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Robbery-Homicide Division

Police Administration Building
100 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Telephone Numbers (Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM)
Commanding Officer 213-486-6850
Robbery Special Section 213-486-6840
Homicide Special Section 213-486-6890
Gang Homicide Unit 213-486-6860
Special Assault Section 213-486-6910
Cold Case Homicide Special Section 213-486-6810
Special Investigation Section 213-486-6880
800 Task Force 213-486-6830

Established in 1969 by combining the once separate Robbery Division and Homicide Division, today’s Robbery-Homicide Division is comprised of approximately 110 sworn and civilian personnel under the command of Captain Jonathan L. Tippet.  RHD is comprised of five sections (Robbery, Homicide, Special Assault, Cold Case Homicide, and Special Investigation Sections), each under the supervision of a lieutenant and tasked with investigating or providing surveillance support for a wide variety of select crimes that are often high profile in nature.  RHD detectives attend quarterly meetings with detectives throughout the City, where crime trends, suspect information and investigative techniques are discussed to ensure that investigations of a serious nature are shared across geographic boundaries.  The sections also serve as liaisons between other law enforcement agencies regarding cases of mutual interest and, when required, orchestrate multi-divisional and/or multi-agency task force investigations.

Noteworthy investigations that RHD has completed or participated in include: The Tate-LaBianca murders (1969), the Symbionese Liberation Army Shootout (1974) and the S.L.A. Bomb Planting Spree (1975), the “Hillside Strangler” (1977-1978), the “Skid Row Stabber” (1978-1979), the “Sunset Strip Killer”  (1980), the Murder of Secret Service Agent Julie Cross (1980), the “Bob’s Big Boy Massacre”  (1980), the “Night Stalker” (1984-1985), the Murder of LASD Deputy George Arthur (1985), the Murder of LAPD Detective Thomas Williams (1985), the Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen (1986), the Murder of LAPD Detective Russell Kuster (1990), the O.J. Simpson Investigation (1994), the Murder of Actor Haing Ngor (1996), the Murder of Ennis Cosby (1997), the “North Hollywood Shootout” (1997), the Sante and Kenny Kimes Investigation (1998), Serial Killer Chester Turner (1987-1998), the Robert Blake Investigation (2001), the “Indian Motel” Murders (2002), Golay and Rutterschmidt (1999 and 2005), the “Grim Sleeper” Task Force (2005-Present), LAFD Captain David Del Toro Investigation (2006), the Killing of Michael Jackson (2009), the Murder of LASD Deputy Juan Escalante (2009), the Bryan Stow Beating Investigation (2011), and the Hollywood Arson Series (2011).

The following is a list of the RHD sections and their investigative responsibilities:

The Robbery Special Section is responsible for investigating the following on a City-wide basis:
•Extortions or threats of extortion when:
o a prolonged investigation is required, and
o the suspect has threatened to do unlawful injury to the person or property of     
• Extortions by any means, including explosives, involving an adult or juvenile victim or suspect and the extortion is directed against a bank, bank employee, bank messenger, federally insured credit union, savings and loan institution, or armored car facility;
• Kidnappings when:
o There is the potential for serious bodily injury or death; or
o The facts indicate a connection to a major Citywide problem; or
o A prolonged investigation is required, or
o The investigative resources required exceed geographic Area detective division capabilities, or
o A ransom demand is anticipated or has been made•Incidents involving smuggled, undocumented persons when kidnaps and extortions are involved;
•Commercial robbery series where a prolonged investigation is required or the investigative personnel required exceed geographic Area detective divisions resources;
•Robberies of banks, bank employees, customers followed from banks, bank messengers, credit unions, savings and loan institutions, or armored car facility and the investigation of ATM Robberies;
•Robberies of banks, bank employees, bank messengers, credit unions, savings and loan institutions, or armored car facilities.

In addition, the Robbery Special Section also coordinates all adult live line-ups.  NOTE: Live line-ups for juvenile subjects are handled by the District Attorney Liaison at the associated Juvenile Hall.

 The Homicide Special Section is responsible for investigating the following on a City-wide basis:
•Threats against sworn employees resulting from the course and scope of their duties;
•Homicides involving:
o Multiple victims (generally three or more) in one incident; o    Serial killers;
o Fire (other than traffic-related fatalities) where the effects of fire are believed to have directly contributed to or caused the death;
o Intense media coverage or high profile;
• Assaults against on-duty, police officers in the City limits wherein:
o Serious bodily injury or death results;
o Officers are shot at and do not return fire;
• The criminal aspect of an LAPD Officer-Involved-Shooting (OIS);                                           NOTE: FID investigates all OIS’s in the City involving on-duty, sworn LAPD personnel.  RHD will conduct the criminal investigation in conjunction with Force Investigation Division (FID) ONLY when directed to do so by the Chief of Police, the Chief of Detectives or at the request of the Commanding Officer, FID.  
• Incidents involving death or serious injury to a Department employee that are:
o Non-traffic related and officer involved;
o The result of suicide or an attempted suicide
• Outside law enforcement agency shootings that occur on and off duty, in the City limits, and in accordance with the directives of the current LAPD-LASD Mutual Aid Agreement
• Solicitation, extortion or conspiracy to commit murder (murder for hire);
• Illegal abortions;                                                                                                                          NOTE: Abortion is legal in California with three notable restrictions: (1) a person cannot get an abortion for a “viable” fetus, which is generally some point between week 24 and 28, unless the mother's health is at risk if the pregnancy proceeds, (2) a person may not get an abortion performed by an unqualified professional, and (3) pursuant to Family Code section 6925, a minor may consent to medical care related to the prevention or treatment of pregnancy, but may not get an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian other than as provided in Section 123450 of the Health and Safety Code.  
• Any special investigation assigned by the Chief of Detective Bureau;
• Requests for assistance from area detectives;
• Requests for assistance from outside law enforcement agencies.

In addition to performing directed, periodic audits of divisional Murder Books, reviews of select investigations and/or case-specific habeas corpus issues, the section is tasked with reviewing all murder Follow-Up Reports submitted for clearance as “Cleared Other.”

The Cold Case Homicide Special Section is responsible for:
• Investigating select “cold case” homicides
NOTE: A “cold case” homicide is defined as any unsolved homicide in the City that was committed more than five years ago, and has no significant leads, and is no longer being actively investigated by Area detectives based on a lack of solvability factors and/or workload.  
• Investigating or assigning cold Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) “hit” cases City-wide;
• Screening select cases and identifying solvability factors;
• Submitting requests to Forensic Sciences Division (FSD) for various types of analysis;
• Submitting annual requests for grant funds to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).   

The Gang Homicide Unit (GHU) targets specific gangs and their involvement with certain criminal activity including, but not limited to, murder and other associated gang related crimes.  There is also a full-time Crime Intelligence Analyst assigned to the unit to assist with telephone call data analysis, case charting, and link analysis.  The GHU has specific knowledge of and experience with federal Racketeering Influence Corrupt Organization (RICO) prosecutions, and a great deal of experience in preparing court orders and search warrants to obtain business and telephone records related to Dialed Number Recorders (DNR), cell site towers, cell phone tracking, text message retrieval, and state and federal wiretap applications.

The Special Assault Section is notified when any of the following crimes are committed in the City, but only assumes the following investigations at the discretion of the Commanding Officer, RHD.
• Sexual assaults during:
o Hot prowl burglary;
o Business burglary;
o Home invasion robbery;
• Sexual assaults committed by a stranger when a firearm is seen;
• Sexual assaults committed by a stranger where the victim is admitted to a hospital due to injuries sustained during the assault;
• Sexual assaults committed by a stranger where the victim is kidnapped by being forced into a vehicle and transported to a secondary location;
• Sexual assaults where the identity of the victim or suspect is of a high-profile nature;
• Serial sexual assaults;
• “Cold case” sexual assaults.

NOTE: Pursuant to Detectives Notice dated June 22, 2018 titled “Cold Case Sexual Assault – Redefined,” a “cold case” sexual assault is defined as any unsolved sexual assault in the City that was committed more than five years ago, and has no significant leads, and is no longer being actively investigated by Area or Bureau detectives based on a lack of solvability factors and/or workload.
• Sexual homicides;
NOTE: Indicators of sexually related homicide may include: the victim’s attire or lack thereof, exposure of the victim’s sexual parts, sexual positioning of the body, insertion of foreign objects into the victim’s body cavities, evidence of sexual intercourse (oral, vaginal or anal), and/or evidence of substitute sexual activity, interest or sadistic fantasy.


The Special Investigation Section (SIS) is the Department's tactical surveillance unit.  The primary objective of SIS is to determine if a suspect(s) under surveillance is connected to the crime(s) under investigation, and, if probable cause exists to arrest, to locate and arrest the suspect(s).  Although assigned to RHD, SIS is available to any Department entity seeking surveillance on active criminals/crimes.