Crime Report for July 2013

By On August 1, 2013

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

Updated: 8/1/13

Sign Holder Trades Corner For Jail Cell

After apparently taking his anger out on the car of an unsuspecting motorist, a sign holder ended up trading his spot on the corner for a cell in the Burbank Jail.

The incident occurred around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, when the sign holder was working on the corner of Hollywood Way and Valhalla Dr. The man reportedly dropped his sign and walked into the street to retrieve it as a motorist attempting to enter the parking lot of Fry’s Electronics.  Rather than stop, the driver drove around the man and his sign, and entered the parking lot from Valhalla Dr.

While in Fry’s, the motorist did notice that the sign holder was also there.  However, there was no confrontation between the two.  As the motorist was returning to his car, he noticed the same man walk by it.  When he got to his car, he noticed a large scratch along the side of the vehicle.  He then called police.

When officers arrived in the parking lot, they contacted the suspect.  Their investigation led them to believe the sign holder was responsible for the scratch to the victim’s car.  The suspect, Samuel Lee Daniels, 21, of Eagle  Rock, was arrested for vandalism and booked into the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $20,000.

Identity Thieves Caught With Hands In Mailbox

Once again, an alert citizen has helped the police catch criminals in the act.  Saturday morning at 4:45 a.m. the citizen called police to report seeing a group of suspects taking mail out of the US Postal Service mail box in the area of Burbank Blvd. and Hollywood Way.

Using the vehicle description provided by the citizen, responding officer spotted the suspects’ Ford SUV a short time later, stopped next to a mail collection box on Burbank Blvd. and Niagara St. Officers contacted the three suspects on Naomi St. just south of Burbank Blvd.   The citizen who witnessed the mail theft came to the scene and was able to positively identify them as the people he observed stealing mail out of the box.   All three were placed under arrest.

A search of their vehicle turned up the stolen mail, suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, identity theft material, and a sticky substance that was reportedly used to retrieve mail out of mailboxes.  The three suspects, Francin Teresa Level, 34; Jesus Garcia Cruz, 32; and Crystal Lynn Smith, 24, are all from Los Angeles.   They were booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000 each.

Passionate Kissing Fails To Fool Police

An alert citizen called police to report a suspicious looking man running in and out of the alley in the 3200 block of W. Riverside Dr. on Friday, July 26, shortly before midnight.  Going on the description of the man given by the citizen, the officers spotted the subject. He was walking with a woman. As the officers approached them, the couple walked into a carport and began kissing.

Interrupting the romantic moment, the officers contact the couple.  One of the officers recognized them from previous contacts.  The pair consented to be searched.  The man had a small flashlight, rubber gloves, and a knife with a window punch on one end.  The woman had a flashlight and pepper spray in her possession.  In her backback, officers recovered several garage and gate openers, an expensive camera lens, and several sim cards.

Both suspects, Lisa Marie Flores, 19, of Burbank and Raymond Cruz Chavez, 39, of Van Nuys, were arrested for conspiracy to commit burglary.  Their bail was set at $50,000 each.


Pedestrian Struck At Glenaoks & Alameda

Traffic was blocked at the intersection of Glenoaks Blvd. and Alameda Ave. for about an hour Wednesday morning after a pedestrian was struck while crossing the street.

According to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department, the accident occurred at 8:34 a.m. when a 70 year-old woman was attempting to cross Glenoaks in the southerly crosswalk.  She had stepped off the center median of the divided street and was about 12 feet into the crosswalk heading west, when she was struck by a 2007 Honda SUV making a left turn from Alameda onto the southbound lanes of Glenoaks.

The unidentified woman received cuts and contusion to her face and was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center after being treated at the scene b Burbank Fire Department Paramedics.

According to police, there was no indication that the driver, Hakob Jambasian, 62, was was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  There was no mechanical failure with his vehicle.

Couple Checks Out of Ramada Inn And Into The ‘Graybar Hotel’

When Burbank Police arrested two people for drug sales at the Ramada Inn, one of them tried to destroy the evidence.

The incident began when officers responded to the hotel at 2900 N. San Fernando Blvd. for a reported fight in the parking lot, around 2 a.m. on July 12. They located one man in the lot and contacted him regarding the fight. There was drug paraphernalia on the ground near the man.  While talking to him, the man’s girlfriend came out to the parking lot, and informed the officers that they had a room at the hotel.

When officers searched the hotel room, they found items consistent with the sales of heroin.   The woman, Siune Mansoorian, 25, of Glendale, admitted that she had destroyed some of drug because , “the police were coming.”

Based on the evidence, Mansoorian was arrested for selling drugs and destroying evidence.  Her boyfriend, Ararat Babakhanian, 44, of Glendale, was also arrested for drug sales, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  They were removed from the Ramada Inn and booked into the Burbank Jail.  Bail was set at $30,000 each.

Man Caught Video Taping Movie At AMC 16

A man attempting to video tape a movie in a downtown theater ended up in jail after he was caught by theater personnel.

The incident occurred at the AMC 16 located at 125 N. Palm Ave., Burbank, on July 10.   The suspected movie pirate, Fred Takashi Yoshida, 62, of Los Angeles was in the theater where the movie “The Heat” was playing.   Another patron in the theater noticed that he was video taping the movie, and notified a theater employee.

Yoshida was placed under arrest under section 653(H)(a) of the Penal Code, video piracy.   In addition to the $13 he paid to get into see the movie, he faced a $2,500 bail amount to get out of jail.

Police Find Out Why Woman Was Screaming In Park

Responding to a complaint of a woman screaming in Izay Park at night, police officers and a clinical psychologist went to the park during daylight hours Thursday, to locate a woman who frequents the park.  The woman admitted to being the one screaming at night.

The 51 year-old woman informed them that there had been a man following her around the park at night, and the only way she could get him to leave her alone was to scream. She said the man had exposed himself to her several times in the past, and that she was afraid of him.

On the previous night, according to the woman, the man had dropped his pants, exposing himself to her and was rubbing his genitals while making sexual comments.  She said it was her screams that people heard.  However, she did not contact police at the time. Her assailant was described as a White man, 50-60 years old, wearing a baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt.

The officers conducted a check of the park area and located the suspect, Dwight Lindbloom, 62, a transient.   The victim placed Lindbloom under citizen’s arrest, and he was taken to the Burbank Jail where he was booked for indecent exposure and giving false identification to a police officers.  His bail was set at $10,000.

Drunken Man Holds Police At Bay On Olive Ave.

A drunken, possibly mentally ill man forced his way into an woman’s apartment late Sunday night and refused to come out for over an hour after police surrounded the building.

The incident began around 11:25 p.m. Sunday, when Burbank Police received a report that a woman had run out of her apartment at 1914 W. Olive Ave., because a man had forced his way inside.  Officers responded code 3, and quickly surrounded the apartment building that is located behind businesses on Olive Ave. Initial reports were that a child might still be in the apartment.  However that report was false.

Police were able to determine that the suspect and the woman knew each other. The woman told police she hadn’t seen the man in a long time. He had come to her apartment earlier in the day, and had been drinking alcohol and acting strangely. He appeared to be distraught over an ex-girlfriend.  The woman had asked him to leave her apartment, but he refused.  Eventually, he went outside and she locked him out.  He returned later and forced his way inside.

When the man refused police orders to come out of the apartment, an hour-long stand-off began.  Officers were able to establish a dialogue with then man, and determined that he appeared to be extremely intoxicated.  Reportedly, he made irrational and incoherent statements during the stand-off.  The man eventually came out of the apartment and was taken into custody without the use of force.

Because of his level of intoxication, mental state, and statements he made regarding having taken prescription drugs, he was evaluated by Burbank Fire Department paramedics, and transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.  He was admitted to the hospital and a 72-hour mental health evaluation.

The case is being turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the unidentified man.
Traffic Stop Turns Up Drugs And Identity Theft Items

A Burbank Police Officer on patrol stopped a Honda Accord  after observing several vehicle code violations Sunday at 9:40 p.m. at Victory Blvd. and Buena Vista St.  The “routine” traffic stop turned up evidence that sent the driver and her passenger to jail for multiple felonies.

According to police, the driver of the car, Mary Loneelk, 31, of West Hills, displayed symptoms of being under the influence of drugs.  She is on probations and her passenger, John Durso, 23, of Chatsworth, is on parole for possession of narcotics.  A search of the car turned up suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and identity theft items. Police found checks, credit card statements, band statements, mail, and other items for seven individuals from various parts of the San Fernando Valley in the trunk of the car and in Loneelk’s purse.

Loneelk and Durso were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of identity theft information. They were booked into the Burbank Jail, with Loneelk’s bail set at $50,000.  Durso is being held on a no bail parole hold.

The Big Party That Wasn’t

What at first appeared to be a “wild” party turned out to be a very well-organized and calm affair that just lacked the proper permits.

Burbank Police Officers on routine patrol noticed a large number of people parking in the area of Victory Blvd. and Chestnut St. shortly after midnight on Sunday morning.  After investigating, they found that it was an album release party for DJ Harvey that was taking place at 1001 Chestnut St.  About 300 people were in attendance.

After contacting the promoter and location manager, police determined the promoter had rented the location, hired security guards, and purchased an insurance policy for the event.  A cover charge was being collected and alcohol was being served.  They just forgot to get the proper permits from the City of Burbank.

According to police, the promoter and location manager, not wanting to violate any City ordinances,  cooperated fully and agreed to shut the party down. The crowd left the area in an orderly manner, and police reported no problems.

Robber Grabs Woman’s Necklace At Mall

A would-be robber grabbed a woman’s necklace as she entered the Burbank Town Center mall.  The victim, a 23 year-old North Hollywood woman and her friend were entering the mall on Magnolia Blvd. at San Fernando Blvd., when the suspect opened the door for them to enter.  As they passed by, the man grabbed the woman’s necklace and unsuccessfully attempted to pull it off her neck.

The suspect, who is described at a man with a full beard, about 35-40 years old, and wearing a green shirt, fled on foot up Magnolia Blvd. The woman contacted mall security, who then called the Burbank Police Department.  The woman was able to recover her broken necklace after the suspect fled.  Police were unable to located the suspect.

Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery, or has information about the suspect, is urged to call the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000 

Methamphetamine Suspects Turn Over Drugs To Police

Burbank Police made two rather unusual arrests for possession of methamphetamine, after the suspects in each case voluntarily handed the drugs over to officers.

In the first incident, officers went to a home in the 1000 block of E. Olive Ave., around 6 p.m. on July 5, after a woman called to report a disturbance.  She told officers that she had taken a lighter away from a man, who was now demanding it back and looking at her oddly.  They contacted the man, and asked him to come out of a bedroom.  When he came out, he handed the officers a baggie filled with suspected methamphetamine.  They also saw, in plain view, more methamphetamine on a counter top next to a credit card.  The man, Frank Donatelli, 37, of Burbank, was placed under arrest.

In the second incident, officers went to an apartment in the 400 block of Pass Ave. at 6:40 p.m. on July 6, regarding suspicious circumstances.  The suspect had called 911 and requested to speak to a priest to confess.  The man told officers that he had been using marijuana and methamphetamine for about a year.  He also said he had a baggie of methamphetamine in his apartment, and wanted the officers to get it.  He then escorted them into his apartment and pointed to a baggie on a table.  The suspect, Jonathan Patrick Killy, 32, of Burbank, was placed under arrest.   

Residential Burglary

1900 block N. Maple St.
July 5, between 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Entry:  Open side window
Loss:   Computer, cash
Suspects:   None seen