Crime Report for August 2013


Note: All suspects are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Updated:  8/28/13

This Cane Was Made For Stabbing, Not Walking

Burbank Police Officers on patrol Tuesday morning found more than a traffic violation when they pulled over a car blocking both lanes of traffic on Magnolia Blvd. around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 27.

According to police, the Chevrolet Impala was stopped on Magnolia Blvd. and Ledge Ave., right at the border between Burbank and North Hollywood,  blocking both lanes of traffic for eastbound Magnolia Blvd.  When the officers contacted the driver, they noticed a black pipe wedged between the seat and center console of the car. There was a handle on the end of the pipe.  They had the driver carefully hand over the pipe.   Upon inspecting it, one officers pulled on the handle, revealing a sword approximately 15 inches long.  Known as a Shobi-Zue, or cane sword, this type of weapon is illegal to possess in California.

The driver of the car, Antonio Jones, 28, of Studio City, was arrested for possessing an illegal weapon, and booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $20,000.  He is due to appear in court on August 29.

If You Are A Drug Dealer, Don’t Speed

A Toyota Prius speeding down residential streets in Magnolia Park at 5:45 a.m. Monday morning caught the attention of a Burbank Police Officer on patrol.

When he stopped the car with it’s four occupants at the corner of Verdugo Ave. and Screenland Dr., the officer found more than a driver in a hurry.  The odor of marijuana was coming from the Prius when the officers approached it.  The officer also noticed drug paraphernalia in the car.

Three of the car’s occupants,  Jonathan Assilbk, 28, of Encino; Hugo Jesus Castillo-Sierra, 26, of North Hollywood; and Daniel Ardon, 27, of Pasadena were arrested for possession of drugs for sale.  Assilbk was also arrested for the sale or transportation of marijuana.  All three men had outstanding arrest warrants.  Bail for Assilbk and Castillo-Sierra was set at $30,000 each, while Ardon’s bail was set at $10,000.  They are scheduled to appear in court on August 28.

Shut The Car Door Before Doing Drugs

A car parked in the 200 block of N. Beachwood Dr with the driver’s door open, caught the attention of an officer on patrol around 11 p.m. Friday night. August 23.   As the officer shined the spotlight from his police car into the open door he observed a man sitting inside. When the officer approached the car to ask the man what he was doing, he noticed a spoon with suspected heroin and a syringe sitting on the seat next to the man.

Tomas Chiang, 20, of Burbank, was placed under arrest for drug possession and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $10,000.

Crack Pipe Found In Shoe

Officers on routine patrol shortly after 10 p.m. Friday night recognized a man standing on a front porch of a residence in the 1200 block of Cordova St., as being on probation for narcotics offenses, so they stop to talk to him.

As they were talking to the man, they noticed a glass pipe commonly used to smoke narcotics, in a shoe just inches from where the man was standing.             The suspect, Edward Tomihara, 47, of Burbank also displayed signs of being under the influence of drugs.

Tomihara was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of drugs, a violation of his probation.  He was transported to the
Burbank Jail.

Nixon Busted For Selling Marijuana — No, Not That Nixon

A man sitting in his car in the parking lot of the Ralphs Market at 25 E. Alameda Ave., shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night, aroused the suspicions of Burbank Police officers on routine patrol in the area.   When they contacted the man, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside his car.   A search of the car turned up a large amount of marijuana and a large sum of cash.

The man, James Charles Nixon, 60, of Glendale, was placed under arrest for the sale and transportation of marijuana.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.

Woman Prisoner Attacks Cops, Bites Jailer

When Burbank Police responded to the area of Cypress Ave. and Bel Aire Dr. Friday, August 16, at 3:30 p.m. for a report of a woman screaming in the street and possibly throwing a rock at a passing car, breaking the rear window, they quickly found their suspect.

The woman, who showed obvious signs of intoxication, was sitting on the curb.  The officers contacted here and placed her under arrest.  She was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Burbank Jail for booking.  Everything was fairly routine until they got to the jail.

While booking the woman, Brittan Scott, 29, of Topanga,  she attempted to kick the officers. A civilian jailer assisted the officers by holding onto the woman’s arm as they attempted to move her to a cell.  The woman reportedly turned her head and bit into the jailer’s arm.  The bite broke the skin, causing bleeding, and leaving a 1 ½ inch circular pattern on the jailer’s arm.  The jailer had to be transported to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment of the bite wound.

Once inside her jail cell, the woman reportedly defecated in the center of the cell, then proceeded to smear her defecation all over the cell.  The cell had to had to be closed off and an outside company called in to decontaminate it due to the biological hazard.

In addition to the original charge of public intoxication that normally carries a bail amount of $250, Scott was charged with battery on a police officer, battery on a jailer, and damaging a jail cell.  Her bail was upped to $70,000.

Elvis Is In The Building — Hiding In The Restroom

A man being searched by Burbank Police Officer after he was stopped for smoking in a “No Smoking” area on San Fernando Blvd. and Palm Ave., Saturday evening, made a break for it and tried to hide from police.   It didn’t work.  You can run, but you can’t hide from the Burbank Police Department.

An officer contacted the suspect, Elvis Kazaryan, 28, of Burbank, at 6:30 p.m., after he observed him illegally smoking.  After he consented to being searched, the officer felt something in the pocket of his cargo pants consistent with drug paraphernalia.  Kazaryan began moving his body so the officer couldn’t retrieve the item.  When the officer attempted to put handcuffs on the suspect, he broke free and ran toward the Burbank Town Center.


Kazaryan ran to the entrance of the mall at Magnolia Blvd., and went inside. Trying to lose the pursuing officers, he ran through the food court and into the restroom.  Several citizens told the officers where the suspect was hiding.  Kazaryan was taken into custody when he came out of the restroom.  Another citizen who was in the restroom indicated which stall the suspect had been in.  Inside the stall officers found a baggy containing suspected heroin and narcotics paraphernalia.

Kazaryan was booked into the Burbank Jail for drug possession, resisting arrest possession of drug paraphernalia, and probation violation.   It is unknown if he received a ticket for the smoking violation.

Drunk Man Attacks Officers

A man believed to be under the influence of alcohol attacked Burbank Police officers after they attempted to take him into custody Friday night in the 100 block of E. Palm Ave.

Police had been called at 10 p.m. to Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 127 E. Palm Ave., regarding a disturbance.  They contacted Shahed Kalaleh, 26, of Glendale, outside the business.  According to police, Kalaleh was belligerent and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.  He was placed under arrest for public intoxication.  While attempting to search the suspect, he refused to cooperate with the officers, and swung his elbows and kicked at them.  He struck one officer in the chest with his elbow, and spat on another officer.

Once the suspect was controlled, officers found suspected Xanax and Hydrocodone.  He did not have a prescription of the drugs.  Kalaleh was arrested for drug possession, assaulting a police officers, felony resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail.

Man Arrested For Molesting Daughter

A Burbank man was behind bars, accused of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14,
after his teenaged daughter told police that he had molested her over a three-year period.

Due to concerns for the privacy of the victim, Burbank Police could not release much information about the case.  However, they did confirm that the unidentified girl, who is now older than 14, but still a minor, had come to the front counter of the police station on Sunday, August 4, to report the crime.  Detectives then began investigating her allegations, and ended up arresting the girl’s biological father.

Daniel Lee Gibson, 52, was arrested early Monday afternoon in Valencia.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail for violating section 288.5(a) of the California Penal Code.  The section covers continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, over a period of three months or more. Gibson’s bail was set at $250,000.

Stolen Loot Is Fools Gold

A suspected thief got the unwanted attention of police, after he tried to test jewelry taken from relatives was really gold.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Burbank Police Officers working crime suppression in the Island’s parking structure located at 133 E. Orange Grove Ave. noticed three men in a 2004 Pontiac hunched over the center console.  When the officers approached the car, they found the men looking at several pieces of gold jewelry.  It was eventually determined that the jewelry had been stolen from a family member.  The suspect had asked the two other men to help him test to see if the jewelry was really gold.

During a search of the men turned up suspected heroin, drug paraphernalis, and several prescription pills.  Angel P. Lesigues, 19, of Glendale was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property as well as a drug related charges, and booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $10,000.  The other two men was not held.

Police Make Bust Outside Library

An officer conducting a routine check of the Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., around 5 p.m. August 2, found a group of men in the patio area next the library when people hang out smoking and drinking.  Recognizing one of the men from previous contacts who was on probation, the officer stopped and got permission to search the man.

As a result, the officer recovered credit cards belonging to other people, and written identification information in the man’s possession.  The suspect, Vartan Samani, 37,of Burbank, was placed under arrest for identity theft, and transported to the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $50,000.

Apparently he wasn’t at the library to read a book.


    Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center