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Long Beach Police Department Looting Task Force adds new arrests

On June 1, 2020, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) formed the Looting Task Force with the sole purpose of conducting criminal investigations for significant crimes during the civil unrest experienced in the city in late May. Thus far the task force has made a multitude of arrests and continues to bring to justice those responsible for crimes like looting, burglary, robbery, and vandalism. Statistics yielded by the task force as of August 19, 2020, are as follow:

  • 28 arrests
  • 32 arrest warrants obtained
  • 39 additional cases submitted to the District Attorney or City Prosecutor
  • 22 vehicles impounded
  • 23 search warrants served

Below is a summary of arrests and charges of suspects since our latest update:

  • Kenneth Andrews, 19-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for commercial burglary, and simple possession on June 1, 2020
  • Eric Gunter, 35-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting, and curfew violation on June 1, 2020, and bail was set at $50,000
  • Hazael Aguila, 36-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, and curfew violation on June 1, 2020
  • Charly Harris, 40-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting, and commercial burglary on July 7, 2020, and bail was set at $50,000
  • Marcos Villareal, 24-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting on July 9, 2020, and bail was set at $100,000
  • Charles Shaw, 41-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting on July 14, 2020, and bail was set at $50,000
  • Pisitoto Leifi, 46-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm, and manufacturing/selling/possessing/etc. of large cap magazine on July 15, 2020, and bail was set at $35,000
  • Desean Armstrong, 34-years-old, resident of the City of Bellflower, was arrested for looting on July 17, 2020, and bail was set at $75,000
  • Aisha Sanford, 33-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting, and conspiracy to commit a crime on July 27, 2020, and bail was set at $50,000
  • Dustin Tene, 18-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting on July 28, 2020, and bail was set at $50,000
  • Steven Tene, 25-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for looting on July 28, 2020, and bail was set at $50,000
  • Randy Brown, 39-years-old, resident of the City of Los Angeles, was arrested for looting on August 4, 2020, and bail was set at $150,000
  • Isreal Flores, 28-years-old, resident of Long Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger on August 4, 2020, and bail was set at $100,000
  • Clintoneisha Brown, 24-years-old, resident of the City of Los Angeles, was arrested for looting on August 5, 2020, and bail was set at $150,000

The LBPD would like to thank our partners at the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their resources and continued support in the apprehension of various suspects.

Anyone can submit tips or evidence through our online evidence portal. To report a crime, please call our non-emergency dispatch number at 562-435-6711. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.

3 Comments

  1. This sh!t stupid.

    As always Long Beach Police Department wasting more or the tax payers money on worthless programs.

    I mean I get it your tryna get justice for all that property damage and or stolen merchandise but the dumb sh!t is that was the Pike Outlets. That’s not no broke area of Long Beach. In fact it’s one of the most expensive place to live in the city. More then half if not all them shops have insurance. So chalk it up as a loss.

    We just went through one of the most craziest times in American history with fighting for equal rights which we shouldn’t have to after our four fathers came to this country and signed the constitution.

    The reason why lbpd made this program is cause there mad that the whole world seen that they don’t have they sh!t under control so they wanna get revenge on the looters.

    Why waste more money and resources on this bs program when statistics show the program is insignificant. The made roughly about 30 arrest they stated. All of which was 18 and over all adults.

    The only thing that doesn’t add up is that there 30 arrested bout almost 2000 looters. U can’t call me no lier we all seen it on national tv. But what’s crazy is that half of the looters were minor still attending school. But zero arrest on all the minors that committed crimes.

    And we had this big issue with police brutality but lbpd has the highest murder rate in California of killing citizens they deemed necessary according to the law.

    Get the f outa here. There should be a zero tolerance of killing any citizens cause you felt threatened. The eff makes u so special that u think your life means more then mines. Stop that bs cause u knew what u signed up for when u were hired.

    Soldiers Who go to war are accountable for every action they take on the battle field. If they kill and innocent they face the judge. Doesn’t matter if he didn’t know or not he still held accountable. So why isnt the same for the lbpd?

    This comment was edited to remove foul language and add spacing to make it easier to read.

    1. Deez nuts,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      I would like to limit my response to two things that you brought up.

      First, insurance may or may not cover the loss to a business during civil unrest. There are several types of losses involved in having your shop broken into and looted. Only one of those is looted merchandise. Another is the cost of repairing damage. Yet another is the loss of revenue while the business is closed. Even if a loss is covered, the business may not receive the full cost. Payment could be delayed. In the end the business will likely pay more for insurance afterwards. Chalking up the loss to insurance does not make money magically rain from the sky.

      Second, I have no insight on the rate of Long Beach PD officer-involved homicides as compared to, say, Los Angeles or Santa Ana. However, I do know that you cannot remove a police officer’s right to self-defense and expect anyone to sign up for the job.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

      1. Lock em up! There is no excuse to steal and rob others. Did Martin Luther King do these things?!

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