On Friday morning around 11:37. Burbank Police received a call of an armed robbery that had just taken place with a person down on the sidewalk on the 300 block of East Olive near Third St.
Arriving officers found a 19 year old female detaining a man at the scene. The woman reported that she was walking when the man, who is identified as 24 year-old Manuel Martinez of Los Angeles, approached her and tried to take her purse.
The woman told officers she held onto her purse and punched the man two times, knocking him to the ground.
The victim was not injured. Martinez suffered a bruise to his chin.
Officers arrested Martinez for attempt robbery. He is being booked into the Burbank City Jail, where is bail is set at $50,000. He is due to appear in the Burbank Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
Burbank Police had this reminder:
The Burbank Police Department reminds you to always be aware of your surroundings, avoiding areas where you might be alone. Carry your purse or handbags close to your body and under your exterior clothing (i.e. jacket), if possible. Purse flaps should be secured/clasped shut and turned towards your body. While in this case, the victim was able to maintain control of her property and detain the suspect, the Burbank Police Department urges folks to hold their personal safety as the paramount concern and not struggle with assailants, as property can always be replaced.