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Saturday Police Scanner Report: A Standoff and 2 Airlifts

LAFD rescue helicopters prepare a hoist operation for an injured hiker over the hills above Encino. The park rangers say "the patient is unconscious, with head injuries and blood."

The following are raw data collected Saturday by listening to the LAPD police scanner. (Boldfaced communities are covered by Patch sites.)

Saturday

10:03 a.m. Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village

LAPD units have been invovled with

The LAPD SWAT team has been at the incident scene once it became a barricade situation. A SWAT leader briefs the team about the alleged crimes committed here, starting with "felony vandalism, refusing to submit to arrest," and maybe other possible crimes. The SWAT team is especially concerned because there are young children being put in danger.

The men indentified as the alleged suspects are believed to be possibly armed with guns and other various weapons. The main perpetrator was reported to have threatened to harm others with an "AK (a military rifle) and hand grenades." The SWAT team is "going with this intel" (taking into consideration that the suspects may actually possess said weapons to possibly injure or kill people).

The SWAT officer made an earlier comment, informing that one of the alleged suspects had been using his cell phone to call others while barricaded, attempting to persuade his friends elsewhere to band together and help him fight against the police. So far, no such group has materialized at the barricade scene.

10:27 a.m. Terra Bella Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, Pacoima
LAPD Valley Traffic Division patrol units are called to a traffic hazard situation at the intersection. The "tri-lights (three color signal lights) have gone out."

10:46 a.m. Paxton Street and Foothill Boulevard, Pacoima
LAPD Valley Traffic Division is called to investigate a "traffic hazard" situation on the streets in the vicinity. Traffic signals are reported to be out of order at various intersections in Pacoima, possibly due to a power outage in the area.

10:50 a.m. Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village
While the standoff endures, SWAT has been gathering information, trying to find friends or relatives of the alleged suspects, people who may help resolve the situation. SWAT officers have talked with the grandmother of one of the alleged barricade suspects. They say she will arrive shortly to the scene, to speak with her grandson, and hopefully convince him to end the standoff peacefully.

10:56 a.m. 11800 block of Kittridge Street, North Hollywood
North Hollywood Division LAPD units are called about a "507 party" (loud party that is disturbing the peace) at a residence.

11:04 a.m. 10900 block of Glenoaks Boulevard, Pacoima
Foothill Division LAPD units are dispatched to an "unknown trouble call." The dispatcher advises the patrol units that "a struggle can be heard" on the open phone line. It is "a call from a cell phone, and the location (they signal tracked) is a cell phone tower." The Foothill patrol units will search in that particular stretch of Glenoaks Boulevard.

11:05 a.m. Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village
SWAT officers have taken the children out of the apartment and are transporting them in the "Bear Cat" (a specialized armored personnel vehicle). One of the children is just one year-old.

11:13 a.m.
Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village
A SWAT officer informs the others that "the two females, with the two kids, and some luggage" are now safely outside the barricade situation. SWAT will keep the "Bear Cat" where it is stationed, as a bullet shield, in the case of any gunfire from the alleged barricaded suspects still remaining in the apartment. Other police officers on the scene are now instructed to walk the women beyond the incident scene and "debrief them" (interview the women for more intelligence about the alleged suspects).

11:18 a.m. An alley in North Hollywood
A North Hollywood LAPD unit is requested to investigate possible "415 (public disturbance) gang activity." A caller reports "four to five male gang members loitering" in the area.

11:20 a.m.
Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village
The SWAT team has now spoken to the men and arranged a surrender. The SWAT officer relays the conversation: "He came to the door after (the women and children) came out, and said that he was going to put some clothes on, and the other guy was taking a shower, and they'd be out in two minutes."

11:22 a.m. 12800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima
Foothill Division LAPD patrol units are dispatched to investigate an "unknown trouble call" (a 911 call that appears to be deliberately dialed yet with no direct communication from the caller). The dispatcher says a "male and female voice can be heard" over the open phone line. Foothill units are requested to respond "code 3."

11:24 a.m. 11800 block of Kittridge Street, North Hollywood
North Hollywood Division LAPD units are called again about the loud party at the same residence.

11:25 a.m. 8500 block of Hazeltine Avenue, Van Nuys
Van Nuys Division LAPD patrol units are notified of a "possible 459 (burglary) suspect." The alleged burglar is described as a white male, "possibly wearing red clothing" and fleeing the scene on a bike.

11:27 a.m. Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village
The SWAT commander requests some assistance from the North Hollywood Division; they need two "Adam units" (black and white patrol cars) to transport the alleged suspects, who are now in custody.

11:29 a.m. 15500 block of Vanowen Street, Van Nuys
Van Nuys Division LAPD patrol units are called to the scene of a "domestic violence, restraining order." Patrol units are requested to respond "code 3" (with lights and sirens)

11:34 a.m.
Magnolia Boulevard and Radford Avenue, Valley Village
With the alleged suspects in police custody, the SWAT team is now packing up all their equipment and will report to the SWAT command post afterwards, to finish business at the incident scene.

11:35 a.m. 10200 block of Moreheart Avenue, Pacoima
Several LAFD fire companies are called to the scene of a residential structure fire.

12:08 p.m. Reseda Boulevard and Ashurst Lane, in the hills above Encino
LAFD Engine 83, Rescue 100, LAFD Air Ops, Engine 100, Engine 8 and Batallion 17 (handling radio communications) are called to the scene of a downed "hiker."

12:10 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, in the hills above Encino
LAFD's Operations Command Dispatch (OCD) radios the responding rescue teams that a "better location (to find the downed hiker) is the Tarzana fire road, closer to Reseda Boulevard, heading towards the Nike Center (site of LA-96's Integrated Fire Control area, which is now a Cold War memorial park)."

12:18 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, in the hills above Encino
LAFD's OCD updates the responding rescue teams regarding new information to help find "the hiker." The injured hiker is reported to be on the Mulholland fire road, "the dirt fire road" between Cabrillo Canyon and Sullivan Canyon.

12:19 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, in the hills above Encino
LAFD has their rescue helicopter in flight over the hills above Encino. Fire 6 and Fire 3 are the rescue teams in the air. OCD gives them updated information from park rangers on the scene, advising that "bikes are with the patient, if you are able to locate them on the fire road." (The bikes may help the helicopter find the patient on the ground.)

12:24 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, in the hills above Encino
The roads that the rescue teams are responding on are not paved roads. Light Force 93 radios OCD about "adding another rescue" to where Engine 109 is going. Light Force 93 believes that a rescue ambulance that takes the same route Engine 109 is going, may get there first.

12:24 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, in the hills above Encino
OCD radios the LAFD helicopter and advises them that the park rangers at the scene of the injured hiker are on the Mulholland fire road, east of Reseda Boulevard. The dirt fire road.

12:26 p.m. Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Victory Boulevard, Canoga Park
LAFD Rescue 105 is called to the scene of an "overdose."

12:27 p.m. On the streets of North Hollywood
North Hollywood LAPD lead officer "15 L 30" asks the dispatcher about "cars and calls" status. The dispatcher responds with the answer: "No cars, 5 calls."

12:28 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, Mulholland (dirt) fire road, in the hills above Encino
The park rangers advise OCD that the helicopter flew past them in a westbound direction. LAFD Fire 6 radios OCD that they will "reverse course."

12:28 p.m. Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Victory Boulevard, Canoga Park
OCD calls Rescue 105 to cancel their response. It's a "false" call. (Possibly a prank.)

12:28 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, Mulholland (dirt) fire road, in the hills above Encino
Rescue 88 radios OCD and tells them that they (Rescue 88) "are possibly closer to that hiker than Rescue 99."

12:29 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, Mulholland (dirt) fire road, in the hills above Encino
The park rangers tell OCD that they have a visual sighting of the airbone helicopter as it flies over the rugged mountain terrain.

12:30 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, Mulholland (dirt) fire road, in the hills above Encino
The LAFD helicopter (carrying Fire 6 and Fire 3 rescue teams) is overhead and they now see the rangers. The park rangers have acknowledged to OCD that they have been spotted by the helicopter. OCD tells the rescue teams, "they (the park rangers) see you right on top of them."

12:32 p.m. 7060 Sepulveda Boulevard, Van Nuys
Van Nuys Division LAPD patrol units are called to the scene of a "forgery suspect, there now." Employees have called the police to investigate a possible crime of forgery by an alleged suspect still inside the Bank of America branch.

12:32 p.m. East of Reseda Boulevard, Mulholland (dirt) fire road, in the hills above Encino
The park rangers advise the LAFD rescue teams that "the patient is unconscious, with head injuries and blood ... (broken transmission)"

The LAFD helicopter is now hovering over the site, preparing a hoist operation. They will lift the patient into the helicopter while airborne.

12:44 p.m.
Battalion 17 radios OCD to inform about the status of the rescue. The LAFD helicopter will be taking the patient to UCLA Hospital. They will be at the incident site for 10 minutes until lift-off, and it will take about six minutes flight time to UCLA Hospital. (The LAFD Web site reports an adult male was seriously injured in a possible mountain biking accident.)

2:15 p.m. Temescal Canyon Road, Topanga State Park
Another hiker has been hurt in the mountains above Los Angeles. (The LAFD Web site reports a male, approximately 70 years old, with an ankle injury.) LAFD Air 1 is preparing to hoist the patient with critical injuries to a designated hospital. They will then fly the patient to UCLA Hospital.

2:30 p.m. Somewhere in Panorama City
An LAFD rescue ambulance is on the scene of an injured patient (injury unknown), but the patient is now refusing medical help and transport. The party with the patient is telling LAFD that they will use "private transportation" to take the injured person "to Kaiser Panorama City." LAFD notifies LAPD of the status of the patient, who may be somehow involved in a possible crime (as a victim and/or as an alleged suspect).

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