Crime Report for October 2013

By On November 4, 2013

BPD Carjacking Suspects-2

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

Updated:  11/4/13

Bad Bicycle Riding Lands Vandal In Jail

Burbank Police Officers working in the area of Verdugo Ave. and Toulca Park Dr. after recent vehicle and bicycle thefts, spotted a a bicyclist riding in violation of the Vehicle Code October 31, at 1 p.m.

When the officers topped the subject, Jhavon Perry, 21, of North Hollywood, he told them he had a “moderate” criminal record, which included arrests for vandalism.  When he agreed to let the officers search him, they found tool commonly used in vandalism.  Perry was arrested for possession of a vandalism tool, and booked into the Burbank Jail.
Brass Knuckles Are Illegal

A man walking away from the Transportation Center construction site at Bob Hope Airport with three pieces of pipe, caught the attention of an Airport Police Officer on patrol.    Suspecting that the man might be stealing material from the construction site, the officer stopped him for questioning.  A records check of the subject revealed that he had a “no bail” warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

A search of the suspect, Aleksey Iyevev, 29, of Burbank,  turned up a set of “brass knuckles.”   He was placed under arrest for the brass knuckles and the outstanding warrant, and booked into the Burbank Jail.

Alert Teller Alerts Police To Suspected Forger

When a Burbank man attempted to cash a check for $1,526 at the Chase Bank branch in Magnolia Park on Monday afternoon,  a “fraud alert” popped up on the computer screen.  The teller immediately called police.

While waiting for the police to arrive, the suspect was observed nervously pacing in the lobby of the bank, which is located at 3521 W. Magnolia Blvd. When the man saw police arriving at the bank, he fled the bank and ran eastbound on Magnolia Blvd.  He was eventually caught by officers near the corner of Magnollia Blvd. and Avon St.

The suspect, Alex Acosta, 38, of Burbank, was arrested for forgery, burglary, and possession of narcotics.   During a search of the suspect, officers found a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.    He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.   He has his first appearance in court on October 30, and remains in the custoday of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Shoplifter Caught On Tape

Burbank Police responded to the area of the Burbank Towne Center Mall Sunday afternoon after a report of suspicious subject in the area.  As officers arrived in the vicinity, they received word that two suspects had just driven away in a jeep.  As one officer approached the mall, he spotted the jeep and pulled it over in the 400 block of N. First St.

While investigating what the two men were doing in the area, an officer found an engine scanner still in it’s packaging.  When asked why they had the item, one of the men claimed it belonged to his uncle.  Through their investigation, the officers were able to determine that the scanner had been stolen.   A check of video surveillance tapes at the nearby Sears store showed one of the men taking the item without paying

The suspect, Arsen Galstyan, 30, of North Hollywood was arrested for receiving stolen property.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.  The other man with him, the driver of the jeep, was cited for a traffic violation and sent on his way.  It is unknown if he bailed his buddy out of jail or not.

Jay Walking Lands Man In Jail, Not On TV

When a man was observed jay walking — the crossing of a street with traffic signals at each end of the block, and not the kind with Jay Leno — he was stopped by officers on Olive Ave. at San Fernando Blvd. on Saturday afternoon.

A records check on the man revealed that he had an outstanding arrest warrant for violating his parole, as well as two warrants for failure to appear in court.   During a search, officers found narcotics paraphernalia on the man.  Deaundrey Caraway, 48, of Los Anglees was arrested and booked into the Burbank Jail.  Unknown if he received a citation for the jay walking.

Drug Arrests On University Ave.

Burbank Police Officers on routine patrol at 1:10 a.m. Saturday noticed two men near a parked car, with no one else around.  As the police car approached the men, they quickly closed the trunk of a black Chrysler and walked away.

Suspecting that the men were up to no good, the officers drove around the corner and then came back to the 600 and 700 blocks of University Ave.  When hey spotted the men again they decided to contact them and see what they were doing in the area at that time of night.   The two men told officers that they were there to sell power tools to an unknown person.

One of the men, Aharon Sargsyan, 22, of Glendale, advised the officers that he was on probation.   The other man, Arbi Derarakelian, 27, of Glendale was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant for driving under the influence.  A search of the immediate area turned up a small scale, several pills, a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, and additional narcotics.  It is unknown if officers found any power tools in the car’s trunk.

Sargysyn and Derarakelian were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, drug possession, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.  After officers found identification and credit cards that did not belong to him, Derarakelian was also arrested for identity theft.    His bail was set at $50,000.  Sargysyn’s bail was set at $20,000.

Motorcyclist Injured By Suspencted Drunk Driver

A driver who police suspect may have been under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, stuck and seriously injured a man on a motorcycle Wednesday, October 23, at the intersection of Burbank Blvd. and Maple St.

Burbank Police responded to the accident at 7 p.m. and found the unidentified motorcyclist down in the street.  He sustained a concussion and multiple broken bones in his arms and legs.  He was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

The driver of the car that struck the motorcycle, Douglas M. Lamb, 66, of Burbank, was arrested for felony driving under the influence causing injury.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail with bail set at $100,000.  He was released on bail the following morning.

Man Taking A Smoking Break Accousted By Armed Robber

Apparently smoking is not only bad for your health, it can also affect your valuables.

Tuesday, October 22,  at 10:44 p.m., a man working in the area walked outside to smoke a cigarette, in the area of Edison Blvd. & Maple St.   As he is smoking his cigarette, another man walks up to him and reveals a small handgun tucked in his waistband.  The suspect demands the victim’s valuables. The robber took the victim’s wallet, cash, and cell phone.

Without a cell phone, the victim flagged  down a passerby who then calls the police.  Patrol units and the helicopter airship were unable to locate the suspect who is described as a male Hispanic, 25-30 years, wearing dark pants and a fleeing eastbound on Edison Blvd.  The suspect was last seen eastbound on Edison Blvd. towards Kenwood St.

Drunk Driving + Brass Knuckles = Trip To Jail

An illegal U-turn by the driver of a 2010 Land Rover attracted the attention of Burbank Police Officers, who pulled the vehicle over at Lake St. and Verdugo Ave.  Sunday at 4 a.m.

When they contacted the driver, Arshak Arzumanyan, 31, of Sherman Oaks, they noticed that he was exhibiting symptoms of intoxication, and placed him under arrest for driving under the influence.  During a search, they found a set of metal knuckles in his pocket.  In additon to the DUI, Arzumanyan was also arrested for possession of brass knuckles.  He also had an outstanding arrest warrant for driving with a suspended license.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $30,000.

Patron Pulls Knife On Security Guards

A customer who was asked to leave the Burbank Bar and Grille because of his disruptive behavior, ended up in the Burbank Jail after threatening security guards with a knife.

According to police, Anthony Viola, 22, of Burbank, refused to leave the establishment located at 112 N. San Fernando Blvd., around 11:30 p.m. .  When two security guards physically removed him, Viola threatened the guards.  One outside the building, he took out a knife from his pants pocket and threatened them with it.  Police were called, and Viola was located nearby.   He attempted to run fro officers, but was taken into custody a short distance away.  He was placed under arrest and transported to the Burbank Jail.  His bail was set at $30,000.

He Won’t Be Putting The Bail On The Debit Card

Officers from the Burbank Police Department’s Gang Enforcement Team were working in the area of Angeleno Ave. and Virginia Ave. Friday evening, Oct. 18, when they noticed a man pushing a stroller.  When the man saw the officers, he abandoned the stroller and quickly walked into an apartment.  (Apparently there wasn’t a baby in the stroller).

The man, Randy Ramirez, 32, of Burbank, was contacted a short time later by the officers.  They noticed a debit card in his wallet that belonged to someone else.  They contacted the person whose name was on the card, and verifed that the man did not have permission to use the card. Ramirez was placed under arrest for theft of a credit/debit card.  His bail was set at $20,000.

Man With Drugs Stopped At The Border

Not sure if he was trying to get into Burbank, or was trying to get out, but a man with drugs in his possession got stopped by police Friday at 8:15 p.m. on Victory Blvd. at Clybourn Ave., right on the border between Burbank and North Hollywood.

Burbank Police stopped Robert Knerr, 54, of Los Angeles for a vehicle code violation.  Durting the stop, he gave the officers consent to search his vehicle.  They found a glass smoking pipe and a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.  Knerr was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and narcotics paraphernalia. He was booked into the Burbank Jail with bail set at $10,000.

Mom Driving Drunk With Child In Car

An alert citizen, who called police after noticing that a woman appeared to be too intoxicated to drive, possibly saved the woman and her young daughter from injury or death.

Burbank Police Officers responded to the gas station at Olive Ave. and Buena Vista St., at 5 p.m. Thursday, and contacted the woman, who was seated in the driver’s seat.  Sitting next to her in the front seat was the woman’s 9 year-old daughter.  The officers noticed that the woman was exhibiting objective symptoms of alcohol or drug intoxication, and conducted a DUI investigation.  They determined that the woman was unable to safely operate her car.

The woman, Marianna Cregar, 47, of Reseda, was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drug possession, and child endangerment.   She was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $100,000.   Her daughter was turned over to the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Trash Picking Suspect Doesn’t Fool Police

A Burbank man apparently thought he could hide the fact he was carrying bags of stolen property, by acting like he was picking recyclables from a recycle bin when he spotted a police officer.  Apparently he didn’t know that stealing recyclables from the bins is illegal in Burbank (Burbank Municipal Code section 4-2-108).

The officer spotted the man place two bags and and a shoe box near the trash bins in the alley of the 1500 block of Hollywood Way, at 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning, October 13.  He contacted the subject, who was searching through a recycle bin, to advise him about the recyclables theft violation.  The man, Adrian Madrigal, 39, of Burbank, revealed to the officer that he was on probation.  When the officer asked him about the two bags and the shoe box, Madrigal denied that the bags were his.  He claimed that he had found the shoe box containing new shoes, down the alley.

A search of the two bags revealed a birth certificate belonging to a 23 year-old Pacoima woman, her bank statements, cell phone chargers wrist watches, transcripts, applications, a purse, and other items.  The officer called a listed phone number and made contact with the woman.  It was determined that her car had been burglarized while parked overnight a short distance away .  She identified her items, including the new shoes, as having been taken from her car.

Madrigal was arrested for possession of stolen property and booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.  Police are continuing to investigate the crime to determine if Madrigal is responsible for the burglary of the car.

Did You See Purse Snatch Near City Hall?

If you happened to witness a purse snatching near Olive Ave. and Third St. last Friday evening, the Burbank Police Department would like to talk to you.

An elderly woman was walking home between 7 and 7:30 p.m. when a robber walked up behind her and forcibly pulled her purse off and shoulder.  The suspec ran off with the purse in an unknown direction.  The 77 year-old victim complained of pain but was not seriously injured.   She continued home and did not report the crime to police until the next day, October 12.

The suspect is described only as a male Black, between 5’2” and 5’4”, weighing about 150 lbs.  There is no further description.   If you have any information about this robbery, please call the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3000.

Forgery Suspect Caught At Post Office

As if the post office didn’t have enough financial problems already, a man attempted to cash forged money order at the Burbank’s Main Post Office at 2140 Hollywood Way, Friday afternoon, October 11.

According to police, the suspect, XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX, 18, of Mar Vista tried to use the “washed” or altered money order at the post office.  Police were called and XXXXXX was taken into custody at 12:30 p.m., arrested for forgery.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.

Police Arrest Drunk Bicycle Rider

A  man riding a bicycle over the Olive Ave. Overpass caught the attention of a Burbank Police Officer, October 6, at 9:35 p.m.  According to police, the man was swerving back and forth in the traffic lane, and his bicycle had neither a rear reflector nor a front light.

When the rider was pulled over, the officer detected signs that he had consumed alcohol.  The man refused to take any Field Sobriety Tests when asked to do so, and also refused to talk with officers. The man, Jamie Paul Perez, 48, of Burbank, was placed under arrest for riding a bicycle under the influence.  He went to jail, and his bicycle was impounded and booked into evidence.

Apparently, once he got to the top of the Olive Overpass, it was all down hill for Perez.

Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Pay To Be Nice

A man found out the hard way that sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be nice people, after he was attacked by a man he tried to help.

The incident occurred Saturday around 1:30 p.m. at the BevMo store located at 1775 Victory Pl., in the Empire Center.   The victim, an unidentified man, observed the suspect asking BevMo employees for cigarettes near the store.  Assuming the man might be homeless or just down on his luck, the victim offered him money.  Instead of accepting the gift of the money, the suspect shoved the victim, then removed his glasses and broke them, before fleeing the area.

Later that same day, Burbank Police were called to the Target Store at 1800 Empire Ave. to pick up a shoplifter.  When they arrived at the store they realized that the shoplifter at Target was the suspect from the incident at BevMo.

Michael Nazo, 33, of Burbank, was arrested for burglary at Target, and also for battery from the incident at BevMo.  He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $20,000.

Landlord Tenant Dispute Gets Physical

A dispute between a landlord and tenant got out of hand Saturday morning.  Police responded to a home at 434 N. Lamer St. at 11:40 a.m.. Both parties involved signed “citizen arrest” form against each other.  The officers conducted an investigation, and found evidence that one of the two people did commit a battery against the other.  Based on the evidence, Susan Charalambous, 62, of Burbank, was arrested for battery and booked into the Burbank Jail.  Her bail was set at $1,000.

Cops Catch Trespasser With Drugs

Responding to a report of a trespasser near Temple Beth Emet, located at 600 N. Buena Vista St., at 9 a.m. on October 4, officers contacted a man in the area.  During their investigation they searched the man and found suspected methamphetamine and heroin.  The man, Robert  Oliver Jones, 26,  of Burbank, was arrested for possession of drugs.

There Is No Escaping the Long Arm Of The Law

It may have taken a couple of weeks, but police finally got there man, or boy in this case.   On September 17, gang style graffiti was discovered on the campus of John Burroughs High School, 1920 W. Clark Ave.   On October 3, officers arrested a 15 year-old student at the school for the crime.  Because he is a juvenile, his name was not released.

Missing Teen Found, Man Arrested

When a Burbank Police Officer on routine patrol October 3, at 11 a.m., ran a check on a car at Burbank Blvd. and Buena Vista St., the license plate came back to a car linked to a missing person investigation.

The occupants of the car, a 37 year-old man and a 17 year-old girl, were contacted by the officer.  During the investigation, it was found that the girl had been missing since August.  It was also determined that the man had sexual relations with the girl.

Police arrested the man, Geoffrey Fernando, 37, of Phillips Ranch, for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and false imprisonment.   He was booked into the Burbank Jail, with bail set at $50,000.