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January 31, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Suspect Involved In Series Of Follow-Home Robberies, Murder Arrested By LAPD
A suspect wanted for murder and a series of follow-home robberies has been arrested, LAPD announced Saturday. Detectives located and arrested 24-year-old Marquis Ford on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the Nov. 23 shooting death of Jose Ruiz Gutierrez in Hollywood. Gutierrez was killed outside of the Bossa Nova restaurant on Sunset Blvd. According to detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department, Gutierrez and his girlfriend stopped for food at the restaurant. While she returned to her car several armed men assaulted her during a robbery attempt. Gutierrez tried to help and intervene but was shot dead by one of the men. The suspects then fled the area. In December of 2021, police arrested the four men involved in the murder; however, Ford was still outstanding. The suspects arrested were Jayon Sanders, 21, Abraham Castillo, 20, Tyree Singleton, 20, and Joshua Saulsberry, 21. According to police, the five men were involved in a series of follow-home robberies that occurred in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Glendale and Fontana.  FOX 11

Woman Critically Wounded In Car-to-Car Shooting In Florence: LAPD
A 22-year-old woman was wounded after she was struck by gunfire during a car-to-car shooting in the Florence area of South Los Angeles early Sunday morning. The woman, who was not identified, was injured when another car pulled up alongside her vehicle at about 2 a.m. near the intersection of Central Avenue and 81st Street and opened fire multiple times, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Madison. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, and she remains in critical condition, Madison said. The shooting does not appear to be gang-related and the woman is not a transient, Madison added. Madison could not confirm if there was a child in the car with the victim, but video of the incident shows a child in the vehicle. Police are looking for four men who were seen fleeing the area in a single vehicle, as well as anyone who may have witnessed the shooting. Anyone with information can call 1-877-LAPD-247 (1-877-527-3247). KTLA 5

Scores Of Guns Stolen From Trains Cause More Problems In L.A.
In August, Los Angeles police officers arrested two people in Lincoln Heights carrying a pair of shiny new .22-caliber handguns. The guns were clean, as though they came right off the shelf — not at all like the ones typically found following arrests. Just days later, officers patrolling in neighboring Northeast L.A. arrested a person with a similar handgun, in the same pristine condition. A trace of the weapons revealed they came from a batch of 36 handguns reported missing as they were being shipped by train to Tennessee, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. One of the suspects arrested revealed that he had bought the weapons on the street — and that they had come from cargo trains in the nearby Lincoln Heights rail yards. He casually mentioned that he could not afford the price of a shotgun being offered for sale, police investigators said. Shortly afterward, LAPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested two other suspects with two of those shotguns and later learned they were part of a missing shipment of 46 shotguns. The thefts of the weapons offer a sobering peek into the vulnerability of rail networks that are part of the supply routes that help deliver an untold number of guns to stores and consumers every year. Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times they are investigating whether an argument over the stolen weaponry led to the killing of one man. Los Angeles Times

LAPD Seeks Public's Help To ID Hit-and-Run Driver Who Seriously Injured Child In Adams-Normandie
Police are asking for the public's help to find the driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured a child in the Adams-Normandie neighborhood and fled the scene without rendering aid Friday night. The victim, only described as a male juvenile, was crossing mid-block in the 1800 block of West 25th Street at about 8:15 p.m. when a vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed collided with the pedestrian, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver failed to stop after striking the boy and instead sped away from the scene westbound on 25th Street, LAPD said, describing the suspect's vehicle as a possible four-door sedan. Police believe that, prior to the crash, the suspect driver had been “chasing an individual on a pocket bike around the area.” First responders arrived at the scene and transported the child to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Authorities have not identified the victim. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide any helpful information leading to the suspect's identification, arrest and conviction. KTLA 5

Mother Of 5 Killed After Falling From Party Bus Was Days Away From 30th Birthday
The family of a woman who died after falling from a party bus on a downtown Los Angeles freeway is struggling to understand how something like this could've happened. Heather Garcia, 29, was celebrating her niece's birthday on Saturday. Just before 3 a.m., officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to the northbound 101 Freeway and Los Angeles Street after receiving reports of a crash. Family members who spoke with Eyewitness News on Sunday say Garcia was dancing when she tripped and fell back on the door. They say the door opened and sent Garcia out onto the freeway. Investigators say that's when the 29-year-old was hit by a moving vehicle. The driver of that vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. The incident remains under investigation. The CHP's Central Los Angeles office is asking anyone with information to call at (323) 343-0732. ABC 7

LAPD To Deploy Hundreds Of Additional Officers For Super Bowl
The Los Angeles Police Department says it's fully prepared to meet the public safety needs for the upcoming NFL Week activities and Super Bowl LVI. The department said deployments have been boosted across the city, with hundreds of additional officers in uniform as well as specialized assignments. "These added staffing resources will ensure our community remains safe while deterring any celebratory unruly conduct or other disruptions,'' police said. Also, officials said the vast majority of the more than 1,300 LAPD employees forced out of work due to COVID-19 issues have returned to active duty, and the number of new cases has dropped significantly. "The Department also has additional contingency plans for all types of disasters, planned and unplanned events requiring additional police personnel. Our ability to realign operations and significantly surge in size to meet critical public safety needs is well established and has been a point of significant focus in preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl LVI,'' the LAPD statement continued. ABC 7

Police Arrest Robbery Suspect After SUV Standoff In Valley Glen
Police arrested a robbery suspect who had barricaded himself inside a vehicle for over an hour early Friday morning in Valley Glen. The suspect was taken into custody about 4:40 a.m. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were called at approximately 3:30 a.m. to 12463 Victory Blvd. regarding a robbery suspect who was outside a 7-Eleven, according to LAPD. SWAT officers were called to the scene, and an hour-long standoff ensued before the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside an SUV, surrendered to police. No injuries to police were reported. Los Angeles Daily News

Six People Injured In Pacoima Crash
Six people were injured Sunday night in a two-car collision in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles. The crash was reported at 10:29 p.m. at 13035 Van Nuys Blvd., near Bradley Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to free one of the patients from wreckage, Stewart said. Four of the patients were men about 20 years old and the fifth was a man about 30, she said. Two were taken to a hospital in critical condition by paramedics and three were to be treated for minor injuries. A sixth patient appeared to have left the scene without medical attention. The crash was under investigation, Stewart said. NBC 4

Hundreds Of People, Dozens Of Cars Gather In Lake Balboa For Street Takeover
Hundreds of people could be seen crowding the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue in Lake Balboa on Sunday evening during a street takeover, or “sideshow.” The event, in which people often gather to showcase their rides, and show off their horsepower, is illegal in the state of California, due to the extremely unsafe circumstances often surrounding the occurrence. Dozens of vehicles, not included in the gathering, were blocked from driving through the intersection, and were forced to sit and wait for the sideshow to run its course, as vehicles performed donuts in the intersection surrounded by the crowd of people. When CBS' Sky 2 Chopper flew over head, the people and cars could be seen scattering from the intersection. This comes just days after California state leaders vowed to crack down on sideshows and street racing with a new bill proposal that was introduced on Friday. CBS 2

Authorities Searching For Missing 84-Year-Old Man Who Suffers From Dementia
Authorities with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are seeking public assistance in locating a missing octogenarian from the Los Angeles area. Kann Ros, 84-years-old, was reported missing early Sunday morning. He was last seen at 9 a.m. on 126th Street in Los Angeles. He is 5-feet tall and weighs about 100 pounds. He is bald and has brown eyes. Ros is Cambodian, and suffers from dementia. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and a black beanie, and was in a wheelchair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call the LASD's Missing Persons unit at (323) 890-5500.  CBS 2

Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway In Maywood
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives were on the scene of a shooting investigation in Maywood on Sunday evening. The shooting was reported at 5:45 p.m. on King Avenue, and when authorities arrived they found one man who was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no suspect information available, and the victim's identity is being withheld pending the investigation and notification of next of kin. CBS 2

Hawthorne Man Arrested In 16-Year-Old Gardena Homicide Case
Sheriff's homicide detectives announced Saturday that DNA and fingerprint technology led to the arrest of a suspect in the death of a woman in Gardena 16 years ago. Charles Wright, 56, of Hawthorne was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder in the strangling of 21-year-old Pertina Epps, said Deputy Alejandra Parra of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. A resident was backing out of a carport about 1 p.m. April 26, 2005 in the 2700 block of 141st Place and discovered Epps' body in an empty parking stall, Parra said. “At the time of the murder, an extensive investigation was conducted by LASD homicide detectives and all leads were exhausted,” she said. “During a review of this case in 2021 by the Sheriff's Homicide Unsolved Unit, forensic evidence left at the crime scene was resubmitted for examination, using current technology,” Parra said. “DNA and fingerprint evidence was determined to belong to the suspect, Charles Wright..” Wright was arrested Thursday, with bail set at $1 million, she said. He bailed out of jail the same day. Wright's arraignment was scheduled for June 28, Parra said. Los Angeles Daily News

Man Suspected Of Killing Girlfriend, Teenage Son In NorCal Arrested
A Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his girlfriend and his 15-year-old son, authorities said Sunday. The bodies of the teen and the 30-year-old woman were found Saturday night at an apartment in Antioch, east of San Francisco, after a neighbor requested a welfare check, police said in a statement. “Both victims suffered from obvious trauma and this incident was determined to be a homicide,” the statement said. Police later arrested the suspect, a 34-year-old man, at a train station in Redwood City, south of San Francisco. He was not immediately identified. Officials said the suspect was in a relationship with the woman and the teen was the suspect's biological son. KTLA 5

Push To Hire Retired Portland Cops Falls Short: Only 2 Express Interest
Only two recent retired officers among 81 contacted by Police Chief Chuck Lovell have expressed interest in helping fill Portland police vacancies under the city-approved retire-rehire program. The chief urged them to consider returning in a letter last month, acknowledging that those who had retired since August 2020 left “at a time of great despair for the Bureau and the City of Portland.” The Police Bureau is now rebuilding with support from elected officials and residents, Lovell wrote, and urged the retirees to help this “once vibrant city come back to life.” Officers have been leaving faster than the bureau can hire to fill their spots, so the retire-rehire program was considered the fastest way to fill vacancies. The City Council in November approved about $448,000 to hire back 25 retired officers as part of the fall budget adjustment. “We want to continue to make a difference and build a legacy following what was the most historic and darkest time in the Portland Police Bureau. We believe we can do this, but need a team of dedicated professionals to help us bring up the next generation of officers,” Lovell wrote. “We want you to be a part of this effort and hope you will consider the retire/rehire program.” The chief's office asked the retirees to alert the bureau of their interest by mid-January and several command staff members made personal calls, but only two had shown interest by the deadline. PoliceOne

2 Of 3 Houston Officers Wounded In Shooting Out Of Hospital
Two Houston police officers who were wounded in a shootout with a suspect were discharged from the hospital Friday, police said. In a statement, the Houston Police Department said Officers N. Gadson, 35, and D. Hayden, 32, were discharged from Memorial Hermann Hospital. Officer A. Alvarez, 28, remained in stable condition Friday. The statement also identified the man suspected of exchanging gunfire with the officers on Thursday as Roland Caballero, 31. Caballero, who was hospitalized in stable condition Friday with a gunshot wound to the neck, has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and an aggravated robbery count. It was unclear from jail and court records if he has an attorney. The shootout came at the end of a police chase, according to authorities. Police said officers had responded to a report of a shooting at the home of Caballero's girlfriend. When officers arrived, he fled in a vehicle and led police on a chase for several miles, police said. Associated Press

Denver Police ID Serial Killer As 1981 Cop Killer, 40 Years After Murdering 4
George and Karl Journey had all but given up hope that their sister Antoinette Parks' 1981 cold-case murder would be solved. "But there was always a little ray of light," George Journey said. That ray burst through more than 40 years of uncertainty last week when the Journey brothers received a call from the Denver Police Department alerting them that a serial killer — their sister's killer — had been identified at long last through DNA technology. "A burden lifted off our shoulders," George Journey said. On Friday, Denver police identified Joe Michael Ervin as the killer of three women and a pregnant teenager between 1978 and 1981. Ervin died by suicide in 1981 in the Adams County Detention Center after being arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an on-duty Aurora police officer. "While we recognize that identifying the suspect will not bring these ladies back, we hope it provides closure and healing for their loved ones and the Denver community," police Chief Paul Pazen said in a news release. The four victims included Madeleine Furey-Livaudais, 33, Dolores Barajas, 53, Gwendolyn Harris, 27, Parks, 17. Denver Post

Illinois Lawmakers Seek Return Of Death Penalty For Cop Killers
State Senator and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey, R- Louisville, stopped in Effingham this week to promote a bill that would restore the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer who is on duty. Along with State Rep. Blaine Wilhour, R- Beecher City, Bailey's legislation — Senate Bill 3899 — would give prosecutors the option to pursue capital punishment against anyone over the age of 18 guilty of killing an officer on duty. Wilhour will file separate legislation in the House with the same effect. The bill would attempt to pierce the state's ban on the death penalty, signed into law in 2011 by then-Gov. Pat Quinn. At that time, there was a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois, put into place by former Gov. George Ryan in 2000. During his final days in office, Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 death row inmates across Illinois. Bailey said the bill was necessary due to what he feels is a culture in which law enforcement is under attack, due in large part to a suite of criminal justice reform bills passed in the Illinois General Assembly last year. He believes law enforcement and prosecutors are — figuratively — handcuffed in their ability to go after those who take the lives of police officers who are performing their duties. Effingham Daily News, Ill.

Public Safety News

LAFD Finds Man Dead In Rollover Crash In Sunland
Los Angeles firefighters discovered the body of a man who died in a rollover crash Sunday in the Sunland section of the Angeles National Forest. The vehicle rolled over as it went down a hillside near 11551 Doane Canyon Road, Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A 911 call about the crash was received at 2:15 p.m., Stewart said. Firefighters search the hillside but found no other victims of the crash, Stewart said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was mounting a hoist effort to bring the vehicle back up the hill to recover the body. The man was believed to be in his 40s or 50s. His name was withheld pending notification of the next of kin. Los Angeles Daily News

Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Fire In West Adams District
Los Angeles Fire Department crews were on the scene of a fire that was started at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Buckingham Road in the West Adams District of Los Angeles. The cause of the fire was unknown, though a large crowd of pedestrians surrounded the bonfire before firefighters arrived on scene. They quickly extinguished the flames. CBS 2

LA County's Coronavirus Hospitalizations Back Below 4,000
The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has dropped below 4,000, according the latest state figures released Saturday -- continuing a downward trend since the total exceeded 4,800 a week ago. There were 3,998 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals, with 745 in intensive care, down from 766 on Friday. Officials have said that some of these patients likely entered the hospital for other reasons and only discovered they had the coronavirus after a mandated test. The latest numbers come one day after county reported another 101 COVID-related deaths, one of the highest daily numbers of the past year -- and the result of the winter surge in infections that drove up hospitalizations. The fatalities gave the county an overall pandemic death toll of 28,816. Another 23,796 infections were also reported Friday, raising the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 2,610,385. The county's rolling average rate of people testing positive for the virus continued to fall, reaching 11.6% as of Friday, down from 12.7% a day earlier. FOX 11

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