Officer-Involved Shooting with Murder Suspect in Newton 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 investigators located a murder suspect.

On July 31, 2018, around 3:15 p.m., 70-year-old Daniel Valdez was at an auto body shop in Newton Area when he became involved in a dispute with two family members. During the dispute, Valdez shot two men, killing one of them. Newton Homicide detectives responded to the crime scene and began their investigation. They quickly identified Valdez as the suspect in the shooting. They requested the assistance of Gang and Narcotics Division (GND) personnel to locate Valdez.

On August 7, 2018, around 11:00 a.m. plain clothes GND officers assigned Fugitive Warrant Section, along with a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agent were at a motel in the area of 41st Street and Central Avenue. They believed Valdez was at the motel and they were going to arrest him on a warrant detectives had obtained for the murder on July 31st. As the officers and the agent approached the motel, Valdez shot at the officers. The FBI agent was struck in the hand by gunfire. The officers returned fire and Valdez was struck and fell to the ground.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded and determined Valdez to be dead. The FBI agent was transported by the LAFD to a local hospital where he received medical treatment.

A handgun 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.

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Sun Valley: 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 a man.

On August 8, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., Foothill Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a possible dead body in the brush on La Tuna Canyon Road, just east of the 210 Freeway off-ramp.
A 25-30-year-old male Hispanic was discovered. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office took custody of the decedent, where it was later determined he was the victim of a homicide.

The decedent has not been identified.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Mark O'Donnell, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-9550. 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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Taco Truck Robbery

Suspects Caught on Video Inside a Local Taco Truck Committing a Robbery

South Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Deppartment and 77th Division Robbery Detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of three suspects involved in a robbery.

On July 14, 2018, around 3:10 a.m., 77th Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a robbery that just occurred in the 1300 block of West Manchester Avenue.

When the officers arrived, they discovered that three suspects had entered the taco truck parked at the location and robbed the workers at gunpoint. One of the victims was pistol-whipped during the incident.

Their investigation revealed that two male Blacks and one male Hispanic entered the truck, forced the workers to the ground and demanded money. The suspects attempted to gain access to a safe at the location, however were unable to access the safe. The suspects then demanded property, including cell phones and cash, from the workers.

The suspects were last seen running from the location with the victims' property. The suspects are described in their 20's, with no distinctive physical features.



Anyone with additional information is urged to call 77th Street Robbery Squad, Detective Kenneth Williams, at (323) 786-5422. 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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Update

Mr. Gomez returned home on his own.

 

Los Angeles: The family of Elioth Stiven Gomez Vargas and the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood detectives are asking for the public's assistance in locating him.

On August 6, 2018, around 12:00 p.m., Elioth was last seen near the 14400 block of Oxnard Street, in the City of North Hollywood, possibly enroute via bus to the area of Mac Arthur Park.

Elioth is described as a 21-year-old male Hispanic with brown hair with and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. Elioth suffers from epilepsy and his family is concerned for his safety.

(Elioth Stiven Gomez Vargas)

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Elioth Stiven Gomez Vargas, please contact North Hollywood Watch Commander at(818) 754-8301. 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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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau Homicide Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the death of 22-year-old Laroyice McFarland and 20-year-old Harrison Kristol.

On Monday, August 6, 2018, around 8:28 p.m., LAPD Southwest Area officers were in area of 5000 block of West Rodeo Road, Rancho Cienega Sports Center Park, when they heard two to three gunshots.
The officers then heard additional gunshots and observed a car to car shooting involving a dark color Kia and a gray color Honda Accord.

The Honda lost control in the 4000 block of Rodeo Road and veered into the west bound traffic lanes into the path of a pedestrian, Laroyice McFarland, a male Black, 22 years old causing his death before colliding head on into a parked Lexus RX 350, facing west bound at the north curb.
McFarland was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the gray Honda Accord, Harrison Kristol, a male White, 20 years old sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The front passenger in the gray Honda Accord was a female Black, 18 years old, sustained minor injuries during the collision and was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and released.
Officers went in pursuit of the suspect, the vehicle is described as a dark gray Kia Sedan continued east bound Rodeo Road to north bound Farmdale Avenue. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a male cyclist east bound in the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Farmdale Avenue. The cyclist was treated for several cracked ribs and a puncture lung. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The pursuing officers then lost sight of the suspect vehicle around Vineyard Avenue and Farmdale Avenue.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call 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(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.

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Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

Sylmar: The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area Detectives have identified and captured an individual who sexually assaulted three minors under 12 years old.

On July 17, 2018, a victim made a police report which indicated Enrique Ramirez sexually assaulted him several times. The sexual assaults occurred in a store where Ramirez works, called American Dollar Plus, located at 12737 Glenoaks Blvd. #17 in Sylmar, CA.

On July 20, 2018, an additional victim came forward and reported Ramirez continually sexually assaulted him over a ten-month period at the American Dollar Plus.

On July 26, 2018, around 10:15 a.m., Mission Area Detectives served a search warrant at Ramirez' business and took him into police custody without incident.

Detectives have provided a photograph of Ramirez and American Dollar Plus in the event there are additional victims or other unreported incidents and are asking for the public's assistance in locating them.



The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, 3 felony counts were filed. The bail was set at $1,800,000.00.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Mission Area Detective Lewis at (818) 838-9971. 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.

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Critical Missing 55-Year-Old Female

Canoga Park: The family of Alejandrina Iraheta - Turcios and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Alejandrina was last seen on August 2, 2018, around 9:00 p.m., in the 21100 block of Parthenia Street. Alejandrina suffers from schizophrenia, and takes medication for her condition. The family is concerned that she hasn't been located.

Alejandrina is described as a 55-year-old female, Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 250 lbs.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Alejandrina Iraheta - Turcios, please contact Devonshire Area Detectives at 818-832-0609. 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.


Critical Missing 24-Year-Old Female

Los Angeles: The family of Veronica Vargas and the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating her.

On July 25, 2018, around 1:30 p.m., Veronica was last seen near the 2600 block of North Figueroa Street, in the City of Los Angeles. Veronica has recently been the victim of Domestic Violence and based on the contact prior to her missing, has caused alarm in her disappearance. Veronica has not been seen or heard from and her family is concerned for her safety.

Veronica is described as a 24-year-old female Hispanic with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 120 pounds. She was wearing a black dress.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Veronica Vargas, please contact, Hollenbeck Area Detectives, Detective Juarez at 323-342-4100. 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.


Store Robbery Suspects Caught on Video

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying two violent robbery suspects.

On June 21, 2018, around 6:30 p.m., a robbery occurred at a store located near the 4700 block of Broadway. Suspect-1 entered the business and pointed a handgun at the employees while suspect-2 removed the tray from the cash register. During the robbery, the suspects took US Currency and personal items belonging to the employees. Both suspects exited the business and fled on foot.

First suspect is described as a 25 to 30-year-old male Black with medium complexion. He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 130 pounds. He was wearing a Green Bay Packers baseball cap, navy blue Puma zip-up jacket with "BMW Motorsport" on left chest, Puma logo on right sleeve, and black jeans. The suspect also has a tattoo of unknown writing on the right side of his neck and chest

Second suspect is described as a 25 to 30-year-old male Black with possible braids or cornrows in hair. He stands five feet eight inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, and red shoes with white soles.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Walden, Newton Area Detectives at 323-846-6572. 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.


“Street Racing” Causes Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Los Angeles: Detectives from 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 of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run traffic collision.

On July 22, 2018, just after 1:30 a.m., the driver of a 2009 BMW and a white sedan were racing southbound on South Central Avenue in Newton Area. As the two vehicles were about to reach the 5000 block of South Central Avenue, the driver of a 2002 Ford SUV pulled out from the west driveway of a business directly in the path of the two oncoming vehicles. The driver of the BMW was unable to stop and collided with the driver’s side of the Ford SUV. The force of the violent impact launched the Ford SUV approximately 175 feet in a southbound direction. The BMW continued out of control in a southbound direction and came to rest after colliding with two other vehicles. There were no injuries to the occupants of those last two vehicles. Witnesses stated the two racing vehicles were traveling at speeds of more than 90 mph. The driver of the white sedan fled the scene, failing to stop and render aid, as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the male and female occupants of the Ford SUV to a local hospital. The female suffered head and body trauma and is in critical condition. The male occupant also suffered head and body injuries and was immediately rushed to surgery. Despite the lifesaving efforts, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The driver of the BMW was also transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.

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 the incident or the white sedan is asked to contact Central Traffic Division detectives at (213) 833-3713, Officer Erie Poss at (213) 486-0760, or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713.

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 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.