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January 25, 2022
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Dramatic Video Shows LAPD Sergeant Coming To Aid Of Lifeless Toddler Near Echo Park
A Los Angeles police sergeant on patrol near Echo Park last week helped save the life of a toddler who had stopped breathing. At around 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 19, the sergeant was driving down Bellevue Avenue, near Echo Park Avenue, when he was flagged down by a man holding a lifeless toddler in his arms. “Officer, please, please! I don't know what's wrong!” the officer's dramatic bodycam video shows the man pleading. “She was in the car with me, she was in the car with me, I don't know what happened,” the man tells the sergeant. The sergeant jumped into action, calmly taking the girl in his arms and clearing her airway while concurrently calling for an ambulance. Moments later the girl was breathing again. She was taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles for treatment. At last report she was stable. CBS 2

 “Luckily, when it comes to holding criminals accountable for their crimes, the residents of Los Angeles are not solely dependent on George Gascon and can rely on the United States Attorney and City Attorney to do their jobs. There are fundamental values at play in this incident that Mr. Hayes, George Gascon, and the NBA must recognize, it's never acceptable to engage in domestic violence or attack police officers. It's no more complicated than that.” TMZ

Man Ordered To Stand Trial For Allegedly Killing Mother, 6-Year-Old Nephew
A man who allegedly admitted he had killed his mother and 6-year-old nephew in their apartment in the Westlake district of Los Angeles four days before Christmas in 2020 was ordered today to stand trial. Superior Court Judge Craig Richman denied the defense's request to dismiss the case against David Cordoba, now 27, who is charged with murdering his 60-year-old mother, Maria Rodas-Lemus, and his nephew, Alan Cordova-Robles, and trying to kill his own brother. Cordoba's mother died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma of the head, while his nephew died of asphyxia and stab wounds inflicted at or near the time of his death. Los Angeles police Det. Ryan Watterson said Cordoba subsequently "admitted to killing Maria and Alan" and believed at the time of the interview that he had killed his brother, Erick. Cordoba told police he attempted to choke his mother with his hands after she got off a phone call, punched her several times and knocked her unconscious, stabbed her in the neck, used a skateboard to bludgeon her head and stabbed her additional times after dragging her into a bedroom, according to the detective. Cordoba said he then walked to his brother's room, punched his nephew several times, picked him up and held him in a choke hold before stabbing him, the detective testified. NBC 4

Tioni Theus: $60K Reward To Be Considered In Killing Of Teen Found On Side Of South LA Freeway
A $60,000 combined reward is expected to be considered to help find the killer of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found alongside the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles. Tioni Theus was found dead the morning of Jan. 8 after drivers reported seeing her body along the southbound freeway on-ramp on Manchester Avenue. The teenager had been shot in the neck, according to the coroner's office. She was last seen the day before after saying she was going to a party with a friend, but additional details about the moments leading up to her death have not been released. The Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday are expected to consider posting the combined reward money for information leading to the person or people responsible for her death. Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price's office sent out a release Monday night saying Price is expected to co-present a motion Tuesday, along with Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tioni's killer or killers. Meanwhile, the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion calling for the county to establish a $10,000 reward. Supervisor Holly Mitchell introduced the motion. ABC 7

‘Ambush' Shooting That Killed 4 At Inglewood Party Is Worst The City Has Seen Since The '90s, Officials Say
Inglewood's mayor said the “ambush” shooting at a birthday party that left four people dead, including two sisters, is the worst the city has seen since the '90s. Multiple shooters opened fire inside a house in a quiet neighborhood in the 1300 block of Park Avenue at around 1:45 a.m. At least one of the shooters had an assault rifle, Inglewood Mayor James Butts said during a news conference, calling the shooting an “ambush” and a “monstrous, vicious crime.” Neighbors told KTLA they heard multiple gunshots ring out at the home, which was being used as a short-term rental. When officers arrived at the scene, they found five gunshot victims, four of whom died. They were identified as 25-year-old Marneysha Hamilton from Los Angeles, 20-year-old Breahna Stines from Rialto, 21-year-old Teron Whittiker Jr. from Torrance and 21-year-old Jayden Griffin from Gardena. “This is the largest number of shooting victims in a single crime in Inglewood since the 1990s,” the mayor said. “Our entire homicide unit is working this crime.” The gunshot victim who survived was described as being a resident from another city who is “gang affiliated.” KTLA 5

Woman Struck, Killed While Crossing Harbor Gateway Street
Traffic investigators Saturday asked the public for help locating the driver of a vehicle that fatally struck a woman as she crossed a street in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles. The woman believed in her 30s was killed just after 11 p.m. Friday while she crossed Vermont Avenue just north of 186th Street, according to detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division. The woman was crossing westbound when she was struck by “a black, early model, medium-sized sedan” heading northbound on Vermont Avenue whose driver failed to stop and attempt to render aid, police said in a press release. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and her name not released pending notification of relatives, police said. Detectives noted that a reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise. Anyone with information was asked to call South Traffic Division detectives at 323-421-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

LAPD Arrests Two Suspects Responsible For Shooting In Watts
Los Angeles Police Department officers detained two suspects they say shot a person this evening in Watts. At approximately 5 p.m., LAPD officers responded to a drive-by shooting at the 10200 block of Beach Street. The victim was transported to a hospital. Its condition is unknown at this time. Both of the suspects were detained at the scene of the shooting. CBS 2

USC's Galen Center Given The All Clear After Investigating Threat
USC's Galen Center is now given the all-clear signal after investigating a threat late Monday night. SkyFOX was over the police presence at the school's indoor sports arena. The police presence comes shortly after USC's men's basketball team hosted Arizona State. Shortly after the investigation, USC's campus police announced that the Los Angeles Police Department declared the threat of not being credible. Officials did not say if a suspect has been identified in connection to the threat. FOX 11

Two Killed, One Critically Wounded In Shooting At South Gate Bar
A shooting at a South Gate bar Saturday left two men dead and a third critically wounded. South Gate police responded at 3:18 a.m. to the parking lot of the Leland R. Weaver Library at 4035 Tweedy Blvd., where they found a man shot dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Officers were then directed to a nearby bar on Tweedy Boulevard, entered the business and found two additional shooting victims. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. The other, a 41-year-old man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Investigators believe some type of altercation in the rear parking lot of the bar triggered the gunfire. According to South Gate police, the incident does not appear to be gang related, and they are searching for suspects. Detectives from the sheriffs' Homicide Bureau are taking the lead with the South Gate Police Department in the investigation. No suspect descriptions have been released. Anyone with information about the shootings was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at . NBC 4

22-Year-Old Man Stabbed To Death In Gardena
A 22-year-old man was stabbed to death Saturday morning in Gardena, authorities said. Officers were dispatched at about 2:30 a.m. to the 15100 block of Western Avenue, regarding a call of a stabbing victim in need of help, said Lt. Christopher Cuff of the Gardena Police Department. Arriving paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, Cuff said. The Gardena Police Department's Detective Bureau urged anyone with information regarding the stabbing to call them at 310-217-9692. CBS 2

Man Carjacked And Tased In Culver City
Police are seeking any information on two suspects who carjacked and tased a man near Fox Hills Park in Culver City. The incident took place near 6305 Green Valley Circle, near Fox Hills Park. According to the Culver City Police Department, the victim said that as he walked back to his vehicle he noticed the engine was on and two suspects were inside. The man confronted the two suspects — one man and one woman — as they began to drive away. As he grabbed onto the passenger side window the female suspect used a taser on the victim which caused him to lose his grip and fall from the car. The two then fled the scene on Green Valley Circle toward Centinela Avenue. The victim's car is a white 1994 Honda Accord with the California license plate 3FJX712. The suspects have been described as man wearing all black and a woman wearing a blue plaid shirt with dark hair and a heavy build. CCPD asked that if anyone has information on this incident to contact Sergeant Eddie Baskaron at (310) 253-6316 or the watch commander at (310) 253-6202. CBS 2

L.A. Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud In Million-Dollar Luxury Car Lease Scheme
A Los Angeles man faces up to 20 years in prison in connection with a fraud scheme that turned some people's dream cars into nightmares. Geoffrey Hull, 41, pleaded guilty to one federal count of wire fraud Thursday in the luxury vehicle lease scam, which resulted in more than $1.5 million in losses, according to federal prosecutors and Homeland Security Investigations. Hull started numerous businesses, some under aliases, that promised to get individuals out of leases for exotic and high-end vehicles from carmakers such as Maserati and Mercedes-Benz by finding others to take over payments. At least 128 people were caught up in the scheme between 2016 and 2019. Hull was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2020. Hull took possession of the vehicles, telling victims that he would make their payments until the lease was transferred, prosecutors said. Hull claimed that he had transferred leases for nearly 150 vehicles and told customers that payments had never been an issue. One of Hull's “longtime friends” would act as a reference, providing victims with a glowing testimonial of the business, according to the indictment. But Hull would not make full payments on the leases, if any payments were submitted at all, leaving the victim on the hook for late fees and credit issues. Los Angeles Times

For One Pasadena Neighborhood, Gun Violence Is Unrelenting
The streets were slick with rain in northwest Pasadena when Jamal Patterson went to watch “Monday Night Football” at his mother's house last October. The 24-year-old was sitting in a car with two other men across the street from his mother's home after the game when someone shot into the car. Patterson usually sat on his mother's front porch with his friends, but the recent rain made everything wet. Patterson, a father of two, died three days later at Huntington Memorial Hospital. One month later and one block over on Raymond Avenue, 13-year-old Iran Moreno was playing video games in his home when he was shot by someone who fired from the street. He was rushed to the same hospital as Patterson and died later that night. “There's always shooting, always gang violence around. They're always hurting the most innocent people,” Iran's cousin, Maria Balvaneda, said during a vigil at Villa Parke. In Pasadena, shootings rose 22% between 2020 and 2021, from 60 to 73, according to the police department. Seven were killed in 2020 and six more last year. The increase — part of a spike in homicides across Los Angeles County — has sparked grief, pain and outrage in a city marked by many upscale neighborhoods, as well as lower-income neighborhoods where crime has long been a problem, and some residents say city leaders are not doing enough to make conditions safer. Los Angeles Times

6 Men Accused Of Smuggling Weapons, Ammunition For Violent Mexican Cartel
Six men have been indicted on federal charges for allegedly being part of a scheme to smuggle weapons and ammunition to a violent Mexican cartel, officials announced Monday. Four of the men were arrested Jan. 19 as part of Operation Infidelis, which targeted a weapons trafficking organization that worked with the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, known as one of the largest and violent drug cartels in Mexico. The six defendants were charged with conspiring to violate federal export laws by illegally bringing the weapons and ammunition to cartel operatives in Mexico, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Officials allege Marco Antonio Santillan Valencia, 51, of Whittier, led the gun trafficking organization that used narcotics proceeds to purchase assault rifles, hundreds of thousands of rounds of assault rifle ammunition and machine gun parts and accessories. Some of those were then smuggled into Mexico, mostly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. KTLA 5

Partner Of Slain Rookie NYPD Officer Is Still Fighting For Life
The young NYPD officer critically wounded by a gunman who killed his partner in Harlem is being transferred to another hospital as he continues to fight for his life Sunday. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, was scheduled to be moved from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone Medical Center at 5 p.m., NYPD officials said Sunday afternoon. Mora and his partner, Officer Jason Rivera, 22, were responding to a 911 call Friday night when they were ambushed by Lashawn McNeil, 40, who burst from his bedroom with a Glock .45 handgun with a drum clip capable of holding 40 rounds, cops said. McNeil opened fire on the officers, killing Rivera with his first shots and critically wounding Mora, police sources said. Responding Officer Sumit Sulan returned fire, critically wounding the killer ex-con, police said. Mora's prognosis was “literally 50-50 right now,” a colleague of the wounded officer said Saturday. New York Daily News

DUI Suspect Arrested After Crash Kills California Motorcycle Officer
Elk Grove's police chief told a community in mourning of the officer he lost Friday, killed by a wrong-way driver on his way to work for the city he swore an oath to protect. His name was Tyler Lenehan, a six-year Elk Grove police veteran, who only last year, in 2020, realized his dream of becoming a motor officer. On Friday, Lenehan became the first police officer in the city's history to die in the line of duty. Lenehan leaves behind a wife and two children. "He was a husband, father, son, friend and a family member to those of us in the Elk Grove Police Department," a somber Timothy Albright told reporters gathered outside Elk Grove Police Department Friday afternoon. " Elk Grove Police Department and our community are grieving today. Our hearts are broken. And we know our community grieves with us." Lenehan was known as "Ty" to his fellow officers and was just as known, his chief said Friday, for "his infectious smile, his genuine, loyal heart." A candlelight vigil in Lenehan's memory was held Friday night at the police department and a memorial fund has been set up through CAHP Credit Union. Sacramento Bee

Tennessee Deputy Shot During Standoff, In Serious Condition
A Sullivan County sheriff's deputy is in serious condition after being shot during a standoff early Friday, reported WCYB. According to the report, the incident began when deputies tried to pull over a driver with outstanding warrants. The driver refused to pull over but eventually stopped at a residence. As deputies walked up to the house, someone fired at the officers from inside the home, according to WCYB. One deputy was struck by gunfire and was in serious condition as of Friday afternoon. A suspect was taken into custody after the standoff, according to WCYB. The investigation is ongoing. PoliceOne

Public Safety News

LAFD Faces Staffing Shortages, Needs More Resources, Head Of Firefighter Union Says
Calling for additional resources, the head of the Los Angeles firefighter union says there were more firefighters on staff when he joined in 1989 than there are today. Freddy Escobar, president of the United Firefighters of L.A. City, voiced his concerns at last week's fire commission meeting and wrote a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti, highlighting that L.A. has fewer firefighters than cities considerably smaller in size. From December 2020 to December 2021, response times were 13 seconds slower for ambulances and six seconds slower for fires, according to numbers from the Los Angeles Fire Department. COVID-19 exacerbated the staffing shortage with as many as 300 firefighters off work at once. “We believe in the vaccination. We do not believe in the mandate, and to terminate anyone on the mandate is ethically, morally and practically wrong,” Escobar said. KTLA 5

VIDEO: LA County Lifeguards Rescue Dog In Ocean 600 Yards From Shore
Los Angeles County Lifeguards rescued a dog in the ocean that was swimming more than 600 yards from shore near Nicolas State Beach. "Not your everyday ocean rescue, but we were sure happy to help this 4 legged friend make its way back to the beach!" the department wrote on Twitter Monday. Lifeguards launched a Rescue Watercraft from Zuma Beach after receiving a report of a dog swimming offshore of a small cove near Nicolas State Beach. Lifeguards located the dog about 600 yards from shore, secured it on the rescue sled, and transported it back to the beach. "While rescues like this one sure put a smile on our face, Lifeguards would like to remind beachgoers that dogs are not allowed on LA County Beaches," the department added on Twitter. FOX 11

LA County Firefighters Knockdown Gas Station Fire On Sunday
A gas station fire prompted an emergency response from Los Angeles County Fire Department crews on Sunday. Aerial footage of the scene from CBS LA's Sky9 Chopper showed a severely damaged car sat next to a gas pump that appeared to have been knocked over at the Arco gas station on Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road. Crews were able to knockdown the fire without damage extending to other parts of the businesses, and no injuries were reported. An investigation into the cause of the incident was underway as of 4:30 p.m. CBS 2

L.A. County Is Seeing More Fatalities From Omicron Variant
As COVID Death Toll Rises Deaths from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County have soared over the last week, with officials saying some of the recent fatalities appear to be from the Omicron variant. The spread of the latest coronavirus variant has moved with unprecedented speed since December, although officials have said illnesses related to Omicron produce milder symptoms than the earlier Delta variant. Even so, officials say it is fatal for some. Of 102 deaths reported Thursday — the highest single-day tally since March 10, 2021 — 90% involved people who became ill with COVID-19 after Christmas, and 80% were among those who fell ill after New Year's Day, indicating a high likelihood of Omicron infection, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. It appears that people who are dying from the Omicron variant are deteriorating much quicker than those infected by earlier variants, Ferrer told reporters. KTLA 5

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