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September 13, 2022
Law Enforcement News

2 Teens Fatally Shot At LA Boys & Girls Club Carnival
Two teenage boys were fatally shot Sunday night at a Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club carnival in Lincoln Heights, according to authorities. The boys were between the ages of 15 and 17 and were approached by a man while they were attending the carnival on the 2700 block of North Broadway just before the shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The suspect approached the boys and fired at them multiple times and then ran away, police said. The shooting was reported shortly after 9 p.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene, where the boys died, according to the LAPD. The fair was hosted by the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, according to its website. The group's social media page posted a picture of a broken heart Monday morning. It's unclear if the shooting was gang-related, the LAPD said. SF Gate

Four Arrested In San Pedro Park Shooting That Left Two Dead
Four people were arrested in a July shooting that left two people dead and several others injured at a San Pedro park where people gathered for a car show, baseball game and other weekend events. Details about what led to the arrests of four suspects were not immediately available. All four were booked on suspicion of murder. The case was presented to prosecutors Monday for filing consideration, police said They were identified by police as Raynard French, 56, was arrested in Carson; Travion McCraw, 31, arrested in Lake Elsinore; Antoine Newsome, 41, was arrested in Gardena; and Kenyon Siler, 48, arrested in Long Beach. It was not immediately clear whether they have attorneys. People ran for cover when gunfire erupted July 24 at Peck Park, a sprawling recreational area with a baseball field, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, hiking trails, and a child care center. Some of the estimated 500 people at the park that Sunday afternoon were at a baseball game and what police described as an un-permitted car show. Two men were transported from the chaotic scene to a hospital, where they later died. They were identified as Tashman Williams, 31, of Compton, and Carlyle Phillips, 29, of Cypress. NBC 4

Shooting in Hollywood Leaves One Dead
A man was shot and killed in Hollywood Monday evening. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station were flagged down by a bystander at 8:47 p.m. and directed to Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place, one block east of Highland Avenue, where they found a man lying in the street with gunshot wounds, Officer Jeff Lee told City News Service. The victim, who police estimate was between 25 and 30 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lee said there was no suspect information and it was unknown if the shooting was gang-related. MyNewsLA

Rapper PnB Rock Fatally Shot At South L.A. Roscoe's Chicken And Waffles
PnB Rock, a Philadelphia-based rapper best known for his hit singles “Fleek” and “Selfish,” was fatally shot during a robbery in South Los Angeles Monday, authorities confirmed. The rapper, whose real name was Rakim Hasheem Allen, was dining with his girlfriend at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles at 106 W. Manchester Ave. around 1 p.m. when the shooting occurred, TMZ first reported. The musician's girlfriend posted a photo of her food at Roscoe's and tagged the restaurant minutes before the attack, according to multiple reports. In a video shared on social media, a witness claims the robbery was related to jewelry, a motive the Los Angeles Times also reported, as the unidentified shooter reportedly took all of the rapper's jewelry before fleeing the scene. PnB was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. No one else in the restaurant was injured. KTLA 5

Rapper Says He Was Shot, Robbed In North Hollywood After Flaunting Money And Jewelry On Social Media
An aspiring rapper who was shot multiple times in a robbery in North Hollywood said he believes the shooting was prompted by his flaunting money and jewelry on his social media accounts. Diamond-encrusted chains and expensive cars are part of the industry, the rapper known as “Wakko the Kidd” said. “It's a popular thing in hip-hop and pop culture to show off wealth and new clothes and jewelry and nice cars,” he said in a phone interview Monday. “It's all part of it; it's glitz and glamour.” But after he had posted online about an $80,000 chain with a large “818" pendant, Wakko the Kidd said, he and his audio engineer arrived at his home Sept. 1 following a recording session and were caught off guard by robbers. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the two men were attacked by at least one armed suspect in the 11100 block of Califa Street. No arrests have been made in the attack, and LAPD officials declined to say what was taken during the robbery. Wakko the Kidd, who declined to give his real name, said he was shot six times and is recovering after being discharged from the hospital two days ago. His audio engineer, he said, was shot 10 times and is still in the hospital. Los Angeles Times

Nurse Who Killed 6 In LA Car Crash Was Driving 130 MPH, Court Documents Reveal, As Her Attorneys Argue She Had A ‘Lapse Of Consciousness'
Nicole Linton, the nurse from Texas who killed six people in a fiery LA crash on August 4, was said to have been going 130 mph when she plowed into a busy intersection. Court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times revealed on Sunday that the 37-year-old was going much faster than prosecutors initially thought — from 90 mph to 130 mph — when she sped her way through La Brea and Slauson avenues. “Further analysis reveals that her speed at impact was in fact 130 mph and that she floored the gas pedal for at least the 5 seconds leading into the crash, going from 122 mph to 130 mph,” the court filing said. Prosecutors are also refusing to believe an argument made by Linton's legal team, who says she suffered from an “apparent lapse of consciousness” at the time of the deadly incident, based on the surveillance footage they have obtained along with data pertaining to the Mercedes vehicle she drove. They believe that Linton actually had complete control over her car when she made the decision to make her way through the intersection with the alleged intent to cause harm to others. Prosecutors added that Linton controlled the “steering, maintaining the tilt of the steering wheel to keep her car traveling directly toward the crowded intersection,” so to contend that she lost consciousness is a claim they are refusing to accept. MSN

Shots Fired Inside Westlake District 7-Eleven During Robbery
Shots were fired during a robbery at a 7-Eleven in the Westlake District, but no one was hurt, police said. The robbery happened just after 1 a.m. at a 7-Eleven store on Olympic at Burlington, according to the LAPD. Police say the suspect took some money and may have fired shots into the air inside the store. No one was hit by the gunfire, and the suspect ran off. Police are still looking for the suspect. CBS 2

Man Arrested In Series Of Robberies Across California
Los Angeles authorities have arrested a 31-year-old Oakland resident who is accused of multiple robberies across California and was wanted for a parole violation. LAPD investigators said Eric Watt was identified as a suspect through DNA evidence, surveillance video and evidence that connected him to other crimes, including two robberies that that occurred along Melrose Avenue – one of which led to a shooting involving a police officer. The LAPD noted a warrant has been out for his arrest since June 2021. On Sept. 7, LAPD detectives and state investigators located Watts at a home in Martinez. He was taken into custody without incident and a search warrant was conducted by the LAPD. He was transported back to Los Angeles and booked into jail. On Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed six counts of robbery against Watts for the crimes that occurred in Los Angeles. Also in the investigation, Watts was identified as a suspect in multiple robberies in Northern California. Additional charges for those crimes are pending. Anyone with information is asked to call Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives Emily Delph and Angel Gomez at 213-486-6840. You can also remain anonymous by calling the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.  FOX 11

LAPD Investigates Theft Of Nine French Bulldogs In Northridge
Los Angeles police were investigating the theft of nine French bulldogs that were stolen on Sunday in Northridge. The theft at a residence in the 9400 block of Corbin Avenue happened around 3 p.m., the LAPD reported. The victim whose dogs were stolen told police he left the dogs at the location that was being watched by a friend, police said. While he was gone his friend said two suspects wearing ski masks came to the residence and stole the puppies. One suspect was described to police as a Hispanic male, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing an estimated 180 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask, purple shirt and black pants. The second suspect spoke Spanish during the theft, witness told police. He was described as a male Hispanic, 5 feet 10 inches, and an estimated 150 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask. The person watching the dogs was not reported to have been injured in the theft. Anyone with information on the dogs was asked to call the LAPD's Devonshire Division at 818-832-0633 or the department's 24/7 tipline at 877-527-3247. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. NBC 4

Video: Thieves Try To Pull Front Gate Of DTLA Cannabis Dispensary With Car In Brazen Burglary
A cannabis dispensary in downtown Los Angeles was targeted by thieves for the second time since it opened and surveillance video shows just how far they went to break in. It happened at the Green Qween dispensary on Broadway early Sunday morning. Co-owner Andrés Rigal told Eyewitness News the thieves first attempted to pull off the front gate using their car. They even tried to smash through the thick glass on the front doors, but when both attempts failed, they used a power tool to cut through the metal bars on a back window. "You know, when this keeps happening ... we're not corporate funded, so we're barely surviving as it is and the good thing is, every day is better for us, but when something like this happens, it's such a devastating blow for us and it's so hard to recover," said Rigal. The thieves fled the scene before police arrived. Green Qween said it donates 10% of its profits to help LGBTQ+ youth and said incidents like this prevent the dispensary from helping the community. Police have not released information regarding a detailed description of the suspects. Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities. ABC 7

Little Girl's Body Lay In A Bathtub For A Month Before She Was Found
An 8-year-old girl was lying dead in a bathtub for over a month before authorities found her body, it has been revealed. Police released “gruesome details” over the “brutal and senseless murder” of Sophia Mason after the man suspected of the crime, 34-year-old Dhante Jackson, was arrested after six months on the run. The “gruesome discovery of Sophia Mason's lifeless body” happened on March 11 in Jackson's home in Merced, California, more than a month after she was initially listed as missing, but relatives told cops they had not been in contact with the girl since December. Mason's mother and Jackson's girlfriend, Samantha Johnson, was already in police custody on prior child abuse charges from 2021 at the time of the discovery and was subsequently charged with her murder, along with Jackson. Jackson was nabbed in Newark, California, on Saturday after six months on the run, helped by several women to evade authorities, authorities said. At a press conference on Sunday, police said three women helped Jackson keep out of sight of officials as he moved between hideouts from Merced to the Bay Area, then to Southern California, only to return to the Bay Area. Yahoo! News

Suspect Arrested In Slaying Of Colorado Police Officer
Authorities have arrested a suburban Denver man on suspicion of first degree murder and other charges in the death of a 27-year-old police officer who was fatally shot while trying to break up a large family disturbance over the weekend. Sonny Thomas Almanza, 31, of Arvada, was arrested by police late Sunday in connection with the shooting death of Arvada Officer Dillon Vakoff, police said in a statement released Monday. Vakoff died at a hospital Sunday after being shot while he and another officer responded to the disturbance that spilled into a street outside a housing complex. He was the second Arvada police officer to be killed in the line of duty in two years. Almanza was taken into custody at a hospital where he is recuperating from injuries sustained while exchanging gunfire with Vakoff and another officer early Sunday. He will be transferred to Jefferson County Jail when he is released from the hospital, the Arvada department said. Vakoff and his fellow officer had been dispatched to check on the well-being of two minor children when they encountered the disturbance, police said. A suspect opened fire, wounding a woman, at which point the officers returned fire, Police Chief Link Strate said at a news conference Sunday. The suspect then fired at Vakoff, Strate said. PoliceOne

Video: California Deputy Drives Through Raging Wildfire To Save Elderly Couple
A sheriff's deputy is being hailed a hero after saving an elderly couple during the Mosquito Fire. According to ABC 10, the couple called from an evacuated area saying they were stuck inside the fire line and didn't have a way out. A deputy drove his cruiser through the fire line to rescue the couple and their two dogs. But before the deputy could leave with the couple, the fire had spread and there was a lot of smoke – making visibility difficult. The deputy had to stop the cruiser and flames touched the cruiser at one point. However, winds quickly shifted and the deputy was able to proceed safely.  PoliceOne

Public Safety News

LA County Confirms A Death From Monkeypox, Only 2nd Fatal Case In U.S.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed Monday the first death due to monkeypox in a county resident. The person "was severely immunocompromised and had been hospitalized," the health department said in a statement Monday. The person's identity was not released. The case first came to light last Thursday, when health officials announced the death of a person who was infected with monkeypox - though at the time, an investigation was still ongoing as to whether the ailment was a contributing factor in the fatality. The case was only the second in the United States being investigated as a possible monkeypox death. Texas previously reported a death involving a monkeypox patient. Dr. Rita Singhal, chief medical officer for the county health department, said last week that, worldwide, there have been "seven confirmed deaths among monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries." As of Thursday, there were 1,805 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox identified in the county, the vast majority of them involving gay men.  ABC 7

LA County Reports 4,500 New COVID Infections, 37 Deaths
Los Angeles County recorded more than 4,500 new COVID-19 infections during the three-day period ending Monday, along with 37 new virus-related fatalities. The 4,544 new infections lifted the county's overall total from throughout the pandemic to 3,430,358. The county, which no longer reports COVID numbers on the weekends, logged 2,348 cases Saturday, 1,255 on Sunday and 941 on Monday. Sunday and Monday figures tend to be lower due to delays in reporting from the weekend. Health officials have also noted that official case numbers are likely low due to the number of people who rely on at-home tests but do not report the results to the county. The county reported 17 COVID-related deaths on Saturday, and 10 each on Sunday and Monday. The new fatalities lifted the county's overall death toll to 33,385. MyNewsLA


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