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HOMELESS COUNT 2020

Law enforcement personnel are often the first contact with those experiencing homelessness.  For that reason LASD HOST was created to exemplify the county’s efforts to combat homelessness and preserve public safety.  HOST’s mission is to positively impact the homeless crisis in the county while increasing public safety and preserving the rights and dignity of persons experiencing homelessness.  Through our contacts with thousands of homeless neighbors, HOST has earned a reputation for being compassionate, accountable, innovative, and bold.  HOST has transcended the role of traditional law enforcement.  For years, HOST has accomplished the mission with zero uses of force.    

Sheriff Villanueva walked with volunteers in the city of East Los Angeles to see the growing homeless crises and in need of shelter.Video courtesy of KTLA 5 News:

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Sheriff Villanueva, Media Briefing Event, 01-22-20

Sheriff Villanueva Hosts First Media Briefing Event of 2020

Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s monthly media briefing on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, took place at the Hall of Justice.  It included lots of good news, as well as a glimpse at happier times in the life of a partner recently lost.
 
The topic of promotions kicked-off the event, in which the Sheriff announced that, for the first time in our agency’s 170-year history, the majority of promotions were received by females and minorities.  Since the beginning of his tenure, 276 sworn personnel were promoted to the rank of sergeant or higher; 41% of them were Latino, 36% were Caucasian, 18% were female, 15% were Black, and 4.5% were Asian.
 
A recent mumps outbreak at Men’s Central Jail was efficiently handled and quickly combatted by medical personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, who manage the health of our jail population.  In recognition of their efforts, Commander Jason Wolak, who oversees Custody Services Division-General Population, outlined the efforts made by the medical professionals and line staff.  Working together, they were able educate and inform the inmate population, and thus gain their cooperation, which resulted in 3,400 men being willingly vaccinated, as well as 1,100 staff.  In gratitude and recognition of their collaboration and contribution to successfully halt the outbreak, Sheriff Villanueva presented formal, written documents of recognition, called scrolls, to 11 medical professionals present at the event.
 
Sheriff Villanueva addressed the successes of the Homeless Outreach Services Team, known as HOST, which is participating in current census efforts to include a number count of those experiencing homelessness.  Sergeant Bill Kitchin, one of the team’s supervisors, explained the mission of HOST is to “positively impact the homeless crisis in the county, while increasing public safety and preserving the rights and dignity of persons experiencing homelessness.”  Through their encounters with thousands of our homeless neighbors, they earned the reputation of being compassionate, accountable, innovative, and bold.  Their unique approach to combat homelessness is a very nontraditional role for law enforcement.  Because of it, successful relationships are formed; this allows them to connect those in need with people and services, and preserve public safety.
 
The media event closed somberly with the remembrance of Deputy Amber Leist.  Her loss occurred in the act of service for a stranger in need.  After coming to the aid of an elderly pedestrian who fell while crossing a Los Angeles City street, Amber was struck by a vehicle and fatally wounded.  She died Sunday morning, January 12, 2020. 

Below is the full press conference:

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Sheriff Attended Lunar New Year Celebration

Sheriff Villanueva attended a Lunar New Year celebration with County employees,

Lion Dance
Sheriff with LASD Chinese-American employees

which included a Lion Dance.  The Sheriff, with LASD Chinese-American employees and Various ethnic groups enrich the county of Los Angeles with their diverse culture. This diversity is a strength for our county and help all of us to achieve our mission and successes.

Sheriff Villanueva was invited as an honored guest to the Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Chinese Employees Association of the Los Angeles County. Over 400 county employees, joined by the Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Susan Rubio, Ling Ling Chang, County CEO Sachi Hamai and directors from various county departments to appreciate the past and look forward to welcoming a new year.

Sheriff Villanueva encouraged the Chinese-American community to “ask your sons and daughters to join the Sheriff’s Department,” he said, “We’ve got a job for you.” The LASD has always cherish its “melting pot” of blending diverse peoples into one through its core value.

Sheriff Villanueva wished everyone a very happy new year and of course, fed the dancing lion to a peaceful new year!

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Shooting Investigation

Los Angeles County Sheriff Homicide Investigators continue their investigation into the shooting death of a woman in Carson.

Today, January 17, 2020, at 12:18 PM, deputies from Carson Sheriff’s Station responded to a home in the 18800 block of Crocker Avenue in the city of Carson regarding a call of a gunshot victim.

Upon arriving, deputies made entry into a home and discovered a woman inside suffering what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim is described as a woman of unknown race believed to be in her mid twenties.

There is no suspect description and the murder weapon is outstanding.

There is no further information at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.  If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Forwarded by:
Deputy James Nagao
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice – First floor 
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Death Investigation in Alhambra

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of an elderly woman in Alhambra.

Officers from the Alhambra Police Department responded to the area of a flood control channel near the Almansor Golf Course to check the welfare on a woman reported down near a rear access road.

Upon arriving, they discovered an unconscious Asian woman alongside the flood control channel. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her cause of death was not immediately apparent. Investigators however believe the victim may be a woman reported missing from San Gabriel in recent days. At this time, the victim has not been positively identified and her name will not be released pending that identification by the coroner and notification to her family.

The investigation continues and there is no further information at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Forwarded by:
Deputy James Nagao
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice – First floor
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Home Invasion Robbery

At least three armed home invasion robbers are sought after taking over a home and tying up residents in the 4400 block of Indian Bend Drive, in Unincorporated West Whittier on Thursday, January 16, 2020 just after 9:30 p.m.

Pico Rivera Station deputies responded to the single story dwelling after receiving a frantic 9-1-1 “robbery now” call.  Upon arriving, the home invasion robbers had ran off.   Amidst a strong deputy search of the area, the suspects were not located.

Detectives learned that three suspects rushed into the home after an elderly female resident walked back inside from a side door after having taken out the trash.

Once inside, the suspects hurriedly spread throughout and searched the house, corralling and tying up two male adults and one female juvenile who were also inside the house.

As the suspects made demands and threatened the residents inside the home with a black semi-automatic handgun, a female adult and resident of the home, approached the front door, unaware of what was transpiring inside.

The suspects opened the front door from inside the residence and pulled her in, where almost simultaneously one of the male adult victims yelled at her to run.  A fight then ensued between the arriving female and the suspects, where ultimately she was able to break free.  In doing so, she was able to run outside through the front door as another male resident trailed behind, screaming for help. 

With the soiled plan, the startled suspects fled through the front door and ran in an unknown direction. 

Two victims, a male adult and female adult, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

At least $500 in U.S. currency was taken.

The three suspects, described as male adults, wore dark clothing.

Near the time of the incident, a dark colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger or Challenger, was captured in video surveillance driving near the area.

Detectives continue following leads and are asking anyone with information to contact Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Detective David Avila at 562-222-5529. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.


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D.A’s Office Files Charges On Former LASD Deputy Involved in Lancaster Shooting, Aug 21, 2019

D.A’S OFFICE FILES CHARGES ON FORMER LASD DEPUTY INVOLVED IN LANCASTER SHOOTING, AUG 21, 2019

On August 21, 2019, Lancaster Deputy Angel Reinosa reported being shot by a sniper, while in the parking lot of Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.  As a result, we deployed a massive amount of resources to capture the suspect.  Within days, investigators learned that Reinosa had completely fabricated the entire incident and there was no sniper, no shots fired and no injury sustained by Reinosa.

Immediately following, a criminal investigation was launched by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.  After it was determined that the account of the incident was created by Reinosa and was a complete lie, the criminal investigation focused on the criminal actions of Angel Reinosa.  A short time later, Reinosa was no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation was subsequently presented to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of filing criminal charges. 

Today, January 16, 2020, the District Attorney’s Office filed three counts against Angel Raul Reinosa and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The criminal counts include:

148.5(a) PC                                    Filing a False Police Report, a misd
1871.4(a)(1) Insurance Code          Insurance Fraud, a felony
1871.4(a)(2) Insurance Code          Insurance Fraud, a felony

These Insurance Code sections are pertaining to the Workman’s Compensation claim.

Armed with the warrant, at 2:30 pm, Detectives from the Internal Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested Angel Reinosa for the charges, after a traffic stop in Sylmar.  He was transported and booked at the County Jail Inmate Reception Center, where his bail was set at $40,000.   He is currently scheduled for arraignment on January 17, 2020 in Department 30 of the LA Superior Court in Los Angeles.  The case number is BA484557.

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Double Homicide – Carson

Suspects Sought in Murder of Two Young Women Sitting In A Vehicle In Carson; Family Asks For Public To Help Find Killers; Detectives to Announce $30K Reward

Detectives are searching for the suspects involved in the shooting deaths of 19 year-old Erin Lavender and 17-year-old Dalelaja Hearn that occurred on Sunday, December 15, 2019, in Carson.

That evening, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Erin and Dalelaja, along with three other individuals, were sitting in a vehicle that was parked outside of a residence at the 20300 block of Alvo Avenue, in the city of Carson.

As Erin and Dalelaja were seated in the front of the vehicle, two suspects who wore hooded sweatshirts, were seen on video surveillance walk towards their vehicle. One of the suspects directly approached the front driver side of the vehicle, and fired several shots aimlessly into the vehicle.

Immediately after the shooting, both of the suspects ran southbound on Alvo Avenue, towards Del Amo Boulevard and out of view. While the suspects were running away from the scene, a light colored sports utility vehicle is captured on video surveillance driving in the same direction passed the suspects. Detectives are asking the occupants of that vehicle to contact investigators with any information that they may have seen or can provide, to help shed light on the circumstances of this heinous incident.

Right after the shooting occurred, one of the individuals in the vehicle with Erin and Dalelaja, saw that they had both been struck by gunfire, and drove them to a local hospital. Both Erin and Dalelaja were struck in the upper torso, and unfortunately succumbed to their injuries a short time later.

Today, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Sheriff Villanueva and Homicide Bureau Detectives announced a combined $30,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Erin and Dalelaja’s murders.    

During the press conference, Sheriff Villanueva asked the public for their assistance in helping to locate those responsible, and said, “It is always tragic when a life is loss, but when two young ladies lose their lives, it is extremely heartbreaking. These ladies were just beginning their lives, and we need the public’s help to locate those responsible.”

Mayor Albert Robles, from the City of Carson, also pleaded to the public for their help with any information about this case, stating “It touches every single human being to think, what happened here? This senseless killing. I know there is someone out there that knows something about this. We are begging you to do the right thing. Come forward. Share what information you know.”

A reward of $10,000 has been sponsored by Supervisor Mark Ridley- Thomas, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District. Along with a second reward of $20,000 from the City of Carson and approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has been graciously offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of both victims.

Incidentally, Erin and Dalelaja were in the area attending a vigil for a mutual friend of theirs, who had just passed away.  

At the time of her death, Erin Lavender was only 19 years-old. She was just beginning her life and was a student attending a local college and an avid softball.

Dalelaja Hearn was only 17 years-old at the time of her death. She was a high school student in Central California, and was also an avid softball player.

Both Erin and Dalelaja grew up surrounded by their loving family members, and will be missed dearly.  Anyone with information about the murders of Erin Lavender and Dalelaja Hearn are encouraged to call Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.  If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google Play or the App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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Suspect arrested after short pursuit in La Puente

A suspect is in custody after biting a deputy sheriff, and leading several other deputies on a pursuit through residential streets before crashing into another vehicle.   

It began on Friday, January 10, 2020, at approximately 5:00 PM, when Deputy Sheriff’s from Industry Station conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle at the intersection of Evanwood Avenue and Lassalette Avenue, in the unincorporated area of Valinda. The suspect was asked to exit his vehicle but refused to comply with the Deputy’s commands.  The driver instead reached for a bag on the floorboard of the vehicle.  Thinking the suspect might be reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed hold of the suspect’s arm/shoulder preventing him from reaching inside the bag.  As the Deputy held on, the suspect reached down and bit the Deputy’s hand.  The suspect drove away from the scene after the Deputy let go of him and went in pursuit of the suspect  through various residential streets in La Puente, and surrounding areas.

Upon reaching the intersection of Willow Avenue and Fairgrove Avenue, the suspect crashed into another vehicle.  The suspect’s vehicle  then came to rest after colliding into a wall.  Deputies were then able to detain the suspect with no further incident.  The Los Angeles County Fire Department transported the Suspect to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation and clearance for booking.  A firearm was recovered inside the bag the suspect was reaching for.  

A woman in the other vehicle involved in the collision, was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. 

The Deputy who was bit by the suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time. 

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Pico Rivera Hit and run

Deputies and Traffic Detectives investigate fatal hit and run in Pico Rivera

Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Deputies and Traffic Services Detail Detectives are currently investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred at the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Paramount Boulevard in the city of Pico Rivera. The victim, a 15 year old male juvenile, was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The incident occurred on Friday, January 10, 2020 at approximately 3:00pm, when four pedestrians were running south through the crosswalk of Paramount Boulevard and Slauson Avenue.  A box truck traveling east on Slauson Avenue, struck one of the pedestrians in the intersection, and failed to stop.   The suspect fled the scene, and continued eastbound on Slauson Avenue, out of view.  The suspect’s vehicle license plate was captured by witnesses. 

Deputies responded and located the victim, and witnesses, at the intersection.  With the assistance of the Los Angeles County Fire Department the victim was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  The victim later succumbed to his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, and shortly after the traffic collision, officers from Whittier Police Department assisting Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Deputies located what they believed to be the suspect’s vehicle.  Currently, a person of interest is being detained related to the investigation.

No other information is currently available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station, attention Traffic Detective Marquez (562)949-2421. Or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.