Arrest made in disappearance of autistic Mar Vista teen

Man charged with rape after girl, 15, was found Monday in Culver City

A 15-year-old Mar Vista girl with autism who went missing on March 24 during a walk at the Mar Vista Recreation Center was found in Culver City on Monday, and now police have arrested a man accused of raping her during those three weeks away from home.

LAPD officer Jack Richter said police initially detained several people in connection with the girl’s disappearance. KTLA 5 News and City News Service reported Tuesday that a 33-year-old Culver City man has been charged with raping the girl and is being held on $8 million bail.

Few other details were available at press time.

An 11-year-old girl diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder who went missing from an area group home on March 26 was found last Friday. Det. Keyshanette Gibson of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station said the department is unable to release details about the girl’s disappearance or her condition.
Child Shot as He Slept on Easter Night in Del Rey

Police say apparently stray bullet fired from intruder’s gun struck boy, 8, in the head

The suspect in an Easter-night shooting of an 8-year-old boy in Del Rey is still at large as police seek to understand a motive for the crime.

Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Nicole Alberca, who heads the LAPD’s Pacific Division, said detectives responded to a residence in the 11900 block of Wagner Street at approximately 11:55 p.m. on April 5.

“During the investigation they determined that an 8-year-old victim sustained a gunshot wound to his head while he was sleeping in his bedroom,” Alberca told reporters at an afternoon press conference after the shooting.

Alberca said the boy was transported to a local hospital and was in critical but stable condition the following day.

The shooter appeared to enter the home while the boy’s father was putting the already sleeping child to bed and fired several shots at the father, one of which struck the boy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Alberca described the shooting suspect as a male Hispanic of medium build who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

“At this time, the motive is unknown. No other similar incidents have occurred in the Pacific area,” said Alberca, adding that the boy’s parents did not recognize the alleged shooter.

Alberca declined to discuss certain details of the case, including whether the shooting may be gang-related

“Detectives are investigating all possible motives. Anytime a member of our community is a victim of a violent crime, we take that very seriously — particularly when it involves a young child. We’re here to urge the community to come forward if they have heard or seen anything that will aid in this ongoing investigation,” she said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Del Rey area, also attended the press conference.

“This one is a particularly tough one because it’s a young child, and it hits a lot closer whether you’re a councilmember or a neighbor,” he said. “We’re hoping that someone will understand the severity of the circumstances and will come forward on their own volition.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Pacific Division detectives at (310) 482- 6402 or report anonymously by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

California Incline to Close for a Year

Work on roadway connecting PCH to Ocean Avenue will begin Monday
The cliff-side California Incline — roughly 800 feet of concrete connecting Pacific Coast Highway to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica — will close on Monday for the start of a yearlong seismic safety and roadway widening project.

Southbound traffic along PCH will be directed to the Moomat Ahiko Way off-ramp onto Ocean Avenue, and westbound traffic from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway will be directed to Lincoln Boulevard, according to city officials.

Last renovated in 1930, the California Incline is in need of seismic upgrades that include stabilizing the supporting bluffs. It will be widened 5.5 feet to create a separated bicycle path and walkway.

For more information, call (888) 303-6026 or visit www.smconstructs.org.

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