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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

June 7, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Police: Man Dead After Intervening In Domestic Dispute In North Hollywood; Woman Kidnapped
A 37-year-old man was at large Sunday night after killing a man who intervened in his dispute with his ex-girlfriend, who he then kidnapped, police said. The shooting occurred at 2:26 p.m. at 11378 Hatteras St., according to Officer A. Delatorre of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. Authorities identified the victim as Roberto Fletes, 42, of North Hollywood. Delatorre said he died at a hospital. After the shooting, the gunman kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, he said. She was identified as 31-year-old Jenny Marie Downes. A crime alert was issued for the alleged gunman, Shane Winfield Rayment, 37. He is white, 6 feet, 1 inch, 235 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Also listed in the alert were four people believed to have accompanied him — a 30-year-old white man, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 170 pounds, with long blond hair, blue eyes, a black shirt and blue jeans; and three white female suspects with no further description. The suspects' vehicle was described as a green four-door pickup, possibly a Dodge Ram. Anyone with information was asked to contact Valley Bureau homicide detectives at 818-374-1923 or the Department Operations Center at 213-484-6700.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Fatally Shot Near Baldwin Hills Community Of Los Angeles
A man was in his 50s was fatally wounded Saturday in Baldwin Hills, possibly during a dispute with a man in his 20s, Los Angeles police said Sunday. It happened about 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the 3900 block of Don Tomaso Drive, according to the LAPD's Media Relations Section. Paramedics took the man to a local hospital, where he later died. Police said the suspect in the shooting remained at large.

Elderly Man Viciously Attacked In Venice; Search For Suspect Underway
An elderly man was hospitalized after a vicious attack near the Venice Beach boardwalk Sunday afternoon. The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Ocean Ave. in Venice, authorities said. Video from Citizen app shows police and onlookers surrounding a man in his 70's who was injured when he was knocked to the ground. According to police, the elderly man had lacerations to his face. The suspect is male and is currently outstanding. No other information was immediately available. If anyone has information please call police.
FOX 11

LAPD Investigating Video Showing Unsuspecting Passengers Being Slapped In The Face On Metro Trains
Authorities are investigating after videos emerged on social media showing people slapping unsuspecting passengers in the face on the Los Angeles County Metro system. The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it was made aware June 3 of Instagram video circulating of an Asian rider being attacked. Authorities are still working to gather information about exactly what time and which line the assault occurred on, and who filmed the footage. The video clips show at least two separate passengers — who both appear to be of Asian descent — were targeted in what may be some form on social media challenge. Investigators are now working to determine if they were singled out because of their race. “Metro has a zero-tolerance policy for any acts of violence against customers or employees. We strongly and unequivocally condemn any offenses done in the name of race, religion, sex or national origin,” the agency's CEO, Stephanie Wiggins, said in a statement. Detectives are looking into the possibility that the incidents constitute hate crimes.

LAPD Investigating Vandalism At Home Of City Council President Nury Martinez
Police are investigating a vandalism crime at the home of Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez that was caught on video. Martinez said in a statement that she woke up Friday morning and found graffiti at her home and damage to her car. Security video that Martinez posted on Twitter shows a person pouring a liquid over her car and another graffitiing the words “end the sweeps” on her driveway, which seems to refer to the city's sweeps of homeless encampments that require people to remove their tents. “A line was crossed last night,” Martinez said. “I do not live in fear, I do not legislate in fear, I will continue to do my job. This is my community. This does absolutely nothing to get people off the street and into housing.” Protests erupted over the city's decision to clear a massive encampment at Echo Park Lake in March that had nearly 200 tents. City officials had kept the timing a secret until the last minute. On one night of protests, officials said 182 people were arrested after failing to disperse. In the weeks before the cleanup, outreach workers had been able to get more than 180 people living in the park into hotel rooms rented by the city, as well as other forms of temporary housing. The park reopened last month after a cleanup that produced more than 35 tons of trash.
Los Angeles Times

Man Strangled In Compton: Hunt For Killer
A man in his 60s was strangled in Compton Saturday morning, authorities said. Deputies and Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded at 12:50 a.m. to a call of a person down in the area of South Gibson Avenue and East Rose Street and located the victim, according to Deputy Michelle Sanchez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim — whose name will be released pending notification of kin — was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanchez said. A motive for the strangling or description of a suspect were not available.

Suspect In Random Attack At Gardena Gas Station Arrested
Hours after police released video of a random attack on a woman pumping gas at a Gardena gas station last weekend, the Long Beach Police Department said it had arrested a suspect. The attack happened just after 7 p.m. last Sunday at the Sinclair Gas Station at Rosecrans and Avalon in Gardena. A woman had just begun pumping gas into her vehicle when a man drove into the parking lot and parked directly in front of her. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say the man calmly got out of his vehicle, walked toward the woman and punched her without any warning or provocation. She fell to the ground, and the man punched her again repeatedly in the head and face, grabbed her hair, and slammed her head against the vehicle and onto the ground several times, authorities said. After the assault, he calmly walked back to his SUV, got in, and drove away. Gas station employees said the man was actually a regular customer, showing up daily to buy coffee and cigarettes.

LASD Serves 10-Location Warrant; Seize Weapons, Drug, Cash And Make 22 Arrests
The Los Angeles Sheriff Department's Narcotics Bureau performed a 10-location search warrant operation in East LA Thursday, making multiple arrests and seizing methamphetamine, cannabis and several firearms. The warrants were served at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, in partnership with several other law enforcement organizations, at marijuana dispensaries operating illegally in the unincorporated area of LA County. Deputies arrested 22 people and seized an estimated 220 pounds of marijuana flower, 215 pounds of cannabis edibles, 227 pounds of cannabis concentrate, 456 grams of methamphetamine, 56 grams of fentanyl and approximately $28,000 in cash. In addition to the drugs and cash, four guns and one rifle were seized. Of the 22 arrests, 14 people were charged for possession of cannabis for sale and another eight people on weapons charges. According to Deputy Alejandra Parra, of the Sheriff's Information Bureau, this operation is one of many to come, with the focus of taking illegal drugs off the street.

Man Allegedly Tries To Breach Cockpit On Airplane Out Of Los Angeles; FBI Investigating
Crew members on a Delta flight out of Los Angeles on Friday are credited for saving the aircraft from a man who allegedly tried to breach the cockpit and the FBI is now investigating. Delta flight 386 flew out of Los Angeles International Airport at 11:30 a.m. headed to Nashville. At some point when the plane was in the air, a passenger aboard the aircraft allegedly tried to breach the cockpit. The suspect was zip-tied and passengers aboard the aircraft credited members of the crew for saving the plane. The flight had to be diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it made an emergency landing around 2:20 p.m. After a successful landing, the passenger was arrested by airport police and turned over to the FBI, a spokesperson from Albuquerque International Sunport Airport told FOX 11. The FBI's Alburquerque division confirmed that they were responding to the report of the diverted flight, adding that there was no threat to the public.
FOX 11

Two Suspects Arrested In Alleged Road Rage Shooting Of 6-Year-Old Aiden Leos
Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of 6-year-old Aiden Leos, who lay dying in his mother's arms on the 55 Freeway in Orange last month in what officials have called a road rage incident. Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were taken into custody at their home in Costa Mesa on Sunday. The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that the agency expects the pair will be charged with murder. Eriz and Lee were being held in county jail on $1-million bail each. They are scheduled to be in court Tuesday. The CHP recovered at least one bullet at the shooting scene. The agency has publicly said the bullet came from a pistol of unknown caliber. A law enforcement source told The Times that Eriz, an auto detailer, is shown in one of his social media accounts with a type of weapon capable of discharging the round that killed Aiden. Officials on Sunday were executing search warrants for possible evidence connected to the crime. Another law enforcement source told The Times that the suspects were under surveillance before their arrests, which followed by a day a memorial for Aiden. 
Los Angeles Times

Parents Protest Snapchat Over Fentanyl Poisonings Of Their Kids
An angry Maria Ortega was in tears. Her voice elevated as she cried out, "Don't let any more kids die like my son… please." One parent after another walked from a nearby park to the industrial complex where Snapchat has its Santa Monica headquarters. Her pain and that of other parents who had lost sons and daughters to Fentanyl allegedly purchased from drug dealers on platforms like Snapchat. Many young people thought they were buying things like Percocet, but instead they got the powerful opioid Fentanyl disguised as something they thought was safe to take. Another mom, Tina Burke held a picture of her son Christian. Burke says he died from Fentanyl. She told us, "I'm not only in excruciating pain, but I'm angry that this is happening to our children." 
FOX 11

Memorial grows for the two San Diego Police detectives killed in wrong-way crash
Just one day after learning their head coach had been killed in a horrific wrong-way crash, members of the San Diego Angels Girls Ice Hockey Club made many signs and left cards at their practice ice rink Saturday honoring coach Jamie Huntley-Park and her husband Ryan Park. One girl's sign said, “Thank you Coach Jamie, we will miss you.” Both San Diego police officers, Ryan Park and Jamie Huntley-Park, were killed in a car crash Friday morning on Interstate 5 near Dairy Mart road. The married couple were hit head-on by a wrong-way female driver heading north in a Honda, who also died. The police chief said the two were off duty but believed to be working on a case. Ryan was driving the city's unmarked blue Ford.

Massachusetts PD Mourns Loss Of Officer Who Drowned Trying To Save Teen
In 2016, as Enmanuel “Manny” Familia was joining the Worcester Police Department, in a video he thanked the academy staff for helping him prepare to be a better officer and offered a special message of gratitude to his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Jovan and Jayla. “If it wasn't for them, I don't know what I'd be doing at this point in time,” Familia said in the video. “They motivated me. They stuck by me throughout the past six months.” But now, Familia's career has been cut short and his family is left grieving. Familia died in the line of duty Friday, trying to save a drowning 14-year-old boy in the pond at Green Hill Park. The teen also died. On Saturday morning, the Worcester Police Department escorted Familia's body from UMass Memorial Medical Center to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Westfield. Sunlight streamed down as police cruisers and motorcycles led the procession down Plantation Street as members of Worcester EMS lined the road. The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing hovered in the air.

More Than A Dozen Cities Push To Minimize Or Even Eliminate Police Presence At Mental Health Calls
More than a dozen cities are developing "alternative" or "co-response" programs to minimize or eliminate the role of police officers responding to 911 calls involving mental health, homelessness, or substance abuse. Thirteen cities just finished an eight-week "policy sprint," coordinated by advocacy groups Everytown For Gun Safety and What Works Cities. The goal was for cities to develop pilot programs or to nudge cities along that have already explored this model of 911 response. A handful of others are testing out programs on their own. Interest in these programs has grown over the last few years and intensifies each time a video surfaces showing an officer using force during calls that begin with a person in some state of mental health or drug-induced crisis. There are only a few full-fledged programs in the country aimed at sending mental health workers on calls with, or instead of, police officers. The goal of the sprint was to connect workers in mental health, law enforcement, social work and government from those 13 cities with experts from Eugene, Oregon, where a program developed 30 years ago is serving as a model for cities across the country.

Public Safety News

Firefighters Battle Structure Blaze In Vacant 2-Story North Hollywood Commercial Building
The Los Angeles Fire Department battled responded to reports of a fire at 3:27 p.m. Saturday in a vacant two-story commercial building in North Hollywood. The building is located in the 6200 block of North Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Reports suggest that smoke can be seen rising from one location that's connected to several other businesses in a strip mall. Fire crews are looking to see if flames have spread to any adjacent structures. Officers with the LAPD were requested for traffic control in the area. 

Large Fire Tears Through Commercial Building In Downtown LA
Fast-moving flames tore through a vacant commercial building early Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles. The fire started shortly after 2 a.m. in the 1800 block of S. Main Street and took over 100 firefighters approximately 51 minutes to extinguish the heavy blaze within the building and flames shooting through the roof, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters believe the building used to be a medical clinic that has since been empty. The Metro A (Blue) Line service may be temporarily suspended in the area because crews had to pull hose lines across the tracks. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

California One Of Just Two States At CDC's Lowest Level Of COVID Transmission
California continues to help set the pace for U.S. COVID-19 recovery, now ranked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of just two states at the lowest level of coronavirus community transmission. In fact, according to the CDC's four-level color-coded system, California's transmission metrics were the lowest out of all 50 states as of Saturday. The CDC determines the level of community transmission based on the number of cases in the last seven days per population of 100,000, and the number of tests in the last seven days that yield a positive result. The agency's color-coded system has four levels: Low (blue), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange) and high (red). Nationwide, the level of transmission is moderate with a case rate of 28.2 per 100,000 and a 2.25% positive test rate. Data collected by the federal agency showed California had 7.8 cases per 100,000 people in the previous seven days, and a seven-day positive test rate of lower than 3%.
San Francisco Chronicle

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