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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

June 19, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Video Shows Unprovoked Attack On Florida Deputy
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released body camera footage of a deputy being attacked during a disturbance call. The video released by the sheriff's office shows the split-second reactions to stop the man the sheriff’s office says attacked the deputy in the parking lot of a New Port Richie Autozone Wednesday night. “They had an unwanted guest, a report of a gentleman walking in and out of the business several times and they weren’t sure what he was doing there so they called us to assist,” explained Amanda Hunter from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy informed 30-year-old Alexander Ealy he wasn’t being charged with anything, but the store wanted him to leave. The second deputy approached Ealy when he suddenly became violent.

Man Shot Dead, Second Wounded In Studio City Parking Lot
One man was killed and a second wounded in a shooting near a CVS Pharmacy in Studio City late Thursday night. Just after 11 p.m. Los Angeles police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the parking lot of a Vons grocery store and CVS Pharmacy in the 4000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, near its intersection with Ventura Boulevard. According to police, officers arrived on scene to find two men, ages 50 and 28, both with gunshots wounds. Both were taken to hospitals, were the older man died, police said. The condition of the younger man was not known.

Suspect Arrested After Police Pursuit Ends Near LAX
A suspect is in custody after leading officers on a high-speed pursuit Thursday night. The vehicle is suspected to be stolen. SkyFOX overhead showed the suspect vehicle exit the San Diego (405) Freeway at Century Boulevard. The vehicle then pulled into a parking lot near Los Angeles International Airport. After officers searched the area the suspect was quickly located and taken into custody.

L.A. Pharmacist Charged With Price Gouging After Selling KN95 Masks For $10: CA AG
A Los Angeles pharmacist has been charged with price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic after allegedly selling KN95 masks at $10 each, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday. Katrin Golian, a 38-year-old licensed pharmacist, faces a misdemeanor charge while doing business as RxAll Pharmacy. The California Department of Justice began investigating Golian after a consumer complaint. The investigation revealed that Golian purchased the masks at $5 each and was selling them for $10, in violation of a statewide executive order on price gouging signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 4. Special agents warned Golian that she was violating the executive order and she agreed to reduce the price of the masks. But several days later, when the agents returned, she was still selling the masks at the unlawful price, officials said.

Woman Accused Of Snatching Daughter From Guardian Arraigned
A Los Angeles woman accused of snatching her daughter from the child’s legal guardian in Moreno Valley pleaded not guilty Thursday to kidnapping and other charges. Nakia Shaunte Criddell, 28, was arrested last month following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation that spanned less than a day. Along with kidnapping, Criddell is charged with child stealing, burglary and child endangerment. She was arraigned by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for July 1 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Long Beach Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Killing Wife After Her Wounded Body Was Found In Their Home
A man was arrested after police found his wife’s decomposing body in their Long Beach home Wednesday, officials said. Officers responded to the 1000 block of Harding Street around 11:30 a.m. when a caller reported suspicious circumstances at a home. The caller was worried after not hearing from the couple in a few days, according to a Long Beach Police Department news release. Police arrived to find a woman’s body with signs of decomposition and wounds to the upper torso. Police did not elaborate on how the woman died. She was later identified as 63-year-old Debbie Allen of Long Beach, officials said.

$10K Reward Offered For Capture Of 2 Men Who Threw Molotov Cocktails Into Long Beach Men’s Suit Outlet
A $10,000 reward was offered Thursday for information in a fire started at a Men’s Suit Outlet in Long Beach that destroyed several other businesses. The ATF and the Long Beach Fire Department released images of two men alongside the announcement of the reward for information leading to an arrest. A fire was sparked at the Men’s Suit Outlet, 655 Pine Ave., during a protest on May 31 when two unidentified men tossed two Molotov cocktails through the broken windows of the store. The store’s security bars and windows had been broken earlier by looters. The store was totally destroyed, along with several adjacent businesses.

Bay Area Man Made $21 Million Operating International Sex Trafficking Websites That Included Child Victims, Feds Say
A Bay Area man is in federal custody and awaiting extradition to Texas, where he is set to face federal charges that allege he set up sex trafficking websites on an international scale, raking in $21 million in proceeds within a two-year span. Wilhan Martono, 46, was arrested Wednesday in Fremont, and was being held Thursday in the Santa Rita Jail on a no-bail hold. In coming days, the U.S. Marshals are expected to move him to Dallas, Texas, where he is facing 28 federal counts. The charges include conspiracy, promotion and facilitation of prostitution, racketeering, and more than a dozen money laundering charges. The indictment against Martono alleges that his sites included not only adult prostitution “services,” but ads featuring “numerous child trafficking victims,” including one who was identified as a 13-year-old girl who was rescued in Texas last November.

Public Safety News

Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors, Bars Allowed To Reopen In Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County has issued a revised health order allowing additional businesses to reopen as early as Friday, June 19. These businesses include nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, cardrooms, bars, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms. These businesses are allowed to reopen with strict health protocols such as physical distancing and face coverings. This revised health order comes as the county reported another 36 deaths due to the coronavirus, along with 1,051 new cases. The county's death toll has now topped 3,000, reaching 3,027, while the number of cases stands at 78,227. County officials stressed the need for individual businesses to meet required protocols before reopening. Employers and customers will be required to wear face coverings when around other people and maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

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