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Police Arrest Suspect for Attempted Murder in Shooting

On Monday, August 22, at about 8:20 pm, Burbank Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Scott Rd., regarding a shooting and man down. Upon arrival, officers found a 22 year-old Burbank resident on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body.

Burbank Police Console the brother of the victim when he showed up at the shooting scene. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Console the brother of the victim when he showed up at the shooting scene. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The victim was treated at the scene by Burbank Fire Department Paramedics and transported to a local hospital for treatment. He has since been released from the hospital.

Investigators interviewed the suspect and witnesses and identified a second person, a 27 year-old Burbank resident who was also shot at, but not struck during the shooting.

Based on the information obtained, detectives learned the suspect and the victims know each other and this incident stemmed from an altercation between them a few days before the shooting. The suspect in this shooting has been identified as 20 year-old Christian Taylor Young.

Burbank Police Forensics Specialist takes pictures of shell casings prior to recovering them. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Forensics Specialist takes pictures of shell casings prior to recovering them. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Young was arrested for attempt murder at his home in Temecula, CA on Thursday evening by Burbank Police Detectives. He was booked into the Burbank City Jail last night and is being held in-lieu of $1,000,000 bail. This case will be presented to the LA County District Attorneys Office for filing consideration. Young is due to appear in court on Monday morning.

This investigation is on-going and no other information is available at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Burbank Police Detective John Kaefer at (818) 238-3210 or to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by using the website www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Overpass Shooting Suspect Taken into Custody

On Tuesday morning at around 8:25 a.m. Burbank Police units apprehended a 24 year old Sylmar resident, Joseph Lupercio, as the prime suspect in a “car-to-car” shooting that occurred on Monday evening near the intersection of Front Street and the Burbank Boulevard Overpass.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

At a press conference held by Burbank Police on Tuesday, Sgt. Claudio Losacco, Burbank Police Department Public Information Officer explained Lupercio was identified at the scene by the victim as the shooter.

Burbank Police investigators located Lupercio’s vehicle, a black Mercedes Benz SUV, in the 13300 block of Beaver Street in Sylmar, putting the location under surveillance while search and arrest warrants were obtained.

On Tuesday morning Burbank Police SWAT officers, crisis negotiators, helicopter support, and K9s arrived on scene. Lupercio was contacted, however did not comply with orders to surrender. Lupercio then attempted to flee the scene, however was quickly taken into custody by Burbank Police officers with assistance from a Burbank Police K9 unit.

Lupercio is charged with attempted murder, with bail set at $2 million.BPD Grismer Shooting Press Conf

While the exact motives and events leading up to the shooting are still being investigated and sorted, Sgt. Losacco did indicate both the shooter and victim knew each other, and both have gang ties and pervious gang histories. In addition, each car had a passenger, both female, who played a role in the incident. Sarah Sullivan, 26, a Los Angeles resident, was also taken into custody as an accessory to attempted murder.

Sgt. Losacco noted the incident “may have been the result of conflict between the individuals, and not a random act.” He also emphasized this is not related to previous incidents in Burbank, such as the recent shooting in Lundigan Park, which was a suspected gang-related incident. Sgt. Locasso did note the location of the shooting “is a high traffic area,” and certainly a concern as a community perception of more frequent violent incidents in Burbank grows.

Sgt. Losacco explained the incident may have started near the intersection of San Fernando Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard, and carried over the Burbank Boulevard Overpass until the shooting occurred at the end of the overpass near Front Street. The victim then performed a “U Turn,” heading back across the bridge, stopping at the Wells Fargo Bank at San Fernando Boulevard where the victim changed places with a female, who drove the victim to the 1600 block of Grismer Avenue.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At that point the victim made an emergency call, and both police and fire department support quickly arrived, noting the victim had a gunshot wound to the upper chest. The victim is in good condition.

Both Lupercio and Sullivan are due to appear in the Burbank Branch of LA Superior Court on Thursday morning.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Burbank Police detectives at (818) 238-3210.


One Man Crime Spree Goes Nowhere Fast

A North Hollywood man is now behind bars after going on a short one man crime spree.

According to police, Nestor Reyes confronted a woman around 7 pm as she was leaving her business in the 3700 block of Burbank Blvd.. The victim had her cell phone in her hand and the suspect grabbed the cell phone and there was a struggle for the victim’s cell phone. The suspect demanded the victim give him her phone and the victim ultimately lets go of her phone.

After the man fled the area, the victim did not report the crime immediately.  Instead, she drove home to her residence. Two hours later, she decided to go to the police station to report the crime.

About the same time as the first robbery on Burbank Blvd., and just a couple of blocks away, a 53 year-old woman arrived at her home in the 1200 block of N. Maple St., and pulled her car into the garage. As she exited her vehicle and began retrieving items from the trunk, she was confronted by the suspect standing next to her. The victim, startled, ran into her residence to call the police.

The suspect then stole a bicycle from the victim’s garage. As he tries to make his escape, he is  confronted on the sidewalk by a neighbor who heard the victim’s screams. The witness and suspect struggle for control of the stolen bicycle with the suspect threatening the witness with bodily harm before fleeing the area.

Police arrived quickly at the scene and detained Reyes a block away. A search of the suspect resulted in the recovery of a dangerous weapon-brass knuckles.

The suspect, Nestor Reyes, 19 years-old, was arrested for 459 PC Burglary (V’s garage), 664/211-Attempt Robbery and 136.1-Witness Intimidation against the witness, 148-Resisting arrest during police contact, and 21810-Possession of a weapon-brass knuckles.

There were no injuries to the victim or witness during the altercation.

When the officer who took the report at the police station at 9 p.m., units in the field were alerted to the first robbery of the cell phone that had happened two hours earlier.  One of the officers from the initial residential bicycle burglary incident realized the description is similar to their suspect in custody.

The officer confirmed that the phone number from the stolen cell phone was in fact the same phone that the suspect in the Maple St. incident was in possession of during his booking.  The result was an additional charge of 211 PC-Street Robbery was added to his charges and the cell phone was recovered.

Bail is set at $150,000 for Reyes.  He is due back in court on August 21, 2013

Rude Customer Attacks Store Clerk

Although talking loudly on one’s cell phone in a store isn’t a crime, beating up the clerk who asks you to leave is.

A North Hollywood man learned that lesson along with a trip to jail Sunday night.
According to Burbank Police, the suspect, Michael James Palumbo, 23, of North Hollywood, entered a business in the 100 block of E. Magnolia Blvd., disrupting customers by talking loudly on his cell phone.  He then asked the clerk if he could use the restroom.  When the clerk told him the restrooms were for customer’s only, Palumbo became angry and began yelling obscenities at the clerk and challenged him to fight.  Palumbo was then asked to leave the business, and again challenged the clerk to fight before leaving.  Once outside, he began banging on the windows and continued to yell profanities at the man.

At 10 p.m., when the clerk got off work and began walking to his car, he was approached by Palumbo in an alleyway.   Palumbo was reportedly armed with a stick about the size of a small baseball bat, and attacked the clerk.  The man was struck about the arms, before the suspect dropped the stick and tackled the victim.  Bystanders separated the two men.   A few minutes later, Palumbo armed himself with a screwdriver and threatened the victim.  The two men began fighting again, and were once again separated by bystanders after a two or three minute struggle.

Police officers soon arrived on the scene.  After interviewing witnesses and the victim, they placed Palumbo under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats. He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $30,000. The unidentified victim sustained abrasions to his knees and bruising on his arms.

Burbank Police Arrest Three Teen Home Invasion Robbery Suspects

On December 21, at 10:50 p.m., Burbank Police officers responded to a call of a prowler in the 2200 block of North Catalina Street. Two senior citizen residents reported that a young man had forced his way into their home and stolen some of their property.  They also reported that there was a young woman with the man. When the suspect forced his way into the home, the residents fled the house and contacted relatives who phoned the police.  The suspects were gone upon the arrival of officers.

A little over an hour later at 12:04 a.m., the Burbank Police received a call of a prowler, this time in the 1100 block of North California Street. The residents scared off the male suspect, who is believed to have been the same man from the earlier incident on Catalina Street.  The resident told police that the suspect left in a gray car heading south towards Magnolia Blvd.

Patrol officers and investigators worked throughout the night and morning, developing leads that led to the arrest of June Davis (male, 18, of Burbank), Chadney Delaney (female, 18, of Burbank), and a 17 year-old female juvenile.   All three subjects were arrested and booked for robbery.

During the service of a warrant on Davis’ residence, his uncle, Michael Nunes, 57, of Burbank,  concealed the fact that Davis was in the residence. Investigators arrested Nunes for being an accessory to Davis’ crimes and he was booked for violating section 32 of the Penal Code.

These incidents appear to have been crimes of opportunity and there does not appear to be any connection between the victims.  The Burbank Police Department is seeking information from anyone who might have witnessed these crimes. If anyone has information they should contact Detective Kleinfed at 818-238-3210.

June Davis and Chadney Delaney are each being held on $100,000 bail and are due in Burbank Superior Court on December 26, 2012. The female juvenile was cited for robbery and released to her mother at the
Burbank Police Station.

One Arrested for DUI at Burbank Checkpoint Saturday Night

On Saturday, August 18, 2012, the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI Checkpoint on Olive Avenue west of Lake Street in the City of Burbank. A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded the checkpoint.

Burbank Police give this driver some literature about the purpose of their DUI check point Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The checkpoint was operational from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and resulted in the
following actions:

936 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
926 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence
7 drivers were detained for the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
1 driver was arrested for driving under the influence
3 citations were issued to unlicensed drivers
0 citations issued for driving with a suspended license
1 vehicle was impounded

The purpose of this operation was to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, to serve as a deterrent to driving while impaired, and to reduce the number of persons killed or seriously injured in alcohol-related traffic collisions.

Burbank Police Officers work a DUI Checkpoint Saturday evening on Olive Avenue near Lake St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Police Looking for Victims of Burglary and Street Robbery

On April 25, two male juveniles were arrested for possession of stolen property. During the interview, it was discovered that some of the property the juveniles were in control of was taken from an unreported residential burglary that occurred.

Officers were able to ascertain that the burglary took place near Grismer Ave., however a victim has not yet come forward.

Property recovered included a gaming system, jewelry, and cellular phones. As officers continued their investigation, they also determined a street robbery occurred, somewhere on Kenneth Rd., where a cellular phone was taken from the victim. This victim has also not yet come forward.

This investigation is still on-going. If you saw any suspicious activity that evening or have any information on the suspect(s), please contact the Burbank Police Department Communications Center at (818) 238-3000 or Detective Henry Garay at (818) 238 – 3263.

Having His Senior Moment Lands Man in Jail For Cocaine Dealing

Burbank Police on Tuesday, April 10, received information from a tip regarding narcotics activity in the 300 block of N. Pass Ave.  It eventually led them to a suspected drug dealer who is an octogenarian.

During their investigation, officers observed what appeared to be a hand to hand narcotics deal between a couple.   They then contacted the man and woman in the parking lot at 4310 W. Riverside Dr.   Accorrding to police, both were in possession of narcotics, and placed under arrest at 9:20 a.m.

Jack Owen Murphy 82,  of Valley Village was arrested for cocaine possession with intent to sell.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail was set at $50,000.  He bonded out and due in court May 1.  Korey Rose Janke, 54, of Burbank was arrested for possession of cocaine.  Her bail was set at $10,000.  She also bonded out and is due back in court May 1.

Man Arrested at Vallarta Market for Strong-Arm Robbery

Burbank Police report on Monday, March 26 at 1:37 pm, officers responded to the Vallarta Market at 10950 Sherman Way regarding a theft suspect in custody.

On arrival, loss prevention officers reported that the suspect, Cesar M. Moreira,  21, of Sun Valley,  concealed store merchandise on his person and walked out of the store without paying for it. A loss prevention officer contacted Moreira outside of the market and attempted to place him under citizen’s arrest. Moreira attempted to flee by running away.

During the ensuing struggle, Moreira reportedly punched the loss prevention officer several times with his closed fist in an attempt to free himself.  The loss prevention officer was able to control Moreira and placed him into handcuffs until the arrival of the Burbank Police officers.  The unidentified loss prevention officer complained of pain to his abdomen area and will seek his own medical attention.

Moreira was booked at the Burbank Jail for robbery. During the booking process it was discovered that he had an outstanding theft warrant.  Moreira is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday March 28, with a total bail of $110,000.

Citizen Helps Burbank Police Struggling With Armed Suspect

Hollywood Way was CLOSED during this investigation on Wednesday after a armed suspect struggled with police was struck by an alert citizens vehicle. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An armed suspect confronted Burbank Police in the 1900 block of Hollywood Way on Wednesday, Feb 15, resulting in a fight that included a citizen assisting by hitting the suspect with his vehicle.

Officers were first called to the the 1500 block of Evergreen St., regarding a family disturbance around 11:30 am Wednesday.  When the officers arrived, they were advised that the suspect had fled the scene, so they started checking the surrounding area and located the suspect in the 1900 block of Hollywood Way.

Burbank Police look for evidence at the scene of the struggle on Hollywood Way . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As the officers approached the suspect, they observed him to be armed with a rifle. A struggle ensued between the suspect and the officers over the rifle and they spilled into the street. During the struggle, an officer’s firearm was dislodged and landed in the street.

At least two witnesses stopped in their vehicles. One witness observed the suspect attempting to retrieve the officer’s firearm from the street. The alert citizen, believing that the officer’s life was in serious danger, turned his vehicle into the suspect, in an effort to protect the officer, striking the suspect.

Evidence markers are in place where it possibly appears bullets are laying. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The suspect and an officer were transported to local hospitals for medical treatment. The officer was treated and released for injuries sustained in the struggle. The suspect is in serious but stable condition, due to injuries incurred from the collision.

The suspect was identified as Thomas Gilberto, 30 years-old, who resides in Burbank and was arrested for 664/187 PC (Attempt Murder – Bail is $500,000).

Due to the suspect’s medical condition the date of arraignment will be announced later.

The citizen who assisted officers has not been identified as of this time.

Hollywood Way was CLOSED in both directions during this investigation on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)