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Brother Arrested For Assault With Deadly Weapon After Fight

One brother was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after a fight with his brother on Sunday, April 13. Fifty-two-year-old Larry Thomsen was arrested on the 200 block of W. Cedar Avenue at 1:20 a.m. after police were dispatched to check on a possible fight at a residence.

BPD police Car Logo-2When officers arrived, they saw a male victim, age 58, holding the left side of his face and bleeding from a one-inch laceration above his left eyebrow, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. The victim is the suspect’s older brother.

The victim told police he was struck by a metallic object, which officers later recovered. They also found blood inside the residence. The type of metallic object was not disclosed.

Paramedics responded and treated the victim at the scene.

The fight occurred because the victim told the suspect he wasn’t going to give him a ride to pick up an undisclosed item, said Ryburn. The fight included pushing and shoving inside the residence.

Thomsen was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail was set at $30,000.

Man Arrested For Armed Robbery After Repeated Attempts At CVS

Burbank police arrested 25-year-old Thomas Taylor of Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, for armed robbery. Officers stopped Taylor as he was exiting CVS at 511 Hollywood Way around 4:00 a.m., as they were responding to a call about a third attempt by the same suspect to take prescription medication from the pharmacy while brandishing a knife.

BPD New Police Car -2The male suspect first displayed a large knife and demanded a bottle of Xanax from the CVS pharmacist on duty at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

In that incident, the female pharmacist ran to the back of the pharmacy and the suspect, described at that time as a male, white and approximately 25 years old, left the drugstore.

Just a few hours later, at 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, officers were called to CVS for a suspect matching the description of the suspect in the first attempted armed robbery.

The male pharmacist on duty was aware of the attempt from the previous evening. When the suspect approached the counter and demanded a bottle of Xanax, the pharmacist ran to the back of the room.

The suspect, later identified as Taylor, climbed over the gate to the secure area. The pharmacist, fearing for his safety, pointed to the shelf containing Xanax, explained Ryburn.

Taylor then picked up one bottle of Alprazolam (generic for Xanax), climbed over the security gate and walked out of the store.

On Monday, April 7, at 3:57 a.m., officers were dispatched to a theft in progress call at the same CVS, with the suspect demanding narcotics from the pharmacist on duty. When the pharmacist didn’t give the suspect the narcotics, he left the drugstore.

The suspect was identified as the same suspect from the previous two incidents and officers contacted the suspect, Taylor, as he exited the store, said Ryburn.

Taylor was arrested for commercial burglary and armed robbery and booked at the Burbank Jail with a bail of $50,000. Taylor was released on April 8 and is due in court on April 29 to answer the charges.

Two Arrested At Safari Inn On Identity Theft And Drugs Charges

Two people were arrested by Burbank police at the Safari Inn on Wednesday, April 9, for burglary, identity theft and drugs charges. Stephen Min of Alhambra and Lisa Han of Porter Ranch, both 34 years old, were in a guest room at Olive Avenue hotel when officers arrived to investigate charges of fraudulent credit card use.

BPD New Police Car -2Burbank police received a call from Antioch Police Department, located where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers meet east of San Francisco. A woman in the area had reported three fraudulent charges to APD, all made at the Safari Inn in Burbank, located at 1911 W. Olive Avenue, on Tuesday, April 8.

Burbank officers called the Safari Inn and verified the fraudulent charges, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Officers were told the room was still occupied.

Police went to the location, and based on the fact the room was paid for using a stolen credit card, contacted the occupants of the room in question. When police officers explained their visit, the male suspect attempted to close the door but was unable to do so.

Officers detained the male and female occupants of the room, later identified as Min and Han. While talking with the suspects, officers noticed several pieces of mail in the room with a different female names from the name Han gave police, added Ryburn.

Drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, was also seen in the room.

Additional personal identifying information was recovered from the white Toyota Camry Min and Han had parked at the hotel. The vehicle was impounded.

BPD has confirmed three different victims of identity theft connected to Min and Han’s arrest, said Ryburn.

Min and Han were each arrested on five charges connected to burglary, identity theft and drugs. Their bail was set at $250,000 each and they were booked at the Burbank Jail. Min and Han are due in court tomorrow, April 10.

Burbank Man Arrested For Drug Possession At Jail

Burbank Police arrested Vartan Samani, a 37-year-old resident of Burbank, for charges related to possession of methamphetamine, including a charge for bringing drugs into the Burbank Jail, on Thursday, April 3.

BPD Patch -1A policeOfficers on patrol near the 300 block of E. Elmwood Avenue first spotted Samani in the area just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

“The officers were aware that Samani was on current probation with search and seizure,” commented Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

When officers approached Samani, he allegedly dropped a container containing suspected methamphetamine and a search of his person resulted in the recovery of narcotics paraphernalia and marijuana, added Ruiz.

Samani was arrested and transported to the Burbank Jail.

“During a booking search, the officers recovered a straw with suspected methamphetamine hidden on his person,” said Ruiz.

Samani was then booked for violations of 11377(A) HS, 11365 HS and 4573.6 PC. His bail was set at $25,000.

Burbank Man Arrested For Spraying Gang-Related Graffiti

Police arrested a Burbank man on Sunday for spray painting gang-related graffiti on the wall of a business near San Fernando Boulevard and Frederic Street.

BPD police Car Logo-2Officers on patrol in the area at 2:25 a.m., April 6, saw 23-year-old Abraham Lopez writing gang-related graffiti to a wall on the 2500 block of N. San Fernando Boulevard.

“When they approached, the suspect threw the spray can and attempted to flee,” said Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department. “He was detained before he could get away.”

“Lopez had paint on his fingers which matched the spray can paint and the paint applied on the wall,” added Ruiz.

Lopez was booked at the Burbank Jail for vandalism with an additional charge for participation in a street gang, because of the gang-related graffiti. His bail was set at $40,500.

Police Arrest Man On Restraining Order And Burglary Charges After Extensive Search

Burbank police arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Haggerty on a restraining order violation and a burglary charge after an extensive search of a residence and property on the 3000 block of Trudi Lane on Wednesday, April 2.

BPD New Police Car -2Police were initially called to the residence at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday regarding a restraining order violation, with information that Haggerty was inside the house, said Officer Joshua Kendrick of the Burbank Police Department.

A restraining order violation report had been taken by police on Haggerty when he was inside the residence one day previously on Tuesday, April 1. Officers confirmed the restraining order was valid and Haggerty was listed as the restrained party.

As officers were responding, the BPD airship arrived and observed a male attempting to climb over a back fence, added Kendrick. The man returned to the residence and officers in the airship did not see him exit the residence again.

Officers searched the living area of the residence, but were unable to locate Haggerty, Kendrick said. “As the officers were searching, they observed a closet off the patio, with a ladder against the wall, leading to a small opening, to the attic.”

“Officers were unable to access the small opening, but located another attic crawl space inside the residence and were able to gain access to the attic through that area,” he continued. “As officers looked inside the attic they observed [Haggerty] laying down in the corner of the attic. Officers ordered [Haggerty] out, to which he complied.”

Police located a bag of valuable coins during a search of Haggerty while he was being detained.

“Officers determined the coins had been removed from an adjacent closet and he intended to sell them,” explained Kendrick.

“Based on the fact that [Haggerty] is restrained from entering the residence and has no standing of any property inside the residence, officers determined [Haggerty] entered the residence to steal the coins and sell them,” Kendrick clarified.

Haggerty, who is listed as a Sunland resident on the BPD’s arrest report, was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail was set at $50,000.

Man And Juvenile Arrested On Burglary Charges

In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 29, Burbank police stopped and arrested two males, Buniyarit Bida, age 19 and a resident of Studio City, and an unidentified 17-year-old for conspiracy to commit burglary.

BPD Patch -1A policeAt 2:38 a.m., Saturday, Burbank police were dispatched to the 1000 block of N. Screenland Drive to check on two suspects reportedly looking into vehicles in the area. The officers contacted the two suspects, Bida and the 17-year-old.

Bida and the juvenile consented to a search, which resulted in the recovery of burglary tools, including a lock pick, flashlight and gloves and several items of property in their possession, according to Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department.

“The officers’ investigation lead them to believe the pair was working together in an attempt to break into parked cars,” said Ruiz.

Both suspects were arrested for violations of section 182 and 459 of the California Penal Code and booked and processed at the Burbank Jail. Bida’s bail was set at $20,000 and the juvenile was cited out to his parent.

Two Men Arrested On Separate Weapons Violations Over Weekend

Two men were arrested on weapons violations, along with other charges, stemming from separate incidents in the city on March 28 and 29.

On March 28, at 7:10 p.m. Michael Jones, age 26 and a Long Beach resident, was arrested for possession of narcotics while armed on the 300 block of N. San Fernando Boulevard. Police officers responded to the area for a disabled parking violation.

BPD New Police Car -2When officers contacted Jones as he sat in his 2003 Land Rover SUV, according to Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department, “they smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the interior.”

During a probable cause search of Jones’ vehicle, police recovered various narcotics, including several controlled prescription pills, ecstasy and marijuana, and a loaded handgun, added Ruiz.

Jones was also arrested for eight outstanding warrants out of Long Beach. He was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail was set at $50,000.

On Saturday, March 29, at 11:15 a.m., Julio Cesar Gonzalez, age 32 and a Mission Hills resident, was arrested for possession of a belt-buckle knife.

Burbank police officers patrolling the Empire Center parking area at 1565 Victory Place contacted Gonzalez and another man as they sat in a 2000 Daewoo two-door vehicle.

Officers have been patrolling the Empire Center parking lot for suspicious activity due to recent vehicle burglaries, explained Ruiz.

“The officer observed the suspect vehicle parked, away from stores, and occupied by two males,” said Ruiz. “The officer made contacted with the occupants to see what they were doing. Upon doing so, the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the interior of the car.”

Gonzalez consented to a search of the vehicle and told the officer that his belt buckle was a knife. After further inspection of the belt buckle, the officer determined the buckle concealed a fixed blade and arrested Gonzalez for the weapons violation.  He was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail set at $20,000.

Burbank K-9 Unit Is Moving On Up

Burbank’s K-9 Officer Joel Rodriguez, whose partner is Kimo, recently moved up to a much nicer vehicle, a 2014 Chevy Tahoe specially equipped for K-9 use.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank police found the need to change from a patrol car to a much larger roomier Chevy Tahoe. The required equipment that a K-9 officer has to carry in the trunk of a Ford Crown Victoria was put to its limit.

Specialty equipment for dogs includes specific leashes and trainings aids including padded bite suits, padded arms. In addition to the training equipment, the new Tahoe has extra air conditioning units and a much larger area for the dog to ride along.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The K-9 handler also carries on his belt a remote control to open the windows automatically in the case he needs the dog and is unable to get back to the vehicle. The remote control also has the capability to keep the handler aware of the temperature in the back of the vehicle for safety.

The police department took delivery of one of the Chevy Tahoes this past month after new decals were applied. The K-9 and his partner rolled out using the new truck.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank currently has two K-9 officers that work patrol and several special teams. The K-9 officer not only assists on patrol but they also help in serving search warrants and many other duties.

Both K-9 officers and their partners along with the new and old K-9 vehicles will be on display during the upcoming Hoof & Woof Walk on Saturday, April 19, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gallery of pictures by Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson


Medical Emergency Fatally Afflicts Driver Whose Car Struck Two Vehicles

A medical emergency fatally afflicted the driver of a 2013 silver Audi this morning, resulting in the car striking two other vehicles and shearing off a a fire hydrant on Victory Boulevard.

BPD police Car Logo-2At 9:20 a.m. today, March 26, Tim Stevens, age 59 and a Burbank resident was driving southbound on Victory when he experienced a possible heart attack, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

Stevens’ vehicle drifted into the northbound lane of Victory Boulevard, striking a gray Toyota Corolla. The Audi then drifted back into the southbound lanes of Victory and struck a 2013 Volkswagen stopped at the light at W. Cedar Avenue.

After striking the second vehicle, the Audi went left and sheared off a city fire hydrant and came to a stop at an electrical utility pole, explained Ryburn.

One of the witnesses ran to the Audi and pulled the non-responsive Stevens out of the vehicle and performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

All efforts to revive Stevens were unsuccessful, said Ryburn. Stevens had been incapacitated by the medical emergency prior to his vehicle striking the other cars.

The Corolla’s driver, a female age 23, experienced back pain and sought her own medical attention. The Volkswagen suffered moderate damage but the driver, a female age 35, was not injured.

Stevens was a member of the Burbank police’s Community Academy and his wife is a BPD volunteer, added Ryburn.