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August 12, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Funeral Set For LAPD Officer Juan Jose Diaz, Slain While Confronting Reputed Gang Member
Funeral services will be held today for a 24-year-old Los Angeles police officer who was shot while off-duty in Lincoln Heights, where he confronted a reputed gang member who was allegedly painting graffiti on a sidewalk. Juan Jose Diaz was killed in the early morning hours of July 27 near Avenue 26 and Artesian Street, where he had gone with his girlfriend and her two brothers to a taco stand. The bilingual funeral Mass will be celebrated by Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown. Father Tesfaldet Asghedom, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Lincoln Heights, will deliver the homily. Diaz grew up in the area, and professed his desire as a child to become a police officer. He had been with the LAPD for about two years when he was killed. He was assigned to the Special Operations Division unit of the department's Professional Standards Bureau. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2 People In Custody In Relation To Shooting Of Baltimore Sergeant
A large number of officers responded to the Lansdowne area Friday in relation to the shooting of a Baltimore police officer, a police spokesman said. Police continued to investigate the shooting of off-duty Sgt. Isaac Carrington in Northeast Baltimore on Thursday. On Friday morning, an officer on patrol saw a vehicle that looked similar to the description of the vehicle allegedly driven by the suspect in the shooting, police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said. The vehicle did not pull over, but two people were later taken into custody, Silbert said. “At this time we are not able to confirm this is the vehicle involved in the shooting,” Silbert said. Police were searching in a wooded area in the 2700 block of Park Ave. Carrington was going into another surgery Friday morning, said city police spokesman Detective Donny Moses. He did not immediately have additional information about the officer's condition.
The Baltimore Sun

Shooting Inside High Rise Building Causes Chaotic Scene In Downtown L.A.

Police are searching for gunman who opened fire inside a high rise apartment building in downtown L.A. on Friday. One man was wounded and the gunfire caused a chaotic scene in the busy area around 4 p.m. Police are investigating the scene, speaking to possible witnesses, and reviewing surveillance footage at the building near 6th and Spring streets. Sgt. Gordon Helper with LAPD said the victim was lying on a couch in the lobby area when he sustained a gunshot wound. Corey McZeil was on the street when the shooting occurred, and said it caused other people to start running. The 20-story building was evacuated as police swarmed the building looking for the shooter. Police have not released details on what may have led to the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Suspects In Woodland Hills Home-Invasion Robbery Arrested On The 405 Freeway In Culver City
Police arrested seven people after stopping a car on the 405 Freeway in Culver City on Friday in connection with a home-invasion robbery targeting a woman at home with three children in Woodland Hills a little over an hour earlier, officials said. The robbery took place shortly after 2 p.m. at a home in the 23300 block of Ladrillo Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez told KTLA. Three intruders forced their way into the home and demanded valuables, he said. At least one of the robbers carried a gun. After the robbers fled the victims' home, police were able to use a cell phone stolen during the crime to track their position, officials said. Police stopped a car on the 405 Freeway in Culver City a little over an hour later, officials said. A group of people were detained, though it was not clear how many were suspected of taking part in the robbery. No injuries were reported, Lopez said. No further details were available.

Suspects Sought In Robbery Of $40K Worth Of Purses From Saks Fifth Avenue In Beverly Hills
A search is underway for five suspects who allegedly took part in stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from two luxury department stores in Beverly Hills. Police said four robbery suspects struck Saks Fifth Avenue in the 9600 block of Wilshire Boulevard around 2:20 p.m. Saturday. It was reported that the male suspects entered the store and grabbed several handbags before fleeing the scene on foot, according to a press release from the Beverly Hills Police Department. About $40,000 worth of purses were taken, said police. A juvenile suspect, believed to be one of the four, was arrested. The other three remain at large. Around the same time at a Neiman Marcus down the street, two suspects ran from the scene with several high-priced purses. Police said the two incidents were not related. This isn't the first time thieves have stormed a store in Beverly Hills. Back in 2018, surveillance camera caught several people taking sledge hammers and smashing store displays on Rodeo Drive. Those suspects got away with armfuls of designer clothing. Saturday's robberies reportedly happened inside the stores, during business hours.

Missing Man's Family To Hold Vigil A Year After His Disappearance
The family of a missing 21-year-old man whose car was found abandoned near Topanga in August 2018 will hold a sunset vigil Saturday evening on the anniversary of his disappearance, in the hope that new information will come forward. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Matthew Weaver was last seen on Aug. 10, 2018, in the 2600 block of Sterns Street in Simi Valley. Weaver is described as a white male, standing at 5-feet-9 and weighing 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing black dickie pants, an Angels baseball hat, and red sneakers. The day after he came up missing, Weaver's vehicle was found on the Topanga Tower Motorway, according to authorities. The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Saddle Peak and Stunt Road, where Matthew's car was discovered. On the night he went missing, Matthew sent a friend a text from the Las Rosas Overlook area near Stunt and Saddle Peak roads in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Weaver had moved to Granada Hills shortly before his disappearance. On Jan. 10, Weaver's family released 797 drone photographs and associated GPS and other Google Earth data of the area believed to have been his last known location.

Sentencing Due For Man Who Conned $5 Million From Investors
A man who posed as a thriving sports drink entrepreneur in order to dupe investors out of about $5 million while living at the lavish Ritz-Carlton Residences in downtown Los Angeles faces a possible federal prison sentence Monday. Khemraj Dave Hardat pleaded guilty in April to five federal wire fraud counts, each carrying a possible maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. However, in exchange for the guilty plea, federal prosecutors are recommending that Hardat be sentenced to no more than six years and eight months behind bars. The 50-year-old Canadian national has also agreed to pay $4.1 million in restitution, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam P. Schleifer. Hardat, who has been living in the Los Angeles area for 10 years on an expired tourist visa, was arrested in November and ordered to remain behind bars pending trial.

How Many Active Shooter Incidents There Are Might Surprise You
Several highly publicized mass shootings have prompted Congress to look at increased legislation regarding background checks for potential gun owners. The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Here's a look at the FBIs list of incidents from 2000-2018. Incidents by year: From 2000-2018 there were 277 incidents. There have been seven mass shootings so far in 2019. Mass shootings are defined by the FBI as three or more fatalities (not including the shooter). Ages ranged from 12-79, more than 95% were male and a majority of the incidents involved handguns.Note: The 2019 Gilroy attack is listed as a mass shooting where three or more fatalities occurred. The number of all active shooter incidents in the state were not released at the time of this report. A Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults in 2017 showed degree of support for various gun policies, by political party. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Fear ‘Suicide By Cop' Cases. So They've Stopped Responding To Some Calls
Plumas County is not the only jurisdiction in California that is rethinking how it responds to suicide calls. Some small and midsize law enforcement agencies across the state have stopped responding to certain calls because of the potential dangers to both officers and the person attempting to end his or her life. They also present a financial liability from lawsuits — especially if the situation turns violent. Other departments, including the Los Angeles police and sheriff's and San Francisco police, use “disengagement” strategies that allow them to leave calls without confronting someone in crisis. These tactics are used most often when the person is alone and does not present a threat to anyone else, and no crime is being committed.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Here's Where LA City Council Candidates Loraine Lundquist And John Lee Stand On A Major Rapid Transit Line In The North San Fernando Valley
An effort to bring an efficient bus line that would take passengers across the San Fernando Valley might take years to build. But in the race to represent Los Angeles City Council District 12, the North San Fernando Valley bus rapid transit project has already become a hot-button issue. John Lee, a former City Hall aide who served as Councilman Mitchell Englander's chief of staff, said building the line would “allow all this traffic into residential neighborhoods.” Meanwhile, Loraine Lundquist, an environmental activist and instructor at the Institute for Sustainability at Cal State Northridge, said alternative transposition would help alleviate heavy traffic and improve air quality. “I support it because voters voted on it,” she said in a phone interview. “We need transportation alternatives, and there is no way I'm going to say no to $180 million on the table from Metro. That would be crazy.” The 18-mile line is aimed at connecting the west and east San Fernando Valley, California State University, Northridge, key job hubs, residential neighborhoods to existing and proposed bus and rail lines.
Los Angeles Daily News

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