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October 29, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Judge Rules That Accused Cop Killer Is Mentally Fit For Death Penalty If Found Guilty
A judge has ruled that the man accused of killing two Palm Springs police officers during an ambush-style attack is mentally fit to be executed if found guilty. In his ruling on Friday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony R. Villalobos rejected a motion filed by defense attorneys to strike the death penalty for John Hernandez Felix, 28, asserting he was too intellectually disabled to face capital punishment. Felix faces two counts of murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder of a police officer in the line of duty and lying in wait. Authorities say that during the Oct. 8, 2016, slayings, Felix used an assault rifle with an extended magazine to fire on Officers Lesley Zerebny, 27, and Jose "Gil" Vega, 63, through a metal security gate.
Los Angeles Times

Chemical Spill At LAPD Station Sends Two Officers To Hospital
Two police officers were taken to a hospital for examination Friday following a chemical spill at the LAPD's Central Station in downtown Los Angeles. The problem was reported about 9 a.m. on the first floor of the building at 251 E. Sixth St., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. It was not immediately known what was spilled. Part of the first floor was evacuated as a precaution, and a hazardous materials team was sent to investigate. One officer was treated for respiratory irritation, and the second officer -- a member of the LAPD's hazardous materials team -- was treated for "possible dehydration," according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Both were in fair condition, the LAFD reported.

LAPD Monitoring Synagogue Shooting In Pittsburgh
Los Angeles Police Department officials said the LAPD is following the situation in Pittsburgh, where a shooting at a synagogue Saturday has resulted in multiple fatalities and the arrest of the alleged shooter. “Currently, we are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh,” said Officer Greg Kraft of the LAPD's Media Relations Section, who added that police would also monitor Los Angeles' many synagogues. “We do have patrols currently going, within our divisions.” A short time later the LAPD tweeted: “We are monitoring the situation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania very closely and communicating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Right now there is no apparent connection to Los Angeles.”

Young Man Shot To Death While Walking In Wilmington
Detectives have few leads to follow in the deadly shooting of an 18-year-old man in Wilmington on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Christopher Johnson of Wilmington died following the 6 p.m. attack at M Street and Ronan Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. He was walking in the area when he came under fire, police said. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital, but he could not be saved. “Detectives have no leads on a vehicle description or a suspect,” according to the statement.

2 Homeless Men Left In Critical Condition After Hit-and-Run In Downtown L.A.
Police are searching for the driver who hit two homeless men in downtown Los Angeles — leaving them in critical condition — before fleeing the scene, police told KTLA on Sunday. The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, when a truck struck two men at homeless encampments located near East 17th Street and Naomi Avenue, according to police. The vehicle — described by police as a gray and tan older model Chevy Tahoe — drove onto the sidewalk before slamming into one of the victims and then hitting the other, police said.

Suspected Hit-and-Run Motorist In Fatal Crash Arrested
Police Friday arrested an alleged hit-and-run motorist accused of driving off after fatally injuring a passenger on a moped-type scooter in Silver Lake in September. Roberto A. Garcia-Martinez, 33, of Los Angeles, was booked on an unrelated warrant, and the hit-and-run case against him will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The hit-and-run occurred about 9 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Glendale Boulevard and Waverly Drive. Esdras Velasquez, 34, died at a hospital on Sept. 10, the LAPD reported.

Smash-And-Grab Burglars Hit West LA Baskin-Robbins, Westchester Pizza Shop
" Police believe the same group of suspects are responsible for smash-and-grab burglaries at a Baskin-Robbins in West Los Angeles and a pizza shop in Westchester early Friday morning. In both burglaries, the suspects fled empty-handed, but caused significant damage to the restaurants regardless. At around 1:30 a.m., six suspects pulled up to a Baskin Robbins in the 11600 block of Wilshire Boulevard in two cars and used an ax to break into store, according to Los Angeles police. At around 4 a.m., a group of suspects broke into Melody Pizza in the 9100 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard. The suspects smashed the front window of the shop and fled.

SoCal Sees Heightened Security Near Synagogues Following Pittsburgh Shooting
Around the county and in Southern California, law enforcement agencies stepped up patrols outside synagogues and Jewish community centers. The Los Angeles Police Department said the measures are out of an abundance of caution. Outside of a Studio City synagogue, leaders and local law enforcement were on heightened alert following the deadly attack in Pittsburgh. David Lehrer, former head of the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles, said the current political climate is feeding the hate. LAPD said there is no connection to the violence in Pennsylvania or threat in LA, but the department is stepping up patrols around houses of worship.

4th Southern California-Based White-Supremacist Group Member Charged In Attacks Surrenders To FBI
In Westwood An Anza man charged with helping to plan and carry out attacks on protesters with a Southern California-based white supremacist group surrendered to authorities Sunday, officials said. Aaron Eason, 38, turned himself in at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's local headquarters in Westwood about 2 p.m., said agency spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Eason was wanted after he and three other alleged members of the extremist Rise Above Movement were charged last week by the U.S. Justice Department with assaulting protesters, journalists and a police officer at political rallies last year across the state. 
Los Angeles Daily News

California-Wide Amber Alert Issued For 4-Year-Old Girl Abducted From Vancouver, WA
An Amber Alert was issued throughout California Saturday afternoon for a 4-year-old girl said to have been abducted from Vancouver, Washington. Authorities say that Aranza Ochoa Lopez was abducted on Thursday at around 1 p.m. The suspect is her non-custodial mother, Esmeralda Lynn Lopez, 21. Officials believe they could be headed to Mexico. The Amber Alert is for a red 2005 Chevy Cobalt, with the Washington license plate BLK 1552.

DNA, Fingerprint Match Helped Lead FBI To Mail Bomb Suspect
A Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump sent at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, Justice Department officials said, crediting DNA, a fingerprint match and misspellings for the key break in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little precedent in the U.S. Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, faces five federal charges in connection with a mail bomb plot that spurred a weeklong, coast-to-coast investigation that continued even after he was taken into custody Friday as investigators scrutinized additional suspicious packages intended for Democrats. Sayoc will make his first court appearance next week, where additional details may be revealed about a motive. 
Associated Press

Local Government News

Garcetti Touts San Fernando Valley Business Climate In Speech To Valley Industry Leaders
For the second time this month, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came to familiar ground Friday — his hometurf — touting what he said is a San Fernando Valley economy built on a resurgent aerospace industry, the prospect of more film production, transit and a future in water infrastructure. “This is an industry up for grabs,” Garetti said as he spoke of the Valley's history when it comes to water — namely William Mulholland's early 20th-century massive infrastructure project that brought water from the Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley, and to an L.A. on the verge of a population boom.
Los Angeles Daily News


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