Wounded Man Asked for Help Inside a Liquor Store

Olympic: The Los Angeles Police Department and West Bureau Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in shooting a man in Larchmont.

On January 9, 2019, around 10:25 p.m., Olympic Area Patrol Officers responded to a shooting call in the 4700 block of Beverly Boulevard in Larchmont. When officers arrived, they were directed to a victim suffering from gunshot wounds inside a liquor store.

The initial investigation shows the victim was on the sidewalk when a suspect approached on foot and pointed a gun at the victim and fired several rounds. The wounded victim went inside the liquor store after he was struck by gunfire; asking for help. The suspect left westbound on Beverly Boulevard on foot.

The Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on this shooting should contact West Bureau Homicide detectives 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 ww.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.


Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division

Officer-Involved Shooting of Man Armed with a Knife in Van Nuys 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 Force Investigation Division is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred when a man armed with a knife failed to follow commands by officers and moved toward one of the officers.

On December 31, 2018, around 4:40 a.m., Van Nuys Area police officers responded to the 13600 block of Vanowen Street for a radio call of a screaming woman. Officers went to the apartment which was given to them in the radio call. Rony Parras-Mendez, eighteen years old, came to the door of the apartment armed with a large kitchen knife. Parras-Mendez was given commands, which he did not follow, and quickly moved toward one of the officers; at that time, there was an officer-involved shooting. Parras-Mendez was struck by gunfire and determined deceased at the location by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.

Prior to the arrival of the officers, Parras-Mendez had physically assaulted an adult male who lives at the apartment complex. The male was transported to a local hospital where he received medical treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.

A knife, approximately 9 inches in length, was located at the scene and booked as evidence by investigators.

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.


Arrest Made in Celebrity and High-End Home Burglaries

Arrest Made in Celebrity and High-End Home Burglaries and the Recovery of Over 2,000 Items

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Area burglary detectives have arrested 32-year-old Benjamin Eitan Ackerman in connection with a series of celebrity and high-end home burglaries.

On July, 22, 2018, detectives became aware of a residential burglary of a multi-million-dollar home that was listed for sale, where numerous high value items, including, jewelry, artwork, wine, clothing, and handbags had been stolen.

Detectives received a lead on a person of interest, Benjamin Eitan Ackerman. He posed as a realtor and later as a home buyer several weeks prior to the burglary. The suspect has signed the open house ledger in several cases prior to the homes being burglarized using a variation of his name. The suspect has also been known to claim that he works for an investment firm, which was confirmed as false.

On September 20, 2018, detectives served a search warrant at Benjamin Eitan Ackerman's residence and storage unit, which resulted in the arrest of Benjamin Eitan Ackerman and the recovery of over 2,000 items.

Benjamin Eitan Ackerman was in possession of stolen property that has been confirmed and identified by 13 different victims. Detectives believe Benjamin Eitan Ackerman has been engaged in criminal activity for the past several years. The suspect mainly targets high value homes and celebrity homes, however, one of the victims turned out to be a family friend.

After the long process of inventorying the large amount of items, detectives are now seeking the assistance of the community to identify any additional victims whose stolen property we may now be in possession of.

Please visit www.hollywoodburglary.smugmug.com, to check if we recovered your stolen property.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone that has purchased any items including, but not limited to artwork, jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes, etc., from Benjamin Eitan Ackerman or done business with him, in the Southern California area as well as anywhere in the United States, as detectives have discovered evidence that the suspect travels to places like New York.

Detectives are still in the process of identifying all Benjamin Eitan Ackerman's co-conspirators.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Hollywood Area detectives at (213) 972-2928. 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 ww.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.


Critical Missing Woman

Van Nuys: The family of Carla Ettima and the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Area are asking for the public's help to locate Mrs. Ettima.

On December 26, 2018, around 8 p.m., Carla Ettima was last seen after she was released from a local hospital in the 15100 block of Vanowen Street. Her family is extremely concerned since she suffers from numerous medical conditions, requiring frequent treatment and medications.

Ettima is described as a 58-year-old, female, black, stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, thin build, light complexion. She was last seen wearing a white blouse, navy blue jacket under a pink jacket, blue pants and blue shoes. She was also using a black metal cane.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Area, at (818) 374-9500. 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 can 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.


New LAPD Deputy Chief and Commander Promotions Announced

**UPDATE**
New LAPD Deputy Chief and Commander Promotions Announced


Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore is pleased to announce the promotion of Commander Blake Chow as Deputy Chief for the Department's Transit Services Bureau. In this new role Chow will oversee the city's four traffic divisions as well as the safety and security for MTA's bus and rail lines in the city limits. Chow is a 29 year veteran of the Department and has served a number of various roles from Patrol to Risk Management.

Also promoted was Central Area Captain Marc Reina, who will now serve as the Commander for the Department's Central Bureau. Reina has worked hard to build relationships and engage residents in the heart of Los Angeles. Reina has been with the Department for more than 20 years and has spent most of his career in Operations.

Both promotions will be effective in the beginning of March.


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Los Angeles: The family of Cathy Antonetta Person and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Person's Unit are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

Person was last seen on December 20th, at 2 p.m., in front of 4100 Wilshire Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles.
Person is described as a 63-year-old, female, black, black hair, brown eyes, standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall, and approximately 160 pounds.

Person was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the letters "LA" printed on the front, grey sweat pants, and grey and black tennis shoes. She is also believed to have walked to the area of 3737 Olympic Boulevard.












 

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Cathy Antonetta Person, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, at (213) 996-1800 or officers with our Olympic Station at 213-382-9102. 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 ww.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.


Skull Mask Burglary Suspects Wanted

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Burglary detectives are asking the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of burglary suspects responsible for a series of burglaries in North Hollywood Area.

On Monday, November 19, 2018, around 6 p.m., a burglary occurred near the 7700 block of Bel Aire Avenue. Three suspects with one of them wearing a mask gained entrance into the residence and removed a safe. They exited the residence and got into a newer model Nissan Rouge with "Beverly Hills BMW" paper plates, which was driven by the fourth suspect.

Over the course of the past two months, North Hollywood Area has had 26 residential burglaries from October 15, 2018 through December 18, 2018. The burglaries have occurred within the area of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and Bellaire Avenue, between Roscoe Boulevard and Victory Boulevard.

The suspects are working in crews of 2 to 4 people and they drive vehicles with paper plates. The suspects have targeted single family residences between the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The suspects select homes with minimal to zero lighting and enter the residence by smashing the rear sliding doors. Once inside, the suspects look for jewelry, cash, designer handbags, and firearms to steal.

First suspect is a male, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a "Skull Face" mask, black hoodie, black jeans, and black shoes.

Second suspect is a male, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and blue running shoes.

Third suspect is a male, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and gray running shoes.

The suspects have also been seen driving a white Kia sedan and a white Cadillac Escalade with paper plates.






Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Detective Joseph Hampton North Hollywood Area Burglary Detectives at 818-754-8378 or 818-754-8377. 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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Los Angeles: 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 of the suspects responsible for killing 42-year-old Sun Valley resident Sergio Mares.

On December 17, 2018, around 5:58 p.m., North Hollywood Area patrol officers responded to a shooting call on Archwood Street and Laurel grove Avenue, at the Valley Plaza Recreational Center. Upon arrival, officers observed a male, in the parking lot, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim had been working on his vehicle when he was approached by two male suspects and shot. The suspects fled north, in a vehicle, on Vanowen Street.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Mares to a local hospital. He died upon arrival.

The motive for this shooting is unknown. There is no vehicle or suspect description.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Valley Bureau Homicide,
at (818) 374-1925. 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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West Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run traffic collision that killed a 39-year-old male resident of Los Angeles.

On December 15, 2018, around 10:15 p.m., a pedestrian was crossing southbound Sunset Boulevard east of Mapleton Drive outside of an unmarked crosswalk. As the pedestrian crossed southbound Sunset Boulevard, he was struck by an unknown vehicle going eastbound on Sunset Boulevard.

The driver of the unknown vehicle failed to stop, identify themselves and render aid at the scene of a traffic collision as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and provided medical treatment to the victim, who died at scene from his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and notification to next of kin is still pending.

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 traffic collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 473-0234. 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 ww.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.


Critical Missing 84-Year-Old Man

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Update
On December 14, 2018, around 11 p.m., Mr. Kim was found in the Devonshire area by patrol officers and was reunited with his family in good health.

 

 

 

Sherman Oaks: The family of James Kim and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating him.

James was last seen on December 14, 2018, around 12:20 p.m., leaving Sherman Oaks Hospital in the 4900 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. He currently resides in the 14000 block of Hubbard Street, in the city of Sylmar, and may be trying to find his way home. James does not have a cellphone or wallet, but was wearing a hospital bracelet with his information when he left the hospital. He suffers from Alzheimer's and his family is concerned for his safety.

James is described as an 84-year-old Korean male with gray hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 121 pounds. James was last seen wearing a light grey, long sleeve, hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and was wearing only hospital issued beige socks without shoes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of James Kim, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.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.