Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department Memorial BadgeLos Angeles Police Department Badge

Official Site of The LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT

News Release

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Media Relations

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of an Apartment Rental Scammer NR18229dm

Hollywood: On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division arrested Johnny Ray Gasca for numerous counts of grand theft stemming from an apartment rental scam.

Mr. Gasca was named in several crime reports that noted similar patterns. The victims responded to a Craigslist post advertising a room for rent in the Hollywood area. After collecting a security deposit and first month's rent, but before the agreed upon move-in date, Mr. Gasca told the victims the room would not be available on the contracted date. An excuse Mr. Gasca gave some of the victims involved the death of the current tenant's family member which required a delayed move-in date. Various excuses continued until the victims demanded their money back. Ultimately, many of the victims never received a full refund. Detectives have reason to believe Mr. Gasca has continued to similarly defraud victims in the Hollywood area.


Johnny Ray Gasca

Additional victims who may have not reported the incident are encouraged to contact Hollywood Detective Aluotto at (213) 972-2929 or Detective Childs at (213) 972-2930. 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.


iWatch

STATION INFO

About Hollywood

Hollywood Community Telephone Directory

Hollywood Division Goals

West Traffic

Community-Police Advisory Boards (C-PAB) Meeting Schedule and City-Wide Minutes

FEATURED COMMUNITY MEMBER

Gary Minzer, Outstanding Community Member
Gary Minzer
Outstanding Community Member