Fatally Stabbed Man Identified

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities identified a man last week who was fatally stabbed in the Lincoln Heights area.

Officers sent to the 4100 block of Valley Boulevard on a report of a traffic crash about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday discovered a man with a stab wound to his chest inside the vehicle, said Los Angeles police Officer Ricardo Hernandez of the Media Relations Section.

Jose Diaz, 35, of Los Angeles died at a hospital, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. No arrests were reported. Anyone with any information in the case was urged to call detectives at (323) 342-4100, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Stolen Trailer Found in Commerce

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Police searched Tuesday for five men suspected of stealing thousands of Dell laptop computers worth as much as $4 million in an armed robbery at a warehouse in the Harbor Gateway area.

The thefts at a warehouse in the 19200 block of South Western Avenue occurred about 11:30 a.m. Friday, said Officer Mike Lopez, a Los Angeles police spokesman. Five male suspects, four of whom were masked, were involved in the heist, during which a security guard was held at gunpoint, he said.

The guard at the warehouse was zip-tied and the bandits drove two trucks onto the property, hooked up two trailers containing a more than 7,600 laptops and drove off, police said.

One of the trailers was found empty Saturday morning in Commerce, LAPD Capt Gary Walters told ABC7.

Anyone with information on the thefts that could help LAPD Commercial Auto Theft detectives was asked to call (818) 832-7500.

Police Search for Suspect in Lincoln Park Rape

May 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A woman was attacked and raped in a public restroom in a park in Lincoln Heights, and a search has been launched for the man who assaulted her, police said.

The sexual assault took place about noon on Monday in Lincoln Park, south of Mission Road, said Officer Liliana Preciado, an LAPD spokeswoman.

“The victim was an adult female,” Preciado said. “She was taken to a hospital where she was treated for assault and rape.”

The restroom where the attack took place is in a busy area of the park, near a baseball field.

Preciado said the rapist was a Hispanic man between 25 and 30. The case is being investigated by the sexual assault section of Robbery Homicide Division, Preciado said.

Anyone with information on the assault was asked to call LAPD’s Robbery Homicide, Special Assaults section at (213) 486-6910. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be made anonymously.

Sups. to Re-Evaluate Anti-Gang Tactics

April 28, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed county staffers to re-evaluate anti-gang tactics employed over the last two decades under a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl proposed taking a second look at the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery program, known as CLEAR.

“We need to have more inclusivity,” Solis said.

Kuehl said she was reminded of outdated efforts to solve student truancy by handing out tickets to offenders, rather than looking at the underlying issues driving absences.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said the multi-agency program – aimed at “recovery of gang-infested communities” – was adopted in 1997, when he was a Los Angeles City Council member.

But based on a recent rise in gang violence and the fact that more than half of the city’s homicides are believed to be gang-related, Ridley-Thomas said it was time to reconsider whether CLEAR was working.

“The default (of CLEAR) is not prevention. The default is not intervention. The default is not re-entry. It’s suppression,” Ridley-Thomas said, adding that the funds might be better used for intervention or restorative justice programs.

Under the program, police presence in gang neighborhoods was stepped up and officers focused on arresting gang members. Armed probation officers ride along and participate in search and seizures and special operations targeting gang members.

The agencies share gang intelligence.

Supervisor Don Knabe asked why none of the CLEAR units, which sit in nine LAPD divisions, are based out of sheriff’s stations.

As discussion ensued, it seemed Knabe knew the answer.

“There was a different chief and a different sheriff that were having a little battle at the time,” Knabe said.

Sherman Block was sheriff at the time the program was initiated and was succeeded the following year by Lee Baca. Former LAPD Chief Willie Williams left his post in May 1997 and was replaced by Bernard Parks before the year was out.

The county currently receives $267,000 in federal and city funding for CLEAR, which offsets 15 percent of the department’s cost, according to interim Probation Chief Cal Remington.

Staffers were directed to look at how CLEAR sites were chosen, analyze the results and assess whether the program is consistent with the most recent research on effective gang intervention.
CLEAR is one of many programs aimed at reducing gang violence in Southern California.

Pot Plants, Firearms Seized in Mt. Washington and Highland Park

April 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 1,300 marijuana plants and a cache of firearms and ammunition were seized and two brothers arrested this morning when Los Angeles police served warrants at three locations, two in northeast Los Angeles and the other in Sylmar.

The warrants were served about 6 a.m. in the 800 block of Terrace 49 in Mount Washington, the 6000 block of Tipton Way in Highland Park and the 13000 block of Bradley Avenue in Sylmar, according to Officer Matt Ludwig of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The arrests and seizure were announced at a news conference at the LAPD’s Northeast Station.

Various types of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, were seized along with about $4,500 in cash from the Mount Washington address, Ludwig said.

The seized marijuana had an approximate street value of $500,000, police said.

Livio Scagliotti, 49, was arrested at the Tipton Avenue location on suspicion of evading arrest, possession of armor piercing ammunition and possession of illegal firearms and Manuel Scagliotti, 44, was arrested at the Terrace 49 location on suspicion of burglary, Ludwig said.

Both men, who are brothers, were wanted in connection with an illegal marijuana cultivation operation that spanned about five year, police said.

Investigators allege the marijuana was grown for street sales and possibly for sales to legal pot dispensaries.

Livio Scagliotti was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and Manuel Scagliotti in lieu of $85,000, according to sheriff’s online inmate records.

Burglary Suspect Fatally Shot by Police Identified

April 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Update: 11:45am April 15, 2016 Authorities identified Friday a man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers while he held a man at knifepoint in a Boyle Heights apartment as Arturo Valdez, 27, with unknown home town.

He died at the scene, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a burglary suspect who was holding a man at knifepoint in a Boyle Heights apartment, authorities said Monday.

The deceased suspect was described by coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz as a Hispanic man in his mid-to-late 20s.

It happened about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in an apartment in the 200 block of Park Paseo, Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the apartment, according to Eisenman.

“When the officers entered the apartment they saw the suspect holding an elderly man at knifepoint, so they fired and hit the suspect,” she said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, Eisenman said.

Police set up a command post at Utah Elementary School, near Utah Street and Plaza del Sol, police said.

Authorities Increase Security in Los Angeles After Brussels Attack

March 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The terror attacks at the international airport and a subway station in Brussels, Belgium that claimed at least 36 lives and injured at least 200 people has caused heightened security on Metro lines today.

Metro announced it will increase security at Union Station, Rosa Parks station and 7th/Metro.

“Metro and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Transit Policing Division are aware of the terrorist strikes in Belgium and are monitoring the situation closely,” Metro said in a statement. “While we maintain a high state of readiness at all times, we will be increasing security.”

There is no tangible threat to any transit system in Los Angeles, Transit Services Bureau spokesman Ramon Montenegro told City News Service.

“Right now, we are monitoring the situation in Brussels and maintaining close contact and communications with our county Emergency Operations Center, Homeland Security and LA Metro,” Montenegro said.

“I’m certain that we will increase security in the aftermath of these attacks on all transit lines,” Montenegro said.

“We also have special security teams that we will likely deploy later today.”

Montenegro said the security patrols include bomb-sniffing dogs that are regularly deployed along the Red Line subway route.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Brussels and to the first responders,” he said. “We just pray that no one else gets hurt there.”

Metro asked the public to be aware of their surroundings when in a transportation center and stressed the importance of calling attention to something or someone that may seem unusual.

“We are asking the public to be our eyes and ears on the system,” Metro said. “If you see something, say something.”

LAX Airport Police spokeswoman Alicia Hernandez said the department is increasing its visual presence at the airport and readying rapid deployment strategies.

“We take attacks on aviation very seriously,” Hernandez said, promising they will “make adjustments to security as necessary.”

Amtrak spokeswoman Verna Graham said the rail line also has added safety personnel.

“Amtrak police are working with state, local and federal law enforcement partners to gather and share intelligence,” Graham said.

“Extra officers have been deployed. We have reminded Amtrak employees to look for and report any suspicious activity and unattended items and reissued guidance pertaining to facility inspections and active shooter incidents.”

Metrolink, like Amtrak, also has enhanced its security and is coordinating with a variety of law enforcement agencies, Public Affairs Officer Scott Johnson said.

The same goes at the Port of Los Angeles, where spokesman Phillip Sanfield acknowledged “a proactive presence with L.A. Port Police at our containment terminals, crews terminals and throughout the port complex.”

Also, The Los Angeles Police Department deployed units to “critical infrastructures” sties throughout the city

The special deployment began at 7:30 a.m. in “major places where people congregate” such as the Grove, the Beverly Center and area synagogues, according to Officer Tony Im of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

Officers were expected to report to their respective stations and there was no timetable for when the special deployments will end, Im said.

Man Shot in Lincoln Heights

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 50-year-old man was shot in the right ankle in what police are calling a gang-related shooting Saturday in the Lincoln Heights community of Los Angeles.

Paramedics rushed the shooting victim to County/USC Medical Center in stable condition, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

The victim was standing in front of a location in the 2800 block of Sierra Street at little after 7:30 a.m. when he was approached by a suspect who was driving a white Honda Accord.

The two men got into an argument and the suspect fired a round striking the 50-year-old man in his right ankle. The suspect then fled in the Honda in an unknown direction.

Man Taken into Custody After Standoff

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Police arrested a man who was holed up inside is Lincoln Heights home Friday armed with a shotgun, authorities said.

The man was taken into custody a little before 9 a.m., said Officer Aareon Jefferson of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section. No injuries were reported.

The suspect had gotten into an argument with his roommate at their residence in the 200 block of South Avenue 18 and pointed the shotgun at the roommate, Jefferson said.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 5:30 a.m. in response to a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon, according to a watch commander at the LAPD’s Hollenbeck station. A SWAT team was sent to the scene and the suspect was taken into custody, said Jefferson.

Troubling Rise In LAPD Shootings of Mentally Ill

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles police officers used force on members of the public nearly 2,000 times last year, including 21 people who were fatally shot, according to an LAPD report presented to the Police Commission Tuesday.

There were 48 police shootings, including 38 cases in which people — more than one-third of whom were mentally ill — were hit, the report found.

The shootings caused the deaths of 21 people.

The 21 fatal shootings by Los Angeles police outpaced the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which had 14; the Houston Police Department, which had 12; and Chicago, which had eight people die from police shootings in 2015, according to the report.

The number of people considered to be mentally ill who were shot by police rose nearly 300 percent from the previous year, a rise department officials called “troubling.”

Fourteen of the 38 people shot by police in 2015 “had an indication of mental illness,” according to the report.
Half of the 38 people who were shot were carrying a gun, according to the report, and 11 officers were injured in officer-involved shootings.

Department officials emphasized that use of force by LAPD officers is still relatively rare. The 1,924 use-of-force cases in 2015 represented 0.13 percent of the 1.5 million recorded interactions between the public and the police department, according to the report.

Use of force is defined as shootings and other potentially lethal and less-than-lethal encounters with members of the public, such as head strikes, deaths while a person is in custody, the shooting of animals and K-9 contacts with the public that lead to hospitalization.

The report’s release came on the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of 39-year-old Charly Keunang, who was known on Skid Row as “Africa.” The shooting, which was captured on cell phone video, sparked protests by activists who accused officers of escalating the situation and killing an unarmed man.

Some protesters briefly disrupted today’s Police Commission meeting by chanting slogans referencing Keunang’s killing.

A small group of protesters also staged a Skid Row-area rally to mark the date.

The Police Commission ruled last month that all the officers involved in the shooting followed department policy in the use of deadly force, although one officer violated policy in the tactics used.

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