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March 30, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Tied To Gun Used In Murder Of Oregon Officer Gets 12 Years In Prison
The morning after Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding was shot and killed, officers responded to an unrelated noise disturbance at a Seaside apartment on Feb. 6, 2016. While officers spoke to Jamie Lee Jones on the porch of the apartment, they noticed a single live round of ammunition on the ground. Jones said he didn't know anything about the bullet, and the officers seized it. A closer examination of that "A USA 380 AUTO'' round, with its unusual head stamp, revealed it was identical to a bullet that killed Goodding the night before. Jones was arrested five days later, accused of having previously possessed the handgun used to kill the Seaside police sergeant, a .380-caliber Davis P380 pistol.
The Oregonian

Homeless man charged with murder in fatal North Hollywood stabbing
A homeless man has pleaded not guilty in the fatal stabbing of another homeless man early last year on a Laurel Canyon Boulevard sidewalk near Gold's Gym in North Hollywood, according to authorities. Rodolfo Martinez, 38, was arrested last week on suspicion of the murder of Roberto Lopez, 26, after detectives matched DNA from blood found at the crime scene to the suspect, said LAPD Detective J. Fillmore of Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide unit.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Pursuit Of Possible Stolen Vehicle In San Fernando Valley; Driver Flees Car, Possibly Carjacks Another Vehicle
The Los Angeles Police Department, Burbank Police Department and California Highway Patrol pursued a vehicle that may have been carjacked after the driver fled a possible stolen vehicle in San Fernando Valley Wednesday night. The pursuit began around 9:30 p.m. at the 170 Freeway in the North Hollywood area. The driver nearly collided with a truck in traffic before merging onto the 5 Freeway and continuing to drive through Burbank and Sun Valley at high speeds in a black sedan. The driver then sped southbound onto the 5 Freeway in Arleta before stopping the vehicle in Burbank and running on foot under an overpass near Hollywood Way around 9:55 p.m.

San Fernando Valley Sees Wild Night Of 3 Police Chases
Police in the San Fernando Valley were kept busy with a wild Wednesday night of three chases - two of them related - at high speeds over freeways and surface streets.  At least three suspects were taken into custody while another remained on the loose as of late Wednesday.

Elderly Man Robbed, Nearly Abducted In Echo Park; Suspect Sought
Authorities are searching for a suspect and an Audi SUV he stole after assaulting and trying to abduct an elderly man in Echo Park.  The suspect is said to have broken into the 73-year-old victim's garage, grabbed the victim's cellphone and then thrown him in the back of his own car in the 2000 block of Park Drive.  The elderly man was able to jump out of the backseat before the suspect sped off with his car.  Authorities described the suspect as a man in his 20s.

Man Wanted For Allegedly Grabbing Woman At UCLA
UCLA police asked for help Wednesday to identify a man they say sexually battered a woman whom he had asked for directions. According to the UCLA Police Department, the crime happened at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Babak Rahimzadeh, 54, was identified as the man who approached the victim near the third-floor restroom of the Public Affairs Building police said. He allegedly asked for directions, then grabbed and sexually battered the woman. CBS2's Amy Johnson said the victim, a staffer, was shaken up but not physically hurt. She spoke to students shocked something like could happen so close to home. 

Who Killed Christopher? $50,000 Reward If You Know Gunman Who Fired Wildly Into Fleeing Vehicle
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information that results in the apprehension of the killer of an 18-year-old man out for a nighttime ride with friends in the South Los Angeles area of Vermont Square. The fatal shooting occurred last Dec. 9 a few minutes past midnight. Christopher Saucedo and some of his friends were driving eastbound on 41st Street near Menlo Avenue when a gunman standing in the street forced the driver to stop and approached the passenger side of the vehicle. When the driver attempted to drive away, the suspect fired several rounds into the back of the car, striking Saucedo, according to police.

Victim In Fatal Sherman Oaks Shooting Identified As Canoga Park Man
The coroner's office has identified the 25-year-old Canoga Park man who died at the scene of a shooting earlier this month in Sherman Oaks where another man was also shot in the head. Cyrus Kamyar Mahmoudi's name was released Tuesday. He died on March 15 from multiple gunshot wounds, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner's office. The incident was reported as a call of multiple gunshots fired around 1:20 a.m. in the 5100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, said Sgt. Steve Gottschalk of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Station. Mahmoudi was found in an alley and the Los Angeles Fire Department declared him deceased.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man With Dementia Missing From Reseda
Authorities today circulated a photo of an 86-year-old man with dementia who went missing in Reseda. Julio Guardado, who requires daily medication, was last seen Monday about 7 p.m. in the 7200 block of Jamieson Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. “His family is concerned because he does not have any medication with him and also requires an oxygen tank,” according to the LAPD. Guardado is Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a blue, gray and white striped jacket and dark denim pants. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was urged to call (818) 374-7730, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. City Hall Critic Faces Charge Of Possessing An Assault Weapon
An Encino attorney who was accused last year of making racist threats against Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson now faces a criminal charge for illegally possessing an assault weapon, the city attorney's office said Wednesday. Wayne Spindler, who frequently appears at City Council meetings, was arrested last year after turning in a public comment card that included drawings of a burning cross, a stick figure hanging from a tree, and a sign labeling Wesson with a racial slur.  Wesson, who is African American, described the card as a threatening reminder of the history of racist attacks on the black community. Spindler said that his drawings were satirical, arguing that images such as the hanging person symbolized the Department of Water and Power "lynching" Angelenos with high rates.
Los Angeles Times

Mexican state attorney general arrested at U.S. border in San Diego on drug trafficking charges
Federal agents in San Diego have arrested the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit on charges that he conspired to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S. Edgar Veytia, 46, was detained Monday at the U.S. border in San Diego on an indictment handed down by a grand jury in New York, Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times

National police union warns Trump 'sanctuary city' cuts could risk safety
Leaders of the largest police union in the United States have warned President Donald Trump that he could endanger public safety if he follows through with cuts in federal grants to immigrant "sanctuary cities," the union's director told Reuters after a White House meeting.  In a move that concerned the Fraternal Order of Police, one of Trump's biggest supporters in the 2016 election campaign, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department would restrict grants to jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The ATF's Record-Keeping Issues Extend to Its Confidential Informant Program
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is not tracking its confidential informants as closely as it should be, a practice that could compromise criminal cases and leave open questions about how much informants are being paid, a new government audit  has found.  The agency, which enforces federal gun laws, is supposed to keep detailed records of payments made to the informants it uses to uncover criminal activity and build legal cases. 
The Trace

Local Government News

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Asks The Federal Government To Define A 'Sanctuary City'
Amid a new call from the Trump administration to cut off federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had a question for the head of Homeland Security on Wednesday: What exactly is a sanctuary city? Garcetti and Beck joined a bipartisan handful of mayors and law enforcement leaders from across the country in Washington to air their concerns about President Trump's recent executive orders on immigration to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly. Los Angeles is among the jurisdictions — often called sanctuary cities — that don't assist with federal immigration enforcement. State and local leaders in California have said they will continue to protect people in the country illegally despite the Trump administration's threats. 
Los Angeles Times



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