Tag: Beverly Hills Police Department

Jobson Marangoni De Castro In Federal Custody Following $1.8 Million Theft

April 3, 2024 ·

American Green Travel Photo Via Unsplash

BEVERLY HILLS—On April 2, Jobson Marangoni De Castro, 38, pleaded guilty to stealing over $1 million in items from a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills and then traveling with the stolen goods to the state of Florida to sell.

According to a Department of Justice press release, on May 10, 2023, De Castro was brought to the hotel by an Uber driver. He was then able to enter the hotel room of two Brazilian National travel companions who were visiting the U.S. to attend a fashion event.

De Castro was able to access the victim’s room by tricking the hotel clerk on duty into giving him a[his] key.

Surveillance video footage captured at the scene revealed that the suspect initially entered the victim’s room while they were sleeping. Seeing that the room was occupied, De Castro quickly exited without notice.

He returned to the room once the victims left for dinner. The victims reported the theft upon their return to the hotel.

Prosecutors in the case contend that De Castro stole high-end suitcases containing approximately $1.8 million in jewelry, and other items including, but not limited to, a custom-made aluminum RIMOWA carry-on bag, several black Tumi suitcases, a white embroidered silk jacquard Chanel dress, along with other high-end clothing, a watch valued at nearly $90,000, jewelry, and air tags.

Reports indicate that it took De Castro multiple trips to strip the room of all of the merchandise.

The following information came directly from the DOJ press release.

“De Castro then traveled to Miami and, on May 17, 2023, messaged a buyer in Miami on Instagram. De Castro told the buyer he wanted to sell jewelry – a diamond necklace and luxury watch – but he did not have papers for them because he had found them in a box belonging to his late mother. The jewelry matched the description of that stolen from the victims in Beverly Hills a few days earlier, according to court documents. The next day, the buyer wired De Castro $50,000, for the jewelry, which De Castro brought to the buyer’s store in Miami.

The name De Castro provided to the buyer was “Jobs Marangoni,” the same name he used for his Uber account.

De Castro has been in federal custody since August 2023.

Jobson Marangoni De Castro, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, a felony that carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.”

The FBI and the Beverly Hills Police Department are investigating the theft. The Assistant U.S. Attorney, Alexander Gorin of the General Crimes Section is prosecuting the case.

The U.S. District Judge, Hernan D. Vera scheduled an evidentiary hearing for De Castro on April 30, to determine the extent of the loss.

A sentencing hearing is expected to be scheduled in the next few months.

By Sharon

BHPD Looking For Distracted Drivers In April

April 3, 2024 ·

Using a cellphone while driving is against the law in the state of California. Photo courtesy of Jonas Lee via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, April 2, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced in a news release that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The BHPD will be actively looking for drivers throughout the month who are in violation of the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road. Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.”

The BHPD reported that according to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 74 percent of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, there were at least 140 people killed in distracted driving traffic crashes in the state. The numbers could be underreported because law enforcement officers may not always be able to tell that distraction was a factor in a crash.

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine, and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

Motorists are asked to pull over to a safe parking spot if they have to take a call, text or email. The BH Police Department noted other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.

By Trevor

BHPD Motor Officer Earns Award

March 20, 2024 ·

Officer Guzman earned a high accolade at the Motor Officer Skills Competition. Photo courtesy of the Beverly Hills Police Department.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, March 19, Public Information Officer for the Beverly Hills Police Department, Lt. Myers informed Canyon News via email that Officer Guzman of the Police Department earned an award after his participation in the Motor Officer Skills Competition on March 16.

The event was held in Bakersfield and involved 30 Motor Officers from various law enforcement agencies. Participating agencies included the Bakersfield Police Department, California Highway PatrolBakersfield Office, Daly City Police Department, San Jose Police Department, San Francisco Police Department, and the Beverly Hills Police Department.

The Motorcycle Skills Competition, designed to foster training and safety among Police Motorcycle Officers, serves as a platform for supporting organizations focused on law enforcement officers and their families via charitable donations.

Officers participated in a challenging course while benefiting from cross-departmental learning and friendly competition. The course featured intricate patterns, including replicas of the Bakersfield Police Department emblem, requiring precise maneuvering to navigate without error.

Utilizing various motorcycle models, such as the BMW 1200RT-P and Harley Davidson Police Electra Glides, participants showcased their skills. At the end of the event, accolades were awarded to top performers in both the Harley Davidson and BMW categories.

Officer Guzman of the Beverly Hills Police Department distinguished himself at the 2024 Bakersfield Police Department Motors Competition, clinching first place in the BMW Metric Division.

“His remarkable achievement amidst fierce competition underscores his dedication to training and preparation, embodying the highest standards of police motorcycle officers,” the BHPD said in a statement.

By Trevor

BHPD’s New Executive Officer, Lt. Andrew Myers

January 16, 2024 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—Paula Neri, the Media Relations Coordinator for the Beverly Hills Police Department Lieutenant Reginald Evans will no longer serve in his current position, with Lieutenant Andrew Myers becoming the new Executive Officer and Public Information Officer (PIO) for the BHPD. He was thanked for his leadership and service during 2023.

Lt. Myers will oversee Media Relations, the Community Relations Unit, the Professional Standards Unit, the Reserve Unit, and the Disaster Communication System.

During his tenure, Lt. Myers served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and worked in an undercover capacity. He was a member of SWAT for 13 years and has been an active member of the Honor Guard and Peer Support Team since the inception of both units.

Lt. Myers built and managed the BHPD Instagram profile from 2015 to 2020, building a strong base of over 40,000 followers. Before his appointment as Executive Officer, he was the Administrative Services Lieutenant, managing recruitment, hiring, training, policies & procedures, and special projects.

His academic achievements in Criminal Justice and Sociology, along with his leadership roles, in SWAT and as the Administrative Services Lieutenant, make him qualified for his new position.

“Please join us in welcoming Lt. Myers to his new role. We look forward to a year of continued excellence and community engagement under his leadership,” said Neri in a statement.

The public is advised to continue to follow the BHPD online to stay informed.

By Trevor

Anti-Fencing Operation Recovers Stolen Goods

January 15, 2024 ·

BEVERLY HILLS/SANTA MONICA—On January 10, the LAPD disclosed that on January 9, the Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) served a search warrant in the 400 block of West 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles that recovered thousands of dollars in stolen goods and U.S. Currency. The personnel from the ORCTF, which consists of detectives from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Burbank, Torrance, and Glendale Police Departments, were involved in the operation.

The LAPD indicated in a news release that the investigation was on a business believed to be selling stolen merchandise. The ORCTF is actively investigating individuals who steal from retail establishments, as well as the individuals or businesses who receive it with the intent to resell the stolen items to consumers.

Over $23,000 of US currency, a firearm, and hundreds of items including high-end eyewear and clothing, jewelry, and designer bags were recovered during the operation. The recovered property was conservatively estimated at a value of $300,000. Detectives are working with retailers to identify their items. Any evidence that is identified as having been stolen will be returned to the victims.

The ORCTF will continue to conduct operations throughout the Los Angeles County with the focus of identifying, disrupting, and arresting retail thieves and those who sell stolen items.

By Trevor

BHPD’s Coffee With A Cop Event January 18

January 2, 2024 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced in an email to Canyon News that the first Beverly Hills Police Department Coffee with a Cop Event will be held on Thursday, January 18.

The gathering allows members of the community to meet with the BHPD over a cup of coffee. The event will occur from 9:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. at Café Sheera, which is located at 443 N. Bedford Drive.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Cafe Sheera for hosting this event and helping us bring the community together. No formal agenda, just a cup of coffee and friendly chats. Whether you have questions or just want to say hello, we’re here to connect,” the city of Beverly Hills stated.

For additional updates regarding the BHPD visit beverlyhills.org/BHPDconnect.

By Trevor

Woman Arrested In Beverly Hills Hit-And-Run

December 26, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Friday, December 22, the Beverly Hills Police Department reported a hit-and-run accident on Olympic Boulevard and Rexford Drive that shut down traffic on Olympic in all directions. At approximately 6 p.m., a woman traveling eastbound on Olympic Blvd. struck and critically injured a male pedestrian. Reports indicate the suspect fled the scene of the crime.

According to police, the victim was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. The suspect who did not stop to render aid to the injured party, was located at an undisclosed location, arrested, and taken into custody.

California law places the driver who strikes a pedestrian with their car at fault. In addition, drivers are required to report the accident, stop and render aid if needed, and wait for police to arrive before leaving the scene.

Canyon News contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for additional information about the suspect, but did not hear back in time for print.

By Sharon

Four Drivers Cited For No License During DUI Checkpoint

December 19, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, December 18, the Beverly Hills Police Department disclosed results of the DUI Checkpoint that was conducted on Friday, December 15 at North Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

A total of 1,790 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and 173 were screened. Four drivers were cited for driving without a driver’s license.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on reported incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off roads.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Jarris Jay Silagi Charged In Beverly Hills Hate Crime

December 18, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On December 12, the Los Angeles District Attorney, George Gascon announced that Jarris Jay Silagi, 44, has been charged in the violent attack of a Jewish couple celebrating Shabbat at their synagogue in Beverly Hills.

Gascon made the following statement regarding the charges in his press release that is posted on the District Attorney’s website:

“I unequivocally condemn the violent attack inflicted upon those peacefully observing their faith. Such acts of Antisemitism have no place in our community, and we continue to be committed to ensuring justice prevails and holding the defendant accountable. Our thoughts are with the victims and all those who continue to be targeted for their faith. My office’s Hate Crimes Unit will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”

Silagi is charged with one count of attempted second-degree robbery; one count of elder or dependent adult abuse, infliction of injury; one count of assault with a deadly weapon; and two counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. It is further alleged that Silagi caused great bodily injury during the commission of the crime. Silagi was arraigned today in Dept. 30 at the Airport Courthouse.

On December 9, a 75-year-old man and his wife were walking to a synagogue in Beverly Hills, while observing Shabbat during the Hannukah holiday. Silagi allegedly ran toward them striking the man, who wearing a yarmulke, once on his head with a belt, causing injury.

The incident reportedly occurred when Silagi attempted to rob the female victim. The event was captured on surveillance video.

Canyon News initially reported the following information regarding the incident indicating that the victim and his wife, who were together at the time, did not previously know the suspect at the time of the attack.

The Beverly Hills Fire Department responded to the call and treated the victim for his injuries at the scene. No further medical attention was needed at the time.
The suspect fled the scene of the crime. Canyon News Journalist Trevor Roberts reported the following information regarding the arrest.

“Officers used the information provided to quickly find, detain, and identify the suspect.
‘Our officers quickly apprehended the suspect, and he is in custody,’ said Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook. “This despicable act of hate against a member of our community will not be tolerated.”

Silagi is being held on $100,000 bail and is currently in custody at the Los Angeles County Jail. He has a court date on Tuesday, December 12 at the Los Angeles Airport Court. This is an ongoing investigation by the Beverly Hills Police Department Detective Bureau.

Silagi’s charges include: 245(a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon; 664-211 PC – Attempt Robbery; 422.75 PC – Hate Crime; 368(b)(1) – Elder Abuse.

The prosecution in the case is recommending that Silagi’s bail be set at $ 1,310,000.00.
If convicted as charged, Silagi will face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The case was investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

To report a hate crime, call 911 or call Los Angeles County’s Hate hotline at 2-1-1.

By Sharon

Jerrid Powell Arrested In Fatal Follow-Home Robbery

December 4, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Thursday, November 30 that a suspect has been arrested in a fatal follow-home robbery that transpired in San Dimas. The LAPD reported that on November 30, the Beverly Hills Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2024 Gray BMW 440i 4-door with a California plate “9JOE329″ that was wanted in connection to a robbery-murder that occurred in San Dimas.

While conducting the traffic stop, officers detained and arrested Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, who was wanted for the incident. During the search of the vehicle, a firearm was recovered. BHPD detectives believe the recovered gun in Powell’s vehicle was likely used in the robbery-murder.

The victim in the follow-home robbery has been identified as Nicholas Simbolon, 42, who was killed after pulling into his garage in the 1800 block of Hawkbrook Drive on Tuesday, November 28. He was shot in the upper torso by Powell after 6:55 p.m. Upon taking personal belongings, the suspect shot the victim and fled the crime scene.

Simbolon was followed home by Powell after charging his Tesla at a West Covina EV station. The victim worked with Los Angeles County Executive Office as a project manager. He leaves behind a wife and two sons, ages 8 and 10. Powell is being held on a $2 million dollar bail.

The Los Angeles Police Department – Robbery Homicide Division detectives suspect Powell is the person wanted in three murders that occurred in Los Angeles. According to the LAPD, ballistic examination determined that the firearm was connected to all three murders. Powell will remain in custody pending the filing of criminal charges.

“I am grateful for the collective work of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and Beverly Hills Police Department that has resulted in the identification and arrest of the individual we believe is responsible for these vicious crimes. I am proud of the extraordinary work of our detectives and forensic services personnel for their efforts and collaborative work to identify and apprehend the person responsible to prevent further loss of life. We thank the District Attorney for the services he is dedicating to the prosecution in this case,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

“The amazing coordination and communication between our partner agencies, along with technology, helped take this dangerous individual off our streets to protect our community. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators will continue to work with our justice partners to ensure we hold this individual accountable for these heinous murders,” said Sheriff Robert G. Luna.

Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer, Fesia Davenport regarded Mr. Simbolon in that “he was key in developing application software that helped propel the office forward and also to help our mission to deliver services to citizens and residents of LA County.”

Justice Deputy for Board of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Sandra Croxton delivered remarks on behalf of Supervisor Barger. “The entire county family joins his loved ones in mourning his loss.  He will be greatly missed.”

San Dimas City Mayor, Emmett Badar also expressed his condolences. “Our prayers are with the family, and we certainly want the community to know that we’ll be there to support them.”

The LAPD’s Central and South Bureau were searching for Powell who is believed to be connected to three murders of homeless individuals in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department are investigating three separate murders that occurred between November 26 and November 29. In each case, the victims were experiencing homelessness. Some similarities have been identified, but detectives are working to determine if all the murders are related. Two of the victims killed have been identified as Mark Diggs and Jose Bolanos. Powell is believed to have shot and killed the three homeless individuals as they slept.

Authorities are warning the public if they suspect that are being followed to not go to their homes but drive to the nearest police station or sheriff’s station and contact 911. If able, obtain the license plate and description of the vehicle that is following.

Anyone with details is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section, at (213) 486-6890. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

BHPD Receives Grant From The Office Of Traffic Safety

November 15, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department announced on November 8 that they were awarded an $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The grant will support ongoing enforcement and education programs to help decrease the number of serious injuries and deaths on roads.

“This funding will strengthen our commitment to public safety in our community,” said Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook. “We will be able to increase our efforts in making our roads safer for everyone and focus on critical areas such as distracted driving, impaired driving, and speeding.”

The grant will provide additional programs and resources, including:

-DUI checkpoints and patrols focused on stopping suspected impaired drivers.

-High visibility distracted driving enforcement operations targeting drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.

-Enforcement operations focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people biking or walking at risk.

-Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign, and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.

-Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

The grant program will run through September 2024. Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

By Trevor

Beverly Hills Faces $500 Million Discrimination Lawsuit

September 14, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On September 11, National Civil Rights Lawyer for Justice, Ben Crump opened a $500 million lawsuit against the City of Beverly Hills for racial profiling. Crump alleges that the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) officers were racially discriminatory toward members of the black community in and near Beverly Hills between 2019-2021.

The following information came directly from Crump’s updated press release that may be found on his webpage.

“Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Bradley C. Gage will hold a press conference on September 11 to provide an update on developments in a class action lawsuit against the City of Beverly Hills and Captain Scott Dowling for Beverly Hills Police Department’s targeting of people of color via a task force dubbed “Operation Safe Street” and “Rodeo Drive Task Force.” Attorneys will also discuss new evidence in the case.

From August 2019 to August 2021, 1,088 black people were arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department but only two have resulted in convictions. Ninety percent of people arrested by the Rodeo Drive Task Force were black even though only 1.5% of the Beverly Hills population is black. The legal team is announcing a $500 million demand.”

Canyon News reached out to the BHPD for more information. BHPD Lieutenant Reginald Evans responded with the following press release by Public Information Lauren Santillana.

“Statement in Response to Press Conference Regarding the Case of Jasmine Williams, et al. v. City of Beverly Hills, et al.

The following is a statement from the City of Beverly Hills regarding today’s press conference held by attorneys Benjamin Crump and Bradley Gage related to ongoing litigation:

The City of Beverly Hills is an international destination that always welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world.

The role of the Beverly Hills Police Department is to enforce the law, regardless of race.

The statistics presented referencing the number of convictions is a mischaracterization of the evidence in this case. In addition, the 1,088 arrests referenced includes people cited and released, not just custodial arrests.

The city denies and will continue to strongly defend itself against these allegations.”
By Sharon

Juveniles Caught In Retail Theft In Beverly Hills

September 11, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On August 30, the Beverly Hills Police Department arrested two individuals detained by store security in the 9600 block of Wilshire Boulevard after stealing large quantities of clothing. A third suspect initially fled the scene, but was cornered by police and taken into custody.

Reports indicate that at least two unidentified individuals entered one of the clothing stores at approximately 6:30 p.m., taking a large amount of clothing and were confronted by store security who called authorities.

Two 17 year-olds, and one 15 year-old were taken into custody. Their identities cannot be released due to their age.

The BHPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department all responded to the call.

Anyone with more details on the case is asked to call BHPD Watch Commander at 310-285-2125 or to use the BHPD alert system at beverlyhills.org/BHPD alert or sign up by texting BHPDALERT to 888-777.

By Sharon

BHPD Conducting Sobriety, Driver License Checkpoint September 8

September 5, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Traffic Bureau will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, September 8, in the area of North Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Drive. The checkpoint will be operational from approximately 7 p.m. and conclude at approximately 2 a.m. The BHPD indicated in a news release that all traffic will pass through the checkpoint.

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

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes.

The purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improve traffic safety.”

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties and a suspended license. Funding for impaired driving enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Arrests Made In Grand Theft Case

August 28, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Sunday, August 27, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced that three suspects were arrested and detained in the grand theft investigation that occurred in the 400 block of Rodeo Drive. The names of all of those in custody for the aforementioned crimes have not been released at this time.

Canyon News reached out to the police to find out more about the arrest but did not hear back in time for print.

On August 24, the Los Angeles Police Department notified the public of additional thefts in the area. According to the LAPD website, ORCTF made 11 arrests in four of the nine theft cases currently being invested by the newly Organized Retail Crime Taskforce (ORTC) which includes LAPD, Glendale Police Department, Beverly Hills Police Department, California Highway Patrol, along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The following locations suffered at the hands of the suspects taken into custody by the ORTC.

The Versace Store (Beverly Center), located at 8500 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, the Warehouse Shoe Store at 6251 York Boulevard in Highland Park, the Nordstrom store in the Topanga Mall located at 6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Canoga Park, and the Yves Saint Laurent (The American Brand) located at 889 American Way in Glendale.

The ORTC encourages the public to get involved and report any information known on other retail thefts that you may know about in the area by calling the ORCTF, Detective Arnold at (818)374-9420.

During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

By Sharon

Attempted Burglary Suspects Targets Geary’s In Beverly Hills

August 8, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, August 5th, at approximately 2:49 p.m. the Beverly Hills Police Department responded to a call of an attempted burglary in progress. Reports indicated two individuals were attempting to break into a watch display using screwdrivers at Geary’s located at 351 N. Beverly Hills Drive.

Officers arrested both suspects matching the description of the assailants. Canyon News received a statement from Lt. Reginald Evans with the BHPD who stated:

“Circumstances: Officers were dispatched to a call of two suspects using a screwdriver to open a store window which displayed several Rolex watches. Officers listening to Live 911 self-dispatched and were quickly on scene. Utilizing the drone, Officers were directed to the suspects. Both suspects were arrested.”

At 3:18 p.m., Juan Diego Hernandez-Martinez, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested and charged for commercial burglary. 

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Inmate locator, Yogani Bibani Chitiva, 42, of West Covina was also arrested and is facing a similar charge as Martinez. Bail was set at $20,000.  Chitiva was released on August 6th on his own recognizance.

No further details on the incident are available.

By Sharon

BHPD Crash Into Range Rover In Beverly Hills

August 1, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On August 1, at approximately, 5 p.m. a police officer near Wilshire Boulevard and N. Beverly Drive crashed into a dark colored Range Rover. First responders arrived on the scene.

The Citizen App reported additional units were called with officers working traffic in the area. No further information is available at this time.

BHPD National Night Out

BHPD National Night Out

The accident coincides with the timing of the BHPD National Night Out event introducing their K-9 officers Kai, Odin, Darco, Lobo, KOA, and Support K-9 Kami to the public.

The event occurred in the 400th block of N. Rexford Dr.

By Sharon

BHPD Celebrating National Night Out

July 31, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department indicated in a news release they would be participating in the National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 400 Block of N. Rexford Dr. near the Beverly Hills Library and Beverly Hills Fire Department.

For 2023, the police department will highlight the work

of K-9s with the BHPD and emphasize their role in keeping the community safe and secure.

National Night Out is a community-building campaign that fosters police-community partnerships and promotes neighborhood camaraderie.

The event details are as follows:

  • K-9 Demonstration: 7 p.m.

The BHPD is inviting the community to join the event and witness the K-9 demonstration showcasing skills and abilities of police dogs.

National Night Out will feature displays from various BHPD departments, including the SWAT Team, Real Time Watch Center Drones, Mobile Command Center, BHFD, and various other departments in Beverly Hills. Food trucks, games, and family-friendly activities will be at the event.

Admission to National Night Out is free, and free parking will be available at the Civic Center Parking Garage after 5 p.m.

Attendees are asked to use the official hashtags #K90210 and #NNO90210 in their social media posts.

For more details and updates visit beverlyhills.org/NNO and follow on social media at beverlyhills.org/BHPDconnect.

By Trevor

Woman Surrenders Infant To Couple At Hamburger Restaurant

July 19, 2023 ·

LOS ANGELES—On Wednesday, July 19, at approximately 12:00 a.m., a couple was approached at Chris and Eddy’s hamburger restaurant located at 5539 Sunset Boulevard, by a woman with her infant. She surrendered her baby over to the couple, indicating that she could no longer care for the infant.

Unsplash photo.

Unsplash photo. 

The couple the infant was surrendered to, then brought the baby to the Beverly Hills Police Department who indicated that this was technically out of their jurisdiction. The infant appeared to be approximately one month old.

According to California law, parents and legal guardians may confidentially surrender an infant less than three days old to any hospital/emergency room/fire station.

If the baby/child(ren) have not been abused/neglected/traumatized, the parent or allocated guardian may surrender the baby without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.

Canyon News reached out to the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) for a statement and more information. The Acting Public Information Officer, Sergeant Jeff Newman, have not heard back in time for print.

By Sharon

Beverly Hills Police K-9 Officer Aedan Passes Away

July 13, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, July 2, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) lost one of their own. BHPD K-9 Officer Aedan passed away. The department gave tribute to the retired K-9 on the BHPD Twitter page.

“With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to our beloved retired K-9 Aedan, who passed away Saturday morning. A male Belgian Malinois, Aedan served faithfully alongside his K-9 handler for five years completing over 1,200 hours of training and assisting in numerous deployments.”

In a separate tweet, BHPD listed the K-9’s acts of service to the Department, and the community including 25 deployments with 20 suspect searches that led to “the apprehension of 5 suspects.”

In addition to BHPD, K-9 Officer Aedan assisted the Culver City and Santa Monica Police Departments.

BHPD noted that, “During a joint op with the [Drug Enforcement Agency] DEA, Aedan’s alert led to the seizure of narcotics worth over $500,000.

“From lending a helping paw to protecting our community, Aedan’s impact stretched far and wide. His legacy of service will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, dear Aedan.”— BHPD via Twitter.

Canyon News reached out to BHPD for a photo and spoke to Aedan’s handler, Patrol Sergeant, Tony Adams who shared the following statement, and the photo used in this article.

“K9 Aedan worked for 5 years from 2011 to 2016. When I was promoted, I was very fortunate that the city allowed Aedan to retire, and he lived until the age of 13 with me and my family. He will be missed.”

By Sharon

Body Discovered Near Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

June 26, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS— On Monday, June 26, a body was reportedly discovered by the Electric Fountain in Beverly Hills Garden Park at 9800 Wilshire Boulevard, near Waldorf Astoria, Citizen app reported. 

At around 5:30 p.m., a 911 caller reported the unconfirmed incident. Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived at the scene. A video posted on Citizen app shows LAFD paramedics covering the body which appears to be lying on the lawn next to Wilshire Boulevard. 

No further details are known about the incident at this time. 

This is not the first time a body has been discovered in Beverly Hills Garden Park. In 2021, a man was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead upon the paramedics arrival, KTLA reported. A preliminary investigation indicated that there was no sign of foul play. 

Canyon News reached out to Beverly Hills Police Department for detail but did not hear back before print.

By Lacy

BHPD Will Be Looking For Distracted Drivers

April 7, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—Law enforcement with the Beverly Hills Police Department announced in a news release that the month of April is Distracted Driver’s Awareness Month and officers will be actively looking for drivers who are violating the state’s hand’s free cell phone law. 

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

According to the 2022 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, nearly 72 percent of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) issued nearly 56,000 citations for distracted driving.

“Holding your phone and using it while driving is not only dangerous but also illegal,” said Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook. “Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk, or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.”

If you have an important phone call, text, email, or are in a situation with other distractions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, and talking with passengers or children in the back seat.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distraction is when a driver takes their eyes off the road, manual is when a driver takes their hands off the wheel, and cognitive is when the driver takes their mind and attention off the road. 

In the United States, over 3,100 people were killed and about 424,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019, according to the CDC. About 1 in 5 of the people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019 were not in vehicles, they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside a vehicle.

Some groups are considered more at risk for distracted driving. In a 2019 survey, 39 percent of high school students who drove in the past 30 days texted or emailed while driving on at least one of those days. Texting or emailing while driving was more common among older students than younger students and more common among White students (44 percent) than Black (30 percent) or Hispanic students (35 percent) according to the same survey. 

Students who texted or emailed while driving were also more likely to report other transportation risk behaviors. Those surveyed were more likely not to wear a seat belt, more likely to ride with a driver who had been drinking alcohol, and more likely to drive after drinking alcohol.

Among drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who were involved in fatal crashes 9 percent were distracted at the time of the crash. 

Vijay Dixit told the National Safety Council, “Parents, when your child gets a driver’s license …that is when your responsibility starts,” he said. “Your child’s life depends on you.” Dixit lost his 19 year-old daughter to distracted driving.

Even though some groups are considered more at risk than others, anyone can become a distracted driver.
By Christianne