Andrew Patsukevich, a 37-year-old Armenian man, was killed Sunday, Nov. 6, in the 7400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a call of a carjacking in the area and found Patsukevich on the ground and his wife standing next to him, police said.
Police determined that Patsukevich and his wife were in a green Lexus sedan driving north on Sepulveda Boulevard when a man on a bike rode toward the Lexus, police said.
Patsukevich honked at the cyclist, who slammed the windshield of the Lexus with his fist. Patsukevich got out of the car and the man on the bike punched him in the face, jumped in the car and hit the accelerator, police said.
Patsukevich’s wife jumped out of the car, but her husband held on to ...
Ian James Samuel Jr., a 19-year-old black man, was fatally shot Sunday, Oct. 23, in the 6400 block of Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Samuel was standing on a sidewalk when a person walked up to him and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Peteque. Samuel ran a short distance before collapsing on the front porch of a home.
Samuel was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
Peteque declined to elaborate on a possible motive but said that Samuel was targeted.
“We don’t feel like this was a straight-out random shooting,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Peteque at (818) 374-1934. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Carlota Angelica Vargas, a 70-year-old Latina, died Monday, Oct. 10, after she was pushed out a second-story window and beaten in the 7400 block of Hazeltine Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 3 a.m., officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon at an apartment complex. When police arrived, they found Vargas on the ground in the driveway of an apartment complex, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Vargas had injuries to her face, police said.
The suspect, identified by police as Vargas’ son, Fernando Vargas, a 31-year-old Latino, was also suffering from a leg injury.
Police said the son threw his mother out of a second story window, then jumped out of the window and began to beat her. Vargas was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at ...
Samuel Cuevas, a 46-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Sunday, May 15, in the 8000 block of Langdon Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after 4 a.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon and found Cuevas wounded on the front porch of a home, according to a news release from the department.
Police determined that Cuevas was walking east on Chase Street and passed a group drinking in front of an apartment complex. The group “exchanged words” with Cuevas, then chased him, police said.
Eventually, the assailants caught up with Cuevas, and he was shot. The attackers, described as Latinos in their early 20s, ran west on Chase Street. A Latina was also presumed to be with the group, who was last seen getting into a black Lincoln Town Car.
Alexander Vega, a 44-year-old Latino, died Saturday, April 30, after he was shot in the 15500 block of Cohasset Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11:50 p.m., Vega was inside a garage when a person walked up and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Det. Ryan Verna.
Vega was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:10 a.m. the next day.
Detectives are looking for witnesses. Verna said the shooting does not appear to have been random.
Luis Rene Luna, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Wednesday, April 13, in the 14300 block of Haynes Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 1:30 p.m., Luna was confronted by a man outside a condominium complex, said Los Angeles police Det. Dave Peteque. Luna was stabbed, and the man ran away, he said.
Luna was pronounced dead at a hospital.
With the assistance of gang detectives and officers, police were able to narrow down a suspect, Peteque said. Josue David Morales, a 24-year-old Latino, was arrested on suspicion of murder April 15.
Rammy Sam Jaradat, a 26-year-old white man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Sunday, Feb. 14, in the 6900 block of Kester Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 1 p.m., LAPD officers responded to reports of a “screaming woman who had been attacked by a man with a knife,” Chief Charlie Beck told police commissioners Feb. 16.
Officers arrived at an apartment and found one person with stab wounds and at least two other people with other injuries, Officer Matthew Ludwig said.
Other officers arrived on the scene and found Jaradat outside the apartment, armed with a knife, Ludwig said. It was unclear what prompted police to open fire.
Jaradat was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
No officers were injured. Jaradat was the fourth person shot and ...
George Louis Martinez Jr., a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Oct. 10, in the 6000 block of Kester Avenue in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Los Angeles Police Department officers were called about 10:50 p.m. to investigate a shooting in front of the Uncle Rehearsal Studios, according to a department news release.
The officers found Martinez on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound in his torso, according to coroner's records. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:02 p.m.
Witnesses reported that Martinez was standing on the sidewalk in front of the business with some other people when an unidentified Latino walked up to him and began shooting.
The man ran from the scene before officers arrived, according to the news release.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, investigators said. Anyone ...
James Joseph Byrd, a 45-year-old white man, was shot and killed by two Los Angeles Police officers Saturday, Oct. 3 near Sepulveda and Victory boulevards in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11:30 p,.m., two officers were stopped at a red light when the back window of their patrol car shattered. Fearing they were under fire, police said, the officers got out of the cruiser and fired their own guns at a nearby man they believed was responsible, killing him.
When investigators searched his body and the nearby scene, they didn’t find a gun or any other weapon. Instead, they determined he had shattered the patrol car’s window by throwing a 40-ounce beer bottle.
An attorney representing the officers previously told The Times that the pair had seen a video of a man flashing a gun behind an LAPD officer and ...
Manuel Soriano, a 29-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer Friday, Aug. 28 in the 14600 block of Valerio Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., two officers with the LAPD’s Van Nuys Division went to a home after a 911 caller reported a dispute among neighbors, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery. When officers arrived, they contacted the caller, who pointed them to a house next door.
The officers found a 30-year-old man inside the house, Montgomery said, and “shortly thereafter, a physical altercation ensued.”
At one point, Montgomery said, the man grabbed a 4-foot-long metal contractor’s level and started hitting one of the officers in the head and shoulders. Police then shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
A neighbor told NBC-4 that he believed the man was a ...
Jacob Anthony Valencia Jr., a 37-year-old white man, was shot and killed Wednesday, July 15, in the 15200 block of Stagg Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began about 9 p.m. near Stagg and Burnett streets, when Valencia, who was on foot, got into an argument with his former girlfriend and another man in a car, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Jim Gavin.
Witnesses said they saw shots fired from inside the car, and Valencia turned and ran west on Stagg, toward Sepulveda Boulevard, with the man chasing after him, Gavin said. The woman, who was driving, allegedly followed in the car, described as a white Dodge Neon.
The men got into a fight in a parking lot a block or two from Sepulveda, wrestling on the ground, Gavin said. Valencia was on top of the man ...
Juan Carlos Espinosa, a 35-year-old Latino, died from a gunshot wound Tuesday, June 9, in the 14500 block of Keswick Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Los Angeles Police officers responded to an "ambulance shooting" call at 11:48 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at the Olympic Marble and Granite Company, according to coroner's records.
When officers arrived, they found Espinosa inside the business with a gunshot wound. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene June 9 at 12:09 a.m.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Van Nuys Homicide detectives M. Martinez or M. Santana at (818) 374-0040 or (877) 527-3247 after normal business hours. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Juan Santos Orozco, a 21-year-old Latino, was fatally shot on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the 14600 block of Saticoy Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Los Angeles police responded to a call about 10 p.m. and found Santos Orozco lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound, according to a news release from the LAPD.
Santos Orozco was taken to Mission Hills Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:37 p.m, according to coroner's records.
Two suspects were seen running from the scene, the release said. Officials said the motive for the shooting is unknown.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Van Nuys Homicide Detectives Santana or Barba at (818) 374-1999. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS ( 222-8477).