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News Release

Friday, November 13, 2015

Media Relations

LAPD Surprises 93-year-old Grandmother NA15217jk

Granddaughter and LAPD will be surprising grandmother with funds that were raised by the community at the Senior Center she has volunteered at for over 20 years.

Friday, November 13, 2015
11:30 a.m.

Long Beach City Senior Center
1150 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

LAPD Captain Maureen Ryan, Topanga Area
LAPD Topanga Area Senior Lead Officer Duc Dao
93-year-old Grandmother

On November 7, 2015, during a birthday celebration, a 93-year-old grandmother's purse was stolen from her chair inside a local restaurant. The victim and her family looked through the area for her purse and her precious belongings without luck. Upon hearing what happened, Captain Maureen Ryan and Senior Lead Officer Duc Dao, jumped into action and contacted the victim's granddaughter to assist in replacing some of the stolen items.

On November 11, 2015, a GoFundMe account was set up to help recuperate some of the items that the 93-year-old victim lost. The story touched the hearts of the community just as it had touched Captain Ryan and Officer Dao. As a result of the overwhelming community support, the GoFundMe account has raised over $1,200 dollars.

For further information: contact Topanga Area Senior Lead Officer Dao at 818-756-3070. During on-business hours or on the 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.