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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 21, 2022
Law Enforcement News

FBI Adds 2019 California Murder Suspect To Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List
The FBI has added a big 2019 California murder suspect to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list. Omar Alexander Cardenas, 27, is accused of gunning down Jabali Dumas, 46, at an outdoor shopping center in Sylmar, just north of Los Angeles, on Aug. 15, 2019, according to authorities. Cardenas is seen on surveillance video walking into the parking lot, reaching into the back of his waistband. Just over a minute later he appears again, running away. Los Angeles police allege that the two men got in a verbal argument before Cardenas went to his car and came back with a gun to kill the victim. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office, Dumas died at the hospital of a gunshot wound to the head three days after the shooting. Law enforcement describes Cardenas as a White Hispanic male who stands around 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs between 240 and 300 pounds. He wears prescription glasses and often has a beard, according to authorities. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. He is wanted on a California murder charge and a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if he is encountered abroad. FOX News

California Board OKs Parole Of Ex-Mexican Mafia Killer
California parole officials have approved the release of a notorious former Mexican Mafia prison gang leader who has been cooperating with law enforcement for nearly 20 years. Two consecutive governors previously blocked parole for Rene “Boxer” Enriquez in part based on the argument that he is safer in prison than on the streets, where he may be targeted as a snitch by his old cronies. “They can't deny him parole based on, ‘He might be in danger.' That's kind of his risk to take,” his attorney, Laura Sheppard, said Tuesday. Authorities have taken extraordinary steps to protect him over the years, once booking him into custody under a false name on a bogus charge of possessing a swordfish without a license. In 2015, the Los Angeles Police Department used SWAT officers and a police helicopter to secure a downtown building so Enriquez could speak to a group of police chiefs and business leaders about the gang's growth and operations. Just last week, prison officials refused to provide his current photograph, citing security concerns. “With his knowledge of the mafia, it's his belief that if he stays out of their way … that he'll be fine,” Sheppard said. “He doesn't believe they're going to chase him down like you see in the movies, hunt him throughout the world.” Yet Enriquez plans to keep cooperating with federal authorities as they are again prosecuting the leadership of the prison-based gang that began in the 1950s in a juvenile jail and has since grown into an international criminal organization. OC Register

Man Accused Of Losing Control Doing Burnouts On 6th Street Viaduct Bridge Is Arrested On Hit-and-Run Charges
Following the opening of the new 6th Street Viaduct bridge after more than six years of construction, and some drivers getting rowdy, police have announced the arrest of a hit-and-run driver who lost control while doing burnouts. The driver of the 2016 White Dodge Challenger, who the Los Angeles Police Department says was caught on camera performing burnouts on the new bridge, was not identified. Police said he went into Central Station and identified himself as the registered owner and driver. On July 18 at 10:20 p.m., the driver was performing burnouts when he lost control and hit two cars, a 2021 Nissan Sentra and a 2022 Honda Civic. He took off and left the Challenger behind, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of Exhibition of Speed, Hit and Run Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, and Lying to Police Officers. The original viaduct was first built in 1932 and was featured in several iconic films such as "Grease," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Drive.” The $588 million revamp project is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles, and will connect commuters from Boyle Heights to downtown LA's Arts District. The original Sixth Street Viaduct was a Los Angeles landmark seen in films and television shows, but fell victim to deterioration blamed on an alkali-silica chemical reaction that caused an expansion and cracking of the concrete over time. Seismically speaking, it wasn't up to the task anymore. NBC 4

LAPD Equips Every Officer With FirstNet-Enabled Cellphones
The Los Angeles Police Department has issued iPhone 13 Pro Max cellphones equipped with FirstNet to each of its officers, expanding its use of the networking technology, according to a FirstNet press release. The department first began using FirstNet software in its communications center during the COVID-19 pandemic. “With FirstNet, we are taking the next step in fulfilling our vision of the future of police work,” LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said. “Taking advantage of the apps and reliable and secure connection, officers will be able to do their work on their phones or in the cars, instead of at the station, allowing more time to help those in the community and creating a safer environment.” LAPD patrol vehicles will be outfitted with Cradlepoint routers that will provide network connectivity for officers in the field to allow for 5G and further technological innovation in the field. Officers will also be equipped with Intrepid Network's Response for FirstNet, a web and mobile situational awareness platform that makes it possible for teams to communicate and coordinate based on near-real-time information, FirstNet said.  PoliceOne

Pedestrian Severely Injured In Tarzana Hit-and-Run Crash
A woman was injured late last week after a hit-and-run driver crashed into her and her vehicle in Tarzana, police said. The incident occurred around 2:55 p.m. July 15 near the intersection of Etiwanda Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A four-door Chevy Spark was heading south on Etiwanda, veered to the right side of the roadway and crashed into a vehicle and a pedestrian, police said. The pedestrian was standing next to her vehicle when the crash occurred and she suffered severe injuries. The driver did not stop to help the victim or identify themselves, police said. The vehicle was described as being gray and had a sticker on top of the front windshield. It may have damage to the right side. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to LAPD call Valley traffic detectives at 818-644-8032. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information in the case that leads to an arrest and conviction. KTLA 5

Suspect Loses Control Of Vehicle, Crashes Into An RV
The suspect was trying to get away from an LAPD helicopter. Yahoo! News

Chanel Store Burglarized In Beverly Grove Smash-and-Grab; Suspects Slam Van Into Front Window
A group of at least 8 suspects burglarized a Chanel store in Beverly Grove early Wednesday morning, authorities said. The crime was reported about 4:20 a.m. in the 100 block of Robertson Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators said the suspects pulled up to the boutique in three vehicles, including a white cargo van. Surveillance video shows the van smashing into the store's floor-to-ceiling front window. Witnesses told police that the thieves took items from the window display before fleeing the scene. Details about the stolen merchandise and its estimated value were not immediately released. Descriptions of the suspects were not available. ABC 7

42-Year-Old Woman Reported Missing In Mid-Wilshire Area Of Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Police Department sought the public's help Tuesday to find a 42-year-old woman who was last seen in the Mid-Wilshire area. Champaneri Deevyuti was last seen May 26 in the 700 block of South Burnside Avenue, according to the LAPD. Deevyuti is 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. 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 .

Suspect Who Allegedly Opened Fire On Deputies In Compton Pleads Not Guilty
An ex-con who allegedly opened fire on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies last week in Compton as they responded to a report of a shooting -- and then barricaded himself inside his apartment, which caught fire while he was inside -- pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges. Alrick Mcneese, 49, of Compton, was charged Monday with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, three counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer or firefighter and one count each of assault with a firearm, arson of an inhabited structure or property and possession of a firearm with a prior violent conviction. The criminal complaint includes allegations that Mcneese personally used a shotgun and that he has convictions dating back to 1990 for crimes including robbery and first-degree burglary. Sheriff's deputies were sent to the 100 block of Acacia Avenue about 7:30 a.m. last Thursday on an assault with a deadly weapon call, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. A person who had been wounded was taken to a hospital, the sheriff's department reported. FOX 11

Navy SEAL Convicted In 2016 Killing In Santa Monica
A former United States Navy SEAL has been convicted in the 2016 killing of a man in Santa Monica. Santa Monica police arrested Theo Krah, 34, in June 2016 on suspicion of stabbing and beating a man who he had previously gotten into an altercation with. The victim was found severely injured on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of 5th Street suffering from “severe trauma to the face and head,” Santa Monica police said. The man, who authorities later identified as Kris Anderson from Santa Monica, was taken to the hospital where he later died. Krah, 28 at the time, was identified as the suspect after police officers responded to the Santa Monica Pier to break up a verbal and physical altercation between the two. Just an hour after police separated the two men, Anderson was found by police suffering from serious injuries. The two men did not know each other at the time, police said, and Krah's lawyers argued that their client was trying to stop Anderson from taking inappropriate photos with his camera. Still, police intervened in the argument, decided not to arrest either men and sent them on their way. KTLA 5

Public Safety News

L.A. County Goes It Alone In Push For New Coronavirus Mask Rules, Igniting Familiar Debate
Sustained growth in coronavirus-positive hospitalizations has Los Angeles County on the brink of a new public indoor mask mandate, a move officials say could help curb still-widespread transmission, but it has raised some concerns among business groups and sparked questions about its necessity. Though the count remains well below the peaks of earlier surges, hospitalizations have swelled. In L.A. County, 1,299 coronavirus-positive patients were hospitalized as of Monday — up 60% since the start of the month. The story is much the same in intensive care units, where the latest daily census, 137, is far below the highs of previous waves but has increased almost 51% since July 1. Although they're not as high as during the peak of previous waves, the current number of coronavirus-positive patients in ICUs is roughly the same as when L.A. County last implemented an indoor mask mandate, on July 17, 2021. On that date, there were 134 coronavirus-positive patients in intensive care units. Los Angeles Times

CDC Endorses More Traditional Novavax COVID Shot For Adults
U.S. adults who haven't gotten any COVID-19 shots yet should consider a new option from Novavax — a more traditional kind of vaccine, health officials said Tuesday. Regulators authorized the nation's first so-called protein vaccine against COVID-19 last week, but the final hurdle was a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If you have been waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine built on a different technology than those previously available, now is the time to join the millions of Americans who have been vaccinated,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC's director, said in a statement, endorsing an earlier decision from an influential advisory panel. Most Americans have gotten at least their primary COVID-19 vaccinations by now, but CDC officials said between 26 million and 37 million adults haven't had a single dose — the population that Novavax, for now, will be targeting. “We really need to focus on that population,” said CDC adviser Dr. Oliver Brooks, past president of the National Medical Association. Hopefully, the vaccine “will change them over from being unvaccinated to vaccinated.” KTLA 5

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