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October 13, 2020
Law Enforcement News

76 Arrested, 8 Officers Injured After Lakers Celebration Turns Violent Outside Staples Center
Los Angeles erupted with joy Sunday night after the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals. However, the celebration outside Staples Center took a violent turn and resulted in 76 arrests, damage to more than 30 buildings and 8 officers injured, the LAPD said. "In total, 76 individuals were arrested for vandalism, assault on a police officer, and failure to disperse. Two of the members of the crowd were injured by less lethal munitions fired by our officers and they were taken to area hospitals. Eight officers were also injured and received medical treatment. More than 30 buildings and establishments were damaged by the crowd," the LAPD said. On Sunday night, the Lakers won their first championship title in a decade in a season dedicated to honoring the legacy of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Despite coronavirus guidelines and public officials warning against large gatherings, thousands of Laker fans took to the streets to celebrate outside Staples Center.

Black Lives Matter Launches A Political Action Committee
On the heels of nearly six months of nationwide demonstrations that sparked an international movement against systemic racism and police violence, Black Lives Matter is expanding its influence into politics by forming a political action committee -- a highly unusual move for a grassroots organizing group with no central leadership. The Black Lives Matter PAC will formally roll out its programs as early as Monday, according to Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. The committee plans to endorse a slate of candidates ahead of the general election, paying special attention to mayoral, county sheriff and district attorney races. “We want to be able to not just speak in ‘get out the vote’ language,” Cullors said in an interview with POLITICO. “Black Lives Matter is launching our PAC so we can talk directly to voters about who we think that they should be voting for and what we think they should be voting on.”

Two Arrested For Killing Man, Injuring Another In Vermont Square Shooting
Two arrests have been made in connection to a deadly shooting last month. The shooting was reported around 1:23 pm. on Sept. 11 near 50th Street east of Hoover Street, LAPD said. 23-year-old Isaiah Hubbard was killed in the shooting and another 23-year-old male victim, whose name was not disclosed, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was in stable condition at last check. On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 22-year-old Tyler Tolliver and 31-year-old Kenneth Campbell were arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder. A motive in the shooting has not yet been identified. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Los Angeles Police Department, South Bureau Homicide, at (323) 786-5111. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to (323) 846-6553 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Woman Arrested In Deadly Shooting Of 21-Year-Old Man In Northridge
Authorities arrested a woman in the deadly shooting of a man at a Northridge home early Saturday. LAPD and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the 17500 block of Strathern Street just before 2 a.m., a police spokesperson said. A call had come in for an ambulance for a shooting victim, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers arrived to find a 21-year-old man dead with a gunshot wound, police said. Investigators determined that a woman, 22, was handling a gun when she shot him. It’s unclear whether the incident was accidental, according to LAPD. Police arrested the woman at the scene. LAPD provided no further details about the case, including the identities of those involved.

Police Hunt For Shooter Who Injured 2 Men In Westlake
Investigators are searching Sunday for a suspect who shot two people in the Westlake area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting occurred at Glendale Boulevard and West First Street late Saturday, according to A. Bilal, of the LAPD’s Operations Center. During a dispute between two people, a male suspect pulled out a gun and shot a man in his 20s at 11:50 p.m., a dispatcher said. The suspect then took off down the street, where he shot a man in his early 20s who wasn’t involved in the original altercation, the official said. Posts on the social news app Citizen indicated a security guard standing outside the Belmont Station Apartment Complex may have been one of the victims. It is unknown whether the incident is gang-related.

3 Men Shot, Seriously Wounded On Downtown Street Corner
Three men standing on a downtown Los Angeles street were shot, with two left in critical condition and the third less seriously wounded, authorities said Monday. It happened at 7:25 p.m. Sunday on San Pedro and Fifth streets, according to a desk officer in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Center. Two suspects approached the three men and fired shots at them, the officer said. Two men were critically wounded and the third was hit but left with stable vital signs, she said. No suspect information was available, and the motive for the shooting was not known.

Watts Shooting Leaves Two Injured
An early morning shooting in the Watts area of Los Angeles Sunday wounded two people. The incident was reported at 2:20 a.m. at East 112th Street and Mona Boulevard, said Sgt. J. Salazar, of the Los Angeles Police Department' Southeast Station. The two victims were taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

Man In Critical Condition After Shooting In Manchester Square Area
A man was taken to a hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after a suspect drove up and shot him in South Los Angeles. The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Western Avenue and 78th Place, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The male suspect drove up to the victim and fired multiple rounds, Lopez said. A motive was not immediately known, and police do not have a suspect or vehicle description.

Male Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver In Chatsworth
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver Monday while crossing Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Chatsworth. The victim was walking eastbound across Topanga Canyon Boulevard, at Santa Suzanna Pass Road, about 5:30 a.m. when a dark colored sedan, traveling southbound, struck him, according to the LAPD. “The driver failed to stop, remain at the scene, render aid, and identify themselves as required by law,” police said. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. His identity was withheld pending family notification. A standing reward of up to $50,000 is available for anyone who provides information leading to a hit-and-run suspect’s identification and conviction. Anyone with information was urged to call Officer Curtis at 818-644-8032 or the Valley Traffic Division watch commander at 818-644-8010.

Police Search For South LA Driver Who Hit Young Woman, Dragged Her Body
The search is underway for the driver of a car that struck and killed a 22-year-old woman in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning and then dragged her body for a block-and-a-half. The collision occurred just before 4:30 a.m. at Avalon Boulevard and 107th Street, Los Angeles police said. The victim’s name was not released. “The person left the scene, didn’t render any aid, dragged a person for two blocks and left them there to die,” LAPD Sgt. Steven Smith said in a briefing Friday morning. According to police, a driver going north on Avalon struck the woman just south of 107th Street. The car then dragged her until it turned east on 106th Street, where she was dislodged. The driver then sped away. There was no description of the suspect or their vehicle.

As Election Winds Down, Los Angeles D.A. Candidates Skirmish In Virtual Debate
With the race to lead the country’s largest prosecutor’s office entering its final stretch, the incumbent, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, squared off in a debate Thursday night with her progressive challenger, George Gascón, who is riding a swell in endorsements and fundraising after a tumultuous summer shifted political winds in Los Angeles. The nationally watched contest comes against the backdrop of a burgeoning movement for criminal justice reform, prompted by the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis and those of other people of color. Lacey, a 34-year veteran of the office she now leads, was elected district attorney in 2012 and won a second term unopposed in 2016. She is the first woman and the first Black person to head the county prosecutor’s office in its 170-year history. In a virtual debate moderated by reporters from the Los Angeles Times and KPCC, Lacey and Gascón staked out positions far apart on capital punishment and gang enhancements.

14-Year-Old Girl Returns Home After Going Missing In Koreatown
A 14-year-old girl who went missing in Koreatown returned home Monday afternoon, according to police. Sherlin Viviana Chay Almira was last seen around 11 a.m. Saturday at her home located near the intersection of Eighth and Irolo streets in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to Almira’s family, she told her parents she was going to get pizza with her friends at a restaurant located in the 3100 block of West 8th Street and would return home by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Almira never returned and her family was desperate to find her. At about 2 p.m. Monday, the girl returned home safely, the LAPD announced. Further details were not released.

Boyle Heights: Suspects In Surveillance Video Sought After Hourslong Burglary Of Family's Store
Karen Sanchez-Urzua couldn't explain why thieves even stole the lock to her mother's store in Boyle Heights, but she could show ABC7 how the hourslong burglary unfolded on surveillance video. In the footage, first two men fiddle with the lock. Then they disappear. Moments later, three men break in. Sanchez-Urzua said they walked out with cash from the register, a gold rosary, and tool batteries. A couple of hours later, a woman and two other men also steal from the store, Novedades Karen Outlet in the 2600 block of East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue. And then, at 4 a.m. -- some three hours after the initial break-in -- two more men wander inside and walk out with a power washer and air compressors. While multiple thieves took turns dismantling the family's investment in their store, cameras recorded the entire brazen burglary in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Border Patrol Agent's Hunch Pays Off In Second-Largest Methamphetamine Bust Ever
A suspicious U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, who decided extra scrutiny was needed for a truck that was supposed to contain a shipment of medical supplies on Friday, was responsible for discovering more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl and other illegal substances – the second-largest ever bust of its kind along the southwest border, a report said. The drugs, which were discovered at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, in San Diego, were found in a truck that pulled into the commercial side of the border crossing. CPB officers, using the port’s imaging system, found suspicious materials in the rear of the trailer, the report said. The trailer was sent to the dock and a canine alerted them to the boxes inside. The shipment was unloaded before CPB discovered 1,816 packages co-mingled with the medical supplies. Included in the haul was approximately 3,014 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of fentanyl powder and almost 37 pounds of fentanyl pills, worth an estimated $7.2 million, the official said.

Public Safety News

2 Arrested In Case Of Missing LA Firefighter Who May Have Been Kidnapped In Mexico, Authorities Say
Two people have been arrested in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a Los Angeles firefighter who may been kidnapped in a Mexican resort town, authorities in Baja California announced Friday. The couple, identified only as 32-year-old Fanny N. and 27-year-old Santos N., were arrested Thursday in possession of bank cards with Francisco Aguilar's name on them. The cards had been used at different businesses in several Mexican cities after his disappearance, investigators said, but claim they have no information on his whereabouts. "They haven't said anything about their knowledge on where my dad is, which I'm sure is a lie because they have been using his credit cards, which is a bold move, especially using his phone," said his daughter, Amaris Aguilar. Her father disappeared in mid-August after he went to the condominium he owns near Rosarito, a popular coastal destination in Mexico. The FBI says Fanny N. allegedly lured Aguilar into meeting her for a date. Instead, Santos N. helped to kidnap him.

LAFD Reports A Staggering Rise In The Number Of Fires, Outpacing Any Year In Recent Memory
The latest public data from the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the number of fires that have burned so far this year has outpaced any other year in recent memory, with a staggering number of fires tied to the city's homeless population and an ever-increasing portion blamed on arson. As of Sept. 30, 2020 firefighters logged 8,283 fires of all types within city limits, a 45% increase over the 5,695 recorded during the same nine month period in 2019, according to data obtained by NBC4's I-Team that was drawn from the National Fire Incident Reporting System. Within that total the Fire Department said more than half of 2020's fires had been flagged as related to homelessness, an increase in size and portion from the count last year. The indication of a link to homelessness in the records is not detailed or specific, and could refer to trash fires near an encampment, an encampment fire, or a fire ignited by the activities of those living on the streets, such as a cooking or warming fire. The data showed 4,240, or 51.18% of fires were flagged as connected to homelessness, compared with 2,331, or 40.93% of fires in 2019.

Total Of 41 L.A. County Children Sickened By Rare Inflammatory Syndrome Linked To COVID-19
Another child in Los Angeles County was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, bringing the total number of children with the rare coronavirus-linked illness to 41 countywide as of Friday. All the children with the condition were hospitalized — a large percentage of them, 46%, ending up in intensive care units, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health news release. So far, there have been no reported MIS-C deaths among L.A. County’s children. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19 and can cause different body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs, according to the CDC. Symptoms include a fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra tired.

Warming Trend Means California's Lethal Fire Season Not Over
Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across California on Saturday, but the forecast for dry and warming conditions starting on Sunday signaled that the state's lethal fire season is far from over. Several of the wildfires were over 95% contained, but full containment likely won't be reached without rain, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. But the prospect of significant weekend rain was fading, and the National Weather Service said a high-pressure system is expected to grow starting Sunday, bringing dry, warm conditions, with potential winds, through the week. The forecast led Cal Fire to remind residents that the state historically experiences some of the most devastating wildfires in September and October.

Californians Hospitalized With COVID-19 At Lowest Level In 6 Months
While the spread of the coronavirus accelerates in much of the nation, California is enjoying a moment of relief, as COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have dropped to the lowest levels in months. The average number of deaths logged daily in the state is 57, the lowest since May, according to a rolling seven-day average calculated by The Times. In addition, fewer patients are in the hospital with COVID-19 — 2,209 as of Saturday — than there have been since April 2. The state’s positivity rate, a measure of tests for the virus that come back positive, is 2.6%, an all-time low, according to state data. These figures represent a major improvement following a massive spike earlier this year. During the summer months, the average number of deaths recorded each day reached 140, the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 topped 7,000, and the state positivity rate crossed 7%.

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