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March 2, 2021
Law Enforcement News

1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Gang-Related Shooting In Glassell Park: LAPD Authorities are searching for suspects after two men were shot Monday afternoon in Glassell Park, one of them fatally. The victims were targeted around 4:20 p.m. as they walked on the sidewalk in what investigators believe was a gang-related shooting, said Mike Lopez, a media relations officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Multiple rounds were fired, striking both men, officials said. Lopez said one of the men wounded was able to run to a fire station nearby, but the other remained at the scene. Both men were taken to a hospital, where one of the men succumbed to his injuries. The deceased victim was described only as a Latino man in his late 20s. The second victim was listed in stable condition Monday night, Lopez said. Authorities had yet to compile suspect descriptions, and Lopez said they were only being described as two males. Anyone with information can contact LAPD at 877-527-3247.

One Person Stabbed To Death In Mid-Wilshire Apartment, Suspect At Large
Authorities are trying to track down a man who stabbed and killed a person in Mid-Wilshire early Monday morning. The stabbing was reported at 4:48 a.m. at an apartment in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Muirfield Avenue, according to Los Angeles police. The male victim was rushed to a hospital and declared dead, police said. He was not immediately identified. Two females in the apartment at the time also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The circumstances of the stabbing were unclear. Two females in the apartment at the time also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The circumstances of the stabbing were unclear. The suspect was described as a man between 30 and 35 years old, police said.

Man Stabbed In Sylmar; Suspect In Custody
A man was injured Monday evening in a stabbing in Sylmar, and a suspect was arrested. The stabbing occurred about 7 p.m. in the 13700 block of Foothill Boulevard, near the Foothill (210) Freeway, said Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department. The injured man was in stable condition, according to Lopez. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken into custody, Lopez said. Details on the events that led to the stabbing were not immediately available.

Two Drivers Sought Following Hit-and-Run That Killed Pedestrian In Sun Valley
Police are seeking two drivers after a 60-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Sun Valley. On Friday, Feb. 26, a 2001 Toyota Camry was traveling north on Glenoaks Boulevard, north of Vinedale Street, when it struck a pedestrian crossing east outside of the marked crosswalk, according to the LAPD. The pedestrian landed in the roadway and was struck by a second and third vehicle, police said. The driver of the Camry immediately stopped and remained at the scene, the LAPD said in a news release. The second and third vehicles involved fled the scene and were described as a dark gray SUV and a dark SUV, police said. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves,” the LAPD said in a news release. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise, according to the news release.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City Council Will Boost Unarmed Crisis Response, Universal Basic Income To Reinvest LAPD Dollars
In December, Mayor Eric Garcetti took the unusual step of vetoing a City Council plan for reinvesting Los Angeles police department dollars into communities of color. Garcetti said he would be happy to sign off on a revised proposal that included some changes, including the creation of an unarmed crisis response program to respond to 911 calls, especially when it involves someone experiencing a mental health episode. The mayor will get that chance on Tuesday, March 2. A revamped spending plan should land on his desk that includes $7.8 million for such an unarmed-response pilot, as well as several other new proposals, when the council votes to override his veto Tuesday. At least 10 votes are required to successfully take this step. The council's original $88 million plan came on the heels of weeks of protests against racial inequality and police brutality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minnesota. It included funding for parks beautification, street sweeping, tree-trimming, sidewalk repair and other more traditional city services, as well as such programs such as evictions defense. In response, Garcetti challenged council members, saying they'd handed him “what should be routine over what could be revolutionary.” LAPD Chief Michel Moore in December criticized city officials who were planning to divert funding to efforts other than more police patrols. Moore said he agreed with future plans to put any funding in “capital improvements that unquestionably make this city safer.” But to divert money from the police department as the city deals with a surge in street violence was a mistake, he said. “To invest in those now, versus investing in the rank-and-file staffing of this organization now,” he said, “I disagree with that.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Video Released In Search For Driver In Deadly South L.A. Hit-and-Run Who Allegedly Returned To Scene As Onlooker
Authorities released surveillance video Friday as they search for the pickup driver who struck and killed a woman using a walker to cross the street in the Broadway-Manchester area of South Los Angeles earlier this month. Maria Mata was crossing Main Street, just north of 98th Street, at about 5:50 p.m. on Feb. 2 when a truck that was traveling fast south on Main slammed into her, said L.A. police Detective Ryan Moreno. The 66-year-old woman was taken to a hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, officials said. Mata lived right around the corner and was walking home to her husband when she was killed. The pickup, meanwhile, had continued south down Main and made a quick turn onto 98th Street, toward San Pedro Street, Moreno said. Over the past few weeks, detectives have collected enough video to piece together the truck's path across 14 miles before and after the collision. “What was alarming is that when we were watching the video, we were looking at the where the suspect went,” Moreno said. “We believe we have the suspect parking down the street a few blocks away, and we actually got video of him walking to the scene and standing as an onlooker.” The detective says the driver stayed at the scene as an onlooker for about five minutes before getting into his truck and again fleeing.

Three Arrested Following Pursuit From Koreatown To North Hollywood
Three suspects were arrested Sunday evening following a pursuit that started with a traffic stop in Koreatown and ended at the North Hollywood subway and bus station. The incident started just after 10 p.m. when Los Angeles police officers stopped a white Toyota sedan at Western Avenue and Third Street, said Sgt. P. Prevost of the LAPD's Olympic Station. The reason for the traffic stop was not immediately disclosed. The officers saw a passenger armed with a handgun as they approached the car and told all three suspects to put their hands in the air, but the car sped away, Prevost said. The suspects got on the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway, transitioned to the 170 Freeway and got off at Oxnard Street, he said. They bailed out at the transit station at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards. The driver was arrested near the B-Line subway, one passenger was arrested above ground and the second passenger got on a train only to be arrested at the next stop, Universal Station, Prevost said.

LAPD: Boys, 10 and 11, Who Ran Away From Foster Home Found
Two at-risk boys who ran away together from a foster home have been found, police said Monday. Tyler Hernandez, 10, and Richard Benitez, 11, were last seen on Wednesday in the 1100 block of East 113th Street, and police sought public help to find them. On Monday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department reported that the pair had been found and were returned to their foster parents. Other details were not released.

Search Underway For 3 Suspects In Glendale Robbery
The search is underway for three suspects who police say made off with $7,400 in stolen gardening equipment in a robbery in Glendale. The incident unfolded February 23, before 9:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of El Miradero Avenue. It was there that authorities say the victim, a gardener who was working at a residence, noticed the suspects stealing his equipment. That's when police say the victim grabbed the keys of the suspect's minivan and tried to stop them. One of the suspects, however, grabbed the victim's arm and drove the minivan in reverse at a high rate of speed, then stopped, and proceeded to punch the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, police said. The suspects fled the scene. The gardener sustained minor injuries, and declined medical treatment. Police described the suspects as three Hispanic males in their 20s. Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911.

Juvenile Arrested In Glendale, Accused Of Posting ‘Revenge Porn' Victimizing Underage Girls
A juvenile accused of posting nude or partially nude photos of underage girls on social media in acts of “revenge porn” was arrested in Glendale, police said Monday. An investigation into the posts began in October, when police responded to a report from a girl who told them that several people she followed on Snapchat reposted an account “that had pictures and videos of naked, under-age girls,” the Glendale Police Department said in a news release. “The pictures and videos had names listed, and sometimes what middle or high school (in Glendale) they attended,” the department said. Police identified and spoke to 14 underage victims who had photos of them posted by the same account, and identified a possible suspect. Officers obtained a search warrant on the Snapchat account, and information gleaned from it “confirmed a suspect based on IP Addresses and other account information,” according to the department. After speaking with the suspect at his home Feb. 19, he was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct relating to revenge porn, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

'It Was An Ambush': Investigation Into S.C. Police Officer's Death Completed
On the night of Oct. 3, 2020, April Upton decided that she was going to break up with her boyfriend. The boyfriend, John Aycoth, had become "overly possessive" of her and "clingy," she'd later tell police, and she decided to return to the relationship she had with her husband and work things out. Upton and Aycoth had begun dating five months earlier, and Aycoth had moved in with her at her Myrtle Beach apartment. As Upton prepared for the breakup, she called a friend, Timothy Cleary, and asked him to come to the apartment, explaining that she was afraid of what Aycoth might do. Relatives would later describe to police a young man who struggled with anger and other mental health issues. Cleary joined Upton at the 14th Avenue apartment, just blocks from the ocean, and waited with her. Upton called Aycoth and told him to come home. He did, and she ended their relationship, asking him to move out. That was when Aycoth became "agitated" according to a report released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday. Aycoth's agitation would set off a night that would end with himself and a Myrtle Beach police officer, Jacob Hancher, dead.

Virginia Officer Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop
An officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop Friday. According to NBC-29, Officer Dominic Winum, 48, initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle. The suspect, 29-year-old Dakota G. Richards, exited his vehicle and shot Winum before he could get out of his patrol car. The suspect fled and was later located hiding in a barn. Police say the suspect made a threatening movement and was fatally shot by deputies, according to the report. ODMP reports the officer had served with Virginia State Police for 10 years prior to joining the Stanley PD, where he served for five years.

Public Safety News

Man, Woman Found Dead At Bottom Of Cliff In San Pedro
The bodies of a young man and woman were found Monday at the base of a cliff in San Pedro. Firefighters responding to a call at 500 W. Paseo Del Mar -- near Point Fermin Park -- found the bodies near the bottom of the cliff, said Nicholas Prange with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Hikers had made the discovery just before 5:30 p.m. Police say they don't have any witnesses, and at this point, they don't know exactly what happened. "We're unable to exactly know the nature of the fall or the reason for it," said LAPD Sgt. Osvaldo Gonzalez. Gonzalez said the area is well known for suicides, but there have been incidents of hikers accidentally slipping, adding that it could be possible the deaths were accidental. LAPD Officer Mike Lopez also said it's undetermined how the man and woman, who were found on rocks near the shoreline, died. The public is asked to contact LAPD if they have information on the case.

Roof Collapses After Massive Fire Erupts In South LA Commercial Building
Firefighters were working to knock down a major emergency fire in a single-story commercial building in South Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. The fire erupted at the building located in the 2700 block of South Long Beach Avenue just before 3:40 a.m. in the Alameda-Central neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Currently, 144 firefighters are at the scene and are in defensive mode working to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes. The roof has collapsed as a result of the blaze. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 
FOX 11

‘Worrisome' California And N.Y. Coronavirus Variants Raise Specter Of New Outbreaks
New coronavirus variants that have emerged in California and New York are “worrisome” reminders that it's too soon to roll back pandemic restrictions, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases. Fauci's comments Sunday on several national news programs echoed those of the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. At a briefing Friday, she expressed concern over the two variants , which “appear to spread more easily and are contributing to a large fraction of current infections in those areas, adding urgency to the situation.” Recent data suggest the drop in new daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. has stalled, with cases hovering around 70,000 a day, Fauci said Sunday. He warned against moves like Massachusetts' decision to lift capacity restrictions on indoor dining. “It is really risky to say, ‘It's over; we're on the way out,'” Fauci said on CNN's “State of the Union.” He noted that in past periods of the pandemic, "when we started to pull back prematurely, we saw the rebound. We definitely don't want that to happen.” In comparison to other states, California is moving cautiously in reopening businesses.
Los Angeles Times

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