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Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of 22-year-old Sahand Haji-Safari, wanted for Felony Evading.

On January 29, 2019, around 12:20 p.m., a Central Bike Unit attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a black 2005 Mercedes-Benz, with a California License plate of 8DOV066. The driver was seen texting and driving with expired tabs near the area of 7th Street and Hill Street.

Los Angeles Police Department bicycles are equipped with emergency forward-facing red lights and a siren that is at least 115 decibels loud. The bike officer activated his emergency lights and sirens to get the driver's attention, and directed the driver to pull to the curb when they made eye contact.

The driver decided not to the yield to the officer's directions and began to accelerate his vehicle to elude the officer. The driver drove against a one-way street and used the "Bike Lanes" to avoid opposing traffic. He also was involved in two separate misdemeanor hit and run traffic accidents while attempting to elude the bike officer.

The driver quickly pulled into a parking structure near the 600 block of South Broadway. The parking structure had surveillance cameras and it captured the driver stopping his vehicle at the ticket machine. The driver exited his vehicle, began to walk towards the ticket machine, which would activate the ticket machine's arm to raise, and let the driver into the parking structure.

The driver forgot to place the vehicle in park and began to walk away. The driver jumped back into the car and placed it in park before colliding with the machine's arm. The driver exited the vehicle again to retrieve some items he dropped, however, he saw the bike officer entering the parking structure. The driver re-entered his vehicle and began to initiate a 3-point turn to exit the parking structure. The bike officer directed the driver to stop, however, the driver told the officer that he could not and said he was, "sorry." The driver drove out of the parking structure and was able to escape arrest.

The driver is identified as 22-year old Sahand Haji-Safari (AKA Sahand Hajisafari) from San Diego and is wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department for 2800.2 of the California Vehicle Code, Felony Evading. Sahand is currently on Parole for Burglary, and has a Felony Bench Warrant, from San Diego County, for failing to appear in court for a 2800.2 CVC Felony Evading.



(Sahand Haji-Safari)


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Anyone with information about Sahand Haji-Safari is asked to contact Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Campos at (213) 486-0755. 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 www.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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