Officer-Involved-Shooting in Southeast Division NRF046-20ma

October 27, 2020

The officer involved in the below incident has been identified as Police Officer II Jordan Cohen, Serial No. 42927 from Southeast Division.
 
 
 
**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**


Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Force Investigation Division is investigating an Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) that occurred in Southeast Division.

On October 14, 2020, around 9:50 p.m., LAPD Southeast Division patrol officers were in the area of 111th Street and Figueroa Street. They saw a man, later identified as 23-year-old Kevin Carr, standing in a parking lot of a gas station, pointing a handgun at people seated in a vehicle. The officers pulled their patrol car into the parking lot, exited, and told Carr to put the handgun down. Carr did not follow the officers' directions, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.

Carr was struck by gunfire and fell to the ground. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and determined Carr had died at the scene.

The loaded handgun Carr was armed with was located at scene and recovered as evidence.

No officers or innocent bystanders were injured during the incident.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division. A representative from the Office of the Inspector General responded and monitored the scene investigation.

The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, 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 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 was reasonable.


Multiple Suspects Arrested Following an Officer-Involved-Shooting

South Los Angeles:  On October 14, 2020, around 9:50 p.m., a group of individuals were seated in their vehicles in the parking lot of a gas station on the corner of 111th Street and Figueroa Street. The suspect, who was alone, walked up and pointed a firearm at the group of individuals.  A Los Angeles Police Department Southeast patrol unit was driving westbound on 111st Street when they observed what was taking place.  They stopped their patrol vehicle, exited, and gave the suspect direction to put his gun down.  At that time there was an officer-involved shooting.  The suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. A firearm was also recovered and collected as evidence by detectives.

 
 
No officers were injured and none of the victims sustained injuries.


On October 15, 2020, around 2:30 a.m., a female protester at the scene of the officer-involved-shooting, crossed the yellow Los Angeles Police Department crime scene tape and entered the restricted area.  Officers detained her at which time 6 additional suspects crossed the crime scene tape and attempted to free the female from police custody. A struggle ensued between the individuals and the officers. Ultimately, seven people were arrested for willfully resisting and obstructing a police investigation (California Penal Code Section, 148 P.C.).  The seven individuals were not from the immediate area. One officer sustained an injury to their hand which required medical treatment.  

Suspect-1: Avery Anglin, Female, White, DOB: 09/04/1998, Booking #6032531,  from Los Angeles, CA
Suspect-2: Alyssa Blair, Female, Hispanic, DOB:07/31/2000, Booking #6032510,  from Monrovia, CA  
Suspect-3: Courtney Costello, Female, White, DOB: 01/25/1992, Booking #6032529,  from Rosemead, CA  
Suspect-4: Torrey Costello, Female, White, DOB: 02/14/1993, Booking #6032518,  from Rosemead, CA  
Suspect-5: Scotty Harrison, Male, White, DOB: 05/03/1995, Booking #6032516,  from Los Angeles, CA  
Suspect-6: Marlon Pacheco, Male, Hispanic, DOB: 07/24/2000, Booking #6032533,  from Los Angeles, CA  
Suspect-7: Efrain Acevedo, Male, Hispanic, DOB: 07/19/1990, Booking #6032612,  from Los Angeles, CA

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, South Bureau Homicide detectives at, 323-786-5100.  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.


Shooting Strikes Two Victims Killing One

Pacoima:  Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects involved in a fatal shooting.

On October 14, 2020, around 2:40 a.m., Foothill Area Patrol officers responded to a radio call of "shots fired” near Ralston Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard.     

Upon arrival units were directed to the Victim-Cruz who was lying on the sidewalk near the 13100 block of Van Nuys Boulevard.  Officers then discovered that a second shooting Victim-Mendez had been transported by citizens to a local hospital.   

Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide responded and assumed investigative responsibility.  Their investigation revealed that the two victims were walking west on Van Nuys Boulevard when they were approached by a male Hispanic.  The male asked them where they were from.  He then pointed a handgun at the two victims, and fired twice, striking both victims.  The Suspect fled in a dark vehicle.  

The victim of the homicide was identified as 31-year-old, Andres Cruz, 31-years-old.  Second shooting Victim-Mendez was treated and released from the hospital.   

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Sharon Kim, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 818-374-1978.  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.


Response to City Council Vote Regarding Public Safety

The Los Angeles Police Department fully supports the City Council’s actions today to establish responsible alternatives to respond to nonviolent calls that currently fall to the Department to handle. For far too long the men and women of the Department have been asked to respond to calls from our community that would be more effectively addressed by others.

Consistent with our Core Value of "Quality Through Continuous Improvement,” we look forward to the establishment of trained professionals, whether new city employees or community organizations, available both day and night to handle these non-emergency calls that our community expect. We remain committed to public safety and in response to the recent budget cuts and staffing reduction have begun the process to shift our operations away from less-essential activities. The alternative services envisioned by our elected leaders will ensure the public continues to have appropriate professionals available to maintain safe and healthy communities for generations to come.


Robbery Suspect Targeting Pedestrians in West Side of Los Angeles

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department detectives have recognized a pattern of robberies in the West side of Los Angeles.  The same suspect has robbed or attempted to rob several men and women over the past month.  Most of the men and women that have been robbed were walking or jogging alone at night during the hours of 8:00 p.m. to midnight.    

The suspect has been described as a Black male in his twenties, driving a gray truck.  He has been armed with a handgun during the robberies and fired gunshots in at least two of the incidents.  Property taken during the robberies has mostly been limited to cell phones.

The affected neighborhoods include:  Mar Vista, West Adams, Picfair Village, Westchester, Mid-Wilshire, Carthay Circle, Beverly Grove, Fairfax, Crestview, Faircrest Heights, and Palms.

Residents in the area should consider the following:   

 
· Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.  

· Try to stay in well-lit areas.   
· Don’t walk alone at night and always avoid areas where there are few people.   
· Be careful when people stop you for directions. Always reply from a distance, and never get too close to the car.  
· If you feel you’re being followed, walk to a well-populated area.
· Don't resist. Give up your property, don't give up your life.
· Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately.  
· Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detective Marsden or Detective Matsuda at 213-486-6840.  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.


Daytime Robbery Suspects Captured on Video Surveillance

North Hollywood: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Area are seeking the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects.

 
On October 5, 2020, around 9:10 a.m., the victim was working as a gardener on the 10400 block of Myrna St. The suspects backed their van up to the victim's work truck. The passenger exited the vehicle and removed property out of the victim's truck. The victim ran up towards the suspects. The passenger re-entered the vehicle and the driver drove the vehicle forward striking the victim. The suspects then fled the location with the victims property.


Suspect #1, the driver, is described as a male Hispanic.

Suspect #2 , the passenger, is described as a male, Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was seen wearing a black hat, a black shirt and black pants.

The suspect vehicle is described as a white Ford Transit Connect van depicted below:

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Kojima, Robbery Section, at 818-754-8426. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
 


Fatal Hit and Run in South Los Angeles

Los Angeles: On October 8, 2020 around 4:25 a.m., a 22-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a motorist traveling northbound on Avalon Boulevard south of 107th Street. The driver continued driving northbound on Avalon Boulevard dragging the pedestrian under the vehicle for a block and a half. The driver made an eastbound turn onto 106th Street where the pedestrian was dislodged from the vehicle just east of Avalon Boulevard. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at scene. The identity of the female will remain confidential until the next of kin has been notified.

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.

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.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Division, Detective Moreno or Detective Flannery, at 323-421-2500 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours please contact South Traffic Division's Watch Commander at 323-421-2577. 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.


Daytime Robbery Suspects Captured on Video Surveillance

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Area are seeking the public's help in identifying robbery suspects.

On September 26, 2020, around 10:50 a.m., the victim exited a convenience store and walked through the parking lot in the 5000 block of West Pico Boulevard. Two suspects approached the victim, physically assaulted him, and took his money. Both suspects fled the location.

Suspect #1, the driver, is described as a male Hispanic in his 40's, wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, and red shoes.

Suspect #2 , the passenger, is described as a male Black, in his 40's, wearing a blue baseball cap, white t-shirt, and orange reflective vest.

The suspect vehicle is described as a late model, red, 2-door Honda Civic with California license plate ending in "2."

 
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Villatoro, Robbery Section, at 213-922-8217. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.



Assault with a Deadly Weapon Hate Crime

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Area are investigating a hate crime which occurred in MacArthur Park.

On October 4, 2020, around 9:00 p.m., a transgender female victim was in MacArthur Park when she was approached by a group of three Hispanic suspects, two males and one female, 18-25 years of age. One of the suspects stated, "We don't want gays here!" The suspects surrounded the victim and proceeded to stab her multiple times. The suspects fled the area in a white Honda sedan. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Detectives are actively working this investigation and canvassing the area for witnesses and evidence. Due to the statement made to the victim, this is being investigated as a hate crime.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Rampart Detectives at 213-484-3660. 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.


Detectives Arrest Trump Star Vandal

Hollywood: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area announce the arrest of James Otis for Felony Vandalism of the Donald Trump star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On October 2, 2020, Otis used a pick axe to destroy the Donald Trump star. Recently on social media, Otis expressed his intention to damage the star, and in 2016 was arrested for the same charge.

During the investigation, and after reviewing video of the incident, it was determined the individual destroying the star appeared to be James Otis. Detectives contacted Otis' publicity team who relayed his desire to turn himself in for the recent crime. On October 5, 2020, Otis entered Hollywood Station where he was questioned by detectives and subsequently booked for 594(b)(1), Felony Vandalism. Bail was set in the amount of $20,000.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce estimated the damage to be over $3,000.