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July 27, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Boy, 5, Pronounced Dead After Being Found Unconscious In East Hollywood; Dad Accused Of Murder
A father has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his 5-year-old son was found unconscious in a bathtub in East Hollywood on Monday and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said. Darwin Reyes, 32, was taken into custody by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division-Abused Child Section, the agency said in a news release. Officers responded shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday to report of a boy not breathing in the 4000 block of Marathon Street. "Upon the officers' arrival, they observed vomit and blood in the bedroom and in the bathroom of the residence," the statement said. The child was found in a bathroom, and police attempted to render medical aid while summoning firefighter-paramedics to the scene. The boy was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. The LAPD's Juvenile Division-Abused Child Section launched an investigation, which revealed Reyes as the suspect in the case, according to officials. Late Monday evening he was booked for willful cruelty to a child. His bail was set at $1,000,000. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the LAPD's Abused Child Section, Juvenile Division, or Detective Patterson at (213) 486-0577. ABC 7

LAPD Investigate Man Fatally Shot On Sidewalk In Florence
A man was shot and killed in Florence just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday. LAPD responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon and found a man face down on the sidewalk of 41st St. and Ascot Ave. The victim suffered one gunshot wound to the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was a man in his 30s, and it is currently unknown whether or not he was a resident of the neighborhood. At the time, there is no suspect description, no known motive, nor if the crime was gang-related. LAPD is still investigating the scene and is collecting as much evidence as possible -- including surveillance video from homes in the neighborhood. NBC 4

Man Found Stabbed To Death In Woodland Hills
A man was found stabbed to death Tuesday in Woodland Hills, and an investigation was underway. Officers were sent to the 5100 block of San Feliciano Drive just before 5:50 a.m. after a witness jogging in the area found the man with multiple stab wounds to his back lying unconscious and not breathing on a sidewalk, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Paramedics arrived at the scene prior to police, and pronounced the man dead. His name was not released, though police noted he was 41 years old. A preliminary investigation indicated to authorities that the man was stabbed in the middle of the street and walked to the sidewalk before he collapsed. Police also reported detectives "have not located any evidence that this incident was related to a traffic collision," though no further details were immediately available. Authorities are canvassing the area for surveillance footage and additional witnesses, and anyone with information about the death was asked to contact LAPD at 818-374-1925. FOX 11

Police Seek Man Who Allegedly Stabbed Wife In Venice
Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate a 37-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his wife in Venice. Los Angeles Police Department officers responded about 5:40 a.m. Monday to the area of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Venice Boulevard on reports of an assault with a deadly weapon and found a 33-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds to her body, according to a department statement. Paramedics were called to the scene and took the woman to a hospital. While en route, the woman told officers `` her husband stabbed her multiple times while parked in her vehicle in the area of Washington Boulevard and Yale Avenue.'' The woman was able to exit her car after the stabbing, and she was spotted by a passing motorist who drove her to a safe location and contacted police. The woman identified her husband as Gerardo Doroteo, and he was last seen fleeing the scene of the stabbing on foot southbound on Yale Avenue from Washington Boulevard.  WestSide Current

LAPD Says It Will Deploy More Officers To San Pedro's Peck Park After Deadly Shooting
Inside an auditorium packed full of 200 people, Los Angeles police announced that it will bolster its presence at San Pedro's Peck Park after a deadly shooting. "You're going to see cops in their cars. You're going to see cops on bicycles. You're going to see cops on ATVs. You're going to see cops on horses," said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brent McGuyre. The LAPD delivered the news to the community two days after eight people were shot at Peck Park, two of whom died. During the meeting, the department said it wanted to restore the sense of safety as well as to clarify the events leading up to the shooting. “It wasn't a team-on-team versus each other," said Capt. Adrian Gonzalez. "It wasn't gang-on-gang versus each other. It was a couple of individuals, who have identified, who had a dispute." On the day of the shooting hundreds crowded the park for a softball game featuring ex-gang members, part of a league committed to peace, and a lowrider birthday party.  CBS 2

LAPD Says New Sixth Street Bridge To Close Indefinitely For ‘Public Safety'
Two weeks after it opened to great fanfare, the Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge will be closed indefinitely, the Los Angeles Police Department has announced, but officials did not offers any specifics regarding the decision to close the 3,500-foot bridge. “The Sixth Street Bridge will be closed until further notice due to illegal activity and public safety concerns,” the department tweeted around 9 p.m. Tuesday night. It was the fourth time in five nights that police decided to close the $588 million bridge, which opened to the public on July 10 and connects Boyle Heights and the downtown Arts District. The bridge, which opened to the public on July 10, was also closed overnight Saturday due to a traffic collision involving a pickup parked in a no-parking zone that was struck by another vehicle. Police made several arrests after street takeovers and other unruly behavior temporarily shut down the bridge Friday night. Police Chief Michel Moore said that in two cases, people were pointing green lasers at police officers.

Man Arrested In Culver City For Allegedly Impersonating Police Officer
A man was arrested last week for allegedly impersonating a police officer in Culver City, according to police. The Culver City Police Department says officers responded last Monday afternoon to the Ramada Inn hotel at 3930 Sepulveda Blvd. after a report of suspicious behavior at the location. Police said officers confronted a man wearing a bulletproof vest with a large patch on the back that said "POLICE." Culver City police also said investigators found "components of a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun." They also seized a collapsible baton, flashlights and other items commonly carried by officers. The man was taken into custody. Police said he also has a pending case for illegal firearms possession.  ABC 7

LASD Warns Parents That Marijuana Edibles Being Packaged To Look Like Ordinary Snacks
At first glance, they look like regular snacks - cookies, chips, candy. On closer look they carry names like "Stoneos" "Reefer's" and "Starbuds." Officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for products containing marijuana that are packaged to look like ordinary snack foods. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says they might be packaged to make it less obvious to parents that they contain the drug. "Special attention to parents, Marijuana Dispensaries are packaging their edibles in creative ways to avoid detection. Be cognizant with what your children buy and ingest," the department tweeted.  ABC 7

Man Gets 10-Year Sentence For Sex Trafficking A Girl From Arizona In L.A.
A man was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for forcibly bringing a teenage girl from Arizona to Los Angeles to work as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Jahque Dijion Williams, 21, of Los Angeles, was sentenced July 14 in federal court in Phoenix. He had previously pleaded guilty to a federal charge of sex trafficking of a minor. On July 23, 2020, the Human Trafficking Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department found the then-17-year-old girl, who appeared to have been physically assaulted, at a Los Angeles hospital. The victim indicated that she first met Williams four days earlier through her social media account and he invited her to a party in Phoenix, prosecutors said. At the party, she realized it was a “recruiting party” for commercial sex workers, she told investigators. Williams then brought the teenager and another adult female to Los Angeles, where he told the girl she would work for him, telling her how much money she would bring back each night, according to federal prosecutors. Los Angeles Daily News

Killer Linked To 1980s Cold Case Murders Of Two OC Women Identified Through DNA Technology
The cold case murders of two Orange County women have been solved using genetic genealogy, officials said. On May 21, 1986, Shannon Rose Lloyd, 23, was sexually assaulted and strangled to death inside her bedroom in Garden Grove, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. The case went cold. Lloyd is remembered as a tomboy who loved horses and had an adventurous soul. "It's hard for me to fathom how anyone could take another person's life like it was nothing and just discard them," Tom Lloyd, Shannon's older brother, said. In 2003, Lloyd's homicide was linked with the 1989 cold case homicide of Renee Cuevas. At 27 years old, her body was found on a road near the El Toro Marine base, authorities said. Cuevas' cousin, Yolanda Lui, said it was her dimples that she will never forget. "If I could speak to her -- tell her how sorry I am -- I would make her laugh, so I could see her beautiful dimples," Lui told NBC4. Detectives refused to give up the search for the killer. In 2021, the Orange County District Attorney's Investigative Genetic Genealogy team identified a Las Vegas man named Reuben J. Smith as a possible suspect. Smith, who lived in Orange County in the 1980s, was forced to give his DNA in 1998 after being arrested in Las Vegas for sexual assault and attempting to kill another woman, investigators said. NBC 4

Public Safety News

Man Rescued, Arrested After Becoming Trapped In Vent Atop Restaurant
A man was taken into police custody after being rescued from an 18-inch ventilation shaft atop a Beverly Grove restaurant Monday. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters were called just after 3 p.m. to the two-story restaurant at 8367 Beverly Blvd., between La Cienega and Crescent Heights boulevards, after receiving a report of the man who was trapped feet-first in the vent, according to the department's Brian Humphrey. Firefighters used a high-point rope system with wrist straps to lift the man out of the vent by about 4 p.m. Paramedics at the scene reported the man suffered no injuries, and he claimed to have been trapped in the vent for as much as 24 hours. The Los Angeles Police Department reported the man was taken into custody and was set to be booked on a misdemeanor trespassing charge, but his name was not released and authorities had not determined how he became trapped in the vent.

Unprecedented Spread Of Super-Infectious Variants Heightens Long COVID Fears
As highly infectious Omicron subvariants continue to fuel a new coronavirus wave, there is growing concern about long COVID, in which symptoms or increased risk of illness can persist for months or even years. Efforts to understand the scale of long COVID's effects have taken on additional urgency given the number of people who have come down with the virus since Omicron was first detected in California shortly after Thanksgiving. Some experts think this latest surge may exceed the record-high case counts seen over the fall and winter, leaving more people at risk of developing the condition. “Because of the sheer volume of people that were infected, we can expect to see more long COVID cases,” said Dr. Anne Foster, vice president and chief clinical strategy officer for the University of California Health system. For these long-haul sufferers, maladies such as a cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and brain fog have marred their lives and sometimes made it impossible to work. The most enduring cases can trace their initial coronavirus infection as far back as 2020, from the beginning of the pandemic. Los Angeles Times

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