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Death Investigation in Alhambra

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

Home Invasion Robbery 600 338 SIB Staff

Home Invasion Robbery

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.


D.A Files Charges – Former LASD Deputy Involved in Lancaster Shooting 150 150 SIB Staff

D.A Files Charges – Former LASD Deputy Involved in Lancaster Shooting

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 misdemeanor
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 600 128 SIB Staff

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 600 128 SIB Staff

Suspect arrested after short pursuit in La Puente

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.

Lakewood man arrested in connection to Animal Cruelty 693 442 SIB Staff

Lakewood man arrested in connection to Animal Cruelty

LAKEWOOD MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ANIMAL CRUELTY

A man was arrested today for animal cruelty after it was discovered he shot a dog to death in La Mirada on Sunday January 05, 2020 around 12:43 P.M. The suspect, Shane Dubyak, 23 of Lakewood was arrested after a vehicle and foot pursuit with deputy sheriffs through the cities of Artesia and Cerritos on Friday, January 10, 2020.

The initial incident started when a witness saw a male Hispanic (later identified as Suspect Dubyak) exit the passenger side of a white vehicle near the 16400 block of Phoebe Ave; an industrial area of La Mirada.  The witness added he saw Suspect Dubyak place an object on the ground near the gutter, which was immediately followed by two gunshots. Suspect Dubyak re-entered the vehicle and it drove south on Phoebe Avenue, east on Firestone Boulevard and out of view.  The vehicle was being driven by a female Hispanic.


After the vehicle left the location, the witness looked for the object from the gutter, and found it to be a dog that died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Norwalk station deputies responded, and with the help of station detectives, they recovered video surveillance of the incident.

With multiple tips from the public, and investigative work by the detectives, the suspect’s vehicle was identified. As the investigation continued, a female was arrested and then released pending further investigation.  The white Jeep Grand Cherokee used in the crime was also located.  After receiving additional public tips, Norwalk station detectives continued their investigation and developed information that lead them to Suspect Dubyak.  

On Friday, January 10, detectives were en route to the City of Long Beach in attempt to locate the suspect when they saw him driving black Kia Forte near Artesia Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard.  Detectives attempted to stop Suspect Dubyak. However, he failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  Suspect Dubyak abandoned his vehicle in the City of Cerritos and tried to run from deputies.  He was quickly apprehended. A firearm was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit and later recovered. There were no injuries related to the incident.

Suspect Dubyak was charged with a felony Cruelty to Animals, 597(a) PC; Evading Arrest, 2800.2 CVC; and Ex-felon Possess a Firearm, 29800(A) PC. His bail is currently set to $75,000.

Anyone with additional information can contact Norwalk Sheriff’s Station Detective Christensen at 562 466-5419.

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Class #443 Graduation

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #443

On Friday January 10, 2020, a total of the 69 polished recruits lined up at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, Santa Clarita, in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates.  After 22 weeks of rigorous academy training, the recruits pressed through an equally intense and meticulous formal class inspection by law enforcement executives just before the ceremony.

The ceremony was a formal transformation of academy recruits into sworn peace officers. Sheriff Alex Villanueva presided over the graduation ceremony, and delivered encouraging remarks to the 8 female and 61 male graduates and their guest.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Assistant Chief Ronald Iizuka, Culver City Police Department and Chief Carl Polvilaitis, Glendale Police Department in presenting the 69 graduates with their Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates.  The graduates were then officially sworn in as California Peace Officers

In a special segment of the ceremony, Jonathan W. Buchan, LASD, was named as the class Honor Recruit.  This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period.   David M. Nohles, LASD, was honored as Academic Recruit.  This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest academic scores.

Each class of recruits processed through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department College of the Canyons Training Academy, brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class #443 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.  Of the 69 graduating recruits, 7 were born outside the United States in the countries Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon and Mexico; 11 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Cambodia, Chile, England, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Taiwan; and 36 recruits speak a language other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL), Armenian, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, Pidgin Hawaiian and Shanghainese.

These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (20), service experience in the armed forces (10), and backgrounds in law enforcement (5), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (30).

Congratulations Academy Class 443!

Animal Cruelty SUSPECT Arrested by norwalk station detectives 693 442 SIB Staff

Animal Cruelty SUSPECT Arrested by norwalk station detectives

ANIMAL CRUELTY SUSPECT ARRESTED BY NORWALK STATION DETECTIVES

A man was arrested today for animal cruelty after it was discovered he shot a dog to death in La Mirada on Sunday January 05, 2020 around 12:43 P.M. The suspect, Shane Dubyak, 23 of Lakewood was arrested after a vehicle and foot pursuit with deputy sheriffs in the through the cities of Artesia and Cerritos on Friday, January 10, 2020.

The initial incident started when a witness saw a male Hispanic (later identified as Suspect Dubyak) exit the passenger side of a white vehicle near the 16400 block of Phoebe Ave; an industrial area of La Mirada.  The witness added he saw Suspect Dubyak place an object on the ground near the gutter, which was immediately followed by two gunshots. Suspect Dubyak re-entered the vehicle and it drove south on Phoebe Avenue, east on Firestone Boulevard and out of view.  The vehicle was being driven by a female Hispanic.


After the vehicle left the location, the witness looked for the object from the gutter, and found it to be a dog that died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Norwalk station deputies responded, and with the help of station detectives, they recovered video surveillance of the incident.

With multiple tips from the public, and investigative work by the detectives, the suspect’s vehicle was identified. As the investigation continued, a female was arrested and then released pending further investigation.  The white Jeep Grand Cherokee used in the crime was also located.  After receiving additional public tips, Norwalk station detectives continued their investigation and developed information that lead them to Suspect Dubyak.  

On Friday, January 10, detectives were en route to the City of Long Beach in attempt to locate the suspect when they saw him driving black Kia Forte near Artesia Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard.  Detectives attempted to stop Suspect Dubyak. However, he failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  Suspect Dubyak abandoned his vehicle in the City of Cerritos and tried to run from deputies.  He was quickly apprehended. A firearm was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit and later recovered. There were no injuries related to the incident.

Suspect Dubyak was charged with a felony Cruelty to Animals, 597(a) PC; Evading Arrest, 2800.2 CVC; and Ex-felon Possess a Firearm, 29800(A) PC. His bail is currently set to $75,000.

Anyone with additional information can contact Norwalk Sheriff’s Station Detective Christensen at 562 466-5419.

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Previous Press Release:

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Norwalk Station Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for fatally shooting a dog near the 16400 block of Phoebe Ave in La Mirada.

On Sunday, January 5, 2020 at approximately 12:43 p.m., the above listed vehicle stopped at the location. A witness saw a male Hispanic exit the passenger side of the vehicle and place an object on the ground near the gutter, immediately followed by two gunshots. The male re-entered the vehicle and it drove south on Phoebe Ave, east on Firestone Blvd and out of view.
According to witness, the vehicle was being driven by a female Hispanic.

After the vehicle left the location, the witness found the object from the gutter, and found it to be a dog that died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspects and are asking anyone with information to please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Norwalk Station at (562) 466-5419.

If you prefer to remain ANONYMOUS, you can call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/

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Angela D. Walton promoted to captain

ANGELA D. WALTON PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

Captain Walton has served as a Lieutenant at Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) since 2013, making her the ideal choice to take the helm. Walton has been appointed the newest Captain of CRDF, following Diana Gealta’s promotion to Commander.

Walton joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1995, working as a patrol deputy, field training officer, and a Major Crimes detective before promoting to Sergeant. She worked at Altadena station as a field supervisor, watch sergeant and watch commander before moving on to the administrative side of the Department at Personnel. There, she was part of the “Women are Leaders” campaign and was instrumental in the largest female recruitment drive in the history of the Department.

As a Lieutenant, she was assigned at Pitchess Detention Center– East Facility, in 2011 then CRDF in 2013. She served as a watch commander at both facilities before taking on the Access to Care unit within CRDF, which is tasked with making sure the facility meets Federal compliance standards.

Walton’s last assignment at CRDF was as the Operations Lieutenant, overseeing the day to day operations of the facility, investigating administrative cases, maintaining the unit’s budget and handling personnel matters. From there she went on to oversee the Critical Incident Team at Custody Compliance sustainability Bureau, managing the Inmate Deaths Corrective Action plans.

Walton has a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and is a Master of Science candidate at Boston University. She has earned certificates from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, Behavior Analysis Training Institute, Leadership California, and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, just to name a few.

When she isn’t working, Walton enjoys traveling, reading, mentoring, writing, collecting, art, skiing and spending time with family and friends. Her breadth of experience both on and off duty have prepared her for tackling the challenges that come with running the largest female jail facility in the nation.