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May 24, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Alabama Inmate Indicted In 1974 Texas Officer Slaying
An Alabama inmate serving a life sentence for robbery has been indicted in the 1974 fatal shooting of a Texas police officer. Prosecutors joined police in Alice, Texas, on Tuesday to announce the May 10 indictment of Roberto Lopez on a capital murder count. Officer Matthew Murphy was shot during a traffic stop in Alice, 120 miles (193.11 kilometers) south of San Antonio. Alabama Department of Corrections records show Lopez in 1981 was sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbery. Alice police in 2017 identified Lopez as a suspect. An affidavit says the inmate bragged about killing a "narc" named Murphy. The victim previously was an undercover narcotics officer. Alabama corrections officials didn't immediately return messages Wednesday.
Associated Press

Man Hospitalized In Grave Condition Following South L.A. Drive-By Shooting
A man clung to life in grave condition Sunday after he was shot in the head in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The drive-by attack took place about 1:30 p.m. at 104th Street and Broadway, according to Sgt. Jones of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Division. Paramedics took the victim, described as a man in his 20s, to a hospital, where he was listed in grave condition, the sergeant said. Shots were fired by someone in a passing gray van or SUV, he said. No further details were available. Anyone with information can reach the LAPD at 877-527-3247. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

LAPD Arrests Man After Carjacking A Vehicle With A 7-Year-Old Child In The Backseat
Los Angeles police arrested a man Thursday accused of carjacking a pickup truck in the Mid-Wilshire area with a 7-year-old boy in the backseat. Police have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Nicky Jace. LAPD says Jace has been booked on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping. The child is safe. Police say the child was taken to the police station in Wilshire and reunited with the father. The carjacking was reported at about 3:07 p.m. near the area of Wilshire Boulevard and S. Orange Grove Avenue, police said. The suspect was last seen driving eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard in a 2001 gray Chevy Silverado. That Silverado was later found abandoned on Elm Drive in Beverly Hills. A man claiming to be the boy's relative said the father stopped to get something to eat, which angered the suspect leading to the suspect reportedly punching the boy's father in the head and taking off in the pickup truck with the child still in the backseat. LAPD describes the suspect as a 45-year-old white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark brown pants, dark dress shoes, and sporting a tattoo of a rose on his right arm. 
FOX 11

2nd Victim Dies After Shooting At Shadow Ranch Park In West Hills
A second person has died in a shooting that took place following an argument at Shadow Ranch Park in West Hills, police said Thursday. Los Angeles police officers were called to the park on Vanowen Street near Fallbrook Avenue after shots were heard about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Two men had been struck by the gunfire, and one of them was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said. He has not been identified, but was described as a 27-year-old man who lived in the San Fernando Valley. The second victim was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery, but later died from his injuries, a spokesperson for the Police Department confirmed. He was identified as Cesar Ascencio, 42. He also lived in the San Fernando Valley, police said. Ascensio was able to identify the shooter to police before he died, authorities said. Still, no arrests have been made and authorities have not given a description of the shooter or shooters.

LAPD: Woodland Hills Man Stole Money As He Broke Hearts Of Women He Met Online
A Woodland Hills man is behind bars after police say he scammed and stole money from multiple women that he met on dating sites. Police say Wilson Jackson, 37, claimed to be a millionaire on dating sites and social media as he targeted women, saying he wanted a dating relationship. There are dozens of alleged victims, many of them from outside California. Often he would have the women fly to California from out of state, promising to reimburse them later. "While they were asleep or using the bathroom he would go into their purse, steal their identity, their checking account information, their debit card and credit card information," said LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza. Detectives suspect he used the stolen information to buy himself clothes, pay bills or make travel arrangements for other women. "As if a broken heart wasn't enough he would financially devastate many of these women," Carranza said.

Family Asks For Help Finding Missing 73-Year-Old Woman With Alzheimer's Disease
A family is seeking help in finding 73-year-old Luciana Dominguez-Rodriguez who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and is diabetic. According to the family, she was last seen on May 20, 2019, around 2:00 a.m., in the 13200 block of Lourve Street in Pacoima wearing a burgundy tracksuit and grey shoes. Her family has not heard from here and they are very concerned for her wellbeing. Dominguez-Rodriguez's family has described her as a 73-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Luciana Dominguez-Rodriguez, please contact Foothill Area at (818) 756-8861, or the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit, at (213) 996-1800.

Man Charged With Hurling Rocks At Cars, Buses In L.A.
A man caught on cell phone video throwing rocks at various cars and Metro buses, one of which he allegedly tried to steal, before being subdued by a crowd of witnesses was charged Thursday with a series of felonies. Emmanuel Moncada, 32, allegedly hurled rocks at multiple cars shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday on Venice Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue. Cell phone video showed the shirtless man throwing rocks at multiple vehicles, then doing the same toward a pair of Metro buses. Video also shows people fleeing from one of the buses, which Moncada allegedly enters and tries to drive away. He is eventually pulled from the bus by a group of bystanders who punch and kick the suspect and detain him until police arrive. Moncada was charged Thursday with single counts of attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, along with 11 counts of throwing an object at a vehicle or vehicle occupant with intent to do grate bodily injury.

Cowboy Gun Bandit Sentencing Delayed For Armed Robberies In San Fernando Valley, Glendale, Newhall, LA
Sentencing was delayed Thursday for two Los Angeles men facing lengthy federal prison terms for carrying out a string of stick-ups attributed to the “Cowboy Gun Bandits” — so named because of a distinctive long-barreled Colt six-shooter used in the heists. Dominic Dorsey, 51, of Hollywood, and Reginald Bailey, 74, of the Jefferson Park district of Los Angeles were convicted three years ago of 11 felony robbery and firearms counts stemming from eight armed robberies. The pair's sentencing hearing was reset for Friday afternoon. The Colt 1873 revolver used in the heists — giving the case its name –was never recovered. Many of the winter 2013 holdups at filling stations in Woodland Hills, Newhall, Encino, Thousand Oaks and Atwater Village, and a Citibank branch in Glendale, were captured by video surveillance cameras, which allowed investigators to determine that one of the masked robbers was missing part of his ring finger on his left hand.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

As Rain Heals California's Fire Scars, It's Also Fueling A Risk Of Bigger Blazes
Giant green stems with budding yellow flowers greeted hikers along a narrow path beneath the soaring Santa Monica Mountains on a recent drizzly day. This is where, just seven months ago, the worst fire in Los Angeles County history swept through, destroying more than 1,000 homes and blackening miles of hillsides and canyon. But thanks to one of the wettest seasons in years, rains have transformed the fire zone back to life with great speed. And all those flowering black mustard plants point to a looming disaster once the rains finally end and Southern California shifts to its dry, hot, windy summer and fall. California's wet winter is set to extend well into May thanks to some new storms, but fire experts and climatologists said the extra moisture is likely to worsen the fire outlook because it will allow brush to grow even more.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council Tentatively Approves A Record $10.6 Billion Budget – But ‘We Still Have A Ways To Go'
The Los Angeles City Council on Thursday tentatively approved a $10.6 billion budget for the coming fiscal year, the largest in the city's history, with council members crediting a strong local economy. The spending plan marks the first time the city's budget has ever exceeded $10 billion, and City Councilman Paul Krekorian, whose district includes the east San Fernando Valley, said the document includes the largest reserve fund in city history. Krekorian said this may have been the first time there weren't any heated discussions among council members about the budget, calling it one of the finest he had seen in eight years. “A few of us were here, and much of our staff, at a time when the city was literally teetering on the brink of bankruptcy,” Krekorian said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Metro Hires A Contractor To Build The Purple Line Subway To West L.A.
Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday approved the last major contract needed to build the Purple Line subway extension to the Westside, a significant step for the region's most anticipated rail project in a generation. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board unanimously hired a joint venture led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini Corp. to build two subway stations and install the tracks and signals inside two massive tunnels beneath Century City and West L.A. Most of the $9-billion Purple Line will run beneath Wilshire Boulevard, the most-traveled mass transit corridor in the county. Metro expects to finish the subway by 2027, the year before Los Angeles hosts the Summer Olympics. “It's going to be done before the Olympics,” said Rick Clarke, Metro's chief program management officer.
Los Angeles Times

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