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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 8, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Body camera video shows brutal attack on Los Angeles officer
Los Angeles police released shocking video Wednesday that captured a brutal attack on an officer inside a station last month, including footage from the officer’s own body-worn camera that shows a violent struggle for his gun."This was a brutal, unprovoked attack on one of our officers where the suspect clearly tried to kill a cop,” said Craig Lally, president of the union that represents rank-and-file officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, in a statement. “Thanks to the efficient and professional work of our officers, this menace is off of our streets and we hope he stays there. There should be no leniency for an attempted cop killer.”

1 Person Shot, Injured Near Ocean Front Walk In Venice Beach
One person was hospitalized on Wednesday night after a shooting near Venice Boulevard and Ocean Front Walk. According to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department, the victim’s vital signs were stable at last check. It’s unclear what led up to the shooting or if a suspect was taken into custody.

Suspect Taken Into Custody After Search In Ladera Heights
A "possible murder suspect" was taken into custody on Wednesday after being sought in Ladera Heights, according to Los Angeles police. Officers began searching for the man about 2:10 p.m. near StockerStreet and Fairfax Avenue, according to Officer Tony Im, who said officers, canine units and a helicopter were sent to the scene. The suspect was taken into custody, the LAPD's Officer Mike Lopez said Wednesday evening, but the time and location were not available. Information about the crime the suspect may have committed was not available. Northbound lanes of La Cienega Boulevard in the area were closed during the search.

Wrong-Way Driver Killed On 101 Freeway In Hollywood
A driver going the wrong-way on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood early Thursday morning was killed in a violent wreck which also sent a second person to the hospital. The driver was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway at Hollywood Boulevard at about 1 a.m. when his BMW slammed into another vehicle, California Highway Patrol reports. The driver was trapped in his car and died at the scene. Los Angeles Fire Department crews had to extricate his body from the mangled wreckage. A person in the second car that was hit was transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. The northbound side of the freeway was shut down for several hours, but has since reopened. It’s unclear if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Robbery Suspect Arrested In Northridge After Pursuit Ends In Wild Fashion When His Family Try To Intervene
A man was arrested in Northridge Tuesday night after a short pursuit came to a bizarre end when the suspect’s family tried to intervene. The incident began in the Van Nuys area at around 11 p.m. when Los Angeles police recognized the suspect as he was driving. They tried to pull him over, prompting a seven-minute chase. Sky2 cameras caught the suspect running several red lights and cutting a vehicle off. Eventually, the suspect pulled into a 7-Eleven parking lot at Roscoe and Reseda boulevards. As officers were trying to arrest him, two other men in a taxicab tried to intervene. The men, with their hands up, got in between police and the suspect, before eventually getting out of the way. Police later learned that during the pursuit, the suspect had called his family, one of whom drove a taxi, and asked them to meet him at the 7-Eleven parking lot.

LAPD asking for 2,600 more body cameras to outfit all cops
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for tens of millions of dollars to buy more body-worn cameras so that all of its sworn officers, including those usually assigned to desk jobs and detective work, can be outfitted with the devices. LAPD is about 2,645 cameras short of being able to assign a camera to every uniformed officer without having to track them down and share them, Deputy Chief John McMahon told police commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Woman Rides Metro Every Week Looking for Her Lost Son
Ingrid López has been looking for her lost son on the streets of Los Angeles for five months. The 24-year-old suffers from schizophrenia and his mother fears something terrible may have happened to him without his medications. The woman rides the Metro for two hours to look for her son and travels throughout MacArthur Park four times a week trying to find him. Sometimes she recognizes that she does not sleep thinking and wondering “Where is he?” Carlos Jafet Alfaro was last seen in May of this year. The young man had never left his home before and his mother fears that like others who suffer from schizophrenia, he may have had hallucinations or heard voices that don't exist and left. Neither the danger of the streets nor the pandemic has stopped López. She and a friend from her church have gone to Skid Row several times to look for Alfaro. “Have you seen my son?,” she says. “I am afraid that he will hurt himself,” says the anguished mother.

Two Men Sentenced For Killing Outside Party In Burbank
Two San Fernando Valley residents were sentenced Wednesday to prison sentences ranging from 11 to 13 years for the killing of a 21-year-old man during a fight outside a party in Burbank. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz ordered Robert Allen Stout, 20, of Van Nuys, to serve 13 years behind bars for the March 2, 2019, slaying of Christian Guevara. Stout pleaded no contest July 29 to voluntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation that he had personally used a firearm. Jose Anthony Valdivieso, 21, of Northridge, was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for his no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter. Stout and Valdivieso were involved in an early morning fight in which Guevara was shot outside of a home in the 4000 block of West Clark Avenue where a party was being held, authorities said. Police said Stout confessed to shooting Guevara, who died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen after being taken to a local hospital.

Police Seek Public Help To Solve Stabbing Death Of Homeless Man
Police Wednesday sought witnesses to the killing of a homeless man who was stabbed in the downtown Long Beach area. The attack occurred about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday at Ocean Boulevard and The Promenade North, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The 41-year-old victim, died at a hospital. His name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin. “The preliminary information suggests a physical altercation may have occurred between the victim and one or more suspects, resulting in the victim being stabbed multiple times in the upper torso with a sharp object,” according to a police statement. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call homicide detectives at 562-570-7244, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Chinese Developer Agrees To Pay $1M In L.A. City Hall Corruption Case
The subsidiary of a Chinese-based real estate company has agreed to pay $1,050,000 to resolve a federal investigation into its involvement in a bribery and fraud case, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. In a deal struck with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Jia Yuan USA Co. Inc. will pay the financial penalty and continue cooperating with the federal government in its probe of Councilman José Huizar and other figures, according to a copy of the agreement. In exchange, the government agreed not to pursue criminal charges against the company. In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said it had decided not to prosecute because company officials had taken responsibility for its conduct in a “timely” way, fired a real estate consultant who later pleaded guilty in the corruption probe and cooperated with investigators.

Eight Charged In California-to-Alaska Drug Distribution Network
Federal authorities have charged eight people in what they described as a drug distribution network that shipped bulk quantities of cocaine from Compton to Alaska. Using women as couriers, the ring sent cocaine and other narcotics to Alaska and Oregon on commercial flights, an indictment says. The document, which indicates that investigators had secretly been monitoring the group’s phone calls and reading their text messages, describes a series of drug transactions that took place between April 2015 and August 2016. Asia Dawnta Williams, a resident of Chicago, was caught trying to smuggle nearly 150 grams of heroin onto a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport in her clothing, the indictment says. Another woman, who wasn’t charged or identified, successfully snuck a kilogram of cocaine onto a flight out of Long Beach Airport and delivered it to a conspirator in Oregon, according to the indictment.

Man Wanted In Georgia Arrested In Arkansas LEO's Death
A 19-year-old man who was wanted on a murder charge in Georgia has been arrested on suspicion of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of an Arkansas police officer, authorities said. Keshone Quantarious Smith, of Arkansas, was being held in the Jefferson County jail following Monday's fatal shooting of Pine Bluff Detective Kevin Collins at an Arkansas hotel, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter said. A hearing was set for Wednesday to determine whether there was probable cause to hold Smith on the charge in Collins' death, Hunter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Authorities have released few details about what led to Monday's shooting at the Econo Lodge in Pine Buff, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock, that left a second Pine Bluff officer injured. Police said Monday that two people were being questioned by investigators afterward but their names weren't released.

Public Safety News

As More Sectors Reopen, L.A. County Reports Highest Single-Day Count Of COVID-19 Cases Since August
As more businesses and recreational sites begin to reopen across Los Angeles County, health officials on Wednesday reported the highest single-day count of COVID-19 cases since August and urged the public to adhere to health and safety protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19. There were 1,645 new cases reported in the county. “While one day of a high number of cases does not indicate a trend, this is something we need to watch closely,” county public health director Barbara Ferrer said at a news briefing. The county also recorded another 30 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the countywide total to 6,709 fatalities, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Indoor shopping malls were allowed to open Wednesday at 25% maximum occupancy, but all food courts and common areas have to remain closed.

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