Crime Report: 12/7/17

Friday, December 1:
At 5 p.m., a female suspect took a drink and food from the Downey Liquor at 7617 Firestone Blvd. The suspect left the location without paying and when confronted by the cashier, she brandished a knife and punched the cashier. The suspect then fled the location. Detectives are investigating.

Saturday, December 2:
At 11:00 a.m., the victim returned to her parked car in the parking lot of the Home Depot at 7121 Firestone Blvd. She then discovered a male suspect had broken into it and was still inside. The suspect then punched the victim and fled in a vehicle driven by a female suspect. The victim was able to take a picture of the suspect vehicle’s license plate with her cell phone. The suspects were later stopped in Compton and arrested for robbery.

Sunday, December 3:
At 3:00 p.m., officers detained a male for mental evaluation after he intentionally lit himself and his car on fire inside the garage of his relatives’ home in the 10500 block of Pomering Rd. The male was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries and may face arson charges.

Crime Report, Sept. 26, 2017

Friday, Sept. 15:

At 9 p.m., officers located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the Albertson’s parking lot (7676 Firestone Boulevard). They surveilled the vehicle and arrested the suspect when he returned.
Saturday, Sept. 16:

At 1 a.m., a fight occurred at the Hookah Hub (8206 Firestone Boulevard). Suspects began running from the location when they heard that someone was armed with a gun. The victim ran westbound through Embassy Suites parking lot and was shot once by an unknown suspect as he approached Brookshire Avenue. Detectives are investigating.  

At 8:30 p.m., a fight between acquaintances occurred at a residence in the 8700 block of Stewart and Gray Road. During the fight, one of the males displayed a gun and fired it into the air. The suspects fled before officers arrived. Detectives are investigating.
Sunday, Sept. 17:

At 8 a.m. officers were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and Cecilia Street. The pursuit was cancelled when the suspect’s attempt to evade police endangered the public. However, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s helicopter followed the vehicle to the city of Whittier where the suspect surrendered to Whittier Police Officers. Downey officers then responded to Whittier and arrested the suspect for grand theft auto.

At 9:30 p.m., officers located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Downey Landing. A few minutes later, officers arrested the driver when he entered the vehicle and attempted to leave the location. 

Crime Report: 3/27/17

Friday, March 17:
At 7:45 p.m., officers responded to the area of Telegraph Rd. and the east city limits regarding a stabbing of an adult homeless male. The victim was involved in an altercation with three homeless male subjects. During the struggle the victim was stabbed. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. Officers located two of the suspects. Once was arrested for assault and the second was arrested for an unrelated warrant. The third suspect is still being sought by detectives.

At 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a local hospital regarding a stabbing that had occurred in the 9300 block of Elm Vista Avenue. The victim stated he was stabbed three hours earlier at the above location. Officers were able to determine that the suspect is a known transient. Detectives are investigating.

At 11:05 p.m., officers responded to a fire inside a residence in the 7900 block of 3rd St. It appeared the small fire was purposely set. A Downey Fire Department arson investigator is handling the investigation.

Crime Report: Feb. 21, 2017

Friday, Feb. 10:
At 8:50 p.m., officers responded to the 760 block of Stewart & Gray Rd. regarding a residential burglary. The resident advised that unknown suspects had entered through an open window and took approximately $30,000 worth of misc. jewelry and an iPad. Detectives are investigating.

Sunday, Feb. 12:
At 2:00 p.m., officers responded to the downtown area regarding shots fired. Witness advised a male suspect stood at the intersection of Downey Ave. and 3rd St. and fired a handgun into the air. The suspect then fled in a vehicle. Officers located several
expended shell casings at the intersection. No one was injured as a result of this incident. Detectives are investigating.

Crime Report: 2/13/17

Friday, February 3:

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the victim was walking on Arnett Ave. near Gurley St. when
two male suspects approach and one of them pointed a handgun at him. The suspect
demanded the victim’s shoes and cellphone. The suspects then fled in an awaiting
vehicle. Detectives are investigating.

Saturday, February 4:
At approximately 1:45 a.m., an unknown suspect fired approximately 20 rifle rounds
toward the residence at the 9300 block of Cedartree. The suspect fled in a vehicle and
there were no injuries. Detectives are investigating.

At 3:05 p.m., officers responded to Pronto Pizza (8304 Imperial Hwy) in regard to an
armed robbery. The suspects entered the location wearing hoodies and armed with a
handgun. When the suspects demanded money, the employee walked to the back
room out of fear. The suspects then fled the location without any loss. Detectives are

Sunday, February 5:
At 3:45 p.m., officers responded to Bradley’s plastic bag Co. (9130 Firestone Blvd.)
regarding a possible burglary. When officers arrived, they observed the suspect
carrying a box out of the location. The suspect refused officers’ commands and climbed
onto the roof. Officers accessed the roof and arrested the suspect for burglary.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Warren High School administration responded to the police
station regarding a threat posted on social media. The threat consisted of photos of a
replica airsoft gun and statements not to attend school the following day. The
investigation revealed the suspect was a Warren High School student. The suspect
admitted to making the threat and stated it was a dare. The suspect was arrested and
booked for making the terrorist threat.

Crime Report: Feb. 8, 2017

Thursday, January 26:

At 2:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Elm Vista and Bellflower Blvd. regarding a vehicle that had been used in an armed robbery in L.A.P.D.’s jurisdiction. Officers located and stopped the vehicle to the front of 9200 Elm Vista Rd. The driver was arrested and L.A.P.D. responded to the scene.

At 3:00 p.m., a car pulled alongside a woman walking in the area of Florence Avenue and Downey Sanford Bridge Road. The occupants asked the woman for directions and then one occupant exited the vehicle and stole the woman’s jewelry and personal property. The suspects fled the location in the vehicle. Detectives are investigating.

At 6:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the Downey Promenade regarding a stolen vehicle. The officers located the vehicle in the parking lot and arrested the driver for grand theft auto.


Friday, January 27:

Officers conducted a DUI/CDL checkpoint on Firestone Boulevard and Ryerson Avenue which resulted in numerous citations being issued for a variety of violations, including one subject arrested for DUI.

Crime Report, Jan. 31, 2017

Saturday, January 21: 
At 5:15 p.m., a resident in the 11600 block of Mitla Ave. discovered an unknown suspect inside his residence. The suspect fled, jumping over the wall of the backyard out of sight. Detectives are investigating. 

At 10:00 p.m., a solicitor walking in the area of 11900 block of Gurley Ave. was confronted by 3 male suspects. One of the suspects forcibly removed the victim’s wallet from his back pocket. The suspects fled in a vehicle and the victim gave chase. The victim last observed the suspects running into an apartment complex in the area of Old River School Rd. and Imperial Hwy. Detectives are investigating. 

Sunday, January 22:
At 2:20 a.m., officers were investigating a domestic disturbance in the downtown area. As an officer was speaking with a female victim, a male suspect, unrelated to the incident, unsuccessfully tried to remove the officer’s gun from its holster. The suspect was arrested for attempting to take a firearm from a peace officer, while the officer was engaged in the performance of his lawful duties.

Crime Report - Jan. 23, 2017

Friday, January 13: 
At 5:15 p.m., a female was walking on the 9300 block of Elm Vista when a suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her shopping bag from her hand. The suspect fled the location in a silver sport utility vehicle. Detectives are investigating. 

Saturday, January 14: 
At 2:30 p.m., officers were investigating a trespassing at a home on the 11500 block of Downey Avenue. They located a stolen vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence and observed a female exit the vehicle. The female was arrested for grand theft auto. 

Sunday, January 15: 
Between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., two vehicle burglaries occurred in the parking lot behind Shakey’s Pizza (12030 Paramount Blvd.) A few hours later, officers responded to the area of Bergman and Orizaba regarding a suspicious male. He was detained and found to be in possession of property stolen from one of the parked vehicles. The suspect was arrested for vehicle burglary. 

At 10:30 a.m., a resident on the 9300 block of Cecilia St. observed two males enter his neighbor’s backyard and then a few minutes later, run to a parked vehicle in the driveway. Officers located the males driving in the area of Florence and Brookshire avenues and detained them. It was determined the males removed a window screen attempting to break into the residence. Three males in the vehicle were arrested for attempt residential burglary. 

At 7:00 p.m. three males armed with handguns entered the T-Mobile store (9400 Firestone Blvd.) The suspects took phones and unknown amount of U. S. currency. The suspects then fled in a dark colored vehicle. Detectives are investigating.

Crime Report (and holiday safety tips), 11/28/16

Friday, November 18:

Officers were assigned to patrol the downtown area from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. During this time they issued one traffic citation, four municipal code citations and made a DUI arrest.

Saturday, November 19:

Officers were assigned to patrol the downtown area from 8 pm until 3 a.m. During this time period they issued 4 municipal code citations, 4 traffic citations, 2 parking citations, and made 1 warrant arrest. The officers also dealt with fight calls outside the DB lounge, 20/20 Sports Bar, Mambo Grill and the Hookah Lounge.

Sunday, November 20:
At 5:45 am, officers were dispatched to the area of Lakewood and Firestone regarding a possible stolen vehicle. Officers checking the area located the vehicle and stopped it on the
605 freeway. The driver was taken into custody without incident and the vehicle was recovered.

At 3:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Lakewood and Imperial regarding a possible stolen vehicle. The vehicle was ultimately located and stopped in the park-n-ride parking lot. The driver was arrested without incident and the vehicle was recovered.

Holiday Safety Tips
With the Holiday Season in full swing, the Downey Police Department would like to offer a few crime prevention tips to help lessen the chances of becoming a victim during the busiest shopping season of the year. Busy stores and crowds during the holidays can invite crime. Avoid being a victim by following these simple safety tips:

- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use credit cards or checks

- Never leave valuables, including purses and wallets, unattended. Don’t let your attention be diverted while leaving these items in shopping carts or strollers

- If you leave store purchases in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk or keep them in a non-visible area. Criminals watch for shoppers who place purchases in their vehicles and leave them unattended

- Park in well-lit areas

- Remain alert in parking lots. Avoid carrying so many packages that you are unaware of your surroundings and personal safety

- Scan the area surrounding your vehicle when you park and when you return, making sure to look for suspicious persons that may be loitering in the area

- Lock your doors immediately after entering your vehicle

- Immediately report suspicious persons and activities to police or store security personnel

At this time of year many people are away from their residences during the day, shopping and running errands in preparation for their holiday celebration. To help prevent your family from becoming a victim of a theft at home, follow these safety tips:

- Packaging left at the curb of your home for trash pick-up is a clue to the criminal element of any items that may be inside your home. Break down packaging and/or wrapping and place it inside the recycle container so that it is not visible to anyone outside of your home

- Beautifully wrapped gifts under a tree which are visible from outside the home are enticing to the criminal element, so avoid leaving any such items within view of unobstructed windows of your home

- If you will be going on a holiday vacation or a trip, be sure to have your mail and/or newspaper delivery stopped. Uncollected mail or a pile of newspapers sitting at the front step are a clue that the homeowner is away.

If you do go away for the holidays, ask a neighbor to watch your house for suspicious activity or persons

- If you shop on the internet or through the mail, and have packages shipped to your home, make arrangements to have those items delivered to a neighbor or your place of employment. During the holiday season, criminals will oftentimes follow postal workers in an effort to locate and steal packages that are left on doorsteps

Most importantly, if you see suspicious activity, immediately call the Downey Police Department at (562) 861-0771.

Crime Report - Nov. 7, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 29:

At 1:42 a.m., officers responded to the call of a stolen vehicle in the 9000 block of Apollo Way. They located the vehicle and the driver was arrested for grand theft auto.

At 3:30 p.m., officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle in the 9000 block of Apollo Way. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was arrested for grand theft auto. The driver is also being charged for possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia.

At 6:00 p.m. two males assaulted an LA Fitness security guard after being asked to leave the premises. The suspects assaulted the security guard and stole his cell phone. The guard attempted to detain the men, but was further assaulted. One of the suspects was located nearby and arrested for robbery. The second suspect is still outstanding. Detectives are investigating.

At 9:15 p.m., gang officers contacted a suspect who was seated in a vehicle on the north side of Apollo Park. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a large caliber rifle with a sawed off buttstock. The suspect was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At 11:35 p.m., officer responded to the 12800 block of Paramount Boulevard regarding shots fired in the area. Gang officers contacted the intoxicated suspect inside a liquor store and found him to be in possession of a 9mm handgun. They also located five spent 9mm casings in the area. The suspect was arrested and booked for reckless discharge of a firearm.

Sunday, Oct. 30: 

At 9:03 a.m., officers responded to a call of a stolen vehicle in the 9000 block of Apollo Way. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for grand theft auto and the passenger was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Crime Report: Oct. 29, 2016

Saturday, October 22:
On today’s date, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, Downey Police
personnel, along with representatives from the DEA conducted a “drug takeback” in the
west parking lot of the police station. During the course of the event, over 440 pounds of
unwanted and/or expired prescription drugs were collected.

At approximately 10:30 pm, officers were dispatched to Tokyo Garden restaurant
located at 11946 Paramount Blvd regarding a burglary. Unknown suspect(s) had forced
entry into the restaurant and stolen currency left inside. Forensics responded to the
scene to look for physical evidence. Detectives are investigating.

Sunday, October 23:
At 1:35 am, officers responded to the 8100 block of Firestone Blvd regarding a fatal
auto -pedestrian traffic collision. Upon arrival officers, located a 22-year-old female
resident of Pasadena who had been struck by a vehicle traveling westbound as she
crossed Firestone Blvd. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was
cooperative. The traffic bureau is investigating.

At 1:40 am, officers responded to a traffic collision on Old River School Rd. south of
Florence Ave. A driver had lost control of his vehicle while traveling northbound and
crashed into a residence on the west side of the street. The driver sustained minor
injuries and was arrested for DUI. No one in the house was injured.

Crime Report - Oct. 24, 2016

Friday, October 14:

At 9:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Stewart & Gray Road and Old
River School Road regarding a possible assault. The reporting party said she had been
travelling westbound on Stewart & Gray Road when she heard a single gunshot and
saw a vehicle speed off westbound Stewart & Gray Road. The victim pulled over and
noticed a single gunshot hole in her rear driver side door. Detectives are investigating.

Saturday, October 15:

At 1:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to an assault/road rage in the area of
Gardendale Street and Brock Avenue. The male suspect confronted a 59-year-old
Downey resident with a baseball bat when both men exited their vehicles. The suspect
struck the victim with the bat. The victim and suspect both returned to their vehicles and
drove away. Detectives are investigating.

Sunday, October 16:

At 1:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to Club DB Lounge after a man leaving the club became
involved in a fight. The suspect kicked the victim in the head and fled in a vehicle. The
victim was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition. Detectives
are investigating.

At 2:45 a.m. officers responded to an alarm call at business located in the 8000 block of
Imperial Hwy. Officers observed a mini-van speed off from the location “blacked
out.” They attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the suspects fled. Officers followed
the vehicle and observed it crash on the 710 freeway. One suspect was immediately
taken into custody and another is still outstanding. Miscellaneous burglary tools were
located in the van, which had been stolen out of LAPD Wilshire Division. Detectives are