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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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March 12, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Beating A 76-Year-Old In Venice, Who Later Died
Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday they'd arrested a man suspected of fatally beating a 76-year-old on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice's famed shopping and dining thoroughfare. John Decindis, a commercial photographer, was hospitalized last month after being assaulted in the 1500 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. On Feb. 8, he told a social worker at the hospital he'd been attacked but did not want to file a police report, according to the LAPD. Decindis was released from the hospital but later returned as he struggled to recover from his injuries. He succumbed on Feb. 27, and the Los Angeles medical examiner-coroner ruled his death a homicide, caused by the delayed effects of blunt-force trauma. Although Decindis declined to report the assault to the police, he recounted it to others, the LAPD said. He had been walking his dog when a man confronted him near the intersection of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Milwood Avenue. The man, whom Decindis had seen previously in the neighborhood, followed the septuagenarian for some length and then attacked him, the police said. LAPD officers on Tuesday arrested Obie Thompson, 45, on suspicion of killing Decindis.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Searching For Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Pedestrian In Arlington Heights
Police asked for the public's help Thursday to find a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pedestrian crossing in a marked crosswalk Thursday morning in the Arlington Heights area of Los Angeles. The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Wilton Place, Los Angeles police reported. The pedestrian died at the scene. The deceased's gender and age were not yet disclosed. The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of next of kin. The pickup that hit and killed the pedestrian was described as a Chevrolet Silverado with an extended cab, police said. It had a front left, black wheel and rear left, factory alloy wheel, with possible collision damage to the left side. Anyone with information on the hit-and-run driver and truck was asked to call LAPD's West Traffic Division at either 213-473-0234 or 213-473-0562.

Report Finds LAPD Mishandled George Floyd Protests
A report commissioned by the City Council has found that the Los Angeles Police Department mishandled last year's mass demonstrations following the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. The 101-page report, which was prepared by former members of the LAPD, including a retired commander and assistant chief, found deficiencies in crowd control tactics, planning, command, and control, use of less-lethal tools, arrest practices, preparedness, and officer wellness. The report also found that many command officers lacked expertise in crowd control and were not provided with “meaningful or relevant command-level training.” The Los Angeles Police Protective League called on elected officials and department leaders to ensure that its members received the support and resources needed for future protests. The officers' union said the report mirrored concerns raised by officers during a survey after the demonstrations. “Our members clearly stated that we were understaffed, poorly equipped and that there was neither a clear mission nor strong command presence while officers grew fatigued from working excessively long hours to restore peace and protect the safety of everyone during the protests. We hope the concerns of our members and those identified in this report are acted upon by our elected and department leaders and the appropriate funding allocated so that we can avoid the same challenges in the future.”

Rolex Robberies: LAPD Arrests 2 Suspects In Connection To Recent Robberies Of High-End Jewelry
Two people are in custody after police say they may have been involved in a recent string of robberies involving high-end jewelry. According to the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire station, those suspects were "connected to at least three of the notorious Rolex robberies." LAPD did not specify which of the Rolex robberies the suspects are believed to be connected to. While we don't know which exact robberies the suspects are believed to be involved in, Thursday's development comes exactly a week after three men walked into Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills and demanded property from a restaurant diner. A scuffle broke out, ending with a woman being shot in the leg. The suspects ran off with a $500,000 Richard Mille watch belonging to one of the diners (not the woman). Again, LAPD did not say if any of the three suspects from the violent Mar. 4 robbery in Beverly Hills were among the two people in custody. 
FOX 11

Los Angeles:  18 Shootings In 47-Hours Digital Ad Highlights L.A. Rise In Shootings
Over 47 hours in L.A. (Feb 26-28) 18 people were shot, 4 of them murdered. The youngest was 19. Click the image to view the LAPPL's latest digital ad. Send a clear message that it's time to end the violence in our city by going to:

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Kidnapping 11-Month-Old Girl
A man who allegedly took an 11-month-old girl from her family's home in South Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Thursday to a kidnapping charge. Delaneo Adams, 39, was taken into custody Monday at a local hospital, shortly after the girl was found near Broadway and 52nd Street, apparently unharmed. The child, identified only as Heather, was taken about 6 p.m. Sunday from the 8100 block of South Western Avenue, but the abduction wasn't reported to the Los Angeles Police Department until late Monday morning, according to Los Angeles police. Adams is believed to be a homeless acquaintance of the girl's parents, according to detectives, who said he was with the family Sunday night when he allegedly disappeared with the girl and was spotted at some point in the Skid Row area of downtown, holding the child while riding an adult tricycle. Adams has remained jailed in lieu of $125,000 bail since his arrest, jail records show.

Stolen Truck Suspect Captured In West LA After Slow-Speed Pursuit
The driver of a stolen pickup truck was captured early Friday morning after a pursuit which ended when the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and tried to make a run for it in a residential neighborhood in West Los Angeles. The chase began before 4:30 a.m. when Los Angeles police officers working out of the Olympic Community Police Station spotted a vehicle driving erratically and then confirmed it had been reported stolen. The suspect lead officers into West L.A., slowly winding his way through residential neighborhoods near the UCLA campus in Westwood. Eventually, the truck came to a stop at the intersection of Tennessee and Manning avenues. After a brief standoff, the driver exited and made a run for it, trying to escape through the backyards of homes under the cover of darkness. However, Sky2 showed him being arrested a little after 5:05 a.m. He was not immediately identified. There were no reported injuries.

Hawthorne Man Gets 212 Years For Collecting Insurance After Driving Off Of San Pedro Wharf, Killing 2 Autistic Sons
A 46-year-old Hawthorne man was sentenced to 212 years in federal prison on Thursday, March 11, for fraudulently obtaining $260,000 from insurance policies after, authorities say, he purposely drove off of the San Pedro wharf to drown two severely autistic sons strapped in car seats. He was also ordered to pay $260,000-plus in restitution in the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the IRS. Prosecutors, who successfully recommended the maximum sentence, said Ali Elmezayen also intended for his wife or domestic partner at the time, Rabab Diab, to die, noting she wasn't a strong swimmer. Court documents describe their relationship both ways. The sentencing stems from the October 2019 conviction of Elmezayen for 14 charges that include mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He had taken out life insurance policies on his wife and kids and claimed his sons' deaths were an accident in order to collect, prosecutors have said. The April 9, 2015, crash killed Elhassan, 13, and Abdelkarim, 8. Diab escaped the car and was rescued by a witness. Elmezayen did not make an attempt to help Diab or the boys, prosecutors said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Investigators Seek Leads In Woodland Hills Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Woman Dead
Investigators have seized a vehicle they believe was involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a woman dead just south of Woodland Hills last week, but say more information is needed to solve the case. Detectives have also identified a person of interest in the case, but are seeking help from the public as they piece together the March 3 fatal crash, the California Highway Patrol's West Valley office said in a tweet Wednesday. The victim, described only as a woman in her 40s, was on foot when she was fatally struck along Topanga Canyon Boulevard, just south of Cezanne Avenue. Her body was found shortly after 7:30 p.m., but authorities believe she was hit sometime between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. Since the collision occurred in a dark, remote stretch of road, officials initially had no information on what type of vehicle was involved. They've since identified the suspect vehicle as a 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX SUV, saying it was expected to have a broken right headlight and possibly had other front-end damage. On Wednesday, CHP said it was “in possession of the suspected vehicle,” but added that the investigation was ongoing and leads were still being processed.  

19 Arrested, $750K Worth Of Catalytic Converters Recovered Amid Spike In Thefts In L.A. County
Nineteen people were arrested and $750,000 worth of catalytic converters were recovered in an operation targeting several locations in Los Angeles on Wednesday, officials said. There's been a spike in thefts of catalytic converters from cars throughout the region. In the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction alone, reports of catalytic converter thefts skyrocketed 400% in 2020 compared to the year before, according to the agency. Thieves target the vehicle exhaust emission control device because it contains precious metals and can be scrapped for quick profit, sheriff's Sgt. Keith Greene explained. Certain cars like the first generation Prius and the Ford F-250 have been targeted more than others in L.A. County, likely because their catalytic converters are known to contain more precious metal, Greene said. Larger cars also tend to be a target because they usually have larger catalytic converters. The sergeant is in the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Crime Impact team, which led Wednesday's search warrant operation with help from other stations.

Ex-Principal Charged With Stealing Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars While Working At 2 Los Angeles County Schools
A former principal has been charged with grand theft after authorities said he illegally pocketed tens of thousands of dollars while working at two Los Angeles County schools. Kyle Douglas, 50, is charged with one count each of misappropriation of public funds, forgery and grand theft. In 2017, while he was principal at Inglewood High School, Douglas negotiated a contract with a company for it to use the campus parking lot, prosecutors said, noting that he did not have authorization from the school board. He is accused of taking in about $57,000 from the transaction. Two years later, while he was principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Pasadena, Douglas collected about $10,000 for a student trip to China but never paid the company that he'd hired to organize the trip, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Douglas pleaded not guilty Thursday to the charges and was scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing April 23. The district attorney's bureau of investigation is continuing an inquiry into Douglas, who could not be reached for comment.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Man and Woman Found Dead Off San Pedro Cliff Near Point Fermin Park
Crews responding to a cliff rescue in San Pedro found a young man and woman dead, authorities said. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the 500 block of W Paseo Del Mar Monday evening. Crews were attempting to recover their bodies. Firefighters responding to a cliff rescue call at 500 W. Paseo Del Mar -- near Point Fermin Park -- discovered the bodies near the bottom of the cliff, said Nicholas Prange with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department said it's undetermined how the man and woman, who were found on rocks near the shoreline, died. The pair were identified by the coroner's office as Brandon Escobar, 23 of San Pedro, and Rayana Valdez, 21, of Covina. Autopsies were pending to determine their cause of death. 

L.A. County Poised To Reopen Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, Gyms, More Sectors As Early As Monday
Angelenos could soon have the option to dine indoors, watch a movie in theaters, or workout in a gym, according to Los Angeles County public health guidance released Thursday. Previously, it was unclear whether Los Angeles County would align itself with California's guidelines or opt to keep more stringent restrictions in place as the county anticipates moving into the less-restrictive red tier of the state's reopening blueprint. As soon as the state has administered 2 million doses to residents in its most underserved communities, which is likely to happen by Friday, the state will ease its rules on when a county can go from the most restrictive purple tier to the red tier. On Monday, county health officials said that once the region can advance into the less restrictive red tier, the reopenings could take effect within 48 hours. But Thursday's announcement says “the red tier rules will go into effect red tier that allows for additional re-openings between Monday, March 15 at 12:01am and Wednesday, March 17.”

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