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Sunday, September 15, 2013

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67-Year-Old Critical Missing In Electric Wheelchair NR13426an

Los Angeles:   The Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division is asking for the public’s in locating a 67 year-old man who is missing from his care facility near downtown Los Angele.

Mr. Angel Benitez is 67 years of age and was last seen in his care facility located at 340 S. Alvarado Street in Los Angeles.  Mr. Benitez utilizes an electric wheelchair and relies on oxygen to assist with his breathing.  Benitez was last seen on September 14th around 9:30 at his care facility in Los Angeles.  It is believed that Benitez may be en route to 1170 Logan Street in the Echo Park area.  Benitez is in good mental health but it is feared that if his portable oxygen tank runs out he will be in physical distress as he relies on the portable oxygen to assist with his breathing.

Mr. Benitez is a male Hispanic mostly bald with brown hair and brown eyes.  He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds with a medium build and light complexion.  Mr. Benitez is utilizing an electric wheelchair with a portable oxygen tank.


DMV photo of Benitez from 2013

Anyone with information on Benitez’ whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Rampart Division at (213) 484-3400.  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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.



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