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February 7, 2020
Law Enforcement News

LAPPL Blog: Gascon Unglued You're a racist!
That's what District Attorney George Gascon's campaign has hurled at our union for airing this commercial aptly named The Con is On with George Gascon. The charge would be infuriating if it wasn't so bizarre and communicated through a comical, over-the-top, foaming-at-the-mouth press release. What's ironic in Gascon's off-the-rails screed is that the Los Angeles Police Protective League, whose membership is made up of a majority of men and women of color, is endorsing an African American woman for District Attorney—a decision obviously driven by our racism and sexism. That fact seemed to be left out of the Gascon release.
Los Angeles Police Protective League

Police: Man Suspected Of Shooting 2 Maryland Detectives Arrested
A man believed to have shot and wounded two Maryland police detectives has been arrested, authorities said Thursday. The Anne Arundel County Police Department tweeted that it does not “believe there is any further threat” to the community. It did not immediately release additional information, including the man's name. The detectives were wounded Wednesday night while investigating a homicide. Police said Detective Scott Ballard tried to make a traffic stop with a person of interest in the case but was shot and the vehicle drove away. That detective was able to stop and seek medical attention. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jacklyn Davis said Detective Ian Preece then continued to pursue the suspect. The chase entered a townhouse community where Preece was struck in a shootout with the suspect.
Associated Press

Pedestrian Killed In Pacoima Hit-and-Run, Driver Arrested
A pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver Thursday night in Pacoima and the driver was taken into custody. The collision occurred about 8:15 p.m. near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Desmond Street, according to Officer Jeff Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect's burgundy or red SUV was last seen fleeing eastbound on the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway from Glenoaks Boulevard, Lee said. The driver was arrested a short time later, police said. The exact time and location of the arrest were not immediately available. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man, Woman Hospitalized After Being Shot On Mid-City Sidewalk
A man and a woman who were walking on a sidewalk Thursday in the Mid-City area were struck by gunfire, police said. The shooting was reported just before 10 a.m. near the intersection of Hauser and Venice boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The two victims were taken to a local hospital and were listed in stable condition by authorities. A description of the suspect was not immediately available. No further information was released by authorities. The investigation is ongoing. 
FOX 11

Father Shot To Death On Artesia Street
A 33-year-old father was shot and killed on an Artesia street in the early morning hours Thursday. The shooting occurred at around 2:30 a.m. in the 11800 block of 168th Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reports. One neighbor told CBS2 she heard eight to nine gunshots, while another reported hearing a car speeding away from the scene. Deputies responded to 911 calls to find a man with at least one gunshot wound who had collapsed and died on the sidewalk, the sheriff's department said. His name was not immediately release. No suspect information or a possible motive has been released. Sheriff's investigators were hoping to obtain security video from nearby businesses.

Reseda Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Sell Counterfeit Bills
A Reseda man pleaded guilty Thursday a federal charge for attempting to sell $5,000 in fake $100 bills to an undercover agent in Reseda. Victor Raul Andia Von Hesse, 56, entered his plea in Los Angeles federal court to dealing in counterfeit obligations and securities of the United States. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing May 28, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Von Hesse offered to exchange $5,000 in phony hundreds for $1,000 in genuine cash.

Drug Trafficker Caught At LAX With 50 Pounds Of Illegal Drugs Gets 10 Years
An admitted longtime drug trafficker busted at Los Angeles International Airport with nearly 50 pounds of illegal drugs packaged in vacuum-packed bricks was sentenced Thursday to a decade in federal prison. Walter Lee Muhammad, 40, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt to serve five years on supervised release after he is set free. He pleaded guilty in October to three federal counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, which carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars. Muhammad was awaiting a flight to North Carolina on May 23, 2018, when Transportation Security Administration officials at LAX discovered the drugs in his two suitcases, according to records filed in Los Angeles federal court. By his own admission, the Atlanta resident said he had traveled to Los Angeles a day earlier with $400,000 in cash to purchase the narcotics.

Woman, 66, Accused Of Stealing $300K In Decade-Long Series Of Jewelry Store Thefts

A 66-year-old San Diego woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing more than $300,000 worth of jewelry over the past 12 years from about a dozen stores in at least three states. Huong Thi Tran was taken into custody at a home on 51st Street near Lemon Avenue in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood, Escondido police said in a statement. Jail records showed Tran was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of felony burglary and grand theft. She was being held on $25,000 bail, but jail records also indicated there was a hold on any potential release for out-of-county warrants. It was not immediately clear if Tran had a lawyer. According to police, multiple Southern California law enforcement agencies were investigating the thefts at high-end jewelry stores and identified Tran as the suspect, Escondido police said. Tran allegedly “used a sleight of hand distraction technique” to make off with expensive pieces of jewelry, according to police.
Los Angeles Times

U.S. Charges Suspect In El Paso Walmart Shootings With Hate Crimes
Federal prosecutors have charged Patrick Wood Crusius with hate crimes related to the killing of 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, last August. Crusius allegedly told police he had driven to the store intending to kill "Mexicans." A federal grand jury returned a 90-count indictment that also included firearm charges in connection with the shootings, which the Department of Justice has described as an act of domestic terrorism. "The attack deeply scarred this community," U.S. Attorney John Bash said in a news conference in El Paso on Thursday. Bringing the hate crime charges, he said, "vindicates the federal interest" in stopping crimes that target people based on real or perceived national origin. On Aug. 3, the 21-year-old white suspect allegedly opened fire using an AK-47 at the Cielo Vista Walmart, in an attack that also wounded 22 people.

Public Safety News

Raging Fire At Mid-City Apartment Hotel Kills 1, Injures 6 Others
An investigation is underway following a deadly fire that sent a firefighter to a hospital and displaced several residents at the Venice Hotel in Mid-City early Friday morning. Los Angeles City firefighters responded to the two-story hotel located in the 8600 block of W. Venice Boulevard just after 2 a.m. The fire started in one of the rooms and once firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to both floors of the building. The blaze was quickly classified as a greater alarm fire, which called for additional resources, according to the L.A. Fire Department. It took approximately 105 firefighters to put out the fire in 39 minutes. One of the firefighters was taken to a hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation after he worked to extinguish the blaze. A man died as a result of the fire while six others suffered various degrees of injuries. 
FOX 11

Two Men And Two Women Found Unresponsive In Homeless Encampment In South LA

Two men and two women were taken to a hospital in critical condition this evening after being found unresponsive in an apparent homeless encampment in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department received the call about 6:30 p.m. for the unresponsive people in the 800 block of West 115th Street near the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway, according to LAFD's Brian Humphrey. A physician will determine the cause of the patients' medical emergencies, Humphrey said. Further information about the victims was not released.

Local Government News

LA Launches New Programs To Help The Homeless
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new efforts Thursday to help the homeless in Los Angeles. Garcetti emphasized the importance of attacking the homeless crisis from multiple fronts in order to make a lasting difference. “We're housing about 133 people a day in LA, 150 – this is from year-old statistics – are becoming homeless each day,” he said. “There's a gap of about 17. If we can house 17 more people each day or prevent them from becoming homeless, we can actually see those numbers begin to turn.” Even with 26 more homeless shelters opening by July, Garcetti said prevention is crucial to ending homelessness. One of the new programs is called Solid Ground, which will help people access the city's Family Resource Centers for help with rent, bills, food and other necessities to help reduce their costs.

Meet Your LA City Council District 4 Candidates
Los Angeles City Council District 4 covers a wide range of LA, about 53 neighborhoods from Sherman Oaks to Koreatown to Griffith Park. City Councilmember David Ryu has held office in District 4 since 2015. But on the March 3 primary ballot, two candidates are running to replace him. Nithya Raman and Sarah Kate Levy. For each candidate, addressing the homeless crisis is at the top of the agenda. Ryu considers it his number one priority. "In the next coming year, it would be homelessness. And it would be basically not just declaring this homeless crisis an emergency but acting as if it is an emergency. Because right now we say it is of epidemic proportions and critical but we're not acting like it," said Ryu. His opponents argue that the lack of attention to the homeless crisis is why they've decided to run.

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