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March 16, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Police Searching For Man Who Opened Fire At Alameda Swap Meet, Striking Mom, Baby
Police are still searching for a man who they said opened fire over the weekend at the Alameda Swap Meet, striking a young mother and her baby. “It was scary at the moment, because I didn't know if my husband was dead,” Stacy, the mom, said. “I didn't know if my baby was gonna make it.” The 19-year-old mother of two said she was on her way to eat at the Alameda Swap Meet Saturday afternoon when shots were fired. Several bullets hit her vehicle. Her husband and 7-month-old, Milo, were also struck. “People were running, and after I looked up and seen people and tried to go back down because it wasn't my business, the gun shots just started firing,” she said. Milo, who was struck by gunfire in the cheek, was taken to the hospital for treatment, but has since returned home. Police said the shooter approached Stacy's car and suddenly opened fire, but the motive was not immediately clear. The suspected shooter was still at large Monday. 

Man Wounded In North Hollywood Shooting
A 33-year-old man was wounded when two suspects fired shots into his car while he was stopped in a North Hollywood intersection, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 8:13 p.m. Sunday at Lankershim Boulevard and Erwin Street, according to a dispatcher at the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The victim had stopped his car in the intersection when the two males approached and started shooting, she said. They fled the scene. The victim was taken by paramedics to a hospital, where he had stable vital signs, she said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Firearms, Drugs And Cash Seized During LAPD Arrest
Guns, drugs and cash were seized during a recent arrest, LAPD officials said Monday. It is unclear when the arrest was made, but the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission area tweeted that the suspect was in possession of multiple firearms, more than 10 pounds of narcotics, more than 600 rounds of ammunition, high-capacity magazines and $3,500 in cash. Police tweeted images of the seized evidence and the two officers who made the arrest. No further details were provided.

Gun Owners Urged To Participate In Anonymous Gun Buyback Program Saturday
With an increase in gun violence and homicides during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday urged gun owners to take part in the city's anonymous gun buyback program to help get firearms off the city's streets. The annual program will take from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and gun owners can bring their unwanted firearms to the Van Nuys Masonic Building Association, at 14750 Sherman Way, or the Volunteers of America Los Angeles, at 5200 S. Central Ave., in South Los Angeles, Garcetti said. Los Angeles Police Department personnel will assign a value to the firearm depending on the weapon's condition. The owners will receive up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles and up to $200 for assault weapons. The program is completely anonymous and gun owners will not be asked any questions about their firearms. Participants should transport their firearms unloaded and in the trunk of their vehicle.

Man Sentenced in 5-Year-Old Boy's Accidental Shooting Death
A licensed security guard who left a loaded gun inside a bedroom in a Leimert Park home, where his mother's 5-year-old foster son fatally shot himself while playing with the weapon, is on home confinement with a long stretch of probation also ahead. Jaylin Burdette, 27, was sentenced Friday under an agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded to criminal storage of a firearm and child abuse resulting in the death of a child. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Armenui Amy Ashvanian sentenced Burdette to 180 days of jail time with the option for home confinement with electronic monitoring. The judge also imposed a total of five years of probation and ordered Burdette to complete one year of child abuse-related classes. He is also barred from owning or possessing any weapons or using any alcohol or drugs during the term of his probation.

Suspect Arrested In Connection With Two Culver City Robberies
A 17-year-old alleged serial armed robbery suspect is believed to be responsible for at least 10 armed robberies or attempted robberies in the Culver City area, police reported today. The boy, a Los Angeles resident whose name was withheld because he is underage, was arrested on March 5, according to Culver City police, who said he has been linked to a Feb. 14 robbery and an attempted robbery on March 1 but is suspected in additional crimes. The Valentine's Day crime occurred at 6251 Bristol Parkway. Two victims were seated outside a Culver City restaurant at 8:38 p.m. when they were robbed at gunpoint, according to police. The March 1 attempted robbery occurred at 7:51 p.m. in the parking lot of Westfield Culver City mall at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. A 73-year-old woman was targeted as she walked to her vehicle, according to police, who said the victim was struck several times but managed to hold onto her property. Culver City police worked in conjunction with detectives from Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific and Wilshire Divisions in identifying the suspect.
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18-Year-Old Lake Los Angeles Woman Reported Missing
An 18-year-old woman who was last seen in the Lake Los Angeles area was reported missing Monday. Natalie Alyssa Pellecerochoa is Hispanic, 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 121 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. Pellecerochoa was last seen wearing a black and red shirt, grey pants and pink shoes. Anyone with information on Pellecerochoa's whereabouts should contact the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted at .

11 Arrested, 21 Cars Impounded After Granada Hills ‘Street Takeover'
A massive “street takeover” in the Granada Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley led to 11 arrests and several injuries, including two officers who were hurt while trying to break up the crowd, authorities said. Video of the Saturday night incident shows cars screeching and spewing exhaust as they drive in tight circles, or “doughnuts,” at San Fernando Mission and Balboa boulevards. Dozens gathered to watch and cheer on the event, which blocked traffic at the intersection. Some drivers were stuck behind the wheel as traffic piled up. California Highway Patrol officers arrived around 10:40 p.m., CHP Officer Weston Haver said. At least half a dozen CHP cruisers blocked off the intersection.

Ten People Arrested At Compton DUI Checkpoint
According to the LA County Sheriff's Department, 10 people were arrested at a DUI/driver's license checkpoint in Compton between 6 p.m. Friday through 2 a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint was held at Santa Fe Avenue and Auto Drive South. Two people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and eight more were arrested and cited for operating a vehicle without a license or driving on a suspended license, the LASD said. The department also reported that a total of four vehicles were also towed. Funding for the checkpoint was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

2 Charged In Assault Of Capitol Officer Who Died After Riot
U.S. officials have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot, but they do not know yet whether it caused the officer's death. George Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Julian Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, were arrested Sunday on an array of charges, including assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and other offenses. The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case. The arrests are the closest federal prosecutors have come to identifying and charging anyone associated with the deaths that happened during and after the riot. Five people died, including a woman who was shot by a police officer inside the Capitol. But many rioters are facing charges of injuring police officers, who were attacked with bats, sprayed with irritants, punched and kicked, and rammed with metal gates meant to keep the insurrectionists from the Capitol. Investigators initially believed that Sicknick was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, based on statements collected early in the investigation, according to two people familiar with the case. But as they've collected more evidence, the theory of the case has evolved and investigators now believe Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance — possibly bear spray — that may have contributed to his death, officials have said.
Associated Press

Nebraska LEO Shot In Face By Shoplifting Suspect 
A police officer is in critical condition after he was shot in the head and face while responding to a shoplifting call in Omaha. Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was dispatched to a JCPenney department store Friday afternoon. Security guards had detained a suspect whom they say tried to leave the store without paying for some t-shirts. Police said the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Kenya Jenkins, initially gave a fake name and was uncooperative. According to police, Jenkins put his hand in his sweatshirt pocket and refused multiple commands to show his hands. Wittstruck attempted to place Jenkins in handcuffs but a struggle ensued. Wittstruck used his TASER on Jenkins, but it was ineffective. The officer again tried to take Jenkins into custody. That's when the suspect pulled a gun out of his sweatshirt pocket. Jenkins fired four shots at the officer and ran. Jenkins was later found by Nebraska state troopers who saw the suspect vehicle at a gas station off the highway. Troopers initiated a traffic stop but Jenkins took off, leading police on a pursuit at speeds over 140 miles per hour. Troopers ultimately used stop sticks to disable Jenkin's car and take him into custody. According to Omaha Police, Wittstruck is in stable condition after taking shots to his face and the top of his head.

FBI: Nashville Bomber Driven By Conspiracies, Paranoia
The man who blew himself up inside his recreational vehicle in a Christmas Day bombing in Nashville was grappling with paranoia and eccentric conspiracy theories, but there are no indications he was motivated by social or political ideology, the FBI said Monday in closing out the investigation into the blast. The FBI statement sets out to resolve some of the lingering mysteries of an explosion that initially perplexed investigators and the public because it appeared to lack an obvious motive or fit a clear profile. Though the blast damaged dozens of buildings, it took place early on a holiday morning well before downtown streets would be bustling with activity and was preceded by a recorded announcement warning anyone in the area that a bomb would soon detonate. Anthony Quinn Warner chose the location and timing so that the explosion would be impactful while still minimizing the likelihood of “undue injury," according to the statement from the FBI, which also concluded that the Antioch, Tennessee, man acted alone and set off the bomb to end his own life. The report found that Warner was driven in part by his longtime beliefs in several “eccentric” conspiracy theories and paranoia, as well as “the loss of stabilizing anchors and deteriorating interpersonal relationships.”
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Flames Shoot Out Of Attic In Sun Valley Fire
Firefighters extinguished a fire Sunday night inside a Sun Valley home that also burned into the attic. The blaze inside the house on the 11100 block of Cantara Street was reported at 8:47 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart said. The department dispatched 31 firefighters to the scene, and they knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes, Stewart said. No injuries were reported, she said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, she added.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City-Run Vaccination Sites Expected To Administer 55,000 First Doses This Week
With COVID-19 vaccine supply still limited, Los Angeles' seven city-run vaccination sites and eight mobile clinics will provide about 55,000 first-dose appointments this week, down from 68,000 last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday. "Hope is on the horizon, but we can only end this pandemic if Angelenos are vigilant, keep following public health guidelines, and get vaccinated when it's their turn,'' he said in a statement Monday. "Every vaccine being offered is safe, effective, and proven to protect us from severe illness, hospitalization, and death -- and as we get more doses into people's arms this week, we move even closer to defeating COVID-19 in Los Angeles.'' City sites this week are planning to receive about 55,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and distribute the allotment of its one-shot Johnson & Johnson doses received last week. The city's Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program will deliver about 7,000 Pfizer doses to residents in neighborhoods including Pico-Union, Van Nuys, Sunland/Tujunga, Vermont Square, Koreatown, Boyle Heights and Chinatown.

First Case Of Brazilian Coronavirus Variant P.1 Detected In California
A San Bernardino County resident is the first in California to test positive for a coronavirus variant from Brazil, known as P.1, that is believed to be more contagious than the most common strain of the virus, officials said. The news arrives just as San Bernardino and other Southern California counties are beginning to reopen more sectors of their economies, including indoor operations at restaurants, movie theaters and gyms. San Bernardino County officials were alerted to the case Saturday by state public health officials. It was detected by Fulgent Genetics in a positive test sample collected March 2, according to a county news release. The resident, a man in his 40s, reported experiencing symptoms and is self-isolating at home, the release said. County contract tracers first contacted the man March 3 and are continuing to investigate how he was exposed to the variant. “We are taking immediate and aggressive action to contact trace and contain the virus and working with the California Department of Public Health in expanding whole genomic sequencing to identify more cases,” county Health Officer Dr. Michael Sequeira said in a statement. The P.1 variant first arrived in the U.S. in January, when a Minnesota resident fell ill after traveling to Brazil and subsequently tested positive for the strain.
Los Angeles Times

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