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Glendale Police Arrest Burbank Arsonist

On July 5, 2017, the Glendale Police Department arrested 42 year old Antonio La Clay for a series of fires occurring in the City of Glendale and the City of Burbank.

Antonio La Clay

Glendale detectives began investigating the fires in the south portion of Glendale beginning in March 2017. The small fires were mostly confined to stand alone garbage containers, dumpsters, and debris. As the investigation continued, new fires were set in northwest Glendale. A total of 15 arson cases were identified from March through July. The most significant fire occurred in Glendale on June 13th in the 1500 block of Gardena Avenue. A garbage container was set fire in the alley, causing an estimated $40,000.00 in damages to a commercial building.

Detectives began working with the Burbank Police Department after they experienced the same type of arsons in their city with ten reported cases.

Glendale detectives located surveillance footage which captured a male suspect at several of the fire scenes. The Burbank Police Department also located surveillance footage involving the same suspect.

1500 Block of Gardena Avenue, Glendale

A crime bulletin was generated and surveillance photos of the suspect were shared with the Glendale Fire Department, Burbank Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

On July 5, 2017, a Glendale Firefighter recognized the suspect at Pelanconi Park while on-duty. Glendale officers responded and identified the male as Antonio La Clay, a homeless male with a last known address in Burbank. Antonio La Clay was identified as the male captured on surveillance and subsequently arrested.

On July 7th, the Glendale and Burbank cases were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and six felony counts of arson were filed. Antonio La Clay is being held on $100,000.00 bail in the Los Angeles Men’s County Jail.

Public’s Help Asked In Hunt For Missing FBI Agent

(LtoR) Captain Mike Parker LASO, Burbank Police Captain Denis Cremins, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, Steven Gomez brief the media about the missing FBI agent. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A massive search effort is underway to find a missing Burbank man who is an FBI Agent.  Authorities are now asking for the public’s help in locating Stephen Ivens. They believe he may be in the Verdugo Mountains.

Ivens, was last seen by his family on Thursday night.  He lives in the 1700 block of Scott Road with his wife and young child.  His wife called police to report him missing shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning. He is described as despondent and possibly suicidal.  His service weapon is missing from his home.

He has been an FBI agent for three years, working on national security in the Los Angeles area.  Prior to becoming an FBI agent, Ivens was with the Los Angeles Police Department for eight  years.

Ivens is an avid hiker and runner.  Bloodhounds tracking his scent believe he headed into the hills above Burbank.  The search efforts have concentrated on the Verdugo Mountains.  Police and FBI agents were passing out missing person fliers early Saturday morning to hikers at trailheads near the Stough Canyon Nature Center and Wildwood Canyon.

In a news conference this afternoon, Burbank Police Captain Denis Cremins, Captain Mike Parker of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, Steven Gomez, outlined the efforts being taken to find Ivens.  Several law enforcement agencies have contributed manpower and resources to the search effort.

The Burbank Police Department has been handling the  missing person investigation.  A 40-member Sheriff’s search and rescue team (half of whom are volunteer Reserve Deputies)  have been combing the hills above Burbank.   The Sheriff’s helicopter has also been used in the search.  In addition, the Los Angeles and Long Beach Police Department have brought in bloodhounds for tracking, and the Glendale Police Department has provided off-road vehicles.

When asked if the manpower and resources involved in the search were increased because the missing person is a law enforcement officer, Capt. Parker responded, “This is not an unusual effort. We would do the same for other missing persons.”

FBI Agent Stephen Ivens

A check of one of the trails above Wildwood Canyon by the Burbank Police Shooting range found a four-man heavily armed team with automatic weapons walking the trails.  The team would not identify the agency they were with.  A command post has been set up across from the Starlight Bowl made up of different agency personnel.

So far the search has not turned up Ivens or any evidence connected to him.   He is 35 years old, White, 6 feet tall, 160 lbs., with brown eyes and receding brown hair.  He wears prescription glasses. What he was wearing when he went missing is unknown.  If you see him, police request that you do not contact him, but call 911 or the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000.

BurbankNBeyond’s John Savageau also contributed to this story