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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 23, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Los Angeles Faces 40% Increase In Hate Crimes Since 2016, LAPD
Data Shows The city of Los Angeles saw a 10.3% increase in hate crimes from 2018 to 2019, according to new data shared at a Los Angeles Council Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday. Hate crimes have steadily increased in the city, rising 40% from 229 reported acts in 2016 to 322 in 2019, the Los Angeles Police Department announced at the meeting. The largest increase in hate crimes were against the Muslim community, with a 150% increase from 2018 to 2019, according to LAPD data. There was a 60.5% increase in anti-Jewish crimes, with the number rising from 43 in 2018 to 69 in 2019, the data showed. Similarly, there were 68 hate crimes reported against African Americans in 2019 and 53 against gay men. The new data also showed a 23.5% increase in hate crimes against transgender people in 2019, for a total of 21 reported incidents — nearly three times more than in 2016.

Suspect Sought In Jefferson Park Double Stabbing That Left 1 Victim In Critical Condition
Police are looking for a stabbing suspect who injured two people, including one critically, at a liquor store in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles Wednesday night. The incident was reported about 11:18 p.m. at Sammy's Liquor in the 2800 block of West Jefferson Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Gonzalez said. Surveillance video shows a man wearing a white raincoat and blue hooded sweatshirt walking into the store. One of the clerks said the man took a bag of chips before walking out of the store. The clerk called his coworker, who was standing outside, and told him the man was coming. When the clerk tried to take the chips from him, the man used some type of object to cut the clerk's face. The wounded clerk went back inside the store with a minor injury, but the suspect encountered a second person on the street and another stabbing occurred, Gonzalez said.

Sylmar High Locked Down Due To Telephone Threat
Sylmar Charter High School was placed on lockdown for about an hour Wednesday after authorities learned of a telephoned threat. Officers were sent to the campus on the 13000 block of Borden Avenue about 7:45 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police conducted a sweep of the school grounds and declared the area safe after about an hour.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Searching For Missing North Hollywood Man With Schizophrenia
A search is underway for a 35-year-old North Hollywood man who suffers from schizophrenia and has been considered missing since early January. Surveillance video shows Juan Cerda at the USA Gas station in North Hollywood on Jan. 7. His family told Eyewitness News that the Los Angeles Fire Department picked him up from the gas station and brought him to the Pacifica Hospital in Sun Valley. "We want you home. Mom and me and my dad and all of my siblings," Cerda's sister, Teresa, said. "All our family and friends want you home. We miss you, and we just wanna have him home with us." Cerda lived at an assisted living facility in North Hollywood, where his sister said he was attacked on Jan. 3 and hasn't been seen there since. "It feels really bad because he's disabled and he's not aware of anything. I don't know if anyone's gonna hurt him or not, and because I know that he's sleeping on the streets. I've looked everywhere," Teresa said. 

Man Charged With 2-Year-Old Boy's Beating Death In Long Beach
An Inglewood man accused of fatally beating a 2- year-old boy outside a Long Beach liquor store last June was charged Wednesday with murder and assault on a child causing death. Charles Davis Jr., 32, pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of William Meeks III. The toddler died from injuries that were allegedly inflicted by Davis while he was alone with the boy inside a silver 2016 Hyundai Sonata that was parked in the 900 block of Daisy Avenue about 7:35 p.m. June 14. When authorities arrived at the scene, the boy was found unresponsive in the arms of a good Samaritan who was trying to render first aid, according to Long Beach police. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died two days later. Davis -- who's believed to be an acquaintance of the boy's mother -- was arrested Sunday by Long Beach police and remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail.

U.S Citizen Living In Tijuana Facing Gun, Drug Charges In L.A. A U.S. citizen living in Tijuana is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles on multiple federal charges for allegedly trading heroin and fentanyl for machine guns and explosives. Pedro Roberto Hernandez-Gomez, 31, was charged Jan. 21 in Los Angeles federal court with possession of machine guns, attempt to transport explosives, being a felon in possession of firearms, distribution of heroin and distribution of fentanyl, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In December, Hernandez-Gomez allegedly agreed to provide heroin and fentanyl in exchange for various machine guns, grenade launchers, grenades and handguns during what he believed were negotiations with traffickers but was, in fact, an ATF sting operation. On Jan. 7, Hernandez-Gomez came to Los Angeles, where he provided more than two pounds each of heroin and fentanyl and renegotiated the amount of firearms and grenades in exchange for the heroin, according to a federal affidavit.

Judge Sets Preliminary Hearing In ‘Golden State Killer' Case
A California judge on Wednesday set a May hearing to decide if prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial against a man suspected being the notorious “Golden State Killer” who eluded capture for decades. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White ordered the preliminary hearing for Joseph James DeAngelo to start May 12. That's more than two years after investigators said new DNA techniques linked the former police officer to at least 13 murders and more than 50 rapes across California in the 1970s and 1980s. The rapist would break into couples' suburban homes at night, binding the man and piling dishes on his back. He would threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates fall while he raped the woman. Defense attorneys had argued in court filings that they need another year to sort through the 250,000 pieces of evidence turned over by prosecutors.

Public Safety News

Man In Critical Condition With Burn Injuries From Pacoima Explosion
A man was seriously injured on Wednesday in an explosion near the electrical panel of a large one-story commercial building. Firefighters were sent about 1 p.m. to the 12200 block of West Montague Street, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Bystanders came to the unidentified man's aid, using fire extinguishers to douse the flames, Prange said. The patient was hospitalized in critical condition with severe burn injuries, he said. No other injuries were reported. The fire at the electrical panel was extinguished by 3 p.m., and Department of Water and Power crews arrived to de-energize the area and eliminate any electrical hazards. The cause of the explosion was under investigation, Prange said.
FOX 11

3 American Firefighters Killed When Tanker With Ties To SoCal Crashes In Australia
Three American firefighters were killed when a water tanker crashed while fighting wildfires in Australia. The plane went down in the snowy mountains of New South Wales, about 70 miles from Australia's capital. Authorities did not immediately identify the firefighters. Australian officials held a news conference following the deadly crash where the leaders said the tragedy shows the current condition's danger. The aircraft, a C-130 owned by Canadian company Coulson Aviation with the nickname of Zeus, is a water tanker that has fought fires in Southern California. Last August, the plane was in San Diego where Ramona-based pilots trained on it. The tanker can carry up to 4,000 gallons of flame retardant. Coulson issued a statement Tuesday night that read, in part: “The aircraft had departed Richmond, New South Wales with a load of retardant and was on a firebombing mission. The accident is reported to be extensive and we are deeply saddened to confirm there were three fatalities.”

Local Government News

LA City Council Takes First Step To Ban Private Immigrant Facilities
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously backed a proposal Wednesday to temporarily ban private companies from establishing or operating immigrant detention centers or similar facilities within the city. City Council President Nury Martinez, who championed the proposal, criticized the federal government and detention center operators, saying the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents when they cross the border has "scarred them for life." She said the proposed ban -- which will need to be drafted by city attorneys and brought back for final council approval -- is also intended to apply to so-called "shelters" for unaccompanied immigrant minors, like one proposed by the company VisionQuest in Arleta, a predominantly Latino community.
FOX 11

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