with a Bail amount Set for $20,000.00.

The second suspect is still being sought and is described as a male Black, black hair, brown eyes, standing at approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, a brown cap, red polo shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

On February 26, 2019, about 3:45 p.m., a male Hispanic entered the jewelry store and identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department detective and he wanted to get a chain similar to the one that was stolen earlier that day.

The jewelry store owner did not feel comfortable and asked for a business card, which the suspect provided and then left the store.

The jewelry store owner then called LAPD Central Area Detectives to report the incident.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, in his 20s. The suspect was wearing a blue Dodgers baseball cap, sunglasses, a Dodgers shirt, blue jeans, with a badge, and a set of handcuffs clipped to his left hip.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Lee at 213-996-1860 or Detective Mazzacano at 213-996-1877. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (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 onlinetip. 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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Van Nuys: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects responsible for killing 34-year-old Jorge Soto of Northridge.

On February 25, 2019, around 2:10 a.m., West Valley Area uniformed patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting" in the 15800 block of Stagg Street. When officers arrived, they located a male victim in the parking lot of a business, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was engaged in a verbal dispute with several suspects that were seated inside of a vehicle. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot the victim before re-entering the vehicle and fleeing the location. There is no suspect or vehicle description.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. 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 onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.