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September 27, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Former SWAT Officer Needs Help In Fight Against Rare Cancer
Family and friends are asking for the public's help for a man who spent his professional life helping the public. LAPD SWAT Officer John Kent is battling a rare form of cancer at City of Hope Hospital. His family says the rare form of cancer does not respond well to chemotherapy. He served Los Angeles for 31 years, 26 of those with Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). Kent left the force in June of 2016 and planned on enjoying a long and well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer just as his retirement was beginning. His friends said he would “never” ask for a hand so they decided to ask for him. All proceeds go to the Kent family to assist them with the mounting costs of his medical bills and the family's personal needs during this difficult time.

Questions Swirl About Immigration Status, Criminal Past Of Houston Man Charged In L.A. Homeless Killings
The man accused of carrying out a series of savage attacks against homeless men in the Los Angeles area was sent to federal prison for illegally crossing the Texas border on multiple occasions, according to a review of court records that also raised questions about his mental health history. Ramon Escobar, a Salvadoran national, was deported from the U.S. six times from 1997 to 2011, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency said he was first ordered deported in 1997, and federal court records show he was accused of illegal reentry to the U.S. in November 2001. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison, according to records. 
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Michel Moore Discusses DTLA Beating Suspect
Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore stopped by the ABC7 studios to talk about a suspect who is accused of multiple attacks and beatings, including the murders of his own family members. Ramon Alberto Escobar, 47, was charged Wednesday for a series of attacks on men, most of them homeless, while they were sleeping in downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Three of the men died. He was also charged with four counts of second-degree robbery. Escobar has also been linked to the disappearance of his own aunt and uncle from the Houston area. Moore described Escobar as a very "violent individual" and said he was thankful that authorities reached out to the community to warn homeless people to be wary of Escobar while he was on the loose.

Teen In Custody After 16-Year-Old Girl Is Stabbed While Trying To Break Up A Fight In Westlake
A teenage boy is in custody in connection with a stabbing that wounded a 16-year-old girl in Westlake, police said Thursday morning. The incident began with a call to police about two teenage boys who were fighting near West 6th Street and Alvarado Street about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. The girl tried to break up the confrontation between the two boys and was stabbed during the scuffle, Los Angeles Police Officer Ray Brown said. The boys fled on Alvarado Street before authorities arrived. The teenage girl was taken to a hospital. Her condition Thursday morning was not clear.
Los Angeles Times

Caught On Video: Gas Station Clerk Shot Over Stolen Case Of Beer
A Hollywood gas station clerk is recovering after he was shot over a case of beer Wednesday. The incident was caught on the security cameras of the ARCO on the 600 block of North Western Avenue, where a woman can be seen casually walking out with a case of beer. The video then shows the unnamed clerk run after her out of sight of cameras before he returns with the 12-pack. The woman then comes back to the convenience store and confronts the clerk. After a visibly heated exchange, two men attempt to enter the store with one man grabbing the clerk and pointing a gun in his face.

LAPD Seeks Help Finding Woman, 40, And Her Daughter, 11
Police Wednesday sought help from the public in locating a missing mother with bipolar disorder and her 11-year-old daughter from Oklahoma, who were possibly near Union Station in downtown Los Angeles when anyone last heard from them. Amanda Kay Key, who has been diagnosed as bipolar disorder, and her daughter Haley Marie Vilven were last heard from on Sept. 15. Key is 40, white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weights about 160 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. Haley is white, 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Release Video Of Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig's Encino Home Being Burglarized Amid Search For Suspects
Los Angeles Police Department officials released video of two men burglarizing Dodgers star Yasiel Puig's Encino home amid the ongoing search for suspects. The home along the 5300 block of Louise Avenue was broken into about 8 p.m. Sept. 18. The men are seen in surveillance video ransacking a room. The men eventually found a safe in the second-floor master bedroom and dragged it downstairs, through the living room and to the front entrance, police said. The men then left the home, but left the safe in the entrance way. Authorities estimated that $10,000 in damages was caused during the burglary. 

Another First For Scooters In L.A.: A Conviction For Scooting Under The Influence
Southern California has seen a series of firsts since motorized rental scooters began flooding streets and sidewalks last year, including the first collision with a driver and the first scooter sent to a watery grave in the Venice canals. On Wednesday, Los Angeles officials reported another: the first conviction for scooting under the influence. City Atty. Mike Feuer said his office had secured a misdemeanor conviction against Nicholas Kauffroath, 28, who was riding a Bird scooter on a sidewalk in West L.A. when he knocked a pedestrian to the ground and scooted away to a nearby apartment building without stopping to render aid. When police officers found Kauffroath, Feuer said, his blood-alcohol level was measured at .279, more than three times the legal limit.
Los Angeles Times

Man Sentenced To Prison After 75-Year-Old Pedestrian Was Stabbed 14 Times In Pico-Union: DA
A man was sentenced to prison in connection to a 2017 attack during which a 75-year-old woman sustained several stab wounds while walking in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, officials announced Wednesday. A judge ordered 26-year-old Christian James to serve seven years to life behind bars shortly after the defendant admitted to accusations of causing great bodily injury, using a deadly and dangerous weapon, and attacking a person over 65 years old, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said James pleaded no contest to premeditated attempted murder in a plea agreement.

Gov. Jerry Brown Makes It Tougher To Get Concealed Gun Permits, But Vetoes Other Firearm Bills
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that will make it harder for Californians to obtain concealed gun permits, but he vetoed a proposal that would have expanded the number of people who could petition the courts for an order removing firearms from those thought to be dangerous. State law currently allows police officers and immediate family members to ask a judge for a “gun violence restraining order” that temporarily removes weapons from people deemed a risk to themselves or others. On Wednesday, Brown vetoed a bill by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) that would have also allowed teachers, college professors, employers and co-workers to petition for a court order.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Woodland Hills Homeowners Are Concerned About LA's Scooters. Here's What They Are Doing About It
With the rise in scooters across Southern California, Woodland Hills residents, like many across the region, are getting a little worried. So they're planning to meet tonight to air those concerns and learn more. The Woodland Hills Homeowners Association will meet at 7:30 a.m. tonight to consider scooters, and proposals to add more bike lanes to community streets, including plans for extending the current bike path along Winnetka Avenue and the addition of controlled crossings in areas along the Orange Line busway.
Los Angeles Daily News


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