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March 10, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Video: Gang killer, expecting early release, toasts LA County DA George Gascón's policies from prison
Convicted killer Phillip Dorsett, who came from a life of wealth and privilege in Rancho Palos Verdes, was in a celebratory mood one Monday night inside his cell resembling a college dorm room at New Folsom State Prison. Dorsett, sentenced to 40 years to life for the 2005 execution-style shooting death of a rival gang member, had just learned Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón had issued a new directive calling for the possible resentencing of inmates who have already served 15 years in prison.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Seek Murder Suspect Who Was Mistakenly Released From L.A. Jail
Police shut down the southbound side of the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon as they searched for a man mistakenly released from jail, where he had been held on a murder charge, authorities said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office notified the Long Beach Police Department on Tuesday that Steven Manzo, whom Long Beach detectives had arrested a year earlier on suspicion of murder, had been released from custody, according to Allison Gallagher, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach police. “He should not have been released,” Gallagher said. Booking records show that Manzo was released from county jail at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday, with the stated reason being that his case was dismissed. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department referred questions about Manzo's release to the Long Beach police. Manzo's release was the result of a paperwork error that took place after he was arraigned in a Long Beach courtroom Monday afternoon, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD: Body Found In Topanga State Park, Death Investigated As `Suspicious'
A body was found Tuesday near Santa Ynez Falls in Topanga State Park, and the death was being investigated as “suspicious,” authorities said. The body was discovered at about 11:30 a.m. near the Santa Ynez Waterfall Trail, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Information was not immediately available on the person's identity or cause of death. The death was being investigated as “suspicious,” said Officer Jader Chaves of the Los Angeles Police Department's media relations office, who said no other details were being released.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore says he had ‘difficulty communicating' before hospitalization
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore on Tuesday acknowledged having difficulty with his speech before his overnight hospitalization last week, but declined to share any diagnosis or cause for his health scare. “I was feeling ill, my speech,” he said. “I just had a sense of being out of sorts, and also having difficulty communicating.” He said he had noticed the issue “a couple times over the course of the day,” and thinking he'd be “better safe than sorry” and decided to seek medical treatment.

2 Killed, 3 Critically Injured In Head-On Crash In Lake View Terrace
Two people were killed and three others injured when two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision in Lake View Terrace overnight. The crash was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 11200 block of North Wheatland Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a news alert. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Lady Gaga Dognapping May Have Been Part Of Gang Initiation, TMZ Reports
The suspects accused of shooting Lady Gaga's dog walker and then stealing two of the pop superstar's dogs for hours may have been part of a gang initiation, according to a report from TMZ. The latest on the violent dognapping comes just days after a woman -- not yet identified by neither police nor Lady Gaga's representatives -- turned in the two stolen French bulldogs to the Los Angeles Police Department. According to TMZ, that woman has not yet received her $500,000 reward. The woman credited with turning in the dogs have yet to be cleared by LAPD and police told Lady Gaga to hold off on giving the woman the reward in the meantime, TMZ said in the recent report. LAPD does not believe the woman was part of the actual dognapping, "but they're trying to figure out if she had any involvement after the fact," TMZ said. Back in late February, Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot by an armed robber in the Hollywood area. The two suspects involved in the violent robbery drove off from the scene with two of Lady Gaga's dogs -- Koji and Gustav -- and a third dog ran away. The third dog was eventually recovered safely by police that same night. On February 26, LAPD announced the stolen dogs, Koji and Gustav, have been reunited with Lady Gaga's representatives.
FOX 11

LAPD Seeks To Have All Willing Employees Vaccinated By May
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that the department's goal is to have all employees who want the COVID-19 vaccine to get both doses by the end of April or the beginning of May. To date, over 4,571 employees have gotten at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 2,473 have received both doses, Moore said. There are about 12,500 people working for the department. According to Moore, the department hopes 75% of its employees will get vaccinated to help achieve herd immunity. Employees are currently being vaccinated Tuesday through Friday. Meanwhile, the department has an education and awareness campaign to tell officers about the importance of the vaccine. “I'm happy to report the rate of infection for officers has slowed,” Moore told the Police Commission at Tuesday's meeting. “Last week to this week, we've had an additional 11 officers who have now tested positive, five of those are sworn members of the organization, six are civilians.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,667 employees have tested positive for the virus. Moore added that 158 employees are currently at home in isolation, and 2,521 have returned to work.

Investigation Underway After Police Find Man Dead Inside Car In Compton
A homicide investigation was underway in Compton after deputies found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound inside a car around midnight on Tuesday,  the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The department said just before 12:30 a.m., someone reported "shots fired" in the 2600 block of 124th Street, near South Mona Boulevard. Arriving deputies discovered a man in the driver's seat of a vehicle suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso, LASD said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities did not release a detailed description of the victim. No further information was immediately released. The investigation is ongoing. 
FOX 11

3-Year-Old Boy Shot In Leg While Riding In Car On Downey Freeway
A 3-year-old boy was wounded in a car-to-car shooting late Tuesday night on the 105 Freeway in Downey. The shooting occurred at 10:30 p.m. on the westbound 105 Freeway near Lakewood Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol. A 29-year-old man was driving west on the freeway – with his 3-year-old son in a child seat in the back — when another car pulled up alongside and several gunshots were fired at his car. The boy was hit by a bullet in the right leg, CHP reports. He was rushed to a hospital by ambulance. His condition was not confirmed. There was no word on a motive, how many suspects opened fire or whether investigators believe the shooting was targeted or random in nature. The suspect's vehicle was only described as a black passenger vehicle. A Sig Alert was issued and the westbound lanes of the freeway were closed, but have since reopened. Anyone with information should contact CHP at 562-868-0503.

Santa Monica Man Who Bilked Actress Jenifer Lewis, Others In Romance Con Sentenced To 8 Years Prison
A man who romanced three women, including “black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis, in order to con them out of money for his phony businesses was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison. Antonio Wilson, 58, of Santa Monica, was sentenced in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles and ordered to pay $272,000 in restitution. Wilson, also known as “Dr. Tony Mariot” and “Brice Carrington,” fleeced his victims out of money that he claimed were investments in his sound design company and software business, prosecutors said. In fact, he spent the money on himself, they said. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson described Wilson's behavior as “vicious,” according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. “Predator is not usually a term referred to in the fraud context, but it is an apt description here,” the judge said. To create a “false sense of prestige,” Wilson claimed to be a Navy SEAL, an Oxford University graduate and an “Oxford professor teaching a course on biblical antiquities at UCLA,” the U.S. attorney's office statement said. Wilson was accused of stealing $50,000 from Lewis, who plays Ruby on the ABC sitcom “black-ish,” after meeting her at a gym where he was a manager.

FBI Arrests Two Brothers From Southern California In Capitol Riot Case
The day after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, an anonymous tipster from Finland alerted the FBI to a video on a Finnish newspaper‘s website. It showed a man with a bloody forehead outside the Capitol building wearing a black ballistic vest and an American flag as a cape. “There were people scuffling with the cops, and that's when I got hit with a projectile — not sure what it was,” the 33-year-old man, Kevin Cordon of Alhambra, told a U.S. correspondent for the Finnish publication Ilta Sanomat. “And then from there, we proceeded into the broken windows and into the Capitol building. We were walking around the hallways, and the Trump supporters were all going nuts.” On Tuesday, Cordon and his brother, Sean Carlo Cordon, 35, of Los Angeles, were arrested and charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and other crimes stemming from the assault on the Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, authorities said. More than 300 people have been charged with federal crimes in the Capitol riot, including more than a dozen from California.
Los Angeles Times

VIDEO: Maskless California Uber Passenger Coughs On Driver Then Attacks Him
A shocking confrontation that unfolded inside an Uber in San Francisco made its rounds on social media. Dashcam video shows a woman coughing on the driver and assaulting him. "You know? F- the mask," she can be heard saying while seated directly behind the driver. "I got corona," she claims, referring to the coronavirus. Moments later, the woman snatches the driver's cell phone. The driver grabbed his phone back and yelled at the woman, "Don't touch my property!" The woman then snatches his mask and throws it in the front seat. It happened on Sunday afternoon as the driver, Subhakar Khadka, got into an argument with the women because one of them wasn't wearing a mask. Police said he pulled over at a gas station a couple blocks away at San Bruno and Silver avenues. The woman who grabbed the driver's mask and coughed on him recorded the incident as well and posted several videos on Instagram. On her video that, one of the women says sarcastically, "OK, I'm going to make sure I record everything you say and I'm going to give you a great review. You should have said that before we got in the car." The driver told them, "You are free to get out." The women accused the driver of abandoning them. "You need to take us to our destination. We don't know where we're at," one woman says. As they got out, police said one of the women pepper-sprayed the driver.
FOX 11

Public Safety News

LA County Looking To Expand Anti-Hate Program Following Surge In Incidents
Tracking a rise in hate crimes and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will on Tuesday consider allocating more money to fight the problem. Supervisor Hilda Solis authored the motion calling for additional resources for a Human Relations Commission program called LA vs Hate. "Despite our efforts to combat hate, the situation has gotten worse," Solis said. "Amongst other things, let's lay the blame where it belongs. This deteriorating situation is partly due to the fact that the person with the loudest bullhorn in the country mocked and denigrated our API communities for the better part of a year." The LA vs Hate program helps victims report both hate crimes and non-criminal hate incidents and get help with counseling, medical costs, and other support.

LA County Meets Threshold To Move To Less Restrictive Red Tier
Los Angeles County has finally met the criteria to gain a red tier status, according to new COVID-19 data released Tuesday. According to the latest numbers from the Los Angeles County Public Health, the county reports 70 new deaths and 1,337 new COVID-19 cases. The new numbers bring up a total of 1,205,276 positive cases and bring up the virus' death toll to 22,099 across the county, which is currently in a highly-restrictive purple tier. With the gradual decrease in new coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County has begun to meet the state threshold to move up to the less-restrictive red tier. Now, the county must keep the daily case rate at or under 7 new cases per 100,000 residents  and  the county's test positivity rate can't exceed 8% for two consecutive weeks. Moving from the restrictive "purple" tier into the "red" tier will authorize the county to increase capacity limits at retail establishments and reopen indoor dining, fitness centers and movie theaters. However, the county is not bound by the state guidelines and could continue to impose stricter rules.
FOX 11

L.A. City Sends COVID-19 Alert To Cellphones About Available Vaccine Appointments For Essential Workers, Those 65 And Older
A NotifyLA cellphone notification was sent out Tuesday, alerting recipients to available COVID-19 vaccine appointments for essential workers and those 65 and older. The vaccine appointments announced Tuesday will be administered at several L.A. city sites, including at the University of Southern California University Park Campus, Crenshaw Christian Center, Lincoln Park, San Fernando Park and Pierce College, the NotifyLA news alert said. The appointments are only available for those 65 and older, and essential workers in health care, emergency services, food and agriculture, education and child care. Vaccination is free and available to all Los Angeles County residents, regardless of immigration status. However, the vaccines are being distributed in phases and supplies are limited. To determine if you are currently eligible for a COVID-19 shot, visit The alert reminded recipients that, “The COVID vaccine is safe and effective in lowering the chance of death and severe illness from COVID-19.”

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