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April 18, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Couple Fatally Shot In Venice Home
Two people were shot and killed in a home on Berkeley Drive in Venice. Neighbors say they didn't hear a thing but detectives are hoping surveillance cameras captured the shooter. “We lost another creative beautiful soul too soon,” said Brad Neal, father of one of the victims. Neal says his 31-year-old son Brandon and his girlfriend were shot to death in their bed sometime Thursday evening to Friday morning in Brandon's house. “Thursday we were here and we moved a whole truck load out,” Neal said. Neal was helping his son move out of the house that had recently sold and says his son had problems with drugs, and was trying to sober up. Neal says he wants his son to be remembered for more than just his addiction. “He was a saxophonist…he became a welder and a fabricator and would not only fabricate items for functional use but he also did art,” Neal said about his son. Los Angeles police have released few details, while detectives confirmed two people were murdered in the home and say the act was not random. Cameras may be the answer detectives are looking for as several of the homes on Berkley Drive have cameras pointed right at the street. LAPD is asking residents to save footage from Thursday evening to Friday morning and contact police immediately. NBC 4

Crime Upstages Progressive Priorities In Los Angeles Mayor's Race
Frustrations over crime and homelessness are setting the tone in the race to become Los Angeles' next mayor, pushing progressive candidates like Rep. Karen Bass to set their liberal priorities aside — and bolstering the chances of a billionaire centrist in California's most sprawling and diverse metropolis. Public safety is proving to be a potent platform for Rick Caruso, a developer and former Republican who has spent $9 million on ads vowing to crack down on criminals and corruption in City Hall ahead of the June 7 top-two primary. A new poll has Caruso neck and neck with Bass, a household name and early favorite, suggesting a likely run-off between the two in November. As Democrats across the nation brace for bruising fights at the polls, law and order is dominating the political discourse — and deep blue Los Angeles is no exception. Bass, a former community organizer who has represented the city for nearly two decades in both Sacramento and Washington, has responded to the public angst with promises to put hundreds more officers on patrol. Her homelessness platform calls for law enforcement to back up outreach workers and assails “open air drug trafficking or the violence that takes place in broad daylight or hidden behind tents.” The crime-centric debate in Los Angeles is becoming a familiar story in big-city mayoral politics, propelled in part by a GOP narrative that calls to defund the police and abolish prisons in 2020 are to blame for a rise in violent crime in 2021.  Politico

Man Fatally Shot In Pacoima
A homeless man was gunned down Saturday in Pacoima. The shooting was reported at 11:45 a.m. at Dronfield Avenue and Terra Bella Street, according to a dispatcher at the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The 35-year-old victim, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. Suspect information was not available but she said investigators believe the shooting was possibly gang-related. Los Angeles Daily News

Hit-and-Run Leaves One Dead After Vehicle Slams Into Homeless Encampment In Wilmington
One person was killed in a hit-and-run that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday in Wilmington. The mid-sized SUV involved slammed into a homeless encampment on the 500 block of Figueroa Place at around 1:45 a.m., trapping one person underneath the vehicle. When first responders arrived, they pronounced the person dead at the scene. Authorities were still searching for the suspect as they were said to have fled from the scene on foot.  CBS 2

LAPD Transforms Police Station Into Prom Boutique To Help High School Students Attend Prom In Style
High school prom is a rite of passage for many students, and the Los Angeles Police Department is now helping some teens hit the dance in style. From sparkly to ruffled, to sweet and simple, hundreds of prom dresses and tuxedos transformed LAPD's Olympic police station into a prom boutique Saturday. Students from 15 Los Angeles area high schools will get to attend their proms in style thanks to the city attorney's office in partnership with LAPD. "We always kind of saw that need in our community, let alone when a student's celebrating their graduation," said Cynthia Hernandez from the L.A. City Attorney's Office. "We hate for financial circumstances to be the limitation. So, we are excited to provide all of these things free at cost." The prom closet program offers formal wear for both boys and girls, in addition to shoes, accessories and makeup to finish off each look. LAPD cadet Jeanette Lopez not only helped set up the boutique, but she also got a chance to look for her own prom dress. "I was here on Thursday helping out, and I was already looking at some of the dresses," Lopez said. "It was very exciting to see the different amount of dresses and the colors, and they were all really pretty." ABC 7

Los Angeles Woman Killed In Crash Into Watts House
The coroner has released the name of a woman killed Saturday when the vehicle in which she was a passenger slammed into a house in Watts, severely injuring the driver and narrowly missing the gas meter. Jaycie Martinez was a 38-year-old resident of Los Angeles. Paramedics were called at 4:27 a.m. to 9927 S. Wilmington Ave., where Martinez was pronounced dead, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Investigators suspect the man driving the Mercedes-Benz was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, said Sgt. P. Ybarra of the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division. The man, whose name was not immediately released, faces charges including vehicular manslaughter, Ybarra said. The relationship between the driver and passenger was not immediately clear. The house sustained damage he described as "significant," but no one was injured inside and the impact missed the gas meter by about one foot. FOX 11

Cyclist Dead After Collision With Car In Griffith Park: LAPD
A bicyclist died in a collision with a vehicle in Griffith Park Saturday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The cyclist, whose name, age and gender have not been released, was struck at about 3:50 p.m. on the 4400 block of Crystal Springs Drive, according to LAPD Officer Orris. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car fled on foot, but was later apprehended and taken into custody, Orris said. KTLA 5

Police Looking For Suspect In Ocean Front Walk Encampment Stabbing
Police are looking for the person involved in a stabbing at an encampment on Ocean Front Walk. The victim, a 25-year-old male, is being treated for a stab wound to the arm, according to LAPD. Police say the incident took place a little before 3:00 p.m on Saturday, April 16. Witnesses who live nearby say an altercation took place at the encampment at Dudley and Ocean Front Walk. No suspect is in custody at this time.  WestSide Current

Surveillance Video Shows Thief Snatching Pit Bull From Home In Sun Valley
Surveillance video captured a thief snatching a puppy from a Sun Valley home last week, leaving the dog's owner fearing for her pet's safety. It happened at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at the corner of corner of Peoria Street and Amboy Avenue. The surveillance video from a neighbor's home shows a man reaching over a fence and snatching a 3-month-old pit bull named Hercules. The puppy's owner said a silver Pontiac Grand Prix slowed down in front her house when the man apparently got out, reached over her gate, scooped Hercules, and took off. On Sunday afternoon, the dog's owner told Eyewitness News a resident found Hercules and has since been returned.  ABC 7

Man Shot During Attempted Robbery In West Hollywood
An attempted robbery in West Hollywood ended Saturday morning with a shooting. It happened around 3 a.m. Saturday on the 8200 block of Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills West neighborhood. Authorities say a man was walking in the area when he was approached by another man who attempted to rob him. During some sort altercation, the attacker brandished a gun and shot a man at the scene. Multiple shots were fired, authorities said. The suspect then fled the scene and is currently wanted by law enforcement. The victim, identified only as an adult male, was seriously injured in the shooting. He was transported to the hospital where he was most recently listed in critical condition. Anyone with information about the shooting suspect is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at 310-855-8850. KTLA 5

Beverly Hills Residents Wake Up To Antisemitic Fliers — Again.
Police Are Investigating First it was Hanukkah, now Passover. On Saturday morning, some residents in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles woke up to find yet another antisemitic flier on their front door. The fliers, which appear connected to similar fliers that were distributed across the region in November and December, begin with the statement, “Every Single Aspect of The Ukraine-Russia War is Jewish,” followed by a list of government officials. Previous leaflets espoused similar propaganda-style hate speech, such as: “Every Single Aspect of the COVID Agenda Is Jewish.” Residents in a neighborhood on the northern end of Beverly Hills started seeing the fliers about 7 a.m. Saturday, the morning after the first Passover Seder. The Los Angeles Police Department received similar reports, authorities said, and the Beverly Hills Police Department is canvassing the area and collecting all the fliers. “It's still pretty fresh, we're still figuring out where they all are,” said Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Ryan Dolan, who noted that there was no direct threat written in the fliers. Los Angeles Times

Santa Monica Police Arrest Four People In Catalytic Converter Theft
Police in Santa Monica arrested four people in connection to a catalytic converter theft in the 1500 block of Harvard Street in Santa Monica early Friday morning. According to a news release by SMPD, a person who was awoken to the sounds of power tools and grinding called police, believing that they witnessed a group of people stealing a catalytic converter who were then leaving in a gray Chevy Tahoe SUV. Police located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. There were four occupants in the SUV, as well as numerous power saws, a vehicle jack, two-way radios, masks, miscellaneous tools and the stolen catalytic converter. The Chevy Tahoe was towed and all the of burglary tools were booked into evidence. The four suspects, Jesus Guerrero, Alexandra Garcia, Jesse Gonzalez and Samantha Lopez were arrested and booked on various charges, including grand theft and conspiracy. Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident was strongly urged to contact the Detective Bureau at 310-458-8451 or the Watch Commander at 310-458-8426.  CBS 2

Woman Killed In Murder-Suicide In Willowbrook
A woman found shot to death Saturday in the unincorporated Willowbrook area was the victim of what authorities now believe was a murder-suicide. The shooting occurred about 4:45 a.m. in the 1200 block of East 119th Street, near Central Avenue and the Los Angeles city limits, according to Deputy Brenda Serna of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Arriving deputies found the woman in her 40s lying unresponsive in a driveway and a man in his 40s lying unresponsive in the street nearby, Serna said. Both appeared to have gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene. “Investigators learned the female victim, who lived across the street from where she was discovered, had returned home, where the male, believed to be her ex-boyfriend, was waiting for her,” Serna said. “The male suspect chased the victim a short distance before shooting her. The suspect then turned the gun on himself. ” A semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene, she said. Anyone with information regarding the shooting was asked to call detectives at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

3 People Killed In Sacramento Shooting Had Ties To Gangs, Prosecutors Say
Three people who were killed in the April 3 downtown Sacramento shootout that left six dead and a dozen others injured were associated with gangs and involved in a conflict that preceded the deadly incident, Sacramento County prosecutors allege. A court filing reviewed by the Sacramento Bee details new information on the timeline of events leading up to the early morning shooting, when an estimated five suspects opened fire down the street from the state Capitol as nightclubs emptied about 2 a.m. Prosecutors said three men killed that night — Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, Devazia Turner and Sergio Harris — were linked to gangs, and that tension was brewing between two rival groups in the minutes before the shooting, the Bee reported Saturday. Officials in the Sacramento County district attorney's office said Sunday that the filing should be made available by Monday. Three suspected shooters named so far include brothers Dandrae and Smiley Martin and Mtula Payton. Dandrae Martin, 26, was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail and charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. Smiley Martin, 27, is hospitalized and recovering from injuries sustained in the shooting. Police are still searching for Payton, 27, who is wanted on multiple felony warrants. Los Angeles Times

'I'm Ready To Begin Healing,' Says Texas Officer Shot 19 Years Ago After Cold Case Solved
Over 19 years from the day he was shot by an unsuspected bank robber during a traffic stop, North Richland Hills Police Capt. Jeff Garner says he can finally heal. It was March 3, 2003, when Garner, on a motorcycle, attempted to stop a red Jeep Wrangler. He had no idea that the vehicle, and its driver, were connected to an armed robbery in Watauga moments earlier where the man stole over $8,500. The armed robbery was the last of seven, between 1998 through 2003 in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, that the suspect, Mark Long, had organized, police said. Refusing to stop, Long not only tried to run Garner over, but fired five shots at him, striking him in the right ankle before fleeing the scene without a trace for nearly two decades. The police department interviewed a few suspects and analyzed the evidence they had, but the case went cold, until a police detective became interested in it in 2013. In 2015, North Richland Hills Police Detective Erik Whitlock officially was assigned to the case and in April 2022, after years of investigating DNA evidence, the case came to a close. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

US Rocked By 3 Mass Shootings During Easter Weekend
Authorities in South Carolina say they are investigating shooting at a nightclub in Hampton County early Sunday that left at least nine people injured. It was the second mass shooting in the state over the Easter holiday weekend, and the third in the nation. The South Carolina shootings and one in Pittsburgh that left two minors dead early Sunday at least 31 people injured. South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the early Sunday shooting at Cara's Lounge in Hampton County. The agency said in an email there were no reported fatalities. No information was immediately available on the severity of the injuries. Hampton County is roughly 80 miles (about 129 kilometers) west of Charleston. A phone call to the nightclub was not answered. In Pittsburgh, meanwhile, two minors were killed and at least eight people were injured during a shooting at a house party. The shooting, which followed an altercation, happened around 12:30 a.m. during a party at a short-term rental property where hundreds of people had gathered — the "vast majority" of them underage, Chief Scott Schubert of the Pittsburgh police department told reporters. FOX 11

Public Safety News

LAFD Puts Out Apartment Fire In Broadway-Manchester Area Of Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished a fire at an apartment building under construction in Los Angeles Saturday evening. Calls for the fire at came in around 5:18 p.m. Saturday to the building at 231 E. 87th Place in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood. According to LAFD, the building is a split duplex, with two stories in the front and one in the rear. The building is under construction, and according to officials, the framing and wrap involved in the construction played a part in the firefight. Nealry 90 LAFD personnel battled the blaze as smoke rose into the Los Angeles sky. Crews were able to put out the fire in less than an hour. Firefighters could be seen on the roof, using chainsaws. One person could even be seen on the roof of a nearby building, observing as crews worked. No injuries were reported. LAFD is investigating the cause of the fire. FOX 11

LAFD, Angeles National Forest Responders Knock Down Brusher In Tujunga
Los Angeles Fire Department ground and air units with an assist from Angeles National Forest responders contained a small brush fire Sunday that burned more than an acre of grass near the Tujunga Little League Field. The fire ignited near 12301 N. Mount Gleason Ave. in Tujunga around 3:15 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The department dispatched 73 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames in about half an hour, Humphrey said. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, he said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.  CBS 2

L.A. County Ends Quarantines For Asymptomatic People Exposed To Coronavirus
Los Angeles County on Friday ended its order to quarantine asymptomatic people exposed to the coronavirus. The rule change means anyone — even someone not vaccinated against COVID-19 or up-to-date with a booster shot — who is exposed to an infected person no longer needs to stay home for at least five days to see whether they will test positive or become sick, provided they remain symptom-free. But unlike the California Department of Public Health, which universally relaxed its quarantine recommendations for the public earlier this month, L.A. County has established a few conditions for waiving the waiting period. The county will require, not merely recommend, that people who were in close contact with an infected person “wear a highly protective mask around others, especially indoors, for a total of 10 days after the last contact with a person infected” with the coronavirus, and get tested within three to five days after their last exposure to the infected person. Los Angeles Times

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