Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch
LA Police Protective League


Los Angeles
Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

August 12, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Suspects Wanted In Beverly Hills Armed Robbery Lead Police On High Speed Chase
Four suspects sought in connection with two armed street robberies out of Beverly Hills lead authorities on a dangerous high-speed pursuit through Los Angeles Tuesday morning before being arrested after barricading inside a Pico-Union home. The pursuit of a silver SUV with Colorado plates began sometime before 9:40 a.m. in the University Park area, around the 110 and 10 Freeways. Plain-clothed Beverly Hills police detectives had been tracking the location of the vehicle, and when LAPD officers tried to pull it over, it sped off. The SUV made its way down surface streets before the suspects bailed out of the vehicle in the Pico-Union neighborhood. LAPD officers surrounded the home and closed surrounding streets. SWAT teams were called in. The standoff came to an end at around 11:15 a.m. when all four suspects were safely arrested. 

LAPD Reports 7 Additional COVID-19 Cases Bringing Total To 498
The Los Angeles Police Department reported Tuesday seven additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19. To date, 498 employees have tested positive, according to Jessica Kellogg of the Emergency Operations Center. Of those, 152 employees are at home recovering or self-isolating due to exposure, and 395 have returned to work. Two LAPD employees, including one sworn officer, have died from virus-related complications. Last month, 45-year-old Valentin Martinez, a sworn-officer, and Erica McAdoo, a 39-year-old non-sworn senior detention officer died from coronavirus complications.

Panorama City Man Allegedly Obtained $860K In COVID-19 Aid For Sham Company, Deposited Funds In Own Account: DOJ
A Panorama City man faces charges after allegedly receiving more than $860,000 for a bogus sewing business from the Paycheck Protection Program, most of which he deposited into his personal bank accounts, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Arman Manukyan, 49, was charged with a count apiece of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He’s believed to have fled the United States for Europe. In June, Manukyan submitted two applications to Bank of America for $1.7 million in PPP loans on behalf of Argo Global, Inc., and Express Wiring, both shell companies registered to the defendant, the complaint alleges. He’s accused of submitting false tax documents that purported to show wages and taxes for Argo Global, which he claimed was a sewing business that employed 73 workers.

Gardena Man Charged With Stabbing His Sleeping 61-Year-Old Dad To Death
A man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fatally stabbing his 61-year-old father who was sleeping in his Gardena home, authorities said. Robin Robert Frost Jr., 25, faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison for one count of murder with an allegation that he used a knife in the killing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Around 1:45 a.m. Aug. 7, Gardena police received reports of a family disturbance at a home in the 1700 block of 150th Street, with callers saying a son had stabbed his father, department officials said. Officers arrived to find Robin Robert Frost Sr. lying on his bed with several puncture wounds to his chest and face, according to police. Los Angeles County Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene.

LBPD Open Murder Investigation Into Death Of Homeless Man In Long Beach
The Long Beach Police Department opened a homicide investigation Tuesday after an autopsy revealed that the death of a homeless man found in the Port of Long Beach was caused by blunt force trauma. Officers were sent to the 300 block of Windsor Way about 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 4 for a call of a dead person, according to the Long Beach Police Department. They found the man’s partially decomposed body in a “somewhat desolate area of the port,” and there were no obvious signs of trauma, police said. Autopsy findings revealed “evidence of blunt force trauma to the upper torso resulting in death,” and on Tuesday the Long Beach Police Department opened a homicide investigation. Homicide detectives worked Tuesday to process the scene and canvass the area for witnesses and evidence, according to police.

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Public Intoxication Found Hours After Escaping From Sheriff's Station
A man who was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and managed to escape from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station in Calabasas was found hours later, officials said. The escape occurred at 1:47 a.m. from the station at 27050 Agoura Rd,, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. The unarmed suspect is described as a 23-year-old Hispanic man wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, sheriff's officials said. The search area is Agoura Road from the Lost Hills Station to Las Virgenes Road, officials said. The suspect's name was not released. 

L.A. County Report Shows Arrests, Bookings Down Dramatically During COVID-19
From March to mid-June, as stay-at-home orders took effect and Los Angeles County officials moved to release jail inmates to prevent the spread of coronavirus, jail bookings dropped by more than half, according to a report available Tuesday on the county’s website. However the numbers of people behind bars may be creeping up again, although the report cautioned that it is too soon to draw reliable conclusions about the reason for the higher numbers. County officials, criminal justice advocates and Sheriff Alex Villanueva have all focused on a drop in the jail population of roughly 5,000 people due to efforts to reduce the number of inmates living in overcrowded facilities with little opportunity for social distancing. Fewer arrests helped keep that number in check, according to a report submitted to the Board of Supervisors from a group of county departments tasked with determining how to maintain a lower jail population after the COVID-19 emergency ends. The Los Angeles Police Department said it issued more warnings and citations in lieu of arrests and relied more heavily on specialized mental health and domestic violence teams to handle situations in the field.

CHP Makes Arrest To Break Up Ring It Says Stole $710,000 In Merchandise
California Highway Patrol officers on Tuesday, Aug. 11, took one man into custody tied to a retail theft ring while still searching for two other suspects believed to have been involved in more than 90 smash-and-grab robberies this year in Southern California and elsewhere, authorities said. The three suspects netted about $710,000 in stolen property from stores in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties as well as in Arizona and Nevada, CHP Sgt. Jim Kelley said. Donning helmets and tactical gear, CHP officers raided a home in the 15900 block of Orchard Avenue in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles, where they found some stolen property inside, Kelley said. None of the three suspects sought was at the home, which sits in a neighborhood of single-family houses just west of the 110 Freeway.

Federal Agents Seize 630 Pounds Of Meth, 940 Pounds Of Marijuana In 3 Busts Near Border
Federal border agents in San Diego thwarted three narcotic smuggling trips — one on land, two in the water — over the weekend, seizing about 630 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly a half-ton of marijuana. On Tuesday, the U.S. Border Patrol announced it had nabbed just over 100 pounds of meth at a freeway checkpoint, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the two ocean encounters, where officers found the marijuana and the balance of the meth. In one ocean interdiction, agents said they shot out the engine of a fleeing panga boat after it rammed their vessel. That incident started just after midnight Saturday when a team of customs agents and Coast Guard members spotted the boat off the San Diego coast, headed north, and launched a small boat to intercede. But the panga boat ran into the pursuing vessel and, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection, also ran into a second boat that had joined the chase.

Off-duty cop helps catch carjacker driving with victim on the hood
An off-duty NJ Transit police officer helped stop a fleeing carjacker, who drove away with the victim clinging to the hood of his stolen car in Essex County, police said Tuesday. Officer Juan Guallpa, a member of the emergency services unit, was driving on Belleville Avenue in Bloomfield when he saw a car driving erratically with a person “hanging on to the hood pleading for the driver to stop,” last Tuesday, according to a statement from the NJ Transit police on Twitter.

Public Safety News

Crews Put Out Blaze At Large Storage Facility In Downtown Los Angeles
Fire crews put out a blaze that broke out Tuesday morning at a storage facility in downtown Los Angeles. The fire was reported just before 12 p.m. at a two-story storage facility near Industrial and Mill streets, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Fire officials said the facility was undergoing demolition when flames erupted inside and briefly trapped a demolition worker who was able to get out of the building. The blaze, known as the Industrial Fire, escalated to a "major emergency" with 117 firefighters responding to the incident, fire officials said. Around 1 p.m., fire officials reported the blaze was knocked down. No injuries were reported.

LA County Crosses ‘Tragic Milestone' Of 5,000 Coronavirus Deaths
Even as health officials hail downward trends in coronavirus hospitalizations and fatalities, Los Angeles County crossed another grim milestone on Tuesday, passing the 5,000 mark in the number of deaths due to COVID-19. County public health director Barbara Ferrer called it a "tragic milestone" to reach. "This is heartbreaking and reminds us of the human toll of this pandemic," Ferrer said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the many families that have lost a loved one to this pandemic." The county announced 63 fatalities Tuesday, raising the number of deaths in the county since the pandemic began to 5,057. Long Beach reported one additional death Tuesday, raising the countywide death toll to 5,058. Ferrer noted that one of the new deaths reported Tuesday was a person under age 29.

California Records More Than 13,000 New Coronavirus Cases As State Reports Test Result Backlog
With a backlog of coronavirus test results now flowing into a state database, California reported 13,149 coronavirus cases on Monday, with additional older results expected to increase daily totals throughout the week. “The issue with the state’s electronic laboratory reporting system has been addressed and the system is now performing as expected,” the California Department of Public Health said in a media statement Monday. “The entire backlog has been completely eliminated, and new cases attributed to the backlog will be reported over the next few days.” Without an accurate picture of confirmed cases in recent days, many local officials who relied on the system had to conduct their own tallies to understand how the virus was spreading in their communities. The infection rate is a closely watched indicator for counties looking to reopen businesses and schools.

Local Government News

LA City Council Starts Process To Redraw City, LAUSD Political Boundaries
The Los Angeles City Council pressed the start button Tuesday, Aug. 11, on an often-contentious process to re-draw the political boundaries for the city and L.A. Unified School District every 10 years, according to the latest U.S. Census data. Depending on how lines are drawn, the political representation of various city neighborhoods, as well as the fortunes of elected officials, can shift significantly — and occasionally lead to heated power struggles. As soon as next month, city leaders are expected to begin appointing members to advisory panels tasked with overseeing the creation of the new maps. But on Tuesday, the council first signed off on a few initial ground rules for the process.

About the LAPPL Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at: