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February 10, 2020
Law Enforcement News

2nd NYPD Officer Shot In Police Station Just Hours After Earlier Ambush
A gunman walked into a police station in the Bronx and started shooting early Sunday, wounding an officer just hours after a similar unprovoked attack that injured a different officer in a patrol van, according to police officials. Sunday's shooting happened at the headquarters of the 41st police precinct, according to NYPD spokesperson Hubert Reyes. He said the injured officer is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital. Police officials confirmed that the gunman is in custody. They believe the same man is also responsible for firing on two officers in a patrol car in the Bronx on Saturday night. Two security camera videos, posted on social media, captured the shooting. In one of them, a man is seen sauntering into the precinct house lobby, before briefly disappearing off screen. Then, he rushes into a side room with his arm extended, as if pointing a gun, as two people inside run away. He turns and is headed back into the lobby when he looks behind him and falls suddenly, face first on the ground.
Associated Press

Video: NYPD Officer Injured In Ambush Receives Hero Sendoff From Hospital
After an NYPD officer was shot in a marked police van — an act Commissioner Dermot Shea called an “assassination attempt" — the injured cop received a warm send-off as he left the hospital on Sunday. “Despite being shot in the chin & neck last night, Police Officer Stroffolino goes home today, giving his fellow officers — & everyone we serve — an inspirational thumbs-up,” Shea wrote on Twitter. “We thank him for his heroic service to our city, and wish him a speedy recovery,” Shea added. The shooting occurred on the 900 block of Simpson Street in the Bronx on 8:27 p.m., according to police, when a man engaged the officers in conversation before pulling out a firearm and shooting at the cops — striking an officer in the neck and chin before they were able to drive off.
Staten Island Advance

LAPD Newton Officers Investigate Two Shootings In Less Than Half-Hour
Two people were shot within a half-hour Saturday night in the area served by the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Station. The first shooting was at 8:41 p.m. at 46th Street and Avalon Boulevard, according to a dispatcher in the LAPD's Operations Center. Officers were flagged down by civilians, she said. The patient was taken to California Hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the scene and may have been known by the victim, she said. A news videographer at the scene said the shooting was at a taco stand, the victim was wounded in one arm and that the suspect left a gun behind. The second shooting was at 9:09 p.m. at Stanford Avenue and 22nd Street, the dispatcher said. The victim also was taken to California Hospital. Gender, age and condition were not available.

Man, 92, Injured In Westlake Hit-And-Run; Driver At Large
Authorities are searching for a driver who sped away after hitting and injuring a 92-year-old man in the Westlake neighborhood Friday morning. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the driver's arrest and conviction. The collision occurred as the driver was backing up in a black 2004 Honda Accord at around 8:30 a.m. in the area of 9th Street and Burlington Avenue, Los Angeles police report. The driver knocked over the victim and then sped off despite being informed by witnesses that he had struck the man, police said. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He was last reported to be in stable condition. Surveillance and cell phone video of the Accord have been released. The driver was described as a Hispanic man between 18 and 25 years of age. The Accord had California license plate No. 7KXU181, but the registration was expired, police said. Anyone with information on the suspect's identity should call LAPD detectives at 213-833-3713.

Man Detained For Alleged Sexual Battery Involving Over A Dozen USC Students
A man suspected of groping at least a dozen female students near campus was detained on Friday, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Adams Boulevard in South Los Angeles, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect is allegedly involved in over a dozen groping incidents that targeted USC students in the last month. According to USC DPS emails sent out to all students, the first incident was reported in September by a victim walking out of the McCarthy Way entrance at USC. The suspect rode up behind her and slapped her rear and immediately disappeared. "When she reached the driveway leading to the Figueroa parking structure near Rosso Oro's Pizza, she heard a bike coming from behind her," the statement said. "Reporting party turned around and then felt a hard slap to her buttocks." The university sent out a community advisory on Jan. 30, warning students and faculty.

Sheriff's Detectives Search For Man's Killer In East L.A.
A 39-year-old man was fatally shot in East Los Angeles in an apparent gang-related shooting and sheriff's detectives were searching for the man's killer. The attack took place about 10:20 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 6000 block of Southside Drive, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Responding deputies found the man outside the home suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital but died early Sunday morning from his wounds, the LASD reported. The victim did not live at the home where he was found. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information on this homicide was asked to call the sheriff's homicide bureau at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Four Arrested At DUI Checkpoint In West Hollywood

A DUI and driver's license checkpoint in West Hollywood netted four arrests, including one for driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said Saturday morning. The checkpoint was conducted on Fairfax Avenue, south of Santa Monica Boulevard, from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In addition to the driver arrested on suspicion of DUI, one driver was arrested for driving without a license and two drivers were arrested on other criminal charges. A vehicle was towed and one other citation was issued, the statement said. Details of the citation were not disclosed. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reminds drivers that `DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze,”' the department said. “Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.”

Man Faces 12 Years For $2 Million LA Marijuana Warehouse Robbery

A former marijuana distribution warehouse worker faces at least a dozen years behind bars Monday for working with a corrupt Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy to stage a $2 million robbery at a marijuana distribution warehouse. Christopher Myung Kim, 30, of Walnut, was convicted of drug crimes and conspiracy last year by a federal jury. He faces a mandatory minimum of 12 years when sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips. Evidence showed Kim had worked at the warehouse in downtown Los Angeles and supplied blueprints and other information for the October 2018 holdup. Pretending to be law enforcement agents conducting a raid, the robbers stole more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana and safes containing some $600,000. Sheriff's Deputy Marc Antrim, who used his badge and a fake search warrant to gain entry, pleaded guilty to federal charges and is set to be sentenced in April. Five others also pleaded guilty and are expected to be sentenced in the next several months.
Los Angeles Daily News

18th Street Gang Member Takes Plea In 1993 Westlake Apartment Arson That Left 10 Dead

An 18th Street gang member pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges Friday for his role in a deadly revenge-fueled arson that left 10 people dead in Los Angeles more than a quarter-century ago, prosecutors said. Joseph Monge, 44, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will be sentenced to 11 years in prison later this year, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Monge was one of three defendants expected to stand trial in a 1993 blaze at a Westlake apartment complex that claimed the lives of three women and seven children: Olga Leon, 24, and her three children — Rosia, 7, Jesus and Jose, both 4; Alejandrina Roblero, 29, and her three children — Leyver, 11, William and Yadira, both 6; and Rosalia Ruiz, 21, and Lancy Mateo, 1. Los Angeles law enforcement leaders announced the charges against Monge, Johanna Lopez and Ramiro “Greedy” Valerio in 2017. The 18th Street gang held sway over Westlake in the 1990s, and police have said the fire was set after Lopez expressed frustration with a manager at the apartment complex, who had taken efforts to curb narcotics sales on the property.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Councilman David Ryu Explores Safe Parking Site At Former Sherman Oaks Homeless Encampment
Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu said Friday he will explore the establishment of a safe parking program for people sleeping in their cars on a lot at the border of Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks on the site of a longtime homeless encampment recently cleared out by L.A. City Sanitation crews. Ryu filed a motion Friday, Feb. 7, that seeks a feasibility study and $266,000 for safe overnight parking on the site, a narrow strip of land at 15380 Oxnard St. adjacent to the 405 Freeway and tucked behind a public storage facility. The property — over 20,000 square foot in size — is under a long-term lease to the city and owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and operates parts of the nearby Sepulveda Basin. As the councilman searched for sites to implement homeless services in his district, he said the piece of land hidden behind a public storage facility initially “slipped through the cracks.”
Los Angeles Daily News

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