Police Release New Information on Hostage Situation


Last Saturday, November 7, at about 7:35 am, Burbank Police Officers responded to a home in the 1700 block of N. Rose Street, to check on a female who was whispering about an abduction after calling 911.

Arriving officers were met by several people running from the home, warning officers there was a male inside with firearms, who was holding several people against their will and demanding money.

A Burbank Police Department crisis negotiator made telephone contact with the man, who we later identified as 27 year-old Irving Gildardo Delgado, from Tolleson, AZ. The remaining people inside the home were able to escape and were met by officers who had surrounded the home.

At about 9:00 am, the crisis negotiator was able to get Delgado to walk outside unarmed, where he surrendered to officers.

As reported on Saturday, no shots were fired and there were no injuries to the occupants or the suspect.

The investigation has revealed Delgado drove from Arizona to Burbank early Saturday morning and managed to make it into the backyard of the Rose Street home, likely before sunrise. He waited for someone inside to open the back door, forced his way inside, looking for his estranged wife.

Delgado’s wife was able to hide from him and escape early on during the incident.

Delgado was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, extra ammunition and was wearing body armor. A search of his vehicle, which was parked about a block away contained a note taking responsibility for the incident and additional ammunition.

On Monday, November 9, the LA County District Attorney’s Office filed several charges against Delgado. Those charges include first degree residential burglary, attempted first degree residential robbery, three counts of assault with a firearm and three counts of false imprisonment. In addition, he was charged with enhancements including wearing body armor and personal use of a firearm/rifle during the commission of the above crimes. Delgado faces up to life in state prison if convicted.

Delgado’s bail has been set at $400,000. He is due to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court for arraignment later today.

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