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WeHo Sheriff Nabs Suspects in Violent Armed Robbery

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station deputies investigating a “robbery-just occurred, person with a gun” call in West Hollywood during the early morning hours on Monday, March 21, 2017, detained recording artist Wyclef Jean in a vehicle fitting two victims’ description of the suspect’s car.

Several deputies responded to the violent crime call at 12:46 a.m., looking for what the two victims reportedly described as either a gold or tan Toyota or Honda, older model sedan with paper license plates.  The two victims, a man and a women, reported they were standing in the parking lot of a popular store in the 8900 block of West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood when the suspect, a male Black adult, allegedly walked up to them, pointed a firearm at them and demanded they give him everything they had.  The suspect is alleged to have traumatized the two victims by pressing the firearm onto the male’s temple and pistol whipping them both.  The victims, fearing for their lives, gave the suspect their possessions containing identification and money.

The suspect then fled the scene by entering the front passenger side of a vehicle driven by another unknown suspect, who the victims’ could only describe race.  The suspects’ vehicle was seen driving north on Hilldale Avenue, then east on Sunset Boulevard and south on San Vicente Boulevard until it was out of view.

The distraught victims called 9-1-1 and during deputies’ search for the suspects, the vehicle Mr. Jean was travelling in as a front passenger, a 2002 tan Toyota with Michigan license plates, was observed travelling on La Cienega and Santa Monica Boulevard heading south, a short distance from the crime scene.  Deputies followed that vehicle briefly before the vehicle pulled over along the 700 block of West Knoll Drive, apparently reaching its intended destination.

As deputies approached the vehicle, the occupants – driver and front passenger, almost simultaneously began to exit the vehicle.  It was at this time that the deputies attempted to detain who they believed to be the suspect of the violent crime, Mr. Jean.

Due to the violent nature of the call (armed robbery), the similarity of the suspect vehicle to Mr. Jean’s vehicle, the time of day of the unfolding detention and Mr. Jean’s furtive movements and demeanor, he was handcuffed.  It is reported that Mr. Jean’s furtive movements included actions such as once he exited the vehicle, he started to walk towards the trunk of the car, questioning why he could not get his things out of his trunk, even though he was clearly instructed by deputies not to approach the trunk.  Mr. Jean was also ordered several times not to place his hands near his pockets or his waistband.

Out of an abundance of caution, a pat down search for weapons was also conducted of Mr. Jean’s person and he was subsequently secured inside the backseat of a patrol vehicle.

Within approximately six minutes, deputies confirmed that Mr. Jean and the female driver were not the suspects in the armed robbery.  Although the initial suspect description in the call given by the victims stated that the suspect wore a dark colored hoodie, further description obtained from the victims during the investigation by deputies revealed that the suspect’s hoodie was possibly grey and that the suspect may also have a red or grey bandana draped around his neck.  Mr. Jean wore a dark colored shirt and a red and blue bandana on his head.  Upon the discovery and verification of this additional information, the reasonable detention of Mr. Jean immediately ended.

A supervisor, who was on scene from the very beginning of Mr. Jean’s detention, explained to Mr. Jean about the investigation being conducted and the reasons behind his lawful detention.  The supervisor, a sergeant with the sheriff’s department for approximately 17 years, presented her department issued business card to Mr. Jean and offered Mr. Jean the opportunity to discuss the matter further if he so desired.  Mr. Jean accepted the business card.

A short time later, another vehicle fitting the description of the suspect vehicle in the call was observed approximately four blocks from Mr. Jean’s detention.  That vehicle, being driven by a female Black adult and occupied by a male Black adult front passenger wearing a dark grey hoodie was also stopped under similar context.  That vehicle reportedly contained the suspects who are allegedly connected to the armed robbery.  Deputies report that a loaded firearm was found concealed inside the vehicle, a 1995 tan/gold Acura with paper plates, and the property stolen from both victims was also recovered during the investigation, detention and subsequent arrest.  It should be noted that during the detention of these suspects detention, safety measures were also exercised, as the suspects were handcuffed and secured in the backseat of a patrol vehicle pending further investigation.

Torrion Falconer, a 26 year-old male Black and resident of Lancaster, was arrested and booked at West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station for several charges including robbery, former convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and having a loaded firearm concealed in a vehicle.

Dejuan Hooper, the 30 year-old female driver and resident of Inglewood, was also arrested and booked at West Hollywood Station for robbery and possession of a controlled substance.

Both suspects are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Since this writing, neither Mr. Jean nor his representatives have personally contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the actual agency whose deputies reasonably and lawfully detained him.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Sheriff’s Information Bureau at (213) 229-1700.  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, or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired, on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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LA County Sheriff’s Deputies Reportedly Share Gruesome Kobe Crash Photos

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Some L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies shared photos of the scene where Kobe Bryant , his daughter, Gigi, and 7 others lost their lives … and the photos included remains from the gruesome aftermath … this according to a new report.

It’s not clear who took the photos, but it was being talked about by first responders just 2 days after the crash, this according to the L.A. Times.

And, according to the report, at least one L.A. County Sheriff’s official had the photos on his cellphone “in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation.”

The report does not say who took the photos and how many deputies and officials at the Sheriff’s Dept. saw or shared the photos.

The Sheriff’s Dept. contacted families of all of the victims … an official told The Times the reason for contacting them was not because of the allegation but rather because there was a media inquiry over the allegation.

The Sheriff’s Department would only say, “The matter is being looked into.”

We’re told the Sheriff’s Dept. has known about this for 3 weeks. The trainee who showed the photos to a woman in a bar did so a few days after the crash.

We’re told the gruesome photos were also passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire Dept. and we’re told that Dept. is now investigating.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, multiple L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the crash scene took photos that included remains. We’re told one of the deputies — a trainee — took photos and at some point went to a bar and, as one source put it, “He tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos.” We’re told the bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint with the Sheriff’s Dept.

We’re also told the cell phone photos were passed around at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation — the first responders to the crash. Sources say deputies from other substations around L.A. County also took cell phone photos.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)


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DUI Checkpoint in Beverly Hills Friday Feb 28th

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BEVERLY HILLS – The Beverly Hills Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday February 28th, 2020, at an undisclosed location within city limits.

The checkpoint will be operational from approximately 9:00 PM and conclude at approximately 3:00 AM. All traffic will pass through the checkpoint.

Motorists will be stopped and contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all contacted drivers have a valid driver license.

BHPD and the Office of Traffic Safety want to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.

“Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, and to increase awareness of the dangers associated with impaired driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers” the announcement stated.


If you have any questions regarding this program or any other traffic safety issue, please contact Sergeant Gregg Mader (310) 285-2140. Funding for impaired driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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West Hollywood Sheriff Crime Incident Report Feb 10 – 16

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West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Sign (Michael Dorausch/Flickr)


WEST HOLLYWOOD — The following incidents were reported in the City February 10-16.

February 10th
Aggravated Assault – Hands, Fist, Feet
8600 block Beverly Blvd
02/10/2020 @ 1350. A man pushed an elderly woman to the ground without provocation. The victim suffered cuts to her face and a broken bone in her back. #00840

Other Burglary
8500 block Melrose Avenue
02/10/2020 @ 0145. Two men smashed a glass side door to gain access and removed handbags and shoes from a display area and fled the area on foot.

Vehicle Burglary
9100 block Sunset Blvd
02/10/2020 @ 2030-2300. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer and clothing from the rear floorboard.

Vehicle Burglary
Doheny Drive / Sunset Blvd
02/10/2020 @ 2130-2300. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing earphones and a vaping pen from the rear floorboard.

February 11th
Grand Theft
1300 block N Hayworth Avenue
02/11/2020 @ 2000-0745. An unknown suspect removed a pair of sunglasses from the glove box and a pair of shoes from the trunk of the unlocked vehicle.

Vehicle Burglary
1300 block Harper Avenue
02/11/2020 @ 2359. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed property from the back seat.

Vehicle Burglary
8400 block Melrose Avenue
02/11/2020 @ 2000-2200. An unknown suspect smashed the front and back passenger’s side windows and the trunk window and removed a Louis Vuitton handbag, perfume, clothing, shoes, leather jacket, and laptop computer from the trunk. Loss $6800.

February 12th
Aggravated Assault – Knife
8600 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/12/2020 @ 1050-1105. A man pulled a knife and threatened to hurt an employee after he was asked to leave the business for causing a disturbance. The suspect fled the area on foot.

Grand Theft
7100 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/12/2020 @ 0840-0845. An unknown suspect removed a laptop computer that was left unattended on the ground.

February 13th
Grand Theft
8600 block Sunset Blvd
02/13/2020 @ 1600. A women removed seven cosmetic packages from a display area and left the store without payment. #00924

Grand Theft
8600 block Sunset Blvd
02/13/2020 @ 1645. A woman removed six jars of facial crème from a display area and left the store without payment.

Vehicle Burglary
1200 block La Brea Avenue
02/13/2020 @ 0530-0700. An unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed a jacket and a purse containing $150 cash and a CDL from the rear floorboard.

Vehicle Burglary
700 block Westbourne Drive
02/13/2020 @ 1916-0710. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed 16 Apple Air Pods from the back seat.

February 14th
Aggravated Assault – Knife
8400 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/14/2020 @ 1625. A man pulled a knife and threw it at the victim during an argument about collecting recyclables. The knife hit the victim in the lower back area and caused a small scratch.

February 15th
Aggravated Assault – Gun (Suspect Arrested)
800 block Westbourne Drive
02/15/2020 @ 2100. A man pointed a handgun at his neighbor and threatened to kill him during a dispute in the hallway of their apartment complex. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies.

Other Burglary
8400 block Melrose Avenue
02/15/2020 @ 0300-0800. An unknown suspect smashed the front glass door to gain entry and broke the lock to a wine refrigerator. The suspect removed several bottles wine.

February 16th
Aggravated Assault – Knife (Suspect Arrested)
8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/16/2020 @ 0120. A woman was stabbed one time in the stomach without provocation by a man while standing inside the club. The victim suffered a small scratch to her abdomen and was treated on scene. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies.

Armed Robbery (Suspects Arrested)
900 block Palm Avenue
02/16/2020 @ 0145. A man and woman were walking WB on Cynthia Street near Palm Avenue when a vehicle pulled to a stop near their location. Three men exited the vehicle, approached the victims and demanded their property. The male victim was punched and knocked to the ground and hit with a handgun. The suspects took a purse from the victim and fled the area in the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped by responding deputies and four men were arrested.

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