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January 21, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Man Charged With DUI In I-55 Crash That Led To Death Of Berwyn Police Officer
A man faces DUI charges in a crash Sunday on Interstate 55 that ultimately led to another collision, resulting in the death of a Berwyn police officer. Rodrigo Marin, 42, is charged with two counts of aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, driving without valid insurance and driving on a revoked license, according to Illinois State Police. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed and improper lane usage. Marin was driving a 2006 Nissan Titan at about 6 a.m. on I-55 when he lost control and crossed into another lane, striking the left side of a 2008 Hino Box truck driven by a 44-year-old man, state police said. Both vehicles came to a stop in the right two lanes, and Marin allegedly ran off from the crash, state police said. While the vehicles were blocking the lanes, a Dodge Durango slammed into the box truck, state police said.
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Man Fatally Shot At Westfield Century City Mall, Suspect Sought
A manhunt was underway Tuesday for an assailant who fatally shot a 28-year-old man outside a restaurant at the Westfield Century City mall. Officers responded to the shopping center, in the 10200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, about 10:25 p.m. Monday and found the victim suffering from several gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to police, who said the preliminary investigation determined he was shot several times by another man during an argument. According to multiple reports from the scene, the men began arguing inside Javier's, a busy restaurant and bar, and went outside, where the assailant pulled out a gun and fired. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Video Appears To Show Rape Of Passed Out Homeless Woman In Venice, LAPD Investigating
Highly disturbing video appears to show a homeless man raping a passed out homeless woman on a sidewalk in front of a Venice building on Friday evening. The woman who filmed the video asked FOX 11 for anonymity, but says she was at a store near Lincoln and Rose Friday evening around 7pm when she saw a homeless woman laying out front with a bottle of booze in her hand. “I looked over and obviously she was pretty drunk,” she said. The witness said that's when she saw a homeless man come running over to the woman from a nearby encampment across the street. “He basically ran over to her, pulled down his pants, laid down next to her started pulling down her pants and kind of covering them, and having sex with her,” the witness said. She told FOX 11 she at first believed the sex was consensual because the woman didn't resist, but when she stepped outside, she realized the woman wasn't coherent.
FOX 11

Woman Dead, Another At Large After Road Rage Leads To Crash Into Tree In Hollywood
A woman is dead Tuesday and another is at large after a bizarre chain of events that started with a road rage incident on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Police say a 26-year-old woman is dead after the Mercedes she had been driving crushed her in front of an apartment building in the 1300 block of North Martel Avenue just before midnight. According to investigators, a road rage incident on nearby Sunset Boulevard touched off the events that led to the woman's death. Two women in the Mercedes were arguing with a motorcyclist after the two vehicles bumped. The argument continued on to the driveway of the apartment building, where the women got out and argued more with the motorcycle rider. At some point, the two women got back into the car. “The car began to drive away. The driver was ejected, fell out of the car somehow, striking a tree,” LAPD Capt. Brian Wendling said. The passenger who was in the car then got behind the wheel and tried to move the car, instead crushing the driver. She then ran away from the scene and remains at large. That passenger is now wanted for the fatal hit-and-run.

Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Arleta; $25K Reward Offered For Information On Mercedes Driver
Police are searching for the driver of a Mercedes involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a bicyclist in Arleta Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. The bicyclist, described as being a man in his 30s, was riding across Branford Street near Arleta Avenue about 7p.m. when a light-colored Mercedes sedan struck him and continued west on Branford Street, police said. Paramedics responded to the scene and took the man to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim has not been identified and no description of the driver was available. “Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves,” LAPD said in the news release. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to those who provide information leading to the driver's identification, arrest and conviction, police said.

Man Arrested In Fatal Beating Of Boy, 2, In Long Beach

Police arrested a 32-year-old man Sunday on suspicion of the beating death of a 2-year-old child in Long Beach. Charles Edward Davis Jr. was arrested in Inglewood about 11:15 a.m. and booked on suspicion of murder and assaulting a child resulting in death, according to Long Beach police and L.A. county jail records. Davis was being held on $2 million bail. No court appearance date was released. Long Beach detectives said that 2-year-old William Meeks and Davis were allegedly alone inside a parked car in the 900 block of Daisy Avenue about 7:35 p.m. on June 14 when the assault occurred, the LBPD reported. When authorities arrived at the scene, the boy was found in the arms of a good Samaritan who was trying to render first aid, police said. Davis was believed to be an acquaintance of Meeks' mother, police reported. Initially, the call was investigated as a medical emergency. However, the autopsy report determined the toddler's cause of death was blunt force trauma, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

CHP: Driver Intentionally Rammed Vehicle With 6 Teens Inside, Killing 3 In Temescal Valley
The California Highway Patrol said Monday that a driver intentionally rammed his vehicle into a Toyota Prius that was filled with teenagers, causing a fatal crash that killed three boys in Temescal Valley. The crash was reported shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, near the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Trilogy Parkway. Investigators determined that two vehicles were traveling southbound on Temescal Canyon when the driver of a white Infiniti, later identified as 42-year-old Anurag Chandra, of Corona, intentionally struck the Prius, causing it to slam into a tree, the CHP said. The crash left three teenage boys dead and three others injured. "It was an intentional act," CHP Lt. David Yokley told reporters at a news conference Monday. "Our investigation led us to believe Mr. Chandra intentionally rammed the Prius, causing the driver to lose control."
FOX 11

Public Safety News

Health Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure At LAX, Brentwood CVS Pharmacy
Public health officials are warning the public about another case of measles involving a person who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport and visited a CVS Pharmacy in Brentwood. The visitor passed through LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal while infectious and visited another location that could expose others, according to a news release from county's health department. Health officials warn of a possible exposure for people who were at LAX's international terminal and baggage claim from 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 12. The person also visited a CVS Pharmacy at 11941 San Vincente Blvd. in Brentwood between the hours of 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 13. The person visited the same CVS Pharmacy between the hours of 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 18. Anyone who was in that area at that time may be at risk of developing measles, with symptoms appearing up to 21 days after the exposure.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Set For Vote On Whether To Ask MLB To Hand Over 2017, 2018 World Series Titles
The Los Angeles City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to ask Major League Baseball to remove the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles from the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox and award them to the Dodgers. The resolution, introduced by Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz, comes on the heels of MLB announcing penalties against the Astros and Red Sox for illegally creating a system that decoded and communicated the opposing teams' pitching signs during their championship runs. The Astros were told they would have to forfeit their first- and second-round selections in 2020 and 2021 drafts and pay a $5 million fine. Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were both suspended for one year without pay and were subsequently let go by the Astros.

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