Bear Trap’s Keaton Tyler Arrested On $100,000 Felony Narco Warrant

Felony narcotics warrant suspect Keaton Tyler arrested on Windward for outstanding $100,000 warrant. I was standing on Windward taking a photo of the Venice Sign when a white Dodge Challenger recklessly screeched through the light towards the beach. He then came back and parked in the lot by Subway. Next thing I know LAPD barrels in and orders the occupant – reportedly bankrupt Bear Trap recording COO & associate Keaton Tyler out of the car at gunpoint. A female in the car with him was also arrested for outstanding warrants. Both were verbally non-compliant with officers. Keaton is rumored to be in a local gang and has numerous arrests for large amounts of narcotics with intent to sell. He has a lengthy rap sheet and said, “I’m rich – I won’t do no time”. LAPD is requesting a K-9 drug dog to sniff the car based on Tyler’s prior narcotics charges and allegations that he is known to carry a weapon.

These are the people in your neighborhood.



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Venice311 App! Snap Photo! Share A Story! Post To Facebook & Twitter! BAM!

Nothing like a multi-victim shooting & homicide to divert you away from the launch of your app… but I am happy to announce that with the help of NewsBloom, The Venice311 App soft-launch day has arrived! For a while I was trying to figure out the perfect balance of our special local flavor in an app that is Venice-centric, while still integrating the ability to share to Twitter, Facebook (and eventually WordPress too!) – and the folks at NewsBloom cooked up the perfect thing!

For the soft-launch, as we test things out and work out a few things – the links shared to Twitter & Facebook will point back to the App. This may seem a bit unexpected… and of course at first you’ll have to download the app (Free on iTunes, Android coming soon!) – but once you do that you’ll see the gleaming potential! Take a photo, post a story, place it on a location on our map… and BAM! You can browse stories, click on them for more info, and share them to Twitter and Facebook. If I didn’t have my own new app, I wouldn’t have known about the whole story of the Pier Jumper from last night that woke me and half the neighborhood up!

You can comment on stories, follow restaurants, incidents, crimes, shops, food trucks… anything anyone wants to post. Its all about the neighborhood! So if you have an iPhone, give it a whirl! We have a whole list of cool new features in the pipeline… so let us know your comments and such. See you in the app!

Actual app screen grab of a user pic an story! AWESOME! Pretty soon I'll be able to post these straight to the website too, allowing all the users to create content that can be easily posted to the site!

Actual app screen grab of a user pic an story! AWESOME! Pretty soon I’ll be able to post these straight to the website too, allowing all the users to create content that can be easily posted to the site! ( I know, my battery is low… )

Give it a whirl! Soon anything that is posted in the app… I will be able to automatically post to the Venice311 website & retweet & facebookit as well! Yipee!

Click here to go to the iTunes store and download the app! BAM!

Click here to go to the iTunes store and download the app! BAM!


City Asks Bail For Culver City Teen Rapist Scumbag To Be Set To 14.4 Million

April 16, 2015: Culver City Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Missing Teen

Jane Robison, Assistant Media Chief
(213) 974-3525

A Culver City man was charged today with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while he kept her in his home over a three-week period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Samuel Robert Duran Jr. (dob 8/19/81) is scheduled to be arraigned today at the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Department 144. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $14.4 million.

Deputy District Attorney Damaré Theriot with the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

Duran is charged in case SA090204 with a dozen counts, including three counts of rape, six counts of forced oral copulation and three counts of forced digital penetration. The complaint includes allegations of tying and binding. The incidents allegedly occurred between March 25 and April 13.

The girl disappeared from her Mar Vista home on March 24. She was rescued on Monday by LAPD officers after she made a phone call for help that was traced to Duran’s home.

If convicted, Duran faces up to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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About the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to seeking justice for victims of crime and enhancing public safety. Last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted more than 71,000 felony defendants and nearly 112,000 misdemeanor defendants.


Distraction Burglars At Work In Pacific Division

Yesterday we received this report from a neighbor…. beware!

“Earlier today at around 2:30 p.m. my neighbor to the back side texted saying that someone from Home Depot had knocked on his door and let him know that we were moving and planning to build a wall that bordered his property. The person instructed my neighbor to meet him around in my yard. He came around, we all chatted and I assured him that we were no moving. We both decided the guy must have been confused and had the wrong address.

Turns out while we were chatting, someone went inside and robbed my neighbors home getting away with a lot of cash. The incident was reported to LAPD. Please be aware of such a scam and don’t let anyone distract you away from your home.”

Burglar Breaking In To Home At Night Through Back Door

33 Yr. Old Samuel Duran Held On 8 Million Dollar Bail For Rape Of 15 Yr Old

Culver City:   In the early morning hours of April 14, 2015, Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area detectives booked a suspect for rape.


The suspect, Samuel Robert Duran Jr., was booked for multiple counts of 261(A)(2) of the Penal Code and bail was set for $8,000,000.  Duran is a 33 year-old Hispanic who was residing in  Culver City.  It is believed he held the 15 ur old victim against her will for three weeks. At this time, detectives are still investigating the circumstances of how Duran and the victim met.  



Additional information tonight, apparently charges are pending and we expect information to be released in the next day or two regarding those involved in the disappearance of Kimberly Greenberg.

Few details are available… but we did receive confirmation from LAPD that Kimberly Greenberg, the 15 yr old missing from Mar Vista since mid-March has been found and is safe. We are awaiting details from LAPD Media Relations and Pacific Division who are handling aspects of the investigation related to the case.



Charles Rials Arrested For Violent Assault On Female With Skateboard In Venice Beach

The violent beating of two females and a male on Windward Ave. a few weeks ago made news around the world, as video showed a group of males beating two young females in the middle of a crowded street. During that assault, Charles Rials was identified from video shot at the scene as the person who strikes the girl in the head with a skateboard, splitting her head open requiring multiple staples in her head to mend the wound. While many criticized the video and the crowd for not helping the girls during the assault, keep in mind that it was a violent group of males, and had someone NOT shot video, the suspects would not have been identified.

Because of that video, neighbors in the area have kept vigilant watch for Charles Rials. He was sending texts to friends and telling people that he had left the area for Humbolt, but he was seen on the boardwalk riding his skateboard… having shaved his bushy hair in an attempt to hide his identity. His photo was distributed among neighbors, and he was seen often… with neighbors calling 911 every time there was a sighting. Tonight, he was seen on the boardwalk on his skateboard, and an observant neighbor called LAPD and also flagged down units on the boardwalk. Gang officers were in the area, and in conjunction with regular patrol officers… his description was put out and he was arrested on Pacific and 17th minutes later.

Charles has had several run-ins with the law. He has fled on foot in the past, has been caught with brass knuckles… and with this latest violent beating he is going to be looking at some serious time in jail. At scene he admitted he would have tried to run, but officers came up on him too fast… and he didn’t have a chance to try and get away.

THANK YOU NEIGHBORS who don’t want this kind of disturbing violence in their neighborhood, and continued to keep a look out and call police with any and all information to get this kid in custody. Citizens + police = bad guys in jail. Remember, dealing with LAPD may not always turn out how you would like… but when you give up – you are giving up on your neighborhood. Keep your eyes open, keep calling and keep reporting. It matters!

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Boys & Girls Club 5th Annual No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament This Sunday!

Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice

What: 5th Annual No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

 When: Sunday, April 12th

​Registration: 12pm

​Cards in the Air: 1pm

 Where: Microsoft Playa Vista

13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. #200, Los Angeles, CA 90094

 Why: Proceeds from the event fund the Summer Brain Gain: Literacy program for Club members 6-8 yrs.