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March 19, 2021
Law Enforcement News

LAPD SWAT Cop Shot In Chest, Face ‘Grateful To Be Alive' After Tense Standoff: Rifle-Toting Suspect Killed By Officers
Authorities Thursday identified a man who was killed by police after shooting a SWAT officer in the chest and face during a tense hours-long standoff at a residence about a mile north of USC. The officer's vest apparently saved his life as he was hospitalized in stable condition. The officer told LAPD Chief Michel Moore during the chief's visit to the hospital that he was “grateful to be alive.” The shooting occurred Tuesday in the 1000 block of West 21st Street, according to the LAPD. Jorge Cerda, 36, died at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported. Police had responded to the location at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a man firing a rifle into the air in the backyard of a residence, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. Officers spoke with Cerda's family members before evacuating them from the area and surrounding the home. Officers and the family members tried to persuade him to surrender, but he refused. Police then deployed tear gas into the home in an attempt to force him to give up. The suspect opened fire on police at about 4:45 p.m., striking a SWAT officer, who was able to walk to a nearby ambulance to be taken to a hospital, NBC4 reported. The officer was shot once in the chest — though the bullet was stopped by his vest — and once in the face, according to Moore. Police returned fire and the suspect was fatally shot, Moore said.

Suspect Arrested In Assault Of Laborer And Homicide Of 100-Year-Old Man In Encino
A 100-year-old man was found bludgeoned to death in his Encino home Thursday after an assault was committed nearby, seemingly random attacks that authorities believe were committed by the same suspect. About 12 p.m., LAPD officers were called to a reported assault in the 4400 block of Coronet Drive in Encino. A laborer told police he had been walking to his car when a man approached him and, for no apparent reason, began swinging at him with a blunt weapon, said Det. Steve Castro of the LAPD's Valley Bureau. The suspect fled, and the worker, who suffered cuts to his arm, followed him and called the police. Officers arrested Adam Dimmerman, 47, on Karen Drive and recovered the blunt weapon, which Castro declined to describe in detail, as well as a knife, Castro said. The Los Angeles Police Department described the weapon as an ax in a news release. An hour later, officers responded to a report of a homicide about half a mile away. The wife of Youssef Mahboubianfard had left their home in the 17700 block of Alonzo Place about noon and returned around 1 p.m., Castro said. She found her husband's body in the garage. Mahboubianfard, 100, had been bludgeoned to death, his wounds consistent with those inflicted by the same blunt weapon used in the assault on Coronet Drive, Castro said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives are confident that Dimmerman committed both attacks, probably killing Mahboubianfard first and then assaulting the worker, Castro said. Dimmerman has no apparent ties to Mahboubianfard or the victim of the assault, and detectives haven't identified a motive for the attacks, Castro said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Responds To Increase In Hate Crimes Against Asian Residents
Dave Ha came to Los Angeles from South Korea as a child. “I did experience racism throughout my life,” the 26-year-old said. “It's just very unfortunate right now.” Ha said he has become used to the racial slurs people yell at him when he's out walking or driving around L.A. “You know, sometimes when I go grab a lunch, someone might yell stuff from the car, and I'll be like, ‘Oh, it's one of those,'” he said. And Ha is not alone. A new report from Stop APPI Hate showed nearly 3,800 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans were reported from March of last year to February of this year in the United States. And, the group said, that number of likely only a fraction of the attacks that have occurred. “Here in Los Angeles, it's extremely troubling because we have 360 incidents,” Munju Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, said. Kulkarni took part Thursday in a congressional hearing about anti-Asian hate crimes and what policymakers can do to address the increase. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the department has acted on the increased reports and has expanded outreach in the last month. “We hear you, and we see you and we know the pain,” he said. “Those that wish to prey upon communities or individuals of other communities will be aggressively pursued.”

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought In Crash That Left Man Dead In Sun Valley
Police are asked the public for help Thursday in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a man in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles Wednesday. The driver was traveling northbound on Lankershim Boulevard when the victim, who was within the crosswalk at the intersection of Stagg Street, was struck shortly before 7 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release. The victim, identified only as a man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld until next of kin has been notified, the Police Department said. The driver of the vehicle did not stop, render aid or identify themselves to the victim. The hit-and-run vehicle was described as a silver or white 2010-2012 BMW sedan. The BMW is believed to have severe damage to its front end. The Police Department asked anyone with information that could lead to the identification and arrest of the driver to contact Officer Martinez at 818-644-8022.

‘I Thought That He Was Going To Kill Me': Woman Accuses Actor Armie Hammer Of Rape; LAPD Investigating
The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday said it launched a sexual assault investigation after a woman accused actor Armie Hammer of raping her in 2017. The accuser, identified only as 24-year-old “Effie” by her attorney Gloria Allred, said she was in an on-and-off relationship with the “Call Me By Your Name” actor until 2020. Effie said she met him online in 2016 and their relationship “progressed rapidly” and “he became increasingly more violent.” “On April 24th, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles, during which he repeatedly slammed my head against a wall, bruising my face. He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent,” Effie said in a virtual news conference with her attorney. “I thought that he was going to kill me,” she added. LAPD said investigators were contacted on Feb. 3 by an attorney representing a female community member. “After speaking with the community member, the Department initiated a Sexual Assault Investigation which is being investigated by the Special Assault Section,” LAPD told KTLA in a statement. Police released no further details on the ongoing investigation.

LAPD Seeks Help In Locating 86-Year-Old Woman Last Seen In Rosemead
Authorities are asking for the public's help to find a missing 86-year-old woman who lives near downtown Los Angeles and was last seen in Rosemead. Phan Sinh Chau stands 5 feet 1 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has gray hair, brown eyes, and is a Cantonese speaker, the Los Angeles Police Department said. She was last seen in the 8000 block of Fern Avenue in Rosemead about noon March 6, according to the LAPD, which reported that she is known to frequent the Chinatown area and requires medication. Anyone with information on Chau's whereabouts was asked to call the LAPD Missing Persons Unit 213-996-1800 or 911.

Task Force Formed To Combat Increased Catalytic Converter Thefts
Catalytic converter
 thefts are skyrocketing and for the first time, investigators are joining forces from the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The task force is sharing an inside look into the catalytic converter crime ring spreading across the country. Police say, thieves, often with criminal records, use a saw to cut the converters from under cars and re-sell them for roughly $50.

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Shooting Leaves Man Dead On Huntington Park Street
A man was shot and killed while having a cigarette on a Huntington Park street late Wednesday night. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Templeton Street and Saturn Avenue at about 11:12 p.m. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a man in his 30s was having a cigarette when he was shot. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died. He was not immediately identified. The circumstances of the shooting were not confirmed. There was no immediate suspect information or a motive. Sheriff's investigators are canvassing the area for surveillance video and possible witnesses.

$10K Reward Offered To Catch Killer Of Benedict College Football Player Rodney Donaldson Jr.
A $10,000 reward is being offered Thursday for information in the murder of a man who was just walking in Compton. Rodney Donaldson Jr., 28, was walking in the 500 block of North Kemp Street in Compton the night of Jan. 2 when he was fatally shot. Donaldson — who graduated from Benedict College, where he played football – had been living with his family and had been helping with the care of his father, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. His aunt, Joycelyn Donaldson, made an emotional plea for information that would lead to the capture of his killer. “We the family of Rodney Donaldson Jr. are devastated by this loss,” she said. “Rodney's parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and all who love him seek swift justice for this crime.” The shooter or shooters was in a black 2001-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was last seen speeding away from the area. No further information was available about the shooter. A $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Donaldson's killer. Anyone with information about the shooting can call their local sheriff's station or make an anonymous tip to LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Woodland Hills Community Church Burglarized For Third Time In A Year
A historic San Fernando Valley church and nursery school has been burglarized three times in the last year. The two most recent break-ins were back-to-back less than 48 hours apart. Woodland Hills Community Church opened its doors more than 60 years ago. It made history in 1961, when Martin Luther King, Jr. led a sermon. Last week, the church nursery school was burglarized not once, but twice. Thieves stole computers and printers, as well as toys and the keys to all the classrooms and closets. The church estimates the loss at $6,000. It's a lot of money to this small preschool, especially with decreased enrollment. Woodland Hills Community Church opened its doors more than 60 years ago. It made history in 1961, when Martin Luther King, Jr. led a sermon. Last week, the church nursery school was burglarized not once, but twice. Thieves stole computers and printers, as well as toys and the keys to all the classrooms and closets. The church estimates the loss at $6,000. It's a lot of money to this small preschool, especially with decreased enrollment.

Compton Man Pleads Guilty To Role In L.A.-to-Alaska Drug Network
A Compton man pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in a Southern California-based network that shipped bulk quantities of cocaine and other drugs to Alaska and Oregon via commercial air flights and by mail. Dawaun Darnell “Caddy” Gipson, 36, entered his plea to a federal count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, an offense that carries a sentence of between five and 40 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A sentencing hearing was set for Aug. 5 in Los Angeles federal court. The ring used women as couriers to carry the narcotics on passenger flights, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Investigators had been monitoring the group's phone calls and reading members' text messages to track drug transactions that took place between April 2015 and August 2016, according to court papers. Prosecutors said Gipson was caught on tape using coded language to discuss with a co-conspirator the arrest earlier that day of co-defendant Asia Dawnta Williams, 27, of Chicago, who was stopped while trying to smuggle nearly 150 grams of heroin onto a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport.

LA County Law Enforcement Officials Urge Public To Report Hate Crimes, Incidents When They Happen
Los Angeles County law enforcement officials urged the public to report hate crimes or incidents during a Thursday, March 18 virtual panel in which they gave updates on hate-fueled incidents, namely those directed at the Asian community. Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Undersheriff Tim Murakami and others, including Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami, decried this week's Atlanta shootings in which eight people, including six Asian women, were killed by a white gunman. “This is a time that we need to stand up and speak,” Murakami, who is Japanese American, said during the discussion. “We as a community tend to silently bear racist acts.” Since Tuesday's shootings, the gunman has been charged in the slayings, which happened at three massage parlors in an attack that sent shock waves through the Asian American community, which has been increasingly targeted during the coronavirus pandemic. Many in Southern California expressed fear, saying they are on high alert. Los Angeles County sheriff's authorities on Thursday stressed the importance of reporting hate-motivated incidents even if it's unclear if a crime occurred.
Los Angeles Daily News

At Least 13 Police Officers Killed In Ambush In Mexico
At least 13 police officers have been killed in an ambush of a police convoy in central Mexico that officials suspect was the work of one of the powerful drugs cartels. The convoy was ambushed on Thursday in the central Mexican community of Coatepec Harinas, spokespeople for the public prosecutor's office and police said in a statement. The officers were involved in the fight against organized crime groups active in the area about 140 kilometres south-west of the capital Mexico City. Further details were not immediately available. Mexico has experienced unprecedented violence since the so-called drug war broke out in late 2006. Currently, almost 100 murders are registered every day in the country of some 126 million inhabitants. In addition, more than 82,000 people are thought to have disappeared. The bloodshed is largely due to cartels and gangs that are involved in drug smuggling into the United States, but also make money through kidnapping and extortion. They often have links to the security forces. Only about three per cent of the crimes reported in Mexico are ever solved, according to figures from the think tank IEP.

Local Government News

LA Council Seeking Rent Freeze On Apartments With Expiring Affordability Covenants
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to explore enacting a rent freeze on residential units with expired or soon-to-expire affordability covenants like the one at Hillside Villa Apartments, which the city is hoping to purchase to prevent significant rent increases. “The city is at risk of losing thousands of affordability housing units through the impending expiration of regulatory rent covenants. Regulatory covenants are recorded on a property to ensure the long-term affordability of units, often in return for a public subsidy or housing density bonus,” Councilman Gil Cedillo's motion reads. “Many covenants are now reaching an expiration date, which would effectively remove the affordability requirements, and allow an owner to raise rents to market rate.” The motion instructs the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, with assistance from the city attorney, to report on recommendations to implement an immediate rent freeze on units with expired or soon-to-expire affordability covenants based on safety findings regarding tenant displacement during the coronavirus pandemic. The freezes would continue until comparable housing units are provided.
Los Angeles Daily News

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