September 2022 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  September 15, 2022

D.A. Gascón Announces Charges
in Series of Brazen Daytime Robberies


Three men were charged in a series of daytime robberies, including the pistol whipping of a shopper in the 99 Ranch Market parking lot in Rowland Heights.

“These brazen crimes – all of which occurred during the day – are deeply troubling,” District Attorney George Gascón said, during a Sept. 6 news conference. “The majority of the people victimized were from the Asian American Community and I know that this has caused significant community trauma. I hope that all of those who have been impacted by this spree of violence take some comfort in knowing that those who caused harm will be held accountable.”

The accused were charged with second-degree robbery and elder abuse. They allegedly were involved in nine robberies in the San Gabriel Valley and in Glendale.

Read more about the case here

Watch the LADA news conference here.

D.A. Meets With L.A. County Police Chiefs


District Attorney George Gascón and members of his Bureau of Investigation Command Staff met with Los Angeles County police chiefs at their Fall Conference. They discussed the county’s youth diversion and development program and school safety.

Pictured, top, from left: D.A. Gascón, LADA Law Enforcement Liaison Tony Miranda, Vernon Police Chief Robert Sousa, Deputy Chief Jorge Rodriguez of LADA’s Bureau of Investigation, and Huntington Park Police Chief Cosme Lozano.

Bottom left: D.A. Gascón with the Department of Youth Development’s Elizabeth Lopez and Terry Robinson. Bottom right: Deputy Chief Rodriguez, San Gabriel Police Chief Eugene Harris, who also serves as president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association, and Chief Robert Arcos of LADA’s Bureau of Investigation.

D.A. Gascón Delivers Keynote Address to National Assn. for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement


District Attorney George Gascón delivered the keynote address at the 2022 Annual National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. He shared his experiences trying to make change within the criminal justice system and discussed the challenges of a progressive prosecutor.

D.A. Gascón Receives President's Award
From International Assn. of Official
Human Rights Agencies


District Attorney George Gascón was presented with the President’s Award from the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies on July 15 during its 73rd Annual Conference.

He also welcomed IAOHRA members to Los Angeles.

In his remarks, District Attorney Gascón thanked the association’s president, Robin Toma, who also serves as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, and IAOHRA members for their unwavering dedication to human rights.

“Human rights are the heartbeat of criminal legal reform,” he said. “I remain completely committed to using my platform to make human rights a reality for all.”

To address the recent rise in hate crimes and incidents, District Attorney Gascón and Toma earlier this year announced a series of community-based forums to inform a joint-action plan against hate in Los Angeles County.


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District Attorney George Gascón participated in the Downey Pride Family Picnic, during which U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard was recognized for her years of support for LGBTQ+ civil rights.

He also met with members of his LGBTQ+ Advisory Board at the TransLatin@ Coalition to discuss policy issues, the importance of accurate data collection and plans for a future town hall event.

LADA staff met with community members at the LGBTQ+ Community Symposium hosted by the LAPD Operations West Bureau at the LGBT Center in Hollywood.

Watch it on TikTok.

LADA Welcomes Malaysian Delegation


Chief of Staff Joseph Iniguez and Bureau of Investigation Chief Robert Arcos greeted members of a Malaysian delegation, which included two Senior Sessions Court judges and a commander from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Head Deputy Manny Garcia, Deputy in Charge Whelma Llanos and Deputy District Attorney Percy Duran spoke to the group about the office’s work on human trafficking cases.

The Aug. 16 visit was hosted by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Chief of Staff, Special Assistants
Meet Lawmakers, Discuss Legislation


Chief of Staff Joseph Iniguez, Legislative Special Assistant Tamar Tokat and Special Assistant Fernando Sanchez visited LADA Legislative Special Assistant Dan Felizzatto in Sacramento to discuss legislation supported by the office. They also met with Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Chief Counsel Sandy Uribe and staff from the Assembly Committee on Public Safety.

"Little April" Premiere and Panel Discussion


District Attorney George Gascón attended the premiere of “Little April,” a short film co-produced by Represent Justice and April Grayson, and directed by Ben Lear, that imagines a reality where our young people are supported and nurtured instead of penalized through the current iteration of our youth justice system.

After the film, he joined a panel discussion with April Grayson, the subject and co-producer of the film; Kia Dupclay, Executive Director at Free 2 Dream Big; and Kate Walker Brown, an attorney with the National Center for Youth Law. The panel was moderated by Cerise Castlea Los Angeles-based journalist specializing in arts & culture, civil rights, crime and human interest stories.

Watch it on TikTok.

BVS Community Forum


The Bureau of Victim Services hosted a virtual Community Forum, “Voices From Family, Community and Service Providers,” in observation of the National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims.

Watch it on TikTok.




In the Community


District Attorney George Gascón joined the Echo Park Neighborhood Council meeting to answer community questions about the office’s jurisdiction, addressing racial bias in the criminal legal system, police accountability and youth offender reforms.


At the New Friends event for Boys Republic, District Attorney George Gascón spoke about LADA's work to prioritize rehabilitation over incarceration. The nonprofit has guided more than 32,000 local at-risk/systemically ignored youth toward productive, fulfilling lives since 1907.

Watch it on TikTok.


District Attorney George Gascón expressed his support for those who come out of incarceration to transition safely back into the community at a SAFE Housing Network event. The network is a nationally recognized reentry model of formerly incarcerated people working to achieve decarceration and support formerly incarcerated individuals nationwide.

Watch it on TikTok.


District Attorney George Gascón proudly joined survivors, labor, faith and community leaders at a Criminal Justice Reform Rally, co-hosted by SEIU 2015 and Unite Here Local 11 to reaffirm his commitment to work collectively on improving public safety and reforming the criminal legal system.

Watch it on TikTok.


Thanks to the Los Angeles County Probation Department for inviting us to participate in the first Compton Community Resource Fair. We appreciated the opportunity to speak with community members about our victim services.


Thanks to Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell and Senator Sydney K. Kamlager for hosting the Community Street Safety Discussion and Resource Event at Knox Presbyterian Church.

Bureau of Victim Services Director Tanishia G. Wright, pictured center; Laura Jane Kessner, Director of Central Operations, second from left; and members of BVS staff participated in the Sept. 9 event, meeting with community members to provide information about the trauma-informed care and resources available to crime victims.

The discussion followed last month’s fiery car crash that killed six people, including a pregnant woman, at a busy Windsor Hills intersection. LADA charged Nicole Linton, 37, of Houston, with six counts of murder and five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the collision.


Significant Cases


Two Charged in Murder of Sleeping Disabled Person


Reseda Tax Preparer Thelma Carcamo, Others Charged
With Stealing Client Tax Refunds


Man Charged With Attempted Murder of 5 Arcadia Police Officers


Sixteen Charged in Massive EBT Fraud Scheme


LAPD Officer Pleads No Contest to On-Duty Assault of Man in Boyle Heights



In the News


Read the full Los Angeles Times article here


Watch KTLA’s Kareen Wynter’s interview with D.A. Gascón


D.A. Gascón joined Lexis-Olivier Ray at L.A. Taco


Listen to D.A. Gascón on the Call for Justice podcast


Watch Dr. Myriam Balbela’s “Disparos al Corazón” podcast with D.A. Gascón


DA Gascón wants reelection to fix ‘40 years of bad policy’