Sebastian Perez, a 31-year-old Latino, was pronounced dead on Friday, Dec. 15, after he was shot in the 11900 block of Allegheny Street in Sun Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Perez was a homeless man who lived under a tarp at the back edge of a large residential property, said Los Angeles Police Valley Bureau Homicide Det. Dave Peteque.
The rear yard of the property is being rented to a roofing company to store its trucks, Peteque said. A worker was getting into his truck when he spotted Perez shortly after 7 a.m.
Perez was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:20 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators don’t know whether Perez was shot that morning or the night before. He had been living on the property for a few months, Peteque said.
“No one knew him ...
Frank Serafin, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday March 24 in the 7300 block of Hinds Avenue in the Sun Valley area of North Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9 p.m., Serafin and a friend went to a liquor store and came back to an apartment, said Los Angeles Police Det. John Doerbecker.
The two were hanging out when, during the exchange of a handgun, the weapon discharged, striking Serafin, Doerbecker said. Police called the incident “tragic” and said it was accidental.
Serafin was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:21 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Alan Pineda, a 27-year-old Latino, has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Pineda pleaded not guilty March 28 and is due back in court April 14 ...
Meredith Ruth Dickson, a 24-year-old white woman, was found dead Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the 11600 block of Valerio Street in Sun Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A neighbor of Dickson’s noticed that the woman and her boyfriend hadn’t been seen recently and spotted an excess of flies inside the second-story apartment so he called the building manager, who called police, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Peteque.
Police went inside the apartment and found Dickson, who had been shot to death, and her boyfriend, a 25-year-old man, on the bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dickson was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records, and her death was ruled a homicide.
Police believe that the man shot Dickson, then shot himself. The two were inside the apartment for several weeks before they were discovered Peteque ...
George Franklin MacGregor, a 44-year-old white man, was fatally shot Sunday, Oct. 4, in the 7400 block of Bellaire Avenue in Sun Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:15 p.m., MacGregor was walking along the sidewalk when a vehicle pulled up and two Latinos got out and asked him for his bag, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Peteque.
MacGregor refused to turn over his belongings, and he struggled with the assailants before trying to run away. As MacGregor ran, someone shot him once, Peteque said.
MacGregor was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:43 p.m. Coroner’s records show that MacGregor died of a gunshot wound to the back.
Police believe the vehicle may have been a black Honda Civic.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Valley Bureau homicide detectives at (818) 374-9550. Those ...
Danny Christian Molina, a 34-year-old Latino, died Sunday, May 18, after he was shot by a Los Angeles police officer near Stagg Street and Troost Avenue in Sun Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Foothill patrol officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon about 11:45 p.m. on May 17 in the 11600 block of Stagg Street, according to a department news release.
When the officers arrived, they observed a man, later identified as Danny Christian Molina, standing in the street "throwing rocks and small boulders at civilians and police vehicles," according to the release.
Molina ignored commands from police and pulled out two large kitchen knives with one in each hand.
“Molina continued being non-responsive to officer’s commands and began to move toward the officers,” according to the statement. “As Molina continued to advance towards the officer, an officer-involved ...
Oscar Ruben Iraheta, a 25-year-old Latino man, was found dead Thursday, March 6, in the 11000 block of Dora Street in Sun Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Iraheta was found dead by his mother in the living room with alcohol and medications surrounding him, said Ed Winter, a spokesman with the coroner’s office.
Initially, authorities thought Iraheta's death could be a suicide but later determined that he was a victim of foul play, said LAPD Det. Anthony Stephenson.
Iraheta was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. at the home, Winter said.
An autopsy showed that Iraheta died of multiple stab wounds, and the coroner ruled his death a homicide, Winter said.
Anyone with information can call the LAPD's Foothill detective desk at (818) 834-3110. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.