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March 14, 2022
Law Enforcement News

52-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot While Walking Dog In Mid-City, LAPD Says; Shooter At Large
A 52-year-old man was shot and killed while walking his dog Saturday morning in Mid-City, prompting a search for the shooter, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The incident occurred about 5 a.m. near the intersection of Genesee Avenue and Saturn Street, the LAPD said in a news release. According to investigators, after a dark sedan approached the victim, the suspect exited the vehicle and exchanged words with the dog owner, then fired "multiple" shots. The shooter fled the scene in the sedan, heading northbound on Genesee Avenue. The dog, which was uninjured, returned home and awakened other family members, a police spokesperson told ABC7. The shooting victim was discovered about 6:15 a.m. authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released. The motive for the killing is under investigation, the LAPD said. A description of the shooter was not available. Police were examining surveillance video from the area. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. ABC 7

Man's Bound Body Found In Woodland Hills Home; Suspects Sought
Police were seeking the public's help to identify the killer of a 42-year-old La Quinta man whose bound body was found at a residence in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles Police Department officers were called about 5:30 p.m. Thursday to the residence in the 20200 block of Ventura Boulevard, near Taft High School, in Woodland Hills on reports of a battery and found the man dead at the scene with his feet tied together and his hands cuffed behind his back, according to a department statement. Police also found the man had strangulation marks on his neck. The man's name was not released, though the LAPD noted he was a 42-year-old resident of La Quinta. An investigation into the man's death revealed he had been staying at the residence since July 2021, though no further details were immediately available. Anyone with information on the man's death was asked to call LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide at 818-374-1925. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at . Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Officer Injured In Chinatown Motorcycle Crash
A Los Angeles Police Department officer on motorcycle was injured in a crash in L.A.'s Chinatown Friday afternoon. He was taken — awake and responsive — to a local hospital, police at the scene told KTLA. A preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Maine and Vignes streets. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and is cooperating with authorities, LAPD said. Several witnesses came forward and told police what they saw. The investigation is ongoing. The officer is expected to recover and is in “good spirits,” LAPD officials said. KTLA 5

City Council Names LAPD's Northeast Station For First Woman Deputy Chief
The Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Community Police Station will be renamed for the first woman to hold the rank of deputy chief at the department, the Los Angeles City Council voted Friday. Margaret Ann York, who died last October, was appointed deputy chief at the department in July 2000 before leaving the LAPD in 2002. She started as a policewoman in 1968, when the LAPD did not promote women past the rank of sergeant, and women were only tasked with working on issues involving women and children, according to the motion to rename the station the "Deputy Chief Margaret Ann York Northeast Community Police Station.'' The motion was introduced by Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell and Joe Buscaino on March 2, with Councilman Kevin de León and Councilwoman Nithya Raman seconding it. "Chief York achieved the rank of investigator, detective supervisor, lieutenant, captain and commander, and on July 30 of 2000, she was promoted to the rank of deputy chief by then-Chief of Police Bernard Parks, the first female deputy chief in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department,'' O'Farrell said before the vote. York ended her career in law enforcement as Chief of Police of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety, which handles law enforcement for all county hospitals, parks and buildings, O'Farrell said. NBC 4

Suspects Hits LAPD Vehicle, Drives Off And Gets In Another Crash In Boyle Heights
A driver is accused of hitting a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle and then taking off in Boyle Heights. According to LAPD, the driver hit the police vehicle near the intersection of South Concord Street and 4th Street Friday night. After the hit-and-run crash, an extremely short chase ensued, lasting just seconds, according to LAPD. The chase ended in another crash, ending with one person suffering slight injuries, LAPD said. It is unknown as of Friday night if the suspects wanted in the first hit-and-run crash are detained. FOX 11

76-Year-Old Woman Killed By Wrong-Way, DUI Driver In West Hills
One woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision in the West Hills area early Saturday morning. The incident unfolded at around 6:15 a.m. on Woolsey Canyon Road, when a 57-year-old woman, whose identity has yet to be revealed, drove her Porsche into oncoming traffic. The woman, who was intoxicated at the time of the crash, collided head-on with another vehicle which was driven by a 76-year-old woman, who died at a nearby hospital after succumbing to injuries sustained in the collision. California Highway Patrol Officer G. Alvarez said that the woman driving the Porsche, identified as Nohemi Harrison of West Hills, “drove her vehicle to the left of the double yellow lines while under the influence alcohol and/or drugs.” The victim's identity was not released pending notification of next of kin. Harrison was arrested after being treated for injuries sustained at a nearby hospital. Authorities asked that anyone with information or who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at the West Valley CHP office at (818) 888-0980, or the CHP public phone number at (323) 259-3200. CBS 2

Man Killed 73-Year-Old Lover In Hawaii, Covered His Body With Concrete In Bathtub, Police Say
A 23-year-old man killed his 73-year-old lover, tried to make it look like a suicide, poured concrete over his body in a bathtub and planned to fraudulently take ownership of his car and home in one of Hawaii's most exclusive gated communities, police said in court documents filed Thursday. Juan Tejedor Baron is charged with murder, theft and identity theft in the death of Gary Ruby, whose decomposing body was excavated by authorities this week from a standalone soaking tub in Ruby's Hawaii Loa Ridge home. U.S. Marshals and Los Angeles police arrested Baron after finding him in a crawlspace at the back of a Mexico-bound bus in Anaheim. He was being held without bail in L.A. pending extradition to Honolulu, and it wasn't clear whether he has an attorney. According to a Honolulu police affidavit, Baron told a Los Angeles police detective he became angry with Ruby after sex. “Baron stated that soon after, he noticed Gary choked on food, and Baron reacted by placing a belt around Gary's neck and tightening the belt until Gary lost consciousness,” the affidavit said. He dragged Ruby to a bathtub and used a kitchen knife to stage a suicide, then filled the tub with concrete he found in the garage, the affidavit said, but that only partially covered the body. Los Angeles Times

Two Wounded In Shooting, Stabbing At Birthday Party In East Hollywood
Two people were in critical condition Saturday after being shot and stabbed at a birthday party in East Hollywood. It was not immediately clear what led up to the incident, as authorities continued to investigate the incident. They were dispatched to the scene at around 1:45 a.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard near Western Avenue, where they found multiple victims suffering from more than one wound each, though it was not immediately clear whether the wounds came from gunshots or stabbing. The scene unfolded in front of a performing arts center in the area. The owner of the business told CBS reporters that they don't traditionally rent out the venue for parties, but rather to cultivate art and creativity. However, the strain of the coronavirus pandemic has led him to open his doors for more reasons. This was the first time they had rented the spot out for a private party, what the owner called “a bad decision.” Authorities have disclosed that there were about 40 people in attendance at what they are calling an “underground party.” Some sort of altercation broke out inside of the rented venue before it spilled out onto the street. It was then that one of the parties involved pulled out a firearm. CBS 2

Dog Lost During Downtown LA Hit-and-Run Reunited With Owner, Drivers Still On The Loose
The dog belonging to a woman severely injured when she was hit by a car in downtown Los Angeles was returned to her Friday. The brown long-haired Chihuahua-terrier mix named "Little Man" ran away after Sandra Martin was hit by a Hyundai Genesis around 2:55 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A civilian found Little Man, police said. No further details on the dog's recovery were immediately available. The 61-year-old Martin was walking the dog when she was hit crossing the street in the 100 block of East Fourth Street, near Main Street, police said. Martin told responding officers the dark color newer-model 4-door Hyundai Genesis traveling in reverse knocked her down, police said. According to Martin, the suspect then stopped, pulled her from underneath the luxury sedan and got back into the driver's seat. The suspect then drove away from the scene without offering any aid, according to an LAPD statement. The Genesis was last seen driving southbound on Los Angeles Street from Fourth Street. The suspect in the hit-and-run is described as a Black man with a thin build, between 170 and 190 pounds and between 25 and 30 years old. Video from the scene appeared to show a newer model Jeep Wrangler following the suspect vehicle after the collision, police said.  ABC 7

Police Search For Missing Hyde Park Girl
Police Saturday asked the public for help locating a 13-year-old girl who went missing from her Hyde Park home. Maliyah Amber Lewis-Wilson was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Friday in her home in the 7100 block of 10th Avenue, according to a police press release. Her family is concerned for her safety. Lewis-Wilson is described as Black, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, possibly wearing a black hooded sweater, black pants and black-and-white Vans shoes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to call the LAPD's 77th Street Division at 323-786-5077 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

1 Person Pistol Whipped, Another Robbed At Gunpoint For $30K Rolex After Being Followed To Culver City Home
Police say they are looking for four men who followed a group back to their Culver City home, pistol-whipped one person and and robbed another for a $30,000 Rolex. Officers responded to a report of armed robbery and assault at about 12:20 a.m. in the 3600 block of Wesley Avenue, according to Culver City police. Four people told the officers they had just left a nearby business. When they arrived at home, they were immediately confronted by four suspects who got out of a dark SUV and pointed handguns with laser pointers at them. One person was pistol whipped, while a second member of the group had their watch, cell phone, and keys taken, police said. Culver City police said the watch that was taken was a Rolex valued at $30,000. At least one suspect was seen with a handgun in his possession, and an abandoned magazine that contained multiple .40-caliber rounds that fell from the weapon used to pistol whip one of the victims was recovered at the scene. The robbers were described only as men in dark clothes and face masks. CBS 2

Actor Arrested In Burbank Gets Probation For Role In Capitol Insurrection
An actor who filmed himself explicitly cursing out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Friday to two years probation, court records show. Michael Aaron Carico agreed to a plea deal in federal court in Washington D.C. requiring he admit to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, months after he was arrested by federal agents in Burbank. Along with probation, Carico – who had parts in television series like “Hack my Life” and “The Inbetweeners” and movies such as “In Full Bloom” and “Alienated” – was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and $500 in restitution. In return, several other federal charges he was facing – such as entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct – were dismissed, court records show. In a “statement of offense” filed along with Carico's plea deal, he admitted to traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the Jan. 6 rally at the National Mall. Thousands of pro-Trump supporters flooded the U.S. Capitol that day, in what turned into a violent but ultimately failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's electoral victory. Los Angeles Daily News

Man Wanted After Child's Body Found In His California Home
A manhunt was under way Saturday for a man wanted in the death of a child whose body was found inside a central California home during the search for a missing 8-year-old girl. The body was discovered at a home in Merced on Friday, several days after relatives of Sophia Mason told police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward that they had not had contact with the girl since December, and that she was known to stay at different locations between Hayward and Southern California. The missing person report led Hayward police to arrest the girl's mother, Samantha Johnson, 30, on a warrant stemming from a case of child abuse in Alameda County last year, the Merced police department said in a statement Saturday. Her statements led police to serve a search warrant at the house in Merced, where her 34-year-old boyfriend Dhante Jackson resides, the statement said. Investigators said they believe Jackson went on the run after news spread about the search of his home. Merced police said investigators were working to identify the body. They did not release the cause of death. Johnson was being held for investigation of murder. She will be transferred to the Merced County Jail to face charges, police said. A warrant was issued for Jackson's arrest. Police said he is known to frequent the Bay Area. FOX 11

2nd Missouri Officer Shot By Suspect Dies; Organs Donated
The body of a Missouri police officer who was shot along with two other officers earlier this week has been transported to a funeral home after his organs were donated, the Joplin Police Department announced Saturday. The department escorted Officer Jake Reed's body to the funeral home Friday evening. Many Joplin residents got out of their vehicles to salute the procession as it passed, the department said. “(Friday) evening Officer Jake Reed continued his service to others as his vital organs were escorted to the airport and flown across the country to give life to others," the statement said. Reed, 27, and Joplin police Cpl. Benjamin Cooper were fatally shot on Tuesday when they confronted 40-year-old Anthony Felix at a Joplin shopping area. Authorities said Felix then fled in a stolen patrol car, which he eventually crashed. A third Joplin officer, 53-year-old Rick Hirshey, saw Felix trying to steal another car and positioned his patrol car to stop him, Chief Sloan Rowland said. Felix shot Hirshey through the windshield of his car, authorities said. Associated Press

Video: Active Shooter On Ohio Highway Fires At Officers
A dramatic scene that played out Friday along a busy Ohio freeway ended with a suspect in custody and cop cars riddled with bullet holes. Police responded to the area after multiple 911 callers said a pedestrian was firing shots at passing cars, WBNS reported. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the incident began after a man got out of a car on the northbound lane. Video taken from a passing vehicle shows a man running along the highway and firing at police cars. Officers returned fire as the gunman continued to run. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody in critical but stable condition, according to the report. A female occupant of the suspect's car was also taken into custody for questioning, reported the Columbus Dispatch. No officers were seriously injured but multiple police vehicles were damaged. The shooting caused lane closures and heavy congestion along the highway for some time. The investigation is ongoing.  PoliceOne

Public Safety News

Over 100 County Firefighters Knock Down Second Alarm Fire At Commercial Building in Hawthorne
Los Angeles County Fire Department crews were engaged with a second alarm fire in Hawthorne Saturday. The fire broke out at a a commercial garage on Prairie Avenue at around 5 p.m., where over 100 firefighters battled the blaze for over an hour. Witness video from the scene showed large plumes of black smoke and flames exiting through the roof of the building. It was not immediately clear what started the fire. CBS 2

Fire Quickly Put Out In Koreatown Senior Building
It took more than 100 firefighters 18 minutes to put out flames in a senior apartment building in Koreatown Saturday. The greater-alarm fire was reported at 1:50 p.m. in the four-story building at 3669 W. Ninth St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's Brian Humphrey. Flames were visible from a second-floor unit when firefighters arrived. “The self evacuation of many residents was calmly underway on LAFD arrival, with some residents subsequently assisted to safely shelter in place under the supervision of LAFD responders,” Humphrey said. No injuries were reported. The fire was out at 2:08 p.m. and its cause was under investigation, he said.

L.A. County Offering Free Anti-COVID Pills To Newly Infected People At CVS Stores
Los Angeles County this week launched the “test to treat” COVID-19 program announced by President Biden in his State of the Union address, which offers anti-COVID pills for free to newly infected people who get tested, or show their test results, at select pharmacies with on-site clinics. In L.A. County, 20 CVS health clinics are participating in the program; a list is available on the county's website at or by calling (833) 540-0473. Plans are underway to expand the program to other pharmacies and clinical sites. The antiviral pills offered in the “test to treat” program are Paxlovid, manufactured by Pfizer, and molnupiravir, made by Merck & Co., which treat mild to moderate COVID-19. The drugs must be given within a certain number of days after symptoms begin, or from the day of a positive coronavirus test, and they work best if given early, said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County's COVID Hospitalizations Fall To 565
The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals continues to fall, declining from 588 to 565, according to the latest state numbers out Saturday. Of those patients, 107 were in intensive care, one fewer than Friday's total. The county reported 1,029 new cases of COVID-19 and 52 additional deaths related to the coronavirus Saturday, bringing its cumulative totals to 2,811,864 cases and 31,275 fatalities. The rolling seven-day average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 0.7% as of Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. COVID hospitalizations have been declining steadily since reaching more than 4,800 in mid-January, at the height of the Omicron-fueled winter surge. The lower numbers have prompted state and local officials to ease indoor mask requirements, and have led the Los Angeles City Council to take steps toward lifting its vaccine mandate for entering many indoor establishments.

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