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June 23, 2017

Arrest in Illegal Firework Sales

Detectives recently received a tip informing them that illegal fireworks were being advertised for sale in Downey on Craigslist.  Following up on this information, undercover detectives arranged to meet with seller Jose Zepeda at a local restaurant parking lot and purchased illegal fireworks from him on Wednesday.  A second purchase of illegal fireworks was arranged today and Jose’s brother, Juan Zepeda, arrived at the location and was taken into custody for selling illegal fireworks to undercover detectives.  Illegal fireworks were immediately seized from inside Juan’s vehicle. 

 

Detectives served a search warrant at Jose Zepeda’s home in the 7300 block of Dinwiddie in the City of Downey and seized numerous boxes of illegal fireworks weighing in excess of 3000 pounds.  

 

37-year-old Jose Angel Zepeda of Downey was arrested for possession of illegal fireworks in excess of 100 pounds, a felony, and will appear in court at a later date to face charges.  36-year-old Juan Zepeda of Downey was arrested for selling illegal fireworks, a misdemeanor, and will appear in court at a later date to face charges. 

 

The Downey Police Department has a “zero tolerance” policy towards the possession and use of illegal fireworks.  Anyone with information relating to the possession or use of illegal fireworks is encouraged to contact the Downey Police Department at (562) 861-0771.  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.

 

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369.

 

Reference Case Number 17-44852

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June 13, 2017

Shooting - Update

On Monday, June 12th, 2017, at approximately 8:15 p.m. the Downey Police Department responded to reports of a shooting in the 8800 block of Rosecrans. When officers arrived they discovered two men deceased inside First Class Car Audio at 8856 Rosecrans. Detectives have determined three armed men entered the business and attempted to rob the business owner. Gunfire was exchanged during which the business owner shot all three suspects, two of whom died at the scene. The third suspect sought medical treatment for his gunshot wounds at a local hospital and is receiving medical care. Detectives are still questioning him. The deceased men have not yet been identified.

 

Detectives are investigating all leads.

 

Anyone with information relating to this crime is encouraged to contact Detective Carlos Bejines at (562) 904-2334. 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.

 

Press inquiries may be directed to Sergeant Leigh Lacy at (562) 904-2340. Reference Case Number 17-42416.

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October 3, 2016

Downey Police Department Plans to ‘Take-Back’ Unused and Unwanted Prescription Drugs on
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will be collecting unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications during its semi-annual “Drug Take Back” event. This event offers community members an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous drugs and minimize the potential for misuse and abuse.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the west parking lot of the Downey Police Department, located at 10911 Brookshire Ave. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to drop their prescription medications off into collection boxes provided by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A). Over-the-counter medications can also be discarded. Liquids will only be accepted in fully sealed, unopened plastic containers. Needles, sharps and glass containers will not be accepted.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.).

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374 or jpreda@downeyca.org

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September 5, 2016

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on September 09, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 406 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 157 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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September 5, 2016

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of September with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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August 2, 2016

Downey Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop on August 31, 2016

On Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, officers from the Downey Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on August 31, 2016 at the Starbucks located at, 7954 Imperial Highway.  Please contact Lieutenant Alex Irizabal with questions: (562) 904-2369, airizabal@downeyca.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Downey’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Carl Charles. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships. There has never been a more important time for Coffee with a Cop than right now. This program will bring our community together and help heal out nation and make us stronger.”

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get to know and interact with our Police Department and to have a constructive dialogue about important issues,” said Mayor Alex Saab.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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August 2, 2016

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of August with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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July 16, 2016

Robbery

On July 16, 2016, at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to Ralphs supermarket located in the 8600 block of Firestone Blvd regarding a robbery which had just occurred. According to store security, a male Hispanic had entered the store, placed numerous items in a shopping cart, and then left the store without paying.

The Loss Prevention Officer from Ralphs followed the suspect into the parking lot and attempted to stop him from fleeing; at which time, the suspect pulled a gun out and told the Loss Prevention Officer to "Get Back." Fearing for his safety, the loss prevention officer returned to the store and called police, as the suspect entered a vehicle and sped off. A short time later, officers received information that the suspect had been involved in a "hit & run" traffic collision while fleeing the supermarket and was observed entering a home in the 8700 block of Cavel Street, Downey.

Downey Police Officers responded to the location and surrounded the home, during which time they made several attempts to make contact with the suspect. Believing the suspect had barricaded himself inside, a few residents in close proximity to the suspect's residence were evacuated as a precaution. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (S.E.B.) responded to assist the Downey Police Department in an attempt to bring the situation to a safe and peaceful conclusion.

At approximately 11:47 p.m., the suspect surrendered to S.E.B. deputies without incident. Taken into custody was, Gerson Acosta-Martinez, a 35 year old Downey resident. He was transported to the Downey Police station where he was booked for armed robbery.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detectives Ron Gee at (562) 904-2331 or Detective Steve Gilley at (562) 904-2335.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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July 14, 2016

DOWNEY TO HOST 4th ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT “AMERICA’S NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME”

On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, the City of Downey and the Downey Police Department will host the City’s 4th Annual National Night Out celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Downey Civic Center located at 11111 Brookshire Ave.

National Night Out is a unique community event celebrated across the United States the first Tuesday in August every year. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local crime prevention programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and build police-community partnerships.

Downey’s National Night Out event will promote community awareness by educating the community about crime prevention and community resources. It will also feature free food, drinks, children’s activities, community information booths, and family fun.

Besides the events listed above, other activities include:

·C.E.R.T. – Community Emergency Response Team will be providing information on emergency preparedness.

·Child I.D. & Fingerprinting – Members of the Downey Police Explorer Program will be taking photographs and fingerprinting children for I.D cards. CD’s will be provided to parents containing the information. Parents will be able to print out the I.D. card which will feature fingerprints, photo and emergency contact information.

·Kids Bicycle Skills Workshop – Certified cycling instructors, the Downey Police Department’s Bicycle Team & the Downey Kiwanis will teach essential bicycle & pedestrian safety skills. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets.

·Sylvan Learning Center – Children will be able to build with Legos by coding and programming robots. 

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Burkhardt at (562)904-2374 or via email at jpreda@downeyca.org

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June 13, 2016

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on June 17, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 406 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 157 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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June 7, 2016

Vehicle Burglaries

The Downey Police Department is asking the public to remain vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. This is important because often times this activity can lead to criminal activity. We are requesting that if you see anything that seems suspicious to you, please call the police immediately. Be prepared to explain why the activity is suspicious or unusual, and to give detailed descriptions of the suspicious persons or vehicles. This information will assist the responding officers as they arrive to investigate. Many crimes thwarted by the police are a direct result of citizen calls. Usually the public is the first to notice something unusual in the neighborhood and is the best source of information for the police. A good partnership between the community and the police department is of paramount importance and essential to curtailing criminal activity within our city.

Vehicle Burglary is one crime that can be greatly affected by citizen participation. These crimes happen everywhere and the city of Downey is not exempt. Vehicle Burglaries typically leave victims feeling violated and fearful, but can be prevented in many cases. Criminals tend to be opportunists and often work in groups of two or more. They may also have a look-out to warn them of police or potential witnesses. It is also common for them to arrive in a vehicle which they may park nearby or in a driveway. Residents can help protect their vehicles by making their vehicles less of a target.

Here are some important tips to help prevent a vehicle burglary:

TIPS:

  • One of the most important things to do is call the police to report a crime or  any suspicious activity. You can remain an anonymous caller.
  • Always lock the doors to your vehicle, even when you are away from the vehicle for a short time.
  • Close all windows and sunroof.
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle. If you cannot take personal property with you, place the items in your trunk, but do not move these items to the trunk while in public view.
  • Do not leave any mail in your vehicle. These items have your name, address and possibly contain personal financial information.
  • Park in well-lit areas. At home, park your vehicle near porch lights. If you cannot park in a garage, install motion detection lights, which will illuminate your driveway at night.
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device that is installed on your vehicle.

    To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/.

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