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Scanner Report: 2 Machetes, a Butter Knife, and a Microwave Oven

This is the Scanner Report, detailing some police and fire events that in Los Angeles that were overheard on the police scanner.

Saturday, January 7, 2012 

7:01 p.m.  8000 block of Cantaloupe Avenue, Panorama City

LAFD Rescue Ambulance 80 is called to help a person suffering from "difficult respiration" at the residential location.

 

7:01 p.m.  9200 block of Winnetka Avenue, Northridge

An LAFD engine and a basic life services ambulance are sent to help a person suffering from a fall at the business location.

 

7:02 p.m.  7100 block of Milwood Avenue, Canoga Park

Topanga Division LAPD patrol units are sent to investigate a "family dispute" at the residence. The dispatcher advises a "code 2" (without lights and sirens) response.

 

7:15 p.m.  300 block of East 64th Street, Huntington Park

LAPD is dispatched to the scene of an "ADW suspect there now" (assault with a deadly weapon, assailant is still at scene). A man is reported to be "under the influence of an unknown substance" and brandishing a machete, threatening family members. Patrol officers are directed to respond "code 3" (with lights and sirens).

 

January 8, 2012

1:20 a.m.  6500 Fallbrook Avenue, Canoga Park

Topanga Division LAPD patrol units are called to the scene of a "415 fight," a caller reports "two males fist-fighting" in the mall parking lot. Units are directed to respond "code 3."

 

5:55 p.m.  Benedict Canyon Drive and Portola  Drive, Beverly Glen

LAFD units are on the scene of a two-car traffic accident on Benedict Canyon Drive. They radio OCD (Operations Command Dispatch) and request traffic control at the location. Benedict Canyon Drive is a narrow two-lane road near Portola Drive and one of the cars is disabled in the middle of the roadway, creating a hazaradous situation for the rescue effort.

 

January 9, 2011

2:07 a.m.  11100 block of Landale Street, West Toluca Lake

North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol units are dispatched to the scene of a possible "459 (burglary) suspects there now" at the residence. A caller reports seeing two men go into her attic and close the door. One of the burglary suspects is described as "male, white, 5'9" wearing a black baseball cap." There is no description for the second burglary suspect. Patrol units are directed to respond "code 3."

 

2:08 a.m.  11100 block of Landale Street, West Toluca Lake

Several North Hollywood patrol cars are responding to the location, and one of the responding units asks the dispatcher if the caller is still on the line and "has eyes (real-time visual observation) on the suspects." An LAPD helicopter is also requested.

 

2:09 a.m.  11100 block of Landale Street, West Toluca Lake

An officer in a responding patrol unit who appears to know the area advises the other units that the Tujunga Wash borders the property and may be a possible escape route for the burglars.

 

2:11 a.m.  11100 block of Landale Street, West Toluca Lake

A North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol unit radios the dispatcher that they are now at the scene.

 

2:14 a.m.  4100 block of Rosewood Avenue, Rampart Village

Rampart Division LAPD patrol units are called to the scene of a "ADW suspect there now" at the apartment complex. A caller reports that a "balding, heavy-set" man, under the influence of narcotics, is "armed with a machete inside the apartment, and asking his roommates to leave the location." Patrol units are directed to respond "code 3."

 

2:16 a.m.  11100 block of Landale Street, West Toluca Lake

The primary unit (lead officers on the incident) has investigated the scene and call in a "code 4" (situation is under control and no further units need respond). The officers determine that "there is no evidence of a 459." The LAPD airship is cancelled and all other responding units are directed to resume normal patrol.

 

7:05 a.m.  12300 block of Riverside Drive, Valley Village

LAFD's Light Force 78 radios OCD about an "apparent natural" death at the apartment location. LAPD is requested to the scene to investigate. A "crisis response team" is also requested.

 

7:09 a.m.  Wyandotte Street and Sepulveda Boulevard, Van Nuys

LAFD's Engine 90 and Rescue Ambulance 889 are dispatched to the scene of an "animal bite." LAPD has reported the incident and describe a 25 year old male victim who "has lacerations to his leg."

 

7:10 a.m.  12300 block of Riverside Drive, Valley Village

A North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol unit is dispatched to the scene of the "ambulance death investigation."

 

7:17 a.m.  6000 block of Riverton Avenue, North Hollywood

North Hollywood Division LAPD patrol units are sent to the scene of a possible "juvenile with mental illness" incident. The caller reports that an 11-year-old girl is "threatening to harm herself with a butter knife" at the location, but the girl is no longer armed.

 

January 13, 2011

12:54 a.m.  Lindley Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills

A Devonshire Division LAPD patrol officer is in a foot chase, pursuing an alleged "GTA (grand theft auto) suspect" who is running southbound on Lindley Avenue from Chatsworth Street, into the area of a large apartment complex. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, wearing a gray hoodie and light blue jeans. An LAPD air unit is requested to assist. "Air 11" hears the call and is responding to the scene.

 

12:55 a.m.  Lindley Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills

The patrol officer gives some extra details about the "GTA suspect," stating he is approximately 5'9" tall, 200 pounds and has "dark hair, and a possible mustache."

The patrol unit on the scene asks responding Devonshire Division patrol units to set up a perimeter, with borders on Chatsworth Street at Lindley Avenue, Devonshire Street at Lindley Avenue, and the western edge of the apartment complex.

 

1:00 a.m.  Lindley Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills

The LAPD air unit and the ground units communicate about the possible distance the GTA suspect could have covered in the time that has passed. Air 11 advises that on the western border of the apartment complex, there is a dirt lot where tall electrical towers stand, and next to that is a flood control channel that is shallow and not difficult to cross. Air 11 tells that primary patrol unit that the supect could have easily continued beyond the flood control channel, heading toward Etiwanda Avenue.

 

1:02 a.m.  Lindley Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills

Air 11 advises, with the possibility that the suspect could have crossed over the flood control channel, greatly increasing the number of streets that the suspect could run and hide, means they would need ten more patrol cars  to cover the extended perimeter. Air 11 asks the primary patrol unit to make the decision about whether or not to extend the perimeter and call in more patrol units.

 

1:03 a.m.  Lindley Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills

The primary unit decides to use the existing Devonshire LAPD patrol units around the apartment complex, the flood control channel and the properties across the channel; but would not add more patrol cars to the perimeter.

The officers have managed to get a possible name of the alleged car thief, and if they can positively match the identification with the suspect at large, that would be an alternative resolution.

 

1:16 a.m.  Somewhere in the San Fernando Valley

A West Valley patrol unit is investigating a possibly foreclosed home, where electricity is supposed to be shut off and the house empty. The officer radios to the dispatcher, "but they got power on inside."

Lights and a microwave oven are seen, and the officer believes "squatters are living there." The officer requests another patrol unit at the scene so they can investigate the interior of the home.

 

1:45 a.m.  Lindley Avenue and Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills

After a fruitless search, the Devonshire Division patrol units shut down the perimeter, the LAPD helicopter clears the incident scene, and the search for the GTA suspect is called off. All units return to normal patrol.

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