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July 25, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Families Run for Cover From Gunfire During a Baseball Game at San Pedro Park
Families visiting a Southern California park for a baseball game and other activities ran for cover Sunday afternoon when they heard the frightening sound of gunfire getting closer. Witnesses reported hearing dozens of gunshots coming from several parts of sprawling Peck Park at about 4 p.m. in San Pedro. About 500 people were in the park, where some attended the game and what police described as an un-permitted car show. All seven victims are adults, ranging in age from 23 to 54, who suffered gunshot wounds, the  LAPD  said. One of the deceased victims was found on a baseball field, police said. NBC 4
Convicted Killer Released 6 Years Into 50-Year Sentence Under DA Gascón Is Charged With New Crimes
A convicted murderer who was freed from jail last November after his case was sent back to juvenile court was charged Thursday with a new series of crimes, including leading Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on a pursuit. Andrew Cachu -- charged now under the name Andres Benjamin Cachu -- pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle and driving against traffic, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession for sale of methamphetamine and possession for sale of cocaine, along with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of a drug, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm and possession of cannabis for sale. The criminal complaint includes allegations that Cachu was previously convicted in October 2016 of murder and robbery. Cachu, now 25, was released from jail last Nov. 10 after a state appeals court panel ordered that case involving the March 31, 2015, shooting death of Louis Amela be sent back for a hearing to determine if his case should be handled in juvenile court or adult court as a result of a change in state law because he was 17 at the time of the crime. Cachu -- who was prosecuted as an adult and was serving a 50-year-to-life state prison sentence for the killing before his case was sent back -- admitted the shooting while in a jail holding cell with two undercover deputies who surreptitiously recorded their 45-minute conversation, according to the appellate court panel's November 2017 ruling. ABC 7

Teen boy killed in possible car-to-car shooting in Torrance
A 17-year-old was killed in a possible car-to-car shooting in  Torrance  Sunday night, the  Los Angeles Police Department  said. The shooting was reported around 11:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Plaza del Amo, near Denker Avenue. Witnesses told LAPD investigators they heard a shooting followed by a crash. The teen victim was found dead inside a vehicle at the scene with a gunshot wound. Fox 11

Woman Stabbed To Death At South LA Pizzeria
A woman was fatally wounded Saturday afternoon during an altercation with another woman at a Little Caesars Pizza in South Los Angeles. The attack was reported as an “ambulance cutting” at 3:11 p.m. in the 10300 block of Avalon Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police Officer Matthew Cruz. The mortally wounded woman in her 40s got back into her car and tried to drive away but crashed nearby, Cruz said. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The suspect, another woman, took herself to a hospital for treatment of her wounds, he said. She was taken into custody there without further incident. A news videographer reported the stabbing victim crashed in the 200 block of East 102nd Street and that detectives were investigating at both scenes.

Man Shot By Rifle-Wielding Suspect In Van Nuys
A 30-year-old man was shot on Saturday in Van Nuys buy a man with a rifle. The shooting occurred just after 2:40 p.m. on Saturday at the 6800 block of Peach Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital but his condition is unknown at this moment. The man, who has not been identified, suffered gun shot wounds to his leg but fortunately is conscious and breathing, CBSLA has learned. The suspect, described by authorities as a shirtless man, was seen running northbound on Peach Avenue. It's unclear at this moment if LAPD officers managed to arrest the suspect.   CBS 2

Brawl Breaks Out In Los Angeles' Fashion District
A video shared on social media shows a violent brawl that broke out in Los Angeles' Fashion District last weekend. The nearly 90-second clip of the Sunday chaos features multiple men swinging at each other with crutches in Santee Alley. It happened in the 1100 block of Santee Street between E. 11th and E. 12th streets. A trash can is hurled by one man, and several bystanders filmed the fight. The witness who took the video, Karissa Nachor, told FOX 11 that she and a group of around 12 people were visiting Santee Alley when a man came out of a store and "aggressively" asked them to move. Nachor said the man started pushing a cart toward her and her boyfriend and began to call her boyfriend a racial slur. Although security was called, according to Nachor, they did not do anything. That's when the man allegedly pushed her boyfriend and tried to steal his crutches. Nachor said security used pepper spray and the brawl eventually ceased. She has filed a police report. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the area, confirming that the store owner filed a report, and they are continuing to investigate the incident. FOX News

More Crashes, Climbers And Chaos On New 6th Street Bridge
Another day, another crash on the 6th Street Viaduct. The latest collision on downtown L.A.'s newly constructed bridge occurred about 2 a.m. Friday morning when a driver crashed into the back of a pickup truck that was parked on the bridge, according to Los Angeles police. The truck was stopped in a “no parking” zone. Dozens of curious onlookers quickly gathered around the crash site. Videos posted on social media show vehicles parked on the bridge, while some pedestrians scaled the bridge's massive arches, hoping to catch a view of the scene. Since its opening nearly two weeks ago, the new half-billion-dollar bridge, which connects downtown with the city's historic Eastside, has proved popular not only with motorists but taggers and street racers. As a result, police and city officials have grappled with crashes, street takeovers and vandals. Police have increased patrols on the bridge, and the department's street-racing task force is keeping an eye on the area, officials said. Transit officials are looking at putting in higher fencing and some kind of traffic median that were not in the original plans. Eastside Councilman Kevin de Leon said in a statement this week that steps are being taken to protect the bridge. On Tuesday his office said the city will add cameras on the bridge to deter and identify drag racers and other illegal activity. Los Angeles Times

Suspects Who Stole Over $50,000 In Merchandise From Newport Beach Mall May Be Linked To Crimes In LA
Newport Beach police say the four suspects arrested after allegedly robbing a Neiman Marcus store at the Fashion Island shopping mall may have been involved in similar crimes in the Los Angeles area. The four suspects -- a man, a woman and two juveniles -- were arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on suspicion of robbery, the Newport Beach Police Department reported. The adult suspects were identified as Dominic Burrell, 20, of Lancaster, and Brionnah Riley, 20, of Palmdale. Information was not released on the juveniles. The crime occurred about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Neiman Marcus store in the mall at 601 Newport Center Drive, police said. Officers went to the location "on a report of six subjects stealing high-end handbags from the Chanel portion of the store," police said in a statement. "The group fled Fashion Island in two different vehicles, described as a red sedan and a white BMW," police said. "Newport Beach police officers quickly located the white BMW and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle." The BMW driver kept going, leading authorities on a pursuit. "During the course of the pursuit, the suspects discarded several of the stolen items along the pursuit route," police said. "The Newport Beach Police Department requested the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff's Department Air Unit and the California Highway Patrol." FOX 11

Woman Arrested After Pursuit Ends In Compton
A 22-year-old Compton woman has been arrested in that city after leading police on a pursuit that started in Escondido, authorities said Sunday. Escondido police responded to a call about a hit and run at 9:08 p.m. Saturday on Harding Street and Lincoln Parkway. The pursuit started on Lincoln Parkway and Broadway. The suspect was identified as Suadie Irma Valle, who was driving a 2012 Toyota Yaris, according to Escondido police. She was arrested around 11 p.m. Saturday after stopping her car at a mobile home park at Avenida Elisa and Calle Victoria in Compton. Police tackled her to the ground after she walked out of the vehicle, according to footage shot by CBS2.

Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of New York Police Officer
A man has been charged in the shooting death of a police officer in Rochester, New York, authorities said Friday. Another officer was wounded late Thursday in what police described as an ambush. A 15-year-old girl in a nearby house was also shot and wounded. The slain officer, Anthony Mazurkiewicz, a 29-year member of the department, was in a parked vehicle with Officer Sino Seng when 17 rounds were fired into the vehicle from behind, Rochester Police Capt. Frank Umbrino said at a Friday news conference. The two were part of the department's plainclothes tactical unit and were investigating a murder. Umbrino said police found Kelvin Vickers, 21, hiding in the crawl space of a vacant house near the scene about an hour after the shooting, as well as a loaded 9 mm handgun. Umbrino said preliminary testing determined that the gun had been used in the shooting. Vickers was charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons counts. The department's chief, David Smith, called the shooting “a cowardly ambush” at a briefing earlier Friday. Associated Press

Officer Shot In Face After Police Pursuit In Houston
A 29-year-old police officer with three years on the job was shot in the face following a tense pursuit, police in Houston, police announced Saturday. Officer Crystal Sepulveda took one bullet to her face and another to her foot and is expected to survive. The suspect, who police say was armed with a pair of automatic pistols carrying extended magazines, was shot dead. Chief Troy Finner said in a press conference that around 2 a.m., Missouri City, Texas, officers spotted a stolen vehicle connected to an aggravated robbery. That triggered a multi-department pursuit that resulted in a firefight in a residential neighborhood where the suspect crashed the car he was driving in front of a home, then ran away, shooting himself in the foot. Officers engaged the man, an unidentified Black male believed to be between the ages of 25 and 30, and a shootout ensued. The pursuant was shot “multiple times” and brought to a hospital where he died. The chief described the suspect as a person as heavily armed and “so violent,” while crediting officers for their handling of the dangerous situation. “That's what we're facing,” Finner said. “Everyone needs to know it.” New York Daily News

Public Safety News

Fire Destroys Home In Glassell Park, One Person Dead
One person was found dead Saturday inside a home destroyed by fire in Glassell Park, fire officials said. The blaze at 2603 W. Crestmoore Place was reported at 9:50 a.m., according to spokeswoman Margaret Stewart of the LA Fire Department. The fire also damaged a second building, she added. The department dispatched 35 firefighters to the scene and they extinguished the flames in 21 minutes, she said. There was no immediate word on the gender or age of the victim, and officials said the cause of death will have to be determined by the coroner. The victim's name will be withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. NBC 4

Commercial Building Burns In Vermont-Slauson: LAFD
A vacant commercial building in the Vermont-Slauson area of South Los Angeles went up in flames Sunday evening. The fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street burned a 50-foot-by-200-foot one-story building, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. It took about half an hour for 52 firefighters to extinguish the fire, the LAFD later added. A nearby home on 60th Street was threatened by the flames, but aerial footage from Sky5 showed firefighters working to save the house, and their efforts “spar[ed] a nearby home on 60th Street from any fire damage.” No injuries were reported and the fire is currently under investigation, fire officials said. KTLA 5

Coronavirus Cases Start To Flatten In L.A. County As Decision On Mask Mandate Looms
Weekly coronavirus cases are showing early signs of flattening in Los Angeles County, but they remain at significantly elevated levels as a decision on whether to impose a new indoor mask mandate looms on Thursday. It's too soon to say whether it's a blip or the beginning of a sustained trend. Since cases began increasing in late March, there have been three times where they began to drop, only to be followed by steeper increases later, with transmission worsened by increasingly ultracontagious variants capable of reinfecting people within several weeks. But the recent flattening in cases was something that L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also noted publicly recently. Should a flattening in cases be followed by a steep decrease in the coming days — something that cannot be predicted with certainty — it is possible that Ferrer could postpone a universal mask mandate that was set to be enacted on Friday if conditions do not improve by then. “You can see here this sign of plateauing cases of the past week, and we do hope this continues,” Ferrer said at a press briefing Thursday. “I do want to note, however, that over the past two months, we have seen some small dips that were then followed by additional increases, so it does make sense for us to continue to be cautious, given the relatively high number of cases we see.” Los Angeles Times

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