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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Detectives Seek the Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Hate Crime Suspect NR19019jl

Encino: The Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Area, Detectives are seeking the public's help identifying a suspect targeting Armenian schools with Turkish Flags.

On January 29, 2019 around 4:40 a.m., the suspect jumped the front gate and zip-tied twelve flags throughout the Holy Martyrs Armenian church/school located in the
5300 block of White Oak Avenue in the city of Encino. The suspect then fled the location. Video surveillance captured the suspect's actions

During the investigation, detectives learned of a similar incident at another school within the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School located in the 6800 block of Oakdale Avenue in the city of Winnetka.

Both locations are Armenian churches/schools.

Suspect is described as a male who is approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black mask, black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Valley Detective Division at (818) 374-7730. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.



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