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September 5, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Suspect Is Shot After Fighting San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy For Gun In Encounter Caught On Camera
A 21-year-old man was shot Wednesday by California sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic disturbance in which he fought with one of them and tried to snatch her gun, investigators said. The encounter unfolded just before 8:30 a.m. in Victorville, 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, when a woman called San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies saying, "Oh my God, oh my God, send the police, I need my son removed from my home," the department said. The first deputy to respond, Meagan Forsberg, encountered the man identified as Ari Young, outside. Cell phone video shot from one of the apartments in the complex where the incident occurred captured Young appearing to attack Forsberg and repeatedly punching her on the head and face before they both fell to the ground. Forsberg had her gun in her right hand and fired two shots in the air while on her back. Young then appeared to grab the gun and fired in Forsberg's direction as she ran for cover, the department said. She was not hit, investigators said. Responding deputies arrived seconds later and directed Young to drop the weapon and put his hands up. The sheriff's department said he ignored the commands. More than a dozen shots rang out and Young was struck. It was not clear how many times he was hit.
FOX News

Over 100 Artifacts Stolen In 1990's Recovered, LAPD Searching For Rightful Owners
Detectives have recovered several expensive artworks that were stolen from Los Angeles area homes in the early 1990's. Officials are now urging people to come forward if they believe the stolen items might belong to them. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Demetra,'' began in June after an art dealer in Los Angeles contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to report that someone had provided the business with possible stolen items, including two Picasso paintings, the LAPD reported. According to police some of the items were stolen from homes in the west San Fernando Valley and in the Hollywood Hills area. “[They] hand picked some art and personal property, as well as artifacts, which some are here today,” said LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza of the Commercial Crimes Division. Two people were arrested earlier in connection to the burglaries but no stolen items were recovered. The detectives who had originally investigated the burglaries in the 1990's began a new investigation which later led to the service of search warrants in Los Angeles and Orange counties and the recovery of the items.
FOX 11

Hollywood Hills Man Accused Of Supplying Fentanyl-Laced Pills To Rapper Mac Miller Before His Death
A Hollywood Hills man was arrested Wednesday morning in a case tied to the drug overdose death of rapper Mac Miller, officials announced. Cameron James Pettit, 28, is accused of selling counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs laced with fentanyl to the hip-hop artist — whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick — two days before his death in Studio City on Sept. 7, 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Miller was 26 years old. The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined he died of mixed drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, and his death was ruled an accident. Pettit has been charged with a federal count of distribution of a controlled substance, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Fugitive Suspected In Hollywood Shooting Captured In Mexico
A fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in an attempted murder in Hollywood was taken into custody by the FBI. Ricardo Villa was flown in by Mexican officials and arrived at Los Angeles International Airport after being located in Puebla, Mexico. FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said tips brought forward by viewers of an Eyewitness News story, which named Villa as part of a list of a dozen Southern California fugitives wanted by the FBI, helped track him down. He is accused of shooting into a parked vehicle after a dispute inside a Hollywood club on April 26, 2015, according to authorities. At the time, Villa was out on bail after a narcotics arrest in Orange County. Villa was charged with four counts of attempted murder and is accused of other crimes, including possession for sale of a narcotic or controlled substance. According to the FBI, Villa has previously lived in Palmdale. The FBI offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Man Charged With LA Synagogue Vandalism And Making Threats
Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a 34-year-old man with defacing a synagogue and threatening a man. Cameron Brunson Blake is expected to be arraigned Friday on one count each of vandalism of religious property, which is a hate crime, and criminal threats. Custody records show Blake is jailed, and it's unclear if he has an attorney. Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $1 million. The district attorney's office says Blake is accused of carving an anti-Semitic slur into the door of a synagogue on Aug. 10. Two days later he allegedly hurled an epithet at a man and his infant daughter in Palisades Park and threatened to injure or kill the man. The charges carry a possible maximum sentence of six years and eight months in prison.

Ex-Cal State Northridge And Redlands High Soccer Player Convicted Of Raping Woman On CSUN Campus
A former Cal State Northridge soccer player was convicted Wednesday of raping a woman on the campus last year. Davis Moreno-Jaime, 20, of Loma Linda, is facing eight years in state prison in connection with the January 2018 attack, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is set to be sentenced Oct. 18 at the San Fernando courthouse. Moreno-Jaime — a 2017 Redlands High School graduate who scored on his only shot in 14 games with the Matadors as a freshman during the 2017 season — was initially charged last year with attacks on three women. Prosecutors subsequently announced that they were unable to proceed on sexual battery and false imprisonment charges involving one of the women, while misdemeanor battery and criminal threats charges involving another woman were turned over to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for prosecution, according to Paul Eakins with the District Attorney's Office. Moreno-Jaime was taken into custody last August by Cal State Northridge police and released on bond, then subsequently re-arrested June 25, according to jail records.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County Man Arrested On Federal Charges Alleging He Sex Trafficked O.C. Teen
A Los Angeles County man accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl from Orange County into prostitution until she escaped months later has been arrested on federal charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. Christian Alexander Augustus, a.k.a. “Sir Ceeco,” met the teenager in L.A. in December 2018 and took her to areas of Southern California, Nevada and Arizona to work on the streets and advertise sex work online, according to federal prosecutors. He was arrested Tuesday in Stockton and remains in federal custody in Sacramento. Augustus, 23, allegedly forced the girl to give him all the money she earned and beat her when she did not bring in enough, subjecting her to sex work in cities such as Santa Ana, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Federal prosecutors allege the victim was also beaten severely by Augustus when she tried to flee other times.

He Died Sunday On A West L.A. Sidewalk. He Was Homeless. He Is Part Of An Epidemic
The balding, middle-aged man was facedown on a flattened piece of cardboard, arms at his side, a small pool of blood near his mouth. He wore bluejeans, his feet were bare, and headset buds were still in his ears. Two LAPD officers who responded to the emergency call from a passerby had pitched a white pop-up tent around the body, which lay on the sidewalk of Massachusetts Avenue between Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles. It was Sunday morning, the middle of Labor Day weekend, three-quarters of the way into a year in which deaths of homeless people in Los Angeles County are on a record-setting pace to top 1,000, according to preliminary numbers from the county coroner. “I hope this will be another wake-up call that urgency is the order of the day,” said County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who called it incomprehensible and unacceptable that dying on the streets has become routine. On average, nearly three homeless people are dying daily in the county, nearly double the rate of deaths by homicide. Illness, addiction, accidents, suicide and the ravages of being unsheltered are among the primary causes of death.
Los Angeles Times

California Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend, Who Remains Missing

Prosecutors say a Southern California man jailed on suspicion of battering his girlfriend has been charged with killing the woman, who has been missing since July. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday that Robert Anthony Camou faces one count of murder. The charge comes with a special circumstance allegation of killing a witness and an allegation that he was out on bail when he committed the crime. It wasn't immediately known if the 27-year-old has an attorney. A $10,000 reward has been offered as authorities search for 31-year-old Amanda Custer. Investigators believe Custer was taken against her will by Camou from the home they shared in Monrovia. He had been facing domestic violence charges involving Custer dating back to April.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

LAFD Knocks Down Arleta Attic
Fire Firefighters extinguished a stubborn fire in the attic of a one-story home in Arleta in 31 minutes Tuesday night. The fire was first reported at 11:09 p.m. on the 9000 block of Varna Avenue, near Montague Street, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. A total of 26 firefighters extinguished the fire in the 1,923-square-foot home, and knockdown was declared at 11:40 p.m., Humphrey said. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Votes To Allow Police To Remove People From Fire Zones
Los Angeles police will have the authority to order homeless people out of encampments in high-risk fire-danger areas during heightened wildfire conditions under an ordinance approved by the City Council Wednesday. “With wildfires being our new normal and an imminent threat to not just to many of our hillside communities but many of our communities throughout the San Fernando Valley … it is important that we are looking at more thoughtful changes to our municipal code that will help to provide more efficacy when it comes to evacuating many of these areas,” Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said. Homeless people who are removed from the fire zones on high-risk days will be referred to supportive services, Rodriguez said. “What we are doing is providing all the wrap-around services,” she said. “When we evacuate these areas, we are getting them the services and resources they need to be permanently off the streets.”

LA City Councilman John Lee Opposes Proposed Homeless Housing Site In Chatsworth
Newly elected Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee came out against a supportive housing project planned for Chatsworth, which was in the works to house unsheltered Angelenos in his northwest San Fernando Valley district. Lee, who was officially sworn in on Friday morning at City Hall, said he has no plans to put his support behind the project at 10243 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. “I don't think the site was really well thought out,” he told the Daily News a few days before he officially became a councilman. “It was thrown at the community, and I don't believe the site is going to work.” There was a strong possibility that the project was “not going to happen,” he said, adding that he was eyeing another location for the supportive housing project “that is going to work.” Lee, who now represents Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, West Hills and Granada Hills, declined to disclose where that possible new location would be.
Los Angeles Daily News

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