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Cases of Red Bull Stolen From Delivery Truck

On Tuesday, May 6, sixty-four cases of Red Bull energy drink were stolen from a delivery truck parked in the Ralphs’ parking lot at 2600 W. Victory Boulevard.

BPD police Car Logo-2At 11:40 a.m., the driver of the Red Bull delivery truck entered Ralphs grocery store to check inventory prior to his delivery.

“While inside the Ralphs, the victim was notified by a Ralphs market employee that his ‘Red Bull Truck’ was being burglarized,” said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The Ralphs employee saw three male Hispanics in a white van taking cases of Red Bull out of the locked delivery truck, added Ryburn. When the victim ran outside, the suspects and their van were gone.

The suspects had cut the lock on the right side of the truck and stole 64 cases of Red Bull, valued at $2900, from the vehicle.  There is no further description of the suspects.


Thieves Attempt To Steal From Band Pro Film And Digital Again

Three unknown suspects attempted to steal property from Band Pro Film and Digital for the second time this year. Officers responded to a call from the business’ alarm company at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, to the film equipment warehouse located at 3403 Pacific Avenue.

BPD New Police Car -2When police arrived, they saw a two-foot by three-foot hole cut into a roll-up door on the side of the building and a white cargo van parked next to the hole, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The suspects punched the door lock and the ignition on the van and stole it from a business next door to the film equipment warehouse, he added.

Police reviewed security video and saw three suspects clad in dark clothing at the scene. It is not known if they were male or female.

Two suspects entered the business and cut additional holes in walls to enter secure areas, continued Ryburn. On the video, police saw the suspects move items out the hole cut in the roll-up door and the third suspect load the items on the van.

However, something alerted the three suspects and they all suddenly took off and fled on foot, jumping over a six-foot high wall, said Ryburn. They left the van and the property – large, professional film and video camera lenses – at the scene.

There is no further information on the attempted burglary at this time. Band Pro Film and Digital was burglarized earlier this year in what owners reported as a “huge financial loss,” according to this report.

Gang Fight Puts One In Hospital And Leads To Two Arrests

Members of the same local gang got into a fight at Olive Park on Thursday, May 1, around 5:50 p.m. The victim, a 19-year-old Burbank resident, was allegedly assaulted by 20-year-old Cesar Ramirez, also a Burbank resident, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

BPD New Police Car -2On Friday, May 2, at 7:00 am., officers were sent to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center to check on a male victim who suffered a right eye fracture and head trauma.

“The victim was in the hospital after being assaulted the previous day at Olive Park,” said Ryburn. “Victim stated that he was playing basketball inside the gym waiting for his brother, who was working nearby. After finishing the basketball game, the victim walked outside of the gym… [and] began talking to the suspect and some other friends of the suspect.”

“Suddenly, the suspect punched the victim in the right side of his head with a closed fist,” added Ryburn. “The impact was to the right eye/upper cheek area. The impact caused the victim to lose consciousness and fall to the ground.”

The victim “does not know if the suspect and the other members continued to punch him as he lost consciousness,” continued Ryburn.  “The victim does not remember calling his brother or being driven to the hospital.”

The victim is continuing treatment at the hospital.

On May 2, investigative officers contacted the identified suspect, Ramirez, at Olive Park at 4:55 p.m. Ramirez was arrested for the assault, charged with felony battery. He was also charged with multiple violations of the penal code including intimidating a witness and probation violation.

His bail was set at $100,000 and he is due in court Monday, May 5.

While officers were looking for Ramirez at Olive Park, they spotted his twin brother, Fabian Ramirez, age 20 and a resident of Valley Village. When officers tried to contact Fabian Ramirez, he ran away from police, explained Ryburn.

Officers pursued Fabian Ramirez on foot across Olive Avenue and found him under a parked car. He was arrested for resisting arrest and was booked at the Burbank Jail. His bail was set at $10,000.

Officers noted there were bottles of alcohol in paper bags at the location where Fabian Ramirez was first seen in the park, added Ryburn.

Police are not releasing the name of the local gang of which the Ramirez brothers and the victim are members.

Man Assaulted By Unknown Female On Kling Street

A Burbank man, age 22, was assaulted by an unknown female as he walked in his neighborhood on the 4400 block of Kling St. at 2:00 a.m., Friday, May 2. He awoke in the bushes near his apartment building around 3:00 p.m. that day.

BPD police Car Logo-2When the victim returned to his apartment at 3:00 p.m., he discovered he had facial injuries including two missing front teeth and a cut and swollen lip. The victim called paramedics and police responded as well. at 3:09 p.m.

The victim “was walking down the street having a cigarette in the early morning when an unknown female walked up from his left,” explained Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “The victim only described the suspect as a female wearing a black visor cap.”

“Suddenly, the female struck him in the face with an unknown blunt object to his face area,” continued Ryburn. “The impact knocked the victim unconscious and stated he could not remember what happened after the assault.”

The victim still had his wallet, keys and cell phone when he awoke, so police believe robbery was not the motive. The incident continues to be investigated.

Police ask for anyone who may have been in the area during that time frame to call the police at 818-238-3210.

Two Pedestrians Hit By Car Taken To Trauma Center (update)

UPDATE: May 1, 2014, 2:56 p.m. The two injured female pedestrians are sisters and remain at Holy Cross Medical Center. The 19-year-old female sustained a broken right shoulder and broken right elbow. The 16-year-old female remains in the ICU with head trauma, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Two women were hit by a vehicle driven by an 80-year-old Burbank woman on Monday, April 28, at 8:45 p.m. as they crossed Olive Avenue at Virginia Avenue near the Olive Recreation Center. Both pedestrians were transported to Holy Cross Medical Center.

One woman suffered a broken shoulder and elbow and the other underwent a scan at the trauma center after suffering a possible brain injury. Police have not released their ages or names.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Trauma center personnel indicated to us the injury was not life threatening,” said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “But, with any head trauma injury, the situation could still change.”

The 2003 Toyota was headed east on Olive Avenue in the number two lane and struck the pedestrians crossing Olive southbound against the red light. The pedestrians were in the east crosswalk when they were hit.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

BPD continues to investigate the accident and asks for any witnesses to contact them with information at 818-238-3000.

As of Tuesday morning, there is no further information on the condition of the injured pedestrians.

“The police softball team was playing nearby at Olive Park and ran over to render aid and talk with witnesses immediately after the accident,” added Ryburn.

Man Held On Felony Kidnap And Attempted Rape Charges

A North Hollywood man remains in custody after police identify him as the suspect in an alleged attempted rape at the Town Center Mall on Wednesday, April 16. The victim, a female age 41, reported the incident to Burbank police on Saturday, April 19.

BPD police Car Logo-2The victim was the lone employee in a store located in the Town Center Mall on April 16, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. She was vacuuming in the store at 10:15 a.m. when she noticed the suspect, a man she did not know, walk by the store front three times and then enter the store.

“The suspect entered the store and forcibly restrained the victim and moved her several feet into a changing room,” said Ryburn. The suspect allegedly tried to kiss the victim.

Somehow, the victim was able to get away from the suspect and push him out of the changing room, added Ryburn. She then locked the door and waited for some time until she believed it was safe and then exited the changing room.

Detectives received the case on Monday, April 21. The suspect was described as 6′, 180-220 lbs and possibly Armenian. Following that description and using other investigative tools and information, a possible suspect was identified.

On Wednesday, April 23, Michael Shanazari, age 39, was brought in to the station for an interview, continued Ryburn. After the interview and investigation, Shanazari was arrested for kidnapping and held on $1,000,000 bail.

The case was presented to the District Attorney on Friday, April 25, and three felony charges for kidnapping, assault with intent to rape and false imprisonment were filed against Shanazari. His bail has been adjusted to $170,000 and he remains in custody at the L.A. County Jail. He is next due in court on May 14.

Police Arrest Man Who Attacked Woman On Street

A 51-year-old Burbank woman was assaulted by a man she did not know on the 4100 block of Kling St. on Monday, April 28, at 4:55 p.m. Police arrested the suspect, Chukwuemeka Okafor, a few blocks away in the north alley near Kling St. and Clybourn Avenue.

BPD New Police Car -2The victim had parked her vehicle and was walking towards her residence, when the suspect approached her and asked for a light for his cigarette, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. The victim kept walking and the suspect followed her and continued to say things to her.

The victim walked out of a nearby apartment complex and back onto Kling St., when she turned around and told the suspect to stop talking to and following her.

That’s when the suspect, Okafor, struck her with his fist five or six times on the head, added Ryburn, and the victim screamed for help.

Three maintenance workers nearby saw Okafor, a 23-year-old Burbank resident, hit the victim in the head and witnessed the victim yelling for help. The workers ran over to intervene and Okafor fled the scene.

Officers arrived and found Okafor a few blocks away in the alley and arrested him for criminal terrorist threats.

The victim sustained a one-inch laceration to her forehead, a large contusion along her left cheek and a laceration on the bottom of her right foot, added Ryburn. She was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Okafor was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail initially set at $50,000. However, the charge was changed to battery with serious bodily injury, a violation of penal code 243 (d), and his bail was increased to $250,000. He is being held in the L.A. County Jail and was due in court Thursday, May 1.

Karabel Dancewear Robbed By Woman With Scissors

A 30-year-old woman was arrested by police after threatening a local dance supply store owner and employee with scissors Tuesday afternoon, April 29.

BPD New Police Car -2Originally, the situation was a shoplifting case, said Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department. The suspect, Ashlee Meleskie, took four items of clothing, including leggings and shorts worth about $100, from Karabel Dancewear at 3091 W. Magnolia Boulevard around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

When the store owner and an employee confronted Meleskie outside the shop, Meleskie allegedly threatened the duo with a pair of scissors and walked away, according to Ruiz.

Police responded and canvassed the area. Following a very clear description of the suspect, who was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and shorts and carrying a pink handbag, police located her a few blocks away at Chandler Boulevard and Avon Street.

Officers recovered the stolen items and the scissors from Meleskie’s possession. Meleskie was positively identified by two witnesses. She was arrested for violations of penal codes 211 and 245, for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, added Ruiz.

No further information is available on the incident or the suspect at this time, said police.

Elderly Woman Struck By SUV In Burbank Dies

An elderly woman struck by a white Ford Explorer near San Fernando Boulevard and Walnut Avenue on Thursday, April 25, at 8:49 a.m. died from her injuries at Holy Cross Medical Center on Friday, April 26.

Rosa Rivera, age 87 and a Burbank resident, was on the western sidewalk headed northbound along San Fernando when she was struck by an SUV driven by Roxanne Prilutsky, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. Prilutsky, a 35-year-old Burbank resident, was exiting the parking lot onto San Fernando Boulevard.

BPD police Car Logo-2Rivera had been pushing a small portable cart and police think she was headed to the grocery store.

The impact knocked her to the ground and she struck her head on the pavement, said Ryburn.

Rivera was transported to Holy Cross Medical Center for head trauma and underwent surgery immediately. However, she passed away at the hospital on Friday.

There was no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, added Ryburn.


The investigation into the accident is ongoing and police ask anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the accident to contact Detective Sam Anderson in the Traffic Bureau, at 818- 238-3103.

Two Alleged Burbank Auto Burglary Suspects Caught In The Act

Two men were arrested, while a third suspect is still at large, for allegedly burglarizing a parked vehicle on the 4400 block of W. Verdugo Avenue on Friday, April 25, at 3:05 a.m. after officers responded to the location regarding a possible auto burglary in progress.

BPD New Police Car -2“On arrival, they observed a male black inside the described vehicle, a Honda Accord, and another male outside of the vehicle acting as a lookout,” said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of Burbank Police Department. “The black male inside the vehicle appeared to be rummaging through the vehicle.”

Officers contacted both suspects and determined they forced entry into the Honda to commit a theft, added Ryburn. Officers recovered rubber gloves from inside the vehicle which the victim, the car’s owner, says do not belong to him.

Additionally, police recovered a small, thin pry tool that the suspects used to gain entry into the victim’s vehicle.  No loss was reported from the vehicle.

Maurice Tyrell Clark, age 18, and Noe Delarosa, age 24, both from Pacoima, were arrested on auto burglary charges and are being held on $20,000 bail. They are due in court tomorrow.