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Man Killed In Gang Shooting In Hyde Park Identified
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Man Killed In Gang Shooting In Hyde Park Identified

A 33-year-old man who was killed in a shooting in the Hyde Park area that authorities say is gang-related was identified Thursday. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Demetrius Sauls. Los Angeles Police Department officers from the department’s 77th Division were called to 63rd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard around 9:30 p.m Tuesday regarding a fight between several people. During the altercations, the victim entered the apartment of the suspect, a 22-year-old man, who shot the victim, an LAPD spokeswoman told City News Service. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel pronounced Sauls dead in a parking lot at the scene. The shooter was taken into custody at the scene, police said. LAPD’s South Bureau is investigating the shooting.


Woman Arrested Again For Allegedly Trying To Kidnap Children In Koreatown, Police Say

A woman who was arrested earlier this year for grabbing a child at a Target store in Koreatown has been arrested again for allegedly trying to kidnap children. Officers took Yara Pineda into custody Tuesday after witnesses say she tried to snatch kids from a playground on San Marino Street in Koreatown, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The 27-year-old let the children go after she was confronted by their parents. She is now facing attempted kidnapping charges. She is being held without bail. Back in February, Pineda was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a 4-year-old boy at a Target store. It's not clear when she was released for that offense. 


LAPD Seizes Large Quantity Of Fireworks During Bust In Gardena

The Los Angeles Police Department seized a lot of fireworks during a bust in Gardena Wednesday night. Officers from the department's Harbor Division served a search warrant at the 1600 block of W. 146th Street at about 7 p.m. Investigators discovered a large cache of fireworks inside what appeared to be a garage. The exact amount of fireworks seized is unclear. LAPD's bomb squad responded to the bust, but officers believed there was no threat to the public and would not evacuate nearby residents. 


Man Seen Throwing Rocks Onto 110 Freeway In South Los Angeles

It was a close call for several drivers on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles after a man was seen throwing rocks onto the roadway. The video shows the suspect allegedly picking up rocks and chucking them from the shoulder of the northbound side of the 110 Freeway near 23rd Street around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. One of the rocks hit a motorcyclists, causing him to crash. The rocks also caused multiple drivers to get flat tires on the freeway. It was reported that at least two cars were seen waiting on the shoulder of the highway for assistance. The suspect was last seen on video walking away going eastbound on 23rd St. from Figueroa St. 


Homeless Man Suspected Of Elder Abuse In Santa Monica Arrested

A 39-year-old homeless man suspected of assaulting a 73-year-old woman in Santa Monica was in custody, police said Wednesday. Officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk, near Colorado Avenue, early Thursday morning regarding reports of an injured victim who was randomly attacked while walking, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. The victim told police that she encountered Jalan Rodger James while on her morning walk, who began approaching her and yelling incoherently. As the woman attempted to avoid James by moving out of his way, he allegedly pushed the woman to the ground, resulting in her sustaining back injuries and abrasions on her hands as she attempted to catch herself from falling. SMPD dispatchers received another call minutes later about a suspect attempting to punch bystanders, where officers utilized a drone to locate James heading toward Second Street and Colorado Avenue and subsequently took him into custody. James was booked on suspicion of felony battery with serious bodily injury, felony elder abuse, and two counts of resisting an executive officer. His bail was set at $100,000, according to jail records.

Westside Current

Man Faces Hate Crime Charge For Alleged Attack On Asian American Woman In Culver City

A federal grand jury Wednesday returned an indictment charging a Southern California man with a hate crime for allegedly punching an Asian American woman in the head in Culver City while he shouted racial slurs at her. Jesse Allen Lindsey, 37, who is currently in state prison on an unrelated conviction, but whose last known address was in Fontana, was charged with one count of committing a hate crime, a felony offense that carries a possible maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. "Hate-fueled violence has no place in our society," U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said in a statement. "We live in one of the most diverse areas of the country, and that diversity brings us strength. Our community will stay united in condemning intolerance, and my office will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those who harm others on account of bigotry." According to the indictment, at roughly 1 a.m. on June 14, 2021, the victim was walking to work in Culver City when Lindsey, a white man, asked her for a lighter or cigarette. She responded that she did not smoke. Lindsey allegedly then began following her and yelled at the woman, whom he perceived to be an Asian American man, "You ... Asian guy, turn around." Lindsey allegedly called the victim "Korean" and shouted, "You ... Asian guy, you don't belong here," the indictment states.

Westside Current

Police In Southern California Warn Residents About Cameras Hidden In Yards

Thieves are getting high tech and creative in a scary way, hiding cameras in the yards of homes in order to monitor when to break in, according to authorities. Lost Hills is just the latest neighborhood to be hit after a homeowner turned in a camera and battery pack to sheriffs that was found in their yard on Friday. “It's invasive, it's scary,” Jim Spach, a resident of Saratoga Hills said. People who live in the Saratoga Hills community of Calabasas are checking their yards. “Yeah, as soon as I get home I’m probably going to check the neighbors yard too,” Ryan Harris, a resident of Saratoga Hills said. After one resident found a camera hidden in their flowerbed, the Lost Hills Sheriff's station put out this special bulletin letting the public know about these high tech thieves and their hidden cameras that can be remotely accessed to monitor homes – and later burglarize them. “It just doesn’t make sense that you can’t live in your community and worry that when you come home you can be violated in some respect. That's wrong,” Kim Spaulding, a resident of Saratoga Hills said. “We’ll start setting our alarm more. We’ve got an alarm, we will probably be much more diligent,” Spach said. In the past month, cameras hidden in yards were found in several Southern California neighborhoods, including Glendale.


Actor Accused Of Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend Multiple Times Arrested At U.S.-Mexico Border

Hollywood actor Nick Pasqual has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his former girlfriend multiple times. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday that Pasqual, 34, had been charged with one count of attempted murder, a count of first-degree residential burglary with a person present, and one count of injuring a spouse, cohabitant, fiancé, boyfriend, girlfriend or child's parent. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, officials said. The DA's office did not identify the victim but Entertainment Tonight reports Pasqual is accused of stabbing makeup artist Allie Shehorn, and a GoFundMe was launched to cover Shehorn's medical expenses. Pasqual allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's Los Angeles home at around 4:30 in the morning on May 23, the district attorney's office said in a news release, and proceeded to stab her "multiple times." Shehorn, who had recently filed a restraining order against Pasqual, was hospitalized with critical injuries. The GoFundMe said the makeup artist was "fighting for her life" after being hospitalized. Shehorn was in the intensive care unit for several days, according to the fundraiser, and has undergone multiple surgeries, including a procedure to repair severed tendons in her right arm and a surgery to close wounds in her neck.


BWC: Man Threatens Kentucky Officers With A Knife, Continues To Run At Them After Being Tased, Shot

The Louisville Metro Police Department has released body camera footage of a fatal police shooting of a man who threatened officers with a knife and continued to run toward them after being tased and shot, WHAS reported. The May 10 incident began when officers were dispatched to respond to a reported theft. The caller also made unusual claims about a stingray being used to force people from their homes and mentioned he was armed with a knife and had an aggressive dog, according to the report. Earlier that day, officers and EMS had visited the caller’s home on a medical call but left due to the aggressive nature of his dog and his refusal to secure the animal, LMPD Deputy Chief Steve Healey stated. Upon arriving at the scene, video shows officers encountering the caller armed with a large Ka-Bar knife. Officers identified themselves and instructed the man not to come out of his home while still holding the knife. The man refused and yelled at officers, making incoherent statements about people stealing from his “trap house.” “I am not f****** around!” the man shouted repeatedly. The footage then shows the man and his large dog running toward the officers. One officer deployed a TASER and two shots were fired at the man, bringing him to the ground.


Public Safety News

Local Hospital Seeks Help In Identifying Man Found Near Hotel In Downtown Los Angeles 

A local hospital is asking the public for help in identifying a patient who was found near a downtown Los Angeles hotel. The Los Angeles General Medical Center says the unidentified man was found “in or around” the Weldon Hotel on Maple Street on May 23 and has been hospitalized since. The man, who is believed to be between the ages of 55 and 60, stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 227 pounds. He has black and white hair and brown eyes, hospital officials added. Anyone with information is asked to contact clinical social worker Cesar Robles with the L.A. General Medical Center Department of Social Work by calling 323-409-6884. 


Firefighters Free Trapped Man At Mail Processing Center In South Los Angeles

Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters freed a postal employee whose leg was trapped between two conveyor belts Tuesday evening in South Los Angeles. Rescue personnel, including members of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team, were called at approximately 8:58 p.m. to U.S. Postal Service’s Los Angeles Processing Center at 7001 S. Central Ave., near 70th Street, where they found the trapped man, said LAFD spokeswoman Jennifer Middleton. The postal employee was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition.


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