Shooting Leaves One Dead in Harbor City

Harbor City: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 32-year-old John Albert Franco.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, around 11:40 a.m., Harbor Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" shooting at Pacific Coast Highway and Vermont Avenue in Harbor City. Upon their arrival, the officers located the victim, John Albert Franco, lying near the bus bench on the sidewalk at the northwest corner of PCH and Vermont Avenue.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to render aid; however, Franco succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased shortly after.

Witnesses provided several different descriptions of the suspect vehicle. Investigators are trying to determine an accurate description. Detectives do not have any leads as to the suspect's identity and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detectives Cortez and Officer Tiffin, Harbor Area Detectives, at (310)726-7889 or (310)726-7884. 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.


Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred at Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue.

On Monday, June 17, 2019, around 5:35 a.m., a severe hit and run traffic collision occurred on Magnolia Boulevard at Wilkinson Avenue. An unidentified vehicle was traveling eastbound Magnolia Boulevard, approaching Wilkinson Avenue when it collided with a pedestrian, who was walking northbound on Wilkinson Avenue, inside the marked crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid, identify him/herself as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the 92-year old, male pedestrian to a local hospital, where he later died due to his injuries. The name of the deceased will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should stop, 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 $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 collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Fredo at (818) 644-8029 or Officer Reyes at (818) 644-8032. 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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Critical Missing 13-Year-Old Female

Pacoima: The family of Destiny Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On June 4, 2019 at 11 a.m., Destiny was last seen leaving her home through the rear gate and entering an awaiting vehicle in the alley near the 11700 block of Glenoaks Boulevard.

Destiny is described as a 13-year-old, female Hispanic, with black hair, and brown eyes. She stands at 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds. Destiny was seen wearing a black sweater with white letters, and light colored blue jeans.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Destiny Gonzalez, please contact, Foothill Area at (818) 834-3115. 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.


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Reseda: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the shooting death of a man in Reseda.
On June 12, 2019, at about, 4:28 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Area Uniformed Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of a "Shots Fired Investigation" at the 18700 block of Vanowen Street in the City of Reseda.

Upon officers arrival, they located the victim lying on the south sidewalk. The victim was unconscious and not breathing. The Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was approached on foot by the suspect as he stood on the sidewalk. The suspect produced a handgun and fired several shots striking the victim causing his death. The suspect fled the area in an unknown type vehicle.

The victim is a documented gang member of a local San Fernando Valley Hispanic gang. The victim is described as a thirty-six-year-old male Hispanic transient. The victim's identity is not being released until notification of family.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1934. 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.


Suspects Arrested in Porter Ranch Triple Homicide

On February 18, 2019, at 3:50 p.m, Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division officers responded to a radio call of shots fired at a residence in the 20300 Block of Via Galileo, a gated community in Porter Ranch.  Upon arrival, officers discovered three men shot inside the residence.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced all three men dead at scene due to gunshot wounds.  

The victims were identified as Gary Davidson, 39 years of age, a resident of the house on Via Galileo, Benny Lopez, 46 years of age, a resident of Anaheim, California, and Jesus Perez, 34 years of age, a resident of Perris, California

Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) assumed investigative responsibility for the homicide investigation.  Over the past three and a half months, RHD detectives worked closely with the Maryland State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Postal Inspectors Service to identify the persons responsible for the murders.  On June 5, 2019, arrest and search warrants were served in Baltimore County, Maryland, and Durham, North Carolina.   

Travis Reid, 40 years of age, and a resident of Randallstown, Maryland, was arrested on three counts of murder with special circumstances.  He is being held in Maryland, without bail, pending extradition to Los Angeles.  Chaquetta Cook, 40 years of age, and a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, was arrested for one count of murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail in Maryland, pending extradition to Los Angeles.  Kenneth Peterson, 40 years of age, and a resident of Durham, North Carolina was arrested for three counts of murder with special circumstances and is being held without bail in Maryland, pending extradition to Los Angeles.  

Anyone with information is asked to Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-486-6850.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746 or 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.  


High Speed Vehicle Hits and Kills Motorcyclist

North Hollywood: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a traffic collision that resulted in one fatality.

On June 6, 2019, around 5:25 a.m., a 2004, red, Audi A4 was traveling southbound Vineland Avenue at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a motorcycle stopped southbound Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street waiting at the red light. The force of the collision caused the motorcyclist to be ejected in a southwest direction and collide with the roadway. The red Audi continued southbound Vineland Avenue and collided with several parked vehicles along the west curb causing one of the parked vehicles to overturn before the Audi came to rest and caught on fire. The Audi driver walked away from the scene and was followed by citizens where she was subsequently detained.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the female Audi driver to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. The Audi driver has been identified as Jessica Martinez, 24 years-old, resident of North Hollywood. She was subsequently arrested and booked at Van Nuys Jail for 187(A) PC-Murder.

The motorcyclist died because of the injuries sustained from the collision. He appeared to be a Male, Asian, 20 to 25 years-old. His name will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Drivers are reminded that they must obey the rules of the road. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or any drug. Driving under the influence, reckless driving carries serious consequences and will not be tolerated in the City of Los Angeles

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Officer Takishita at 818-644-8116. 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 CrimeStoppers 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.


Fatal Hit and Run Truck Driver Kills Bicyclist

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Update

The driver has been identified and is cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.



Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the driver involved in a hit and run collision that killed 24-year-old Jaime Ramirez, a resident of Maywood.

On May 31, 2019, around 9:30 p.m., the bicyclist was traveling southbound Lorena Street approaching 8th Street and was splitting lanes between the vehicles. As the bicyclist approached 8th Street, he was unable to maintain control of his bicycle, fell onto the street, and was struck by a 40-foot box trailer's tires.

The driver of the semi-truck failed to stop, identify themselves and render aid. A witness followed the truck and photographed the License Plate of the trailer, License No. 4MY4587. Detectives attempted to locate the registered owner of the trailer, however, they were not successful.

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

The semi-truck is an unknown make and model, all white, with a sleeper cab, and the rims are white. The 40-foot box trailer appears to be all white. The semi-truck and trailer did not have any obvious company logos.

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 is asked to contact the Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713. 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.


Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in locating the suspect involved in a hit and run traffic collision.

On May 19, 2019, around 11:25 p.m., the driver of a dark blue Honda Accord collided with a pedestrian crossing Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vermont Avenue. The driver fled the scene without rendering aid and identifying herself.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital with severe injuries.

The suspect is described as a female White, over 30 years of age, with dark hair and brown eyes. She stands between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 130-140 pounds.
 


The City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund in April 2015. 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.

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 about this traffic collision is asked to contact Detective Moses Castillo, Central Traffic Division, at (213) 833-3713 or email 30215@lapd.online. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746 or 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.


Man Shot and Killed During Altercation

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's 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 suspect responsible for murder.

On May 31, 2019, just after midnight, Van Nuys Area patrol officers responded to an ambulance shots fired radio call near the area of Aetna Street and Van Nuys Boulevard. Upon arrival, they discovered the victim who had been shot multiple times, lying on the sidewalk.

The investigation revealed that the victim was possibly involved in an altercation near Aetna Street when he was shot multiple times by the suspect. The victim ran approximately 50 feet and collapsed. The victim had no identification and has been listed as John Doe.

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

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Frank Deperno, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1975. 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.