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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.

Two Probation Compliance Checks Net Arrests

On Thursday, April 24, Burbank police arrested three individuals during two separate probation compliance checks in the city.

BPD New Police Car -2At 7:00 a.m. Thursday, police went to check on Alexander Radev, a 21-year-old resident of Burbank, at his home on the 600 block of E. Magnolia Boulevard.

“During the search of the suspect’s room, several items were located with heroin residue on them,” said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “In addition, a small amount of marijuana was located.”

Police also found a .s8 caliber round of ammunition in Radev’s room. Radev was arrested for a violating the terms of his probation because of the narcotics and ammunition found in his room, Ryburn added.

Radev was arrested on charges for being a felon in possession of ammunition and drug paraphernalia and is being held without bail in L.A. County Jail and is due in court today, April 28.

At 10:30 a.m. that same day, police went to a residence on the 1300 block of Orchard Drive to check on Stephen Townsend, a 46-year-old resident of Burbank.

Officers found Townsend and a female, later identified as Sarah Anguiano, a 25-year-old from Lancaster, sleeping in a converted garage, according to Ryburn.

As officers contacted Townsend, they located a small bag of suspected methamphetamine in his wallet. He was arrested for possession of the drug and his bail was set at $10,000. He is being held in L.A. County Jail and due in court today, April 28.

As officers talked with Anguiano, they discovered several drug paraphernalia items, added Ryburn. She was arrested for misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, booked at the Burbank Jail, cited and released for a future court date.

“These checks are conducted on routinely throughout the year to ensure all of those living in our city under the PRCS act, those that have been released from prison on an early release program, are in compliance with all of their probation/parole conditions,” said Ryburn.

Door-To-Door Salesman Arrested For Arson And Brass Knuckles

An 18-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested by police for setting fire to a Pringles can in an alley near Alameda Avenue and Shelton St. on Wednesday, April 23. Around 8:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area when a neighborhood resident called in to alert police.

BPD police Car Logo-2The suspect, Brian Parker, had been going door-to-door in the neighborhood selling chocolates when a resident witnessed him set fire to an item of trash in the alley, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.

The witness ran outside, stomped out the fire and watched the suspect walk to the nearby El Pollo Loco at 1150 W. Alameda Avenue, added Ryburn.

Police, following a clear description from the witness, found the suspect at El Pollo Loco. While talking with Parker, officers noticed small burn marks on the table at which he was sitting. It looked like he had lit small pieces of paper on fire on the tabletop and let them burn, said Ryburn.

Parker told police he had been dropped off in the area to sell chocolates as a door-to-door salesman by a company that was not identified in the police report.

Police arrested Parker for arson and possession of metal knuckles. He remains in custody at the Burbank Jail on a $50,000 bail. He is due in court tomorrow.

“It’s things like this, where our neighbors get involved and call us, that is so helpful,” stressed Ryburn. “The witness gave us a good description and watched where the suspect went.”

“We have to thank our residents for being observant,” Ryburn commented.

Burbank Police Department Tests ‘Coffee With A Cop’ Program

On Tuesday, April 22, members of the Burbank Police Department COPS Bureau offered free coffee to the public in front of Priscilla’s, Burbank’s oldest coffee house, for the new “Coffee With A Cop’ program.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The COPS (Community Outreach Policing) Bureau officers, along with a slew of community volunteers, greeted passersby and those interested in talking with BPD officers. They answered questions on a one-to-one basis in a test program to connect better with the public.

Patrol officers also stopped by and answered questions, including those about reports of residential burglaries that have been occurring in a certain neighborhood in town. Another question by a resident was regarding a traffic problem they have been experiencing and wanted to know who to direct the question to within the city.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse stopped by along with Elise Stearn-Niesen a member of Burbank’s Police Commission, to answer questions. They also thanked the owners of Priscilla’s for offering their restaurant for the inaugural Coffee with a Cop program.

The outreach program has been tested with great success in other cities. It’s another way to reach out to the public and be able to answer specific questions along with handing out crime prevention materials. The Department plans to make this a monthly event.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)