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April 11, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Karen Bass and Rick Caruso in dead heat, L.A. mayoral poll finds
Voters upset over crime and a seemingly limitless geyser of cash have propel led Rick Caruso to the front of the race for mayor, reshaping the contest and offering Los Angeles a stark contrast between the billionaire developer and his chief rival, Rep. Karen Bass. If the primary were today, Caruso, with backing from 24% of likely voters, and Bass, with 23%, would move to the November runoff, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. As a result, Bass is positioned as the candidate of continuity, while Caruso is the candidate of change, with crime as the issue driving much voter discontent. Los Angeles Times

Suspect Sought In Fatal Shooting Outside Venice Bridge Home
One person is dead after being shot outside the Venice Bridge Home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The killing took place at the 100 Block of Sunset Avenue, Friday April 8 at 1:10 a.m. The victim, identified as a hispanic male in his 20's-30's, was found with a fatal gunshot wound, according to police. "I heard a loud boom," described one eyewitness who asked to remain anonymous. "The man was shot and killed right here at the bus stop. The police came and taped off the area, they left just before 8 a.m. and then two fire trucks arrived a bit later." Another eyewitness, who lives near the Bridge Home, said he wasn't surprised the deadly shooting happened where it did. "This has got to stop before another person gets killed. I live around the corner and this violence is a common occurrence. Yet another broken promise by Councilmember Mike Bonin who insisted that this area would be patrolled once the shelter was put in place. It not safe. Period. And now another person is dead."  WestSide Current

Man Found Shot To Death In Van Nuys Park
A 39-year-old man was found shot to death in a Van Nuys park on Friday, April 8. Los Angeles Police Department officers were called about 1:30 a.m. to Woodley Park on reports of a man found with a gunshot wound to his chest lying on a trail just north of Burbank Boulevard, according to a department statement. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of his family. A suspect description was not immediately available, according to the LAPD. Anyone with information on the man's death was asked to call LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide at 818-374-9550. Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Investigate Fatal Shooting In NoHo
Los Angeles Police Department officers were investigating a fatal shooting that took place in North Hollywood Sunday morning. The shooting was first reported at 11:20 a.m. on Saticoy Street, and when officers arrived they found one victim suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers had set a perimeter in the area, as they believed the suspect could still be nearby.  CBS 2

Pedestrian Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver In Exposition Park
A pedestrian died after he was hit by two vehicles in Exposition Park early Sunday morning. One of the drivers fled the scene, according to police. It happened around 2:55 a.m. near the intersection of Normandie Avenue and West 36th Street. A man believed to be in his 30s was crossing the the street when a vehicle traveling south on Normandie struck him, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. The driver of that vehicle fled the scene. The man was then hit by a second vehicle, police said. The driver of the second vehicle remained in the area. The pedestrian was trapped underneath the second vehicle and needed to be rescued by fire personnel. Once he was freed, paramedics pronounced him deceased. The crash is under investigation. At this time there is no description of the suspect vehicle that initially hit the pedestrian. KTLA 5

LAPD Arrests 1 Of 4 Suspects Who Targeted A Man In A Follow-Home Robbery In Downtown LA
A 25-year-old man was behind bars Friday in connection with a follow-home robbery in Los Angeles, and authorities sought the public's help to identify three additional suspects. The victim was in the 9000 block of Lincoln Boulevard, near Westchester Park, on Oct. 29 when he noticed a white Maserati Ghibli following him, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Three suspects exited the Maserati once the victim reached the 1100 block of East Pico Boulevard. The victim attempted to run from the suspects, but he was pushed to the ground, and one of the men pointed a gun at his head, demanding he remove his watch. During the robbery, a fourth man stole property from the victim's car, according to the LAPD. The suspects fled the scene with two watches, a laptop and an iPad, all estimated to have a total value of $604,000. Investigators later identified Cheyenne Hale as one of the suspects, and he was arrested on Wednesday. Authorities recovered a handgun from Hale during his arrest, and later recovered seven additional handguns, a large quantity of drugs and $21,000 after searching Hale's residence. Hale was released from custody after posting bond and is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Aug. 4. ABC 7

LAPD Tackles Pursuit Suspect, Two Others Arrested Outside Culver City Mall
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested three people who led a pursuit through the LA area, ending outside a Westfield mall in Culver City Saturday afternoon. Two men and one woman were in the black vehicle seen speeding through the northbound 405 and then heading to the mall where they abandoned the vehicle. LAPD officers ran in after them and tackled one of the female suspects to the ground at the entrance of a Macy's store. The other two suspects were later found and taken into custody. “I just saw a bunch of police officers running into JC Penney,” said Samantha Arun, a witness at the scene. The third person was caught at JC Penney. “What he tried to do was try to camouflage himself within the customers that were already there,” said Sgt. Felicia Robinson with the LAPD. The black BMW the three bailed out of was left in drive and hit an SUV in the parking lot. Police say the three people, an adult and two juveniles, were wanted in a bait and switch prostitution robbery in the Newton area. It is not clear if any of the people were armed. NBC 4

LAPD, LAFD Investigating Car Arson On Speedway
A car parked underneath a house on Speedway and Anchorage Street, on the border of Venice and Marina del Rey, was set on fire just after 7 a.m. Saturday. The Los Angeles police and fire department were on the scene, which is now taped off. "I walked by here earlier this morning before the fire. I saw a man sitting on the ground directly across from a car smoking a pipe right out. He was high on something," a female jogger told Westside Current. "It's atrocious. It's just terribly sad,” a longtime Marina del Rey resident told the Westside Current while walking her small dog. "I have lived here for over 22 years, and I hate to say it, but I am not surprised. God forbid someone was in the car or near the car when it was set on fire, or the house caught on fire." "We all chip in monthly and have a great security company that patrols the area but they can't be everywhere," the resident said. "More and more people are moving out because of this increase in crime and more and more people who are not from this area are coming here. And, yes, drugs play a huge part." Arson investigators remain on the scene. WestSide Current

1 Person Dead, Another Injured After Apparent Car-To-Car Shooting In South Los Angeles
Detectives are investigating after an apparent car-to-car shooting left one person dead and another injured in South Los Angeles late Friday afternoon, according to officials. The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Vermont Avenue and 79th Street where two people were struck by gunfire, investigators said. Officials say a woman was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition, and a man died at the scene. The man's identity has not been released. A description of the shooter was not available, but police say a gray sedan was seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting, eastbound on West 79th Street from Vermont Avenue. Authorities have the area taped off for the investigation. Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes. No further details were immediately known. ABC 7

Search Underway For Offender Who Walked Away From LA Reentry Facility Authorities are searching for an offender who walked away from a Los Angeles re-entry facility Saturday. Oscar Orozco, 34, was last seen at the Male Community Reentry Program facility on April 9 around 10 p.m. He is described as 5'11", 200 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and gray shorts. Orozco was convicted in Kern County in 2015 for possession of a controlled substance in jail/prison. His scheduled release date was February 2023. Anyone who sees Orozco should call 911 immediately.  FOX 11

LASD Looking For Missing 31-Year-Old West Hills Man Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 31-year-old man from West Hills who suffers from schizophrenia. Avo Kazandjian was last seen Friday at 10:20 p.m. at his residence in the 6700 block of Corie Lane, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Kazandjian is white. He stands 6-foot-4 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, the LASD reported. He has hazel eyes, short brown hair and a beard, a black cross tattoo on his wrist and a smiley face tattoo on his left arm. Kazandjian was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue shorts. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the LASD's missing persons unit at 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.   CBS 2

Man Accused Of Discharging Gun Inside Culver City Home
A man, suspected of being drunk, was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm for allegedly firing at least two shots inside his Culver City home, authorities said Sunday. The suspect's girlfriend called police at about 8 p.m. Saturday to report that he had fired a shot inside their home in the 4000 block of Van Buren Place, was drunk and had access to other firearms, the Culver City Police Department reported. She was able to evacuate from the residence just prior to police arrival, when officers say they confirmed that the man was likely armed and fired at least two shots inside the home. "Members from the Culver City Police Department Drone Team responded and utilized a drone to keep and overhead watch on the suspect's residence," police said. The suspect left the home voluntarily following a brief negotiation with crisis negotiators, and was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm.  FOX 11

Convicted Santa Monica Rapist Gets 4 Consecutive Life Sentences
It was an emotional day in the Los Angeles County Airport Courthouse Friday when sentencing was handed down to convicted rapist Dylan James Jensen. In December of 2021, a jury found Jensen guilty on seven counts that included rape, sodomy, and sexual battery. In March, the jury determined Jensen was "legally sane" when committing all acts. Jensen was homeless and high on methamphetamines when he broke into Cathie L's apartment at the border of Santa Monica and Venice on the early morning of June 4, 2018 and raped her at knifepoint. On Friday, Jensen was given four consecutive life sentences inside a California State Prison with parole eligibility in 100 years. Unlike the guilty and sanity phase of the trial--the victim, numerous community members and detectives who oversaw the case were in attendance for the sentencing. "This was a big case," stated retired Santa Monica Police Officer Monique Carrillo--who specialized in crimes against persons. "Detective Nicole Murphy [who was there for the duration of the trial] spent a lot of time working on this case. I was there the morning of the rape and here today to see this though." Also present Friday was jury member Cathy Andrade who stated that she felt like justice was served Friday.  WestSide Current

Man, 55, Fatally Shot In Inglewood, Shooter Remains At Large
A 55-year-old man shot to death Saturday in Inglewood and police were searching for the gunman. The shooting at East Nutwood and South Market streets was reported at 2:20 a.m., according to Inglewood police. Paramedics tried to revive the man but he died at the scene, police said. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. A motive for the attack was unknown. No suspect description was available. Anyone with information on this homicide was asked to call Inglewood police at 310-412-5246 or 888-412-7463. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

2 Killed In Gardena Shooting
Two people died Friday evening after they were found shot at an apartment complex in Gardena. At 6:50 p.m., Gardena police officers responded to 14831 S. Normandie Avenue for a report of a shooting. Officers searched the property and located two people who had just been shot. Police provided first aid until paramedics arrived on scene to transport the two people to the hospital. Both victims later died from their injuries, the police department said. The identities of the two people have not yet been released. The Gardena Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Ryan Sproles at 310-217-9618 or Sergeant Brian Messina at 310-217-9692. You can also submit an anonymous tip online through . KTLA 5

'Our Hero Is Home': Doctors Successfully Remove Bullet From Officer's Neck
Roseville officer Ryan Duxbury, who was struck in the face by gunfire by an active shooter Tuesday night, was released from the hospital Saturday, according to a Facebook post by the Roseville Police Department. “Our hero is home,” the department wrote in the post thanking Regions hospital. “A great end to what has undoubtedly been a difficult weekend for our department and community … Throughout this process, Ryan has shown a tremendous amount of grit, strength, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Ryan exemplifies everything we as a department aspire to be. Without question, he is a hero in all our eyes. Welcome home, Ryan.” Duxbury had surgery Friday to remove a bullet lodged in his neck, according to a statement by police. According to a GoFundMe page for Duxbury, as of early Friday night, the page had raised more than $67,000 toward his recovery, which police Chief Erika Scheider said will likely be “a long road to a full recovery.” Duxbury has been with Roseville police since 2019. He was among 15 Roseville officers who responded to multiple rounds being fired by 53-year-old Jesse Werling in the 2900 block of West Owasso Boulevard on Tuesday, according to police. Pioneer Press

3 Dead In Georgia Gun Range Shooting; 40 Weapons Stolen
Police are searching for at least one armed suspect in connection with the killing of the owner of a gun range in Georgia and his wife and grandson, authorities said Saturday. The Grantville Police Department said via Facebook that the robbery occurred Friday evening. When officers arrived at the scene around 8 p.m., they discovered the bodies of the owner of Lock Stock & Barrel Shooting Range, along with his wife and grandson. According to WSB-TV, Grantville Police identified the victims as the gun range owner, Thomas Hawk, 75; his wife, Evelyn, 75; and their grandson, Luke, 17. Police Chief Steve Whitlock said the Hawk family was well-known and well-respected in their small, tight-knit community. The Hawks had operated Lock Stock & Barrel for nearly 30 years. Their grandson was on spring break, helping his grandparents at the shop. “This is just a shock to everybody in the community,” Whitlock told The Associated Press. “We're trying to do the best that we can to figure this out.” Whitlock said investigators believe the robbery and shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday, which is when the range normally closes. Associated Press

Public Safety News

Tree Trimmer Dies 50 Feet Off The Ground In Sherman Oaks
A tree trimmer died while working 50 feet off the ground in Sherman Oaks on Saturday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A neighbor spotted the man dangling upside down and called authorities around noon. Nearly 40 firefighters responded. Using a truck with an aerial ladder and a rope and harness system, firefighters extricated the man and lowered him to the ground, where he was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. It was unclear how long the man had been hanging upside down. He was believed to be a private contractor and working alone, said Brian Humphrey, a fire department spokesman. There were live electrical wires near where the man was working, but it was unknown whether they played a role in his death, Humphrey said. No eyewitnesses were found, and Humphrey could not say what type of tree the man had been trimming. The death has been reported to Cal/OSHA, which will investigate along with the L.A. County coroner, Humphrey said. Los Angeles Times

Child Rescued After Fall From Steep Hill In Beverly Crest
A cliff rescue was done on a young boy in the Beverly Crest area. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call a little after 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Gilcrest Drive. A woman told firefighters at the scene that her 5-year-old son fell down a steep hillside. Crews found the boy a little before 4 p.m. and relied on a roping system to pull him to safety. LAFD said the child is conscious and might be hurt, but is expected to be OK. FOX 11

LA County Sees Slight Drop In COVID Hospitalizations
The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has decreased slightly, dropping by five people to 262, according to the latest state figures out Sunday. The number of those patients in intensive care was 41, up from 40 on Saturday. Some patients may have been hospitalized for other reasons and discovered they had COVID-19 after a hospital-mandated test. With case numbers slowly on the rise, local health officials are preaching vigilance, particularly as spring holidays approach. The county has seen a daily rise in COVID infections, correlating with the local spread of BA.2, an offshoot of the Omicron variant that fueled a winter surge of cases. Considered far more infectious than Omicron, BA.2 is being blamed for infection spikes in areas such as Australia and the United Kingdom. As of Friday, the county's average number of daily new COVID infections over the past seven days was 892, up from 724 during the previous seven days -- a 23% increase. "While the county has made great strides in keeping outbreaks in many sectors low through a number of safety measures, there are millions of vulnerable residents in our communities, many of whom are neighbors, family members, or co-workers," county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement Friday. NBC 4

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