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Montecito Heights: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a homicide suspect(s).

On August 17, 2019, at about 1:20 a.m., Hollenbeck Officers responded to a shooting call at the corner of East Avenue 42 and Griffin Avenue.

Upon arrival officers discovered three shooting victims, one male Hispanic, 21 years old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two were transported to the hospital and are male, Hispanics, 18 and 19 years old. The two males that were transported to the hospital sustained none life threatening injuries.

Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives believe the shooting is gang related. The Detectives have detained two individuals that they believe were involved in the shooting.

Detectives are still looking for an additional suspect(s).

The Los Angeles Police Department is requesting that anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective J. Ramirez, Serial No. 26074, at Hollenbeck Community Police Station, Homicide Detectives, at (323) 342-8964 or 1-877-ASK-LAPD. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Pacific Division Officer-Involved Shooting

**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**

Venice: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved-Shooting in which officers shot a man armed with a three-foot wooden plank.

On August 14, 2019, around 5:50 p.m., uniformed officers assigned to Pacific Patrol Division responded to a radio call of a screaming man at Thornton Court and Pacific Avenue. Upon arriving at the location, the officers encountered the suspect, John Penny, who was initially armed with a glass bottle. Penny refused to drop the bottle and approached officers. The officers deployed a taser, however it appears the darts did not strike Penny. Penny then armed himself with a three-foot-long wooden plank and again approached the officers, which resulted in an Officer-Involved- Shooting. Penny was struck once in the left arm and once in the left thigh. The officers also deployed one round from a beanbag shotgun and one 40mm round.

Penny was treated at scene by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and then transported via Rescue Ambulance (RA) to UCLA Westwood Medical Center, where he was treated and cleared for booking. No officers were injured during the incident.

A three-foot wooden plank was recovered at scene.

Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and is handling the administrative investigation and the FID Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT) is conducting the criminal investigation.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and collecting forensic evidence. Representatives from the Office of the Inspector General and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division responded and monitored the investigation.


The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and 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 the LAPD's policies and procedures. Additionally, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who responded to the scene will review the subsequent FID investigation; evidence collected and witness statements to determine if the force used by the officer(s) violated any criminal laws.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to call the LAPD at any of the following numbers:
• During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
• During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
• Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting "LAPD" and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
• Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.


Violent Home Invasion Ends in Shooting

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for a home invasion that left one person shot.

On August 9, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., Central Area officers responded to an "ADW Shots Fired" radio call at a large multi-unit apartment complex located on the 600 block of South Spring Street. Upon arrival, they were led to a male victim lying on a sofa in the lobby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. After undergoing surgery, the victim is in stable condition.

The investigation revealed that the victim and a friend were in an apartment at the location when five male Blacks entered, pepper sprayed them, bound them, and ultimately shot the victim. The suspects remove an unknown quantity of cannabis and money, then fled the location. It is believed that the apartment where this occurred is part of an illegal cannabis enterprise. Detectives at scene recovered over 100 pounds of cannabis and a large quantity of concentrated cannabis oil.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Central Area Robbery detectives at 213-833-3750. 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.lapdonloine.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.


LAPD Mission Division Cadets Receiving Scholarships

Mission Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area established the Cadet Program in 2005. It is a community-based crime prevention program that aims to empower youth, ages 13 to 17 years old. The program maximizes their personal and scholastic potential through the emphasis of the program's four cornerstones:

• Leadership
• Academic Excellence
• Ethical and Wise Decision Making
• Community Stewardship

On August 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., 10 retired Mission Area cadets will be presented with scholarships. The event will be held at the Mission Community Police Station, located at 11121 Sepulveda Boulevard in Mission Hills. These cadets have volunteered countless hours within our community. They have participated in the National Night Out, maintained their GPA's in school, have represented the Mission Cadet Program in "presenting colors" at various community events, and have demonstrated their athleticism in running the Los Angeles Marathon.

Mission Community Police Council has generously sponsored the scholarships to help our 10 retired cadets continue with their college education.

Mission Area would like to thank the retired Cadets and their parents for all the hard work and commitment to The Mission Area Cadet Program.


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North Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the driver responsible for killing a 40-year-old female pedestrian.

On August 04, 2019, at 12:05 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing south on Roscoe Boulevard, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a black vehicle traveling west on Roscoe Boulevard passing Haskell Avenue. The vehicle continued west, failing to stop to render aid and provide identification.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The victim's name will not be released until next-of-kin is notified.

The public should be aware that individuals who are involved in an injury collision must stop at the scene, provide their identification, and render aid. Failing to do so is a felony and carries the possibility of significant time in prison. Pedestrians are also reminded to utilize crosswalks when crossing the street.

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Detective Benyamin Sadeh, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8029. 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.lapdonloine.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 Central Traffic Detectives are investigating a Severe Felony Hit and Run that occurred at Maple Avenue and 37th Street.

On August 6, 2019, around 8:50 p.m., a possible blue Honda Accord was driving southbound Maple Avenue approaching 37th Street. The intersection of Maple Avenue and 37th Street is controlled by 4-way "Stop" signs. A 15-year old male Hispanic bicyclist was travelling eastbound in the south cross walk of the intersection. The driver of the Honda failed to stop for the "Stop" sign, continued through the intersection, and collided into the bicyclist.

As the Honda continued southbound, the bicyclist went under the Honda, and he was dragged for approximately 1500-feet before being dislodged at Woodlawn Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Honda was last seen fleeing westbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Woodlawn Avenue.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital, with severe injuries, and was admitted into the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective-II Calvin Dehesa (213)486-0750 or email 31161@LAPD.Online. 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.


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Newton 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 24-year-old Eduardo Garcia.

On May 8, 2019, around 3:05 a.m., Newton Division officers received a radio call of an "ADW Shooting with a man down", in the 400 block of East 42nd Place, in a local park. The officers responded to the scene and were flagged down by a witness, who directed the officers to the victim. Garcia was lying near the east side of the recreation center in the grass and was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The suspect(s) left the scene in an unknown direction.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced Garcia dead at scene.

There is no suspect description at this time.

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Eduardo Garcia.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Newton Homicide Detectives
J. Calzadillas or R. Berdin at (323) 846-6556. 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.lapdonloine.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 Newton 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 Donte Jones.

On February 15, 2019, around 9:58 p.m., Newton Division officers received a radio call of an "Ambulance Shooting", in the 4100 block of South Wall Street, in the City of Los Angeles. When officers arrived, they met with a second victim who advised she was sitting in Jones vehicle and he was sitting in the driver's seat. Several gunshots were fired into the vehicle by unknown suspect(s) and Jones was struck by gunfire. She was not struck by the gunfire and called 911 as she noticed Jones was suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect(s) left the scene in an unknown direction.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to render aid to Jones and transported him to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

There is no suspect description at this time.

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Donte Jones.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Newton Homicide Detectives J. Calzadillas or R. Berdin at (323) 846-6556. 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.lapdonloine.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

North Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the driver responsible for killing a 40-year-old female pedestrian.

On August 04, 2019, at 12:05 a.m., a pedestrian was crossing south on Roscoe Boulevard, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a black vehicle traveling west on Roscoe Boulevard passing Haskell Avenue. The vehicle continued west, failing to stop to render aid and provide identification.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. The victim's name will not be released until next-of-kin is notified.

The public should be aware that individuals who are involved in an injury collision must stop at the scene, provide their identification, and render aid. Failing to do so is a felony and carries the possibility of significant time in prison. Pedestrians are also reminded to utilize crosswalks when crossing the street.

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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Detective Benyamin Sadeh, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-644-8029. 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.lapdonloine.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.


Arrests Made in the Murder of LAPD Police Officer Juan Diaz

Los Angeles: During the early morning hours of August 2, 2019, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Robbery Homicide Division, and numerous LAPD resources, served multiple search warrants in Southern California, including areas surrounding Murrieta, Riverside and Temecula, California. Thus, three suspects were arrested who detectives believe are responsible for Diaz's murder.

The suspects arrested are:

Booking #5706203
Francisco Talamantes, male Hispanic, Date of Birth - 08/11/1995 (23 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

Booking #5706186
Cristian Facundo, male Hispanic, Date of Birth - 05/28/1999 (20 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

Booking #5706333
Ashlynn Smith, female White, Date of Birth - 07/06/2001 (18 years old)
Resident of Temecula, Ca
Charge: 187(a) PC - Murder w/ Gang Allegation, NO BAIL

The investigation is on-going and the case is being prepared for filing with the District Attorney's Office. As additional information becomes available, we will provide it in a timely manner.