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D.A’s Office Files Charges On Former LASD Deputy Involved in Lancaster Shooting, Aug 21, 2019 150 150 SIB Staff

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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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.

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LASD SAR Members Pay Respect to SBCSD SAR Tim Staples

Today, Saturday, December 28, 2019, a ceremony to celebrate the life of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team member, Tim Staples was held in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

While Tim was in the Mount Baldy area searching for another missing hiker on Saturday, December 14, 2019, he became separated from his partner, and was tragically found dead a short time later. Tim was among approximately 125 other brave Search and Rescue volunteers from 11 different counties that were assisting with the search, and he ultimately gave his life trying to save someone he never knew.

In addition to being a volunteer Search and Rescue team member with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the past 9 years, Tim was also a social science teacher at a local high school, where he touched the lives of many past and present students. He was recently married to his wife, Katie and was also a brother, a son, an uncle, a nephew and friend to so many others.

To show their support, several members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team attended the ceremony to pay their respects.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sends our deepest condolences to the Staples family, the men and women of West Valley Search and Rescue, and to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Industry Station Deputies Bring Operation Christmas to La Puente Family

On Tuesday. December 17, 2019, a Special Assignment Team from Industry Sheriff’s Station held an “Operation Christmas” contest,with the goal to adopt a family in need and to brighten their lives during this Holiday Season.

Industry Sheriff’s Station‘s, La Puente Special Assignment team was contacted by a woman named Cynthia who nominated her sister Valerie, and Valerie’s 10 year old, twin boys Jeremy & Jordan.

Jordan was diagnosed with a terminal illness. One of Jordan’s wishes was to have a winter wonderland Christmas this year but because of his illness, he has been restricted to his home.

With the help of generous vendors and the community, these deputies decided to bring a winter wonderland to Jordan. They were able to bring snow, a face painter, a holiday arch way, many decorations, gifts and most importantly Santa Claus. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Alex Verdugo joined Sheriff Alex Villanueva to be a part of Jordan’s special Winter Wonderland.

To watch the whole event unfold, please visit our YouTube page, or click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OXAfJ6k_mQ

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Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez Attend Annual Christmas Mass at MCJ

Sheriff Villanueva Attended Annual Christmas Mass with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez at Men’s Central Jail on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Celebrating Christmas Mass at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles is a tradition for those inmates incarcerated at Men’s Central Jail. Their rehabilitation presses onward as Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez celebrate mass with approximately 150 inmates. This annual tradition allows inmates to participate in the holiday ceremony despite their incarceration.

After mass was celebrated, Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez both took the time to shake hands with all of the inmates as they exited the church, spreading holiday joy. Many thanked the Sheriff as they passed him by.

Sheriff Villanueva was asked why this was important to him. He explained that we are not defining people by their bad decisions of the past, but by what they can do in the future, and what they can do from this point forward. He went on to express how welcoming it is to see everyone come together to celebrate mass and to see the emotional impact it has on the inmates.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department has a variety of increasing inmate services geared toward the county jail’s population. As an essential part of rehabilitation, the Jail Chaplaincy Program goal is to reduce recidivism, hoping to ensure a smoother transition of the approximately 16,000 inmates who will eventually rejoin our communities.

Through the Jail Chaplaincy Program, qualified and devoted individuals provide programs and services to inmates and their families, which enhance their lives during incarceration and support them upon reentry into the community. These services, provided for all denominations provide. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “The spiritual health of those in our care is just as important as their physical well being. This type of work is indicative of the culture of our Department, and is the epitome of the holiday spirit.”

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ELA Family Receives Surprise from LASD

East Los Angeles Boy and Family Receives Christmas Surprise from #LASD East Los Angeles Station Personnel

On Thursday, November 28, 2019, at approximately 11:10 A.M., the Robles family tragically lost their four-month-old baby, Jacob Robles. Baby Robles is survived by his mother, father, grandparents, and his five-year-old brother Joseph Robles.

Affected by the devastating loss of baby Jacob and to help brighten and uplift the spirits of the Robles family during this difficult Christmas season, East Los Angeles Station personnel came together to help bring a little joy and happiness into their life.

East Los Angeles Station personnel collected numerous toys for Joseph and a surprise gift to the entire Robles family. Along with the toys, numerous gift cards were presented to the entire family.The toys, and gift cards were generously collected and donated by sworn and professional staff from the East Los Angeles Station.

Surprised to have received various toys, Joseph could not contain his excitement and welcomed East Los Angeles Station personnel with, literally, open arms. As Joseph opened his gifts, he recalled and shared memorable times with Jacob.The Robles family was extremely grateful for the generous donations.The boys’ mother, Guadalupe Castillo, enthusiastically stated, “Thank you everyone for your help!”

In the spirit of this Holiday Season, and because life as we know it could forever change an in instant, please take the time to appreciate those filling your cup of life.Take the time to express compassion, whether it is by giving them some words of encouragement, spending quality time with them, or giving back to those in your community.

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Sheriff Villanueva Gives Check to Salvation Army – Bell Shelter Veterans

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Sheriff Alex Villanueva presented the Salvation Army – Bell Shelter with a $17,500 check on Monday, December 23, 2019 from proceeds generated from the sale of LASD’s first ever Veterans Patch.

“With the month of November coming up, we came up with the idea of putting together a veterans patch,” said Sheriff Villanueva. “It sold out like crazy. In fact, three times over. And then for the entire month of November we authorized our personnel to wear the veterans patch. It’s important and extremely significant because it embraces so many people and is part of who we are as Los Angeles County – one big community.”

United States Marine Corps Veteran and LASD Sergeant, William Kitchin, who overseas the department’s Homeless Outreach Services added, “The sheriff’s department proactively engages veteran homelessness in the community to help build relationships to try to connect them with service providers. LASD works with multiple partners who coordinate housing and services, as well as professionals from the mental health sector, to help address and identify substance abuse, public health and safety concerns. And with that, we have been able to build relationships to help transition people out of homelessness.”

In honor of these veterans, 100 percent of the proceeds went to support the largest homeless shelter in the entire nation and, “We definitely need to provide them all the support we can give, particularly during the holidays,” said Sheriff Villanueva.

Vet patches available now at lasdvetpatch.com

100% of proceeds donated to The Salvation Army Bell Shelter, which provides transitional housing for Veterans.

Help us make a difference in the lives of our homeless Veterans.

If you are an adult experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless, please call (800) 548-6047 or click on the link https://www.lahsa.org/documents…

To watch the whole event, please visit our YouTube page, or click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJa_kXm674

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LASD Teams Up With Viking Charities

On Sunday December 22, 2019, LASD personnel, and other law enforcement agencies teamed up with Viking Charities, in Santa Monica. Assembled in the Barker Hanger, volunteers came from near and far to help pack boxes of food for needy families in our communities.

For over 37 years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has collaborated with Viking Charities to package and distribute these meals across Los Angeles County. Each basket contains a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday dinner. This event gives us an opportunity to give back to families in our communities.

Viking Charities is a charity for disadvantaged children in Los Angeles County. Throughout the year, the Vikings Charities Organization and Stations within the Sheriff’s Department identify families that are suffering hardships and in need during the holidays.

For more information about Viking Charities visit: www.losangelesvikingcharities.org

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Sheriff Alex Villanueva Visits Communities For Holidays

#LASD Our Sheriff had a very busy day! From Willowbrook to South Los Angeles, he had been busy sending out gifts, greetings and best wishes to the people who live in our community.

He also held a town hall meeting inside a jail facility, and surprised the visitors with toys for their children. We are not here to judge but to help. Along with all the #LASD members, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

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CRDF Personnel Gave Gifts to Family in Lynwood

Personnel from Century Regional Detention Facility brought some holiday joy this Christmas season to a family in need.

They adopted a family from a church in the City of Lynwood and provided gifts to the family.

A special thanks to the staff at Century Regional Detention Facility for making a difference in their local community.