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February 2, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Funeral Service To Be Held Wednesday For LAPD Officer Fernando Arroyos
A funeral service for LAPD Officer Fernando Arroyos, who was fatally shot while off-duty during a robbery, is scheduled for Wednesday morning. The service is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills. It is not open to the public. Live video will be provided above. Arroyos, 27, was shot during a robbery Jan. 10 in the 8700 block of Beach Street in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood. Authorities said Arroyos was targeted while he was looking for a new house with his girlfriend. Arroyos is survived by his mother, father, girlfriend, grandfather and step-father. On Jan. 27, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against three alleged gang members and one associate for the crime. The three men and the 18-year-old girlfriend of one defendant were charged with violating a federal racketeering statute. According to a complaint filed Jan. 13 by an FBI agent, one of the suspects admitted involvement in the killing in an interview with Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives, saying he and the other defendants were driving around looking to "make money." He went on to explain that meant to rob a person of property or money, according to the complaint. Arroyos suffered a single gunshot wound. He ran from the area and collapsed in an alley. Responding deputies found witnesses performing CPR. Arroyos later died at hospital. NBC 4

Super Bowl: LAPD To Deploy Additional Resources Beginning Thursday
The Los Angeles Police Department will increase deployments from Thursday through the day after the Super Bowl to prepare for possible rowdy celebrations and other disruptions, Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday. The increased patrols will continue through the day after the big game on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The department will also have extra patrols in the downtown Los Angeles area where NFL-sanctioned events are happening. “This was not just a win for the L.A. Rams, it was a win for L.A. Because we've seen times past where that's not always the case,” Moore said. The LAPD also increased deployments ahead of Sunday's game, which was also held at SoFi Stadium. “Please enjoy, come out, be a part of this experience. It is a historic event, but also recognize that law enforcement — not just LAPD, but the sheriff's department, agencies around this region, as well as our state and federal partners — are all leaning in very closely,” Moore said. “We're on the world stage, we recognize that there are individuals that may wish to disrupt this or somehow distract us away from this event, and we're well prepared for them.” According to Moore, the department has the ability to deploy thousands of additional officers if necessary. Super Bowl LVI will be the first time the Los Angeles area hosted the game since 1993. CBS 2

LAPD Considering New Limits On ‘Pretextual Stops'; Police Union Objects
The Los Angeles Police Department is considering limiting “pretextual stops” of motorists and pedestrians by officers investigating serious crime, arguing they aren't effective and have undermined public trust in the police — particularly among Black and Latino residents who have been disproportionately targeted in the past. Such stops involve officers citing minor traffic or code violations as a “pretext” for stopping motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians who they suspect may be involved in more serious crime. They have been used by the LAPD for decades, especially in South L.A. and other areas where gun violence is high. The proposed policy, which went before the civilian Police Commission on Tuesday over the objections of the union that represents rank-and-file officers, would bar such stops from being conducted “unless officers are acting upon articulable information” about a serious crime. The policy states that such stops “should not be based on a mere hunch or on generalized characteristics such as a person's race, gender, age, homeless circumstance, or presence in a high-crime location.” Los Angeles Times

Woman Found Dead In Car From Apparent Suicide Near Downtown LA
After receiving a call for a “shot fired,” officers with the Los Angeles Police department on Tuesday discovered a deceased woman in a vehicle just south of downtown LA. The shooting was reported at about 1 p.m. outside a laundromat in the area of Maple Avenue and East 20th Street, near the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said they determined the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, died by suicide. Her name was withheld pending notification of her next of kin, but the LAPD reported that she was in her 50s. According to authorities, two people who were in the vehicle with the woman when she shot herself fled the scene. Metro Blue (A) Line services were interrupted between the San Pedro and Grand stations for an unknown duration as authorities investigated the shooting. CBS 2

North Hollywood Man, 37, Dies In Rollover Crash In Angeles Forest
The coroner on Monday identified a man who died in a rollover crash in the Sunland section of the Angeles National Forest. Davit Vardanyan, 37, was a North Hollywood resident. 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. Sunday, Stewart said. Los Angeles Daily News

Hate Crimes In L.A. And Other U.S. Cities Jump To Levels Not Seen In Decades, Study Finds
Los Angeles recorded the most hate crimes among large U.S. cities last year, posting a 71% jump in the incidents, a study found. Data gathered by the Center for Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino show there were 615 hate crimes reported to police in Los Angeles city in 2021 — the third-highest annual total in any U.S. city since the 1970s. Incidents targeting Black people in Los Angeles were the most common and jumped 91% over 2020, the study concluded. While Black residents make up about 8% of the city's population, they were the reported targets in 148 alleged hate crimes — a rate nearly triple their share of the population. In most other large cities, Black people were also the most targeted group. An exception was New York City, where Jewish people were victimized most frequently. “The invective on the internet of hate is being followed by vile acts on the streets,” Brian Levin, the Center's executive director, said in an interview. Other major cities across the U.S. also saw sharp increases in reported hate crimes, the center found. The number of reported incidents in New York City nearly doubled over the 2020 tally, to 538 cases, and doubled in San Francisco, to 112. San Jose saw a 29% increase and San Diego rose from 25 reported crimes in 2020 to 46 last year. Los Angeles Times

Police Arrest Second Suspect in Venice Boardwalk Arson Case 
A second suspect in the Venice Beach Boardwalk fires has been arrested. Police say Richard Michael David, a homeless man living in Venice , was arrested in connection with fires set Tuesday, January 25, 2022, on Ocean Front Walk near Westminster Avenue. Police say David, and a second suspect, Jonathan Michael Noriega, set fifteen trash cans on fire. The Los Angeles Police Pacific Division Beach Patrol made the arrest of the second suspect Monday night. The District Attorney's office filed felony arson charges against Noriega. His next court date is February 17. No word on charges filed against the second suspect. More details are expected later today.  WestSide Current

French Bulldog Stolen At Gunpoint In Downtown LA Is Reunited With Owners
A Frenchie named Meech who was stolen at gunpoint in broad daylight in downtown LA a day before was thankfully returned to his owners Tuesday. The pet's owners reported the dognapping on social media, and said if it ever happens to you, post as much as you can. On Monday, the owners said they were taking out the trash when a man got out of a car with a gun and pointed it at them around 11:30 a.m. Another man also got out of the car. They demanded they hand over the pup. Meech has a heart condition which requires medication, the owners said. About 24 hours later, a woman called the couple saying she believed she found their dog, and sent them an image. Concerned it might be a scam or a dangerous situation, they cautiously decided to meet her at a veterinarian near Slauson. Miraculously, their pooch was OK. The couple said you always hear about these things, and never think it's going to happen to you. NBC 4

Former UCLA Lecturer In Custody After Allegedly Posting Threatening Video
A former UCLA lecturer who allegedly posted a threatening video on social media, prompting the university to cancel in-person classes Tuesday, was taken into custody in Colorado, according to officials. Matthew Harris, a former postdoctoral fellow, posted the video and an 800-page manifesto making "specific threats" to people in the university's philosophy department, resulting in the school's decision Monday to cancel in-person classes. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore told the city Police Commission Tuesday morning that the FBI had located in Colorado. "The department worked closely with UCLA Police Department and the FBI to quickly identify and locate this individual we believe responsible for those posts and potentially planning for a mass violence or shooting event at UCLA," said Moore, who added that the agencies were working to determine if the threat is credible. "At this point, we believe the campus is safe," Moore said. Harris was taken into custody late Tuesday morning in Boulder, Colorado, following a standoff with police that prompted the evacuation of an elementary school. Police also issued a shelter-in-place warning for residents in the area as law enforcement swarmed the area. FOX 11

Five Arrested For Cargo Train Theft In Torrance
Five people have been arrested in Torrance after getting caught with boxes stolen off a cargo train, according to police. Torrance police responded to the railroad tracks in the area of 190th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Sunday after someone called in a tip about seeing people stealing from a rail car. When police arrived, they detained one person, then found four others. After investigating the area, police say they found multiple train cars with the locks cut or forced open. They found several cars were missing items. Police recovered boxes near the five suspects, which contained small generators. Cargo train theft has been on the rise recently. Union Pacific, one of the cargo rail companies that serves the area, says it saw a 160% increase in rail theft between 2020 and 2021. Gov. Gavin Newsom visited one of the Union Pacific railways littered with trash from burglaries last month, calling the situation "unacceptable." The five people found at the train tracks Sunday night were all arrested for burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy, according to Torrance Police.  FOX 11

Home Invasion Robbery Suspects In SoCal Lured Victim Through Dating App, Police Say
Home invasion robbery suspects in Southern California are accused of luring the victim through a dating app before breaking into his apartment and attempting to rob him at gunpoint. Last Tuesday, the Riverside Police Department arrested 20-year-old Julio Salinas, of Highland, and 21-year-old Carlos Marin, of Colton in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred Aug. 19, 2021. Both men were later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for home invasion robbery, conspiracy, and weapons charges. Police said that the Aug. 19 robbery occurred at an apartment in the 3900 block of Iowa Avenue, located in the University neighborhood of Riverside. The male victim met the suspect using a common dating app and arranged to meet in person. During the meeting, a second suspect broke into the victim's apartment and both attempted to rob the victim at gunpoint. The suspects fled the apartment prior to police arriving and were not located during an extensive area check, according to Riverside Police. FOX 11

Four Arrested In Fatal Drive-By Shooting Of 14-Year-Old Boy In San Diego
Three young adults and one juvenile were arrested in a Monday drive-by shooting in southeastern San Diego that left a 14-year-old boy dead, police said Tuesday. The suspects were identified as Bryan Escobedo, 18, Ethan Peaslee-Guerrero, 19, Omar Morales, 18, and a 17-year-old whose name was not released because of his age, police said. All four were arrested on suspicion of murder. Investigators determined the teen victim was headed south with a group on 36th Street near J Street in the Mount Hope neighborhood about 4:20 p.m. when a gray or silver SUV with several people inside drove by, San Diego homicide Lt. Jud Campbell said. At least one gunshot was fired from the vehicle, striking the victim. The vehicle sped off, but its license plate number was reported to police. Officers recognized the plate number as it belonged to a Toyota Highlander that had been involved in an incident that occurred about an hour earlier. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., San Diego Unified School District police asked city police officers to help them respond to a fight that had broken out down the street from San Diego High School, Campbell said. Several people in the large crowd that had formed around the fight were seen leaving in the Highlander. Los Angeles Times

NYC Officers Honor 2nd Officer Killed In Harlem Ambush
Thousands of New York City police officers are attending a wake Tuesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral to honor one of the two officers killed in an ambush at a Harlem apartment. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, was taken off life support a week ago, four days after he and Officer Jason Rivera, 22, were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Rivera died the night of the Jan. 21 shooting. A viewing for Mora is being held at the cathedral Tuesday afternoon and evening. His funeral will be held there Wednesday. The young officers were shot when they were called to a Harlem apartment by a woman who said she needed help with her 47-year-old son. Authorities said Lashawn J. McNeil threw open a door in the apartment and shot the officers in a hallway. A third officer shot McNeil as he tried to flee. He died a few days later. Rivera died the night of the shooting. His funeral was Friday at St. Patrick's. Mora was in critical condition for days but after it was clear he wouldn't survive, he was kept on life support so his organs could be donated in accordance with his and his family's wishes. Associated Press

Police: New Strategies, Tech Helped Cleveland Cops Solve More Homicides In 2021
Less than an hour after Cleveland homicide detectives arrived to investigate the shooting death of a transgender woman last June, they heard rapid gunfire in the distance. When a team of investigators got to that shooting, they found three more people dead and four others hurt at a gas station. Homicide detectives and Cleveland police supervisors sprang into action, implementing a new strategy for assigning cases and using a new crime analyst embedded in the unit. Investigators ultimately solved both shootings. Homicide supervisors told and The Plain Dealer that despite staffing issues, several changes made to the unit in 2021 helped detectives solve 64% of their cases last year, one of the best solve rates in recent years. Only 2019, at 67%, had a better solve rate in the last nine years. “I'd like to think what happened in 2019 and this year is the new norm,” Cleveland police Commander Ali Pillow said. It's just the second time since 2013 the unit ended a year solving more than 60% of homicides. It's also a marked improvement over the 49% solve rate at the end of 2020. Most years during that stretch, police solved about half of all homicide cases. PoliceOne

Public Safety News

Two Hurt In Pico-Union House Fire
Two people were injured in a house fire in Pico-Union early Tuesday morning. The fire was reported at 12:10 a.m. at a two-story home in the 1200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street. Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived on scene to find that the fire had also spread to two adjacent homes, one of which was vacant. It took 93 firefighters just over 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze. Two people were injured. Their conditions were unknown. The circumstances of the fire and the extent of the damage to all three homes was unclear. The vacant home suffered only minor exterior damage, the fire department said. There was no word on a cause. CBS 2

LAFD Responds To RV Fire In Venice
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an RV fire around 3:00 p.m. at 1700 block of South Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Firefighters say one fire truck was able to put out the fire in a short period. Street services were called to help with the remaining debris. The RV is located next to a homeless encampment that has received a lot of attention on social media. No further details about the fire are available at this time.  WestSide Current

LA County's COVID Hospitalization Number Falls Again
The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals fell again on Monday, Jan. 31, continuing a weeklong series of daily declines, but another 40 virus-related deaths were reported. The fatalities increased the county's overall death toll from the virus to 28,963. Another 10,715 COVID cases were reported Monday, giving the county a cumulative pandemic total of 2,659,414. According to state figures, there were 3,720 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Monday, down from 3,852 on Sunday. A week ago, there were nearly 4,600 COVID-positive patients, but the number has been steadily declining. Of the current patients, 749 were being treated in intensive care, a drop from 759 a day earlier. County officials have said that some of these patients — at one point around 50% — entered a hospital for other reasons and only discovered they had the coronavirus after a mandated test. Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Garcetti Appoints Councilwoman Raman To Powerful Air Quality Regulatory Board
Signaling a potential turnabout in the city's role in regulating air quality, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday, Feb. 1., appointed Councilwoman Nithya Raman to the governing board of the regional agency that sets key regulation affecting the Southern California region's air quality and polluting industries. Raman would replace Councilman Joe Buscaino, who had served on the on the governing board of South Coast Air Quality Management District since 2013. The news was cheered by some community groups and environmental advocates — including ones that specifically champion justice for communities whose needs they contend are overlooked in favor of the interests of polluting industries — as a major shift in the role the city would take on the board. “This is a good day for those of us living in the smoggiest air basin in the country,” said Chris Chavez, deputy policy director for the Coalition for Clean Air. “Millions of Southern Californians, especially those in marginalized communities, breathe air that fails to meet national and state air quality standards,” he said. Los Angeles Daily News

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