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April 12, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Brooklyn subway shooting leaves 16 injured, 'undetonated devices' found: FDNY
The New York Police Department confirmed that a shooting took place at a Brooklyn subway station Tuesday morning during peak commuting hours for employees headed into Manhattan.  At least 16 people were injured, Fox News has learned, up from the initial 13 reported. A New York City Fire Department source told Fox News that eight of the victims sustained gunshot wounds. FDNY told Fox News that firefighters responded to a call for smoke in the D-N-R lines. Upon arrival, units discover multiple people shot and several undetonated devices at the same location. It continues to be an active scene. Fox News

Man Fatally Shot In Florence, Police Say
A man was fatally shot early Monday in the Florence neighborhood, authorities said. Los Angeles police responded to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of East 76th Street at 12:48 a.m., spokesperson Matthew Cruz said. They discovered a man in his 30s suffering from gunshot wounds, Cruz said. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene. The man's name has not been released and there is no suspect information, Cruz said.  Los Angeles Times

North Hollywood Woman Shot After Confronting Catalytic Converter Thieves In Latest Spree, LAPD Says
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a spree of brazen catalytic converter thefts that occurred overnight Friday across the San Fernando Valley. Investigators believe that the same crew seen in Ring doorbell surveillance videos, shot a woman who caught them tampering with her car outside her North Hollywood apartment. The 39-year-old victim was hospitalized in stable condition. LAPD says the woman woke up to the sound of four men tampering with her vehicle, and when she yelled at them to leave, one of the suspects fired several rounds at her and the apartment. In one of the videos, a thief is even seen stealing a package off someone's porch, then hitting the doorbell camera when confronted. All while the rest of the crew was sawing off a catalytic converter in the driveway. ABC 7

Inmate Who Walked Away From LA Re-Entry Facility Is Caught In Pacoima
Authorities have apprehended a 34-year-old inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles re-entry program, prison officials said. Oscar Orozco left a Male Community Reentry Program facility around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was tracked to Pacoima, where he was re-arrested on Monday, the department said. Orozco's case will be referred to the district attorney for consideration of escape charges, officials said. Orozco was sentenced to prison in June 2021 for carjacking with the use of a firearm, officials said. While incarcerated, he was also convicted of drug charges in Kern County. Orozco was transferred to the re-entry program in February and had been set to be released from custody in February 2023. The Male Community Reentry Program allows eligible state inmates to serve the final portions of their sentences in a non-prison facility. The program aims to give offenders support to make a smooth transition back into society. Los Angeles Daily News

Transient Arrested In Vehicle Arson Case
An investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Arson Unit led to the arrest of a homeless man they say is linked to a vehicle arson case. On Saturday morning, 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. Police say a 44 year-old transient is believed to have set the vehicle on fire. "'It's atrocious. It's just terribly sad,' a longtime Marina del Rey resident told the Westside Current while walking her small dog Saturday morning. "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." Vehicle arson is a felony in the state of California. No further details about the case are available at this time.  WestSide Current

LAPD Adding 20 Officers To Westside During Summer Months
The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division temporarily increases its presence at Venice Beach. On Monday, three sergeants and 20 officers became temporarily assigned to the area. The increase is due to the large number of tourists expected throughout the summer season. Officers started shadowing on Monday–and will go through special training. The additional officers will be assigned to beach patrol until October.  WestSide Current

Man, 25, Reported Missing In East Los Angeles
Authorities sought the public's help Monday to locate a 25-year-old man who was last seen in East Los Angeles. Carlos Emmanuel Montalva was last seen about 2 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of South Woods Avenue, near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Montalva is Hispanic, 5-feet-7 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds, with short black hair, a beard, brown eyes and tattoos of the name “Fabiola” and the letters LMS on his chest. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve burgundy shirt and black pants, and is known to drive a black 2019 Dodge Charger with the California license plate 8TLR903. Anyone with information on Montalva's whereabouts was asked to contact the LASD Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at .

Three Men's Central Jail Inmates Hospitalized After Apparent Opioid Overdose
Three inmates at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles were hospitalized Monday after suffering apparent opioid overdoses, authorities said. Paramedics were sent to the jail at 441 Bauchet St. at 7:15 a.m. on a report of a “suspected overdose,” according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the three inmates showed signs of opioid overdoses, and authorities administered Narcan, which is used for emergency treatment of opioid overdose. The inmates were taken to a hospital and all were expected to recover, the sheriff's department reported. The type of opioid was not specified. According to ABC7, the incident involved five inmates, three of whom were taken to a hospital, and unconfirmed reports indicated the substance was fentanyl.

USPS Services Suspended In Santa Monica Neighborhood After Repeat Attacks On Carriers
The United States Postal Service has suspended its services for one block of residents in a Santa Monica neighborhood, after several reported assaults took place on carriers delivering mail in the area. A report was filed back on Jan. 19 for an incident that occurred in the early evening, when a mail carrier was attacked by a resident who lives near the intersection of 14th Street and Arizona Avenue. He reportedly swung a broomstick at the carrier, though they were not injured in the attack. According to Santa Monica Police Department's Public Information Officer, the suspect is well-known amongst their ranks, as they've had several issues with him in the past - most of which are domestic. Residents in the area were delivered notices from USPS, disclosing that "delivery service is hereby suspended to all addresses located on the 13-hundred block of 14th street." As expected, homeowners in the area are more than upset, especially since the actions of just one person seem to have put them all at a loss. "My immediate reaction was just disappointment... frustration," said Courtney Smith. The notice continued to state that "multiple carriers have been subjected to assaults and threats of assault from an individual who has not been located or apprehended." CBS 2

Police Searching For Bell Gardens Hit-and-Run Suspect Bell Gardens 
Police are looking for driver suspected of a hit-and-run that left a woman in the hospital in critical condition. According to the department, officers were on patrol on April 9 when they found a woman lying on the ground in front of a building on Eastern Avenue. The woman was bleeding from her head, but conscious. Police say the woman claimed she'd been hit by a white SUV. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The video shows victim walking from the sidewalk to her car, which was parked on the street. As she was got to the driver's door, she was hit by a white pick-up truck. The same truck then sideswiped the victim's car as well as another unoccupied car, before driving away north along Eastern Avenue. Police say they're looking for the white pick-up truck which appeared to have a makeshift wooden bed. Police say the drive knew a collision had occurred, indicated by brake lights seen on camera shortly afterward. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Bell Gardens Police Department. FOX 11

Willowbrook Neighborhood Shooting: 5 Wounded, Teen Boy Among 2 Killed
Two people were killed, including a 17-year-old boy, and five people were wounded after a shooting in Los Angeles County's Willowbrook neighborhood, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department. Authorities say reports came in around 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the 12200 block of Blakely Avenue, near the intersection of E. 122nd Street. The area is located near the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. The names of the two victims who were declared dead at the scene were identified by the LA County coroner's office Monday as David Pugh, 17, of Downey, and Timothy Ford Sr., 40, of Moreno Valley. Both had been shot in the upper torso, detectives say. Four other people — one man in his fifties and three in their forties — were all transported to a local hospital and treated for gunshot wounds. According to LASD, a seventh victim, described as a woman in her forties drove herself to the hospital. A mother of one of the victims who survived the shooting spoke to FOX 11's Mario Ramirez Monday morning. She said her son is 20 years old. "He was not able to talk. He has tubes down his throat and in his nose and he has tubes in his neck ," LaQuincy Zimmerman said. The names of the victims have not been released and sheriff's deputies are still investigating what led to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LASD.  FOX 11

Woman Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver In West Compton
A woman died late Saturday night after she was hit by a vehicle in West Compton. The crash happened around 11:40 p.m. near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. According to a preliminary investigation by the California Highway Patrol, the woman, identified as 64-year-old Sandra Flowers of Compton, appears to have been crossing Avalon in the middle of the roadway when she was hit by the driver of an unknown vehicle. The driver then fled the scene and left Flowers in the roadway where she was pronounced dead by first responders around 11:45 p.m. The CHP is continuing to investigate the deadly crash. At this time, there is no information on the driver and no description of the vehicle they were driving. Anyone with information related to the crash is urged to contact officer J. Betz of the CHP South L.A. office at 424-551-4000. KTLA 5

Man Caught On Camera Placing Card Skimmer At Hawthorne Convenience Store
Surveillance video captured a man allegedly placing a card skimming device on a credit card machine at a Hawthorne convenience store. It happened Saturday at a 7-Eleven on West 135th Street. Security footage from the convenience store showed the suspect, a man wearing a black face mask, black clothing and an orange ballcap, waiting for just the right moment to install the card skimmer without anybody seeing him. The store's manager told KTLA that it happened during an overnight shift and the card skimmer wasn't discovered until Sunday morning. Anyone who made a purchase at the convenience store during the overnight shift should contact local police and keep an eye on their bank accounts. A police report has been filed with the Hawthorne Police Department, but the current status of the investigation is unclear. If you recognize the man in the security footage, you are urged to contact Hawthorne police at 310-349-2700. KTLA 5

Homicides Are Up, But California Sees A Welcome Decline In Child Victims
The stunning climb in homicide rates in recent years in California and big cities across the nation obscures a remarkably good-news trend involving young children: The number of child homicide victims fell dramatically in California over the last decade, the latest death certificate data show, a pattern mirrored to a lesser extent nationwide. In 1991, California's coroners classified 133 deaths of children ages 9 and younger as homicides. By 2011, that figure had fallen to 81. In 2020, it stood at 40. Adjusted for population changes, the state's child homicide rate — the number of homicides per 100,000 children ages 0 to 9 — dropped about 50% from 2011 to 2020 and is down about 70% from three decades earlier, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health. Nationwide, the child homicide rate fell 14% over the last decade and 28% from three decades earlier. Most child homicides involve newborns, infants and young toddlers. Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director of the Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, noted that “safe surrender” laws came online in California and many other states around 2001. Enacted in response to a spate of infant abandonments, these laws allow parents to confidentially surrender an infant 3 days old or younger without fear of prosecution. Los Angeles Times

North Carolina K-9 Killed During Shootout With Robbery Suspect
A Franklin County Sheriff's Office police dog was killed after deputies and an armed robbery suspect exchanged gunshots Sunday morning, according to authorities. William Darius Eichelberger, 21, has been charged with 10 felonies, said Terry Hobgood, a spokesperson for the Granville County Sheriff's Office. A German Shepherd K-9 police dog named Major died from a gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 3 years old. Eichelberger is accused of stealing a car around 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the unincorporated Antioch community in Granville County, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Deputies canvassed the area Saturday night but could not find Eichelberger, according to the news release. The next day, authorities responded to a "suspicious fire" on Richard Lane near Antioch Road, finding Eichelberger in the crawl space of a house, Hobgood said. Franklin County deputies were helping to clear the crawl space when authorities say Eichelberger fired shots at them. Franklin deputies returned fire but did not strike him, Hobgood said. No deputies were harmed during the incident. The News & Observer

NYPD Brass Say Repeat Offenders Big Factor In 44% Crime Rate Spike
Repeat offenders are a big factor in a 44% crime rate surge in the first three months of 2022, NYPD officials said Wednesday. More than 500 suspects have been arrested three times this year on robbery, burglary or shoplifting charges, police said. Among those repeat offenders are 91 people who have been arrested three or more times for burglary, said NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri. Another 64 suspects have been arrested at least three times this year in robberies, and 379 people have been arrested three times this year for shoplifting, police data show. “What we're seeing obviously is recidivism,” said Lipetri. “But what we're also seeing here is less people incarcerated.” Many law enforcement officials have complained about what they see as lenient bail laws that put too many criminal suspects on the streets instead of in jail as their cases make their way through the courts. The NYPD is banking on its recently unveiled Neighborhood Safety Unit, whose officers in 30 precincts and four housing bureau commands are tasked with taking guns off the street. The Neighborhood Safety Unit is arresting many repeat offenders, the NYPD says. Of the 135 arrests by the units since their deployment March 14, some 20% involve people with pending felony cases and 28% are of suspects with previous felony convictions. New York Daily News

Public Safety News

LAFD Investigating Cause Of Venice House Fire
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that burned a home on Superba Avenue, says Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. Crews were called to 823 Superba on Sunday around 6:20 p.m.. Upon arrival, firefighters say a one-story home was burning--while flames spread to a three story home next door. 41 firefighters extinguished flames in boths homes in 36 minutes. All occupants were able to leave the homes safely. Firefighters say they believe the fire started outside, but said it's too early in the investigation to know the cause.  WestSide Current

Daily LACo COVID Numbers Keep Inching Up; Will Hospitalizations Follow?
Daily COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb upward, and while hospitalization numbers remain low, health officials said Monday they fear an eventual increase in patient volumes if previous pandemic patterns hold. According to the county Department of Public Health, daily COVID infection numbers rose by an average of 3.1% per day over the past week. Over the past seven days, the county reported an average of 960 new cases per day, a 23% jump from the previous seven days. The increase in cases has been blamed on rising spread of the infectious BA.2 subvariant of the virus. BA.2 is an offshoot of the Omicron variant that fueled a winter surge in infections. County health officials noted that the average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus remains relatively low, at 1% as of Monday, but the rate has ticked up slightly over the past week. Also still low are the number of COVID-19-positive patients in county hospitals — 265 according to state figures, including 38 being treated in intensive care.

Local Government News

LA City Council Supports Bill To Incorporate Women's Needs In Homeless Response
A resolution in support of a California Senate bill aimed at incorporating the needs of domestic violence victims and unaccompanied women into homelessness planning was passed by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday, April 5. "Domestic violence is one of the leading drivers of women's homelessness, with approximately 57% of women reporting domestic violence as the cause of their homelessness," the resolution stated, citing national data. The resolution was introduced by Council President Nury Martinez and Councilman Joe Buscaino. It shows the city's support for Senate Bill 914, introduced by Sen. Susan Rubio, D-Baldwin Park. If the legislation is passed, it would require California cities, counties and continuums that receive homelessness response funding from the state to ensure that domestic violence victims' and unaccompanied women's needs are incorporated into the systems. The resolution notes that unaccompanied women wait more than 10 years to access stable housing, which it says is twice the rate of men. It adds that unsheltered women are at a higher likelihood of sexual violence, trauma and inadequate access to hygiene supplies. FOX 11

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