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August 15, 2019
Law Enforcement News

6 Officers Shot In Philly; Gunman In Custody After Hourslong Standoff
A gunman who opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said. Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken into custody after an hourslong standoff with police. The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation "that went awry almost immediately," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. Many officers "had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets," Ross said. The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a SWAT team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood.
Associated Press

2 Dead, 1 Critical In Drive-By Shooting In South LA
Two men were killed and another injured in a drive-by shooting into a vehicle in South LA. The shooting took place in the 1100 block of West 68th Street just before 7:10 p.m., authorities said. When police arrived at the scene, they found two men with multiple gunshot wounds. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A third man, suffering from a single gunshot wound, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Investigators said the two deceased victims were standing outside of a parked car when the suspect's vehicle drove up and a passenger opened fire, striking both men. The suspect shot the third victim a short distance away as the suspects fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark colored sedan. Officials said a handgun was used in the attack. The weapon has not been recovered, and the suspects remain at large. The investigation is ongoing.

Mom Of Five Who Was 9 Months Pregnant Killed Along With Unborn Baby In Hit-and-Run
A $50,000 reward being offered for information that helps authorities find the hit-and-run driver responsible for fatally injuring a pregnant woman in the South Los Angeles area whose unborn child also was killed. Keisha Saravia, 38, who was nine months pregnant, was fatally injured on July 26 as she crossed a street near her residence on Main Street south of 117th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her unborn baby, named Lyiah K. Saravia Holmes, also died. Saravia is also mother to five other children. Her family said Saravia, who was ready to welcome her sixth child in about a week, had just gotten home from buying baby supplies at Target the night she was hit. Authorities and Saravia's family were planning an afternoon news conference Wednesday at the crash site to seek public help in solving the crime. No description was released of the motorist or vehicle. The reward, offered by the Los Angeles City Council, "may convince a reluctant family member or person close to him or her to come forward and provide information that will result in the location and arrest,'' a police statement said. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call 877-LAPD-247.

Pursuit Of Carjacking Suspect Ends In 3-Car Crash And Guns Drawn In Valley Village
A carjacking suspect led police on a chase Wednesday night that ended in a violent three-vehicle collision in Valley Village. The suspect, reported to be armed and dangerous, was in a Toyota Prius that was carjacked earlier in the day, according to KCAL9, which reported the chase began in Sylmar and continued at high speed into the North Hollywood area. The pursuit ended at 9:23 p.m. at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Colfax Avenue, where the Prius collided with one vehicle and careened into another. A woman was seen getting out of one of the cars and pulling children out of the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody moments later by officers with guns drawn.
Los Angeles Daily News

Authorities Release Surveillance Footage In Hopes To Capture Driver Behind Grisly Hit-and-Run
A 15-year-old continues to fight for his life after a gruesome hit-and-run last week and surveillance footage was released by authorities seeking the public's help in finding the person responsible. Roberto Diaz was riding his bike in an intersection after purchasing a soda at a corner store on East 37th Street and Maple Avenue when he was struck around 9 p.m. on August 6, said police. He was then dragged for about a quarter of a mile to Martin Luther King Boulevard to Woodlawn Avenue, officials said. Diaz was alert when officers arrived at the scene and was able to say a few words, requesting that they contact his mother. Authorities confirmed Diaz was dragged based on the grisly images at the scene including Diaz's bike, shoes and a trail of blood. Diaz was taken to a hospital in critical condition and remains hospitalized, said police. The surveillance footage shows an SUV driving by and believe the driver may have witnessed the moment Diaz was hit. Investigators are looking for a blue Honda Civic or Accord, with tinted windows, that may have front end damage. Police are offering an award up to $25,000 for any information on the driver's whereabouts. 
FOX 11

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Arson After Brush Fire In Hollywood Hills West
A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson after a brush fire in Hollywood Hills West. The fire broke out around 9:15 a.m. near 2699 North Astral Drive. Firefighters managed to take control of the blaze after an hour and 20 minutes. Coordinated water drops from LAFD Air Ops helped knock down the fire as firefighters on the ground worked the perimeter and put out hot spots. Darrel Morgan was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. and brought in for questioning by Los Angeles police. He was later booked on suspicion of arson and held on $75,000 bail. The fire did not cause any injuries, nor any damage to structures.

3 Bay Area Men Charged In Connection With Vehicle Burglaries, Leading Police On Pursuits In L.A.
Three Bay Area men have been charged in connection with several vehicle burglaries and leading authorities on pursuits twice earlier this summer, officials announced Wednesday. Xavier Pittman, 21, and Damillion Davonte Williamson, 22, both of San Francisco, and Jaurice Anthony Laxa, 25, of Daly City, have been charged with seven counts of second-degree burglary of a vehicle, two counts of fleeing a pursuing police officer while driving recklessly and one count of vandalism over $400. They also face misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The men allegedly broke into four vehicles on June 1 in the Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire areas, prosecutors said. That day, LAPD officers spotted the suspects' car and chased them, but the men got away. The men allegedly broke into three vehicles in the Hollywood and Fairfax areas on July 19 and fled from police again. They are accused of damaging a parking lot gate arm and hitting three vehicles during the chase, which ended at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

$3.4 Million Worth Of Counterfeit Products Seized At LAX
Over 5,300 counterfeit products were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Los Angeles International Airport. According to officials the seized counterfeit items include: 1,242 Gucci belts, 678 pairs of Nike shoes, 531 Louis Vuitton handbags, 500 Samsung adaptors, 502 Gucci fanny packs, 230 Hermes handbags, 192 Casio Shock watches, 144 Ferragamo belts, 100 Versace belts, and 119 Fendi shorts. The seized items would have a retail value of more than $3.4 million if genuine. The items arrived at LAX from Hong Kong. Officials say the quantity and value of the counterfeit items seized is an “indication of the profits that are involved in the illegal trade of luxury goods.” In a release U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say these counterfeit items are available on illegitimate websites and are often sold in underground outlets. The counterfeit items also multiply the illegal profits of smugglers and traffickers.
FOX 11

LA County Offers $10,000 Reward For Information On Disappearance Of Amanda Custer From Monrovia

Los Angeles County officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information about the disappearance of a woman missing for more than two weeks. The Board of Supervisors approved the reward on Tuesday as authorities search for 31-year-old Amanda Custer. Monrovia Police responded July 29 to a domestic violence call at the home Custer shared with her 27-year-old boyfriend Robert Camou. Investigators believe Custer was taken against her will by Camou. He was detained July 30 and is considered the prime suspect. Police say evidence suggests he placed her body in the back of a gray 2017 Toyota Prius. Camou has not been charged in the disappearance but is jailed on prior allegations of domestic violence involving Custer. Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended offering $10,000 to encourage any witnesses to come forward for the alleged assault and abduction of Custer. Anyone who was in the area of Mount Baldy Road, Glendora Ridge Road or Glendora Mountain Road on July 29 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. who may have seen Camou or Custer — or the Prius he was driving — was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

New Version Of Earthquake Early Warning App Released, Will Alert Users Of Weaker Shaking
An updated version of Los Angeles' earthquake early warning app will soon alert users to weaker shaking, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey officials announced Wednesday. Previously, ShakeAlertLA alerted users to temblors of magnitude 5.0 or greater. That threshold notification will be reduced to a magnitude of 4.5. “Every day we are communicating the importance of preparedness, so that every Angeleno has the tools and resources they need to build a better life — and then protect that life when disaster strikes,” Garcetti said in a statement. “Updates to ShakeAlertLA will result in an even more responsive application making our city stronger and our families safer.” The change will go into effect this month. It comes after criticism from many users who complained they were not alerted to shaking when a pair of powerful temblors centered near Ridgecrest jolted the greater Los Angeles area on July 4 and July 5.

Local Government News

LA City Councilman-Elect John Lee Is Ready To Get To Work. But It Won't Be Long Before He's Defending His Valley Seat
Loraine Lundquist certainly put herself in a position to upset the status quo in the shifting politics of the northwest San Fernando Valley. For months, on a bumpy L.A. City Council campaign trail, she'd pitched herself to District 12 voters as an astrophysicist, environmental activist and political outsider, who had garnered support and endorsements from state senators, county supervisors and the majority of city council members. Yet that was not enough to win a gritty race for L.A. City Council, and to flip a seat that despite the council's nonpartisan affiliation, has long been held by Republican councilmen. So, following a race that went down to the wire, it was longtime council aide John Lee who was recognized by the L.A. City Council Wednesday in his new role as councilman, representing the northwestern San Fernando Valley at City Hall. With all 57 precincts reporting from Tuesday's election, Lee won by 1,329 votes over Lundquist, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Los Angeles Daily News

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