The night after the Los Angeles Police Van Nuys Captain Ivan G. Minsal introduced himself to members of a Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys Neighborhood Watch meeting, Minsal was involved first-hand in an arrest of a reported stolen car.
Scott Killeen, a Sherman Oaks resident, snapped some photos (see the gallery) of Minsal on the scene at Hortense and Goodland in Sherman Oaks.
"Fourteen hours ago he was talking at the monthly Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Neighborhood Watch meeting saying he will stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with everyone on whatever happens in his division," Killeen said. "Enough said!"
The white Honda Civic was followed after it was reported stolen and located by LoJack activation. A female drive was stoppped and arrested and there was a passenger in the car.
Van Nuys Division Watch Commander John Marquez said that two arrests were made for a stolen vehicle. The names of the suspects were not immediately released.
Minsal, in the sunglasses, appeared on the scene, as did an LAPD helicopter that followed the car on the 101 mid-morning on Friday. The car exited Coldwater Canyon south and was stopped mid-block at Hortense and Goodland in Sherman Oaks.
Mark your calendar for the next M Street Neighborhood Watch from Watch2.org:
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING! Save the date! Come meet your new senior lead officer Trent Berry and our new city councilman Tom LaBonge Wednesday February 13th at 7pm. Meeting will be held at Proficiency Fitness Facility in Sherman Oaks. 13270 Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please come support your neighborhood and share issues/concerns you have with our areas representatives.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Ivan Minsal as a police chief.