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Wild Pursuit Terminates Right Here in Burbank

A White Stolen Mercedes was seen speeding down several freeways some people watching it unfold on T.V and others here in Burbank witnessed it in front of them.

Alleged Suspect Justin Roush 29 of Sun Valley.

It all started when a Los Angeles County Sheriff  Deputy out of the Santa Clarita Office attempted to stop the car in Saugus for a traffic violation, as the officer was approaching the car the suspect nearly ran the Deputy over while fleeing. 

Burbank K-9 Officer John Embelton retrieved a backpack thrown during the pursuit.

The pursuit that was originally started by LA County Sheriff’s was turned over to California Highway Patrol when it ended up on the freeway, the pursuit headed southbound I-5 and came into the Burbank area staying on the freeway the suspect exited the I-5 at Buena Vista and headed toward Winona proceeding toward Glenoaks the driver attempting to lose the officers not knowing there were five News Helicopters and two Police Airships watching closely. The driver was seen tossing out a black bag in the vicinity of Peyton and Grismer. The bag was retrieved by Burbank Police Officers as the pursuit continued now southbound Glenoaks Blvd at speed in excess of 110 miles per hour the CHP now in total command as Burbank Police Officers were advised to stay out of the pursuit by Commanding officers. 

The pursuit made its way through the streets of Burbank the suspect dumping merchandise along the way as it made it’s way to Monterey Avenue it struck a CHP cruiser at Myers St. that caused the car to hit a City No Parking sign and a city tree the car then lost control as it continued rolling westbound the driver jumped from the moving car and attempted to jump a fence and was then taken down by CHP Officers with guns drawn the car hit a parked car to come to a stop.

CHP Officers carry stolen merchandise dropped by the suspect while fleeing.

The suspect was arrested and turned over to Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies at the scene, the alleged suspect is Justin Roush, 29 years old from Sun Valley. He was charged with 245-C Assult on a Police Officer, Driving a Stolen Vehicle, having drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and Identity Theft his bail set at $250,000.

The Mercedes was reported stolen out of Camarillo California. The mail and packages that were recovered some had addresses located in West Hills. 



UPDATED – Burbank Police Get Their Man After Pursuit

UPDATED 9/12 at 12:10 pm -Burbank Police have identified the driver as 25 year-old Quardarrian Gray,  from Birmingham, Alabama. Gray was booked on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, driving while under the influence, and felony evading. Gray is being held on $50,000 bail and is due in court on Friday.

Burbank police reported one officer suffered minor injuries during the arrest.

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Burbank police responded to a call on Riverside Drive for a suspicious vehicle. As officers approached the car, the driver fled and used his vehicle as a weapon and threatened the officers.

Burbank police initiated a pursuit at 10:51 pm that took them to the I-5 freeway southbound and down through the Los Angeles area. Speeds reached over 90 mph during the pursuit that lasted about 45 minutes.

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Burbank asked for CHP for assistance while on the freeway and they took over the pursuit while Burbank followed behind.  The suspect made it back on the I-5 freeway into Burbank when he slowed on the freeway, coming to a stop just before the Olive off-ramp.

Once the suspect stopped, he exited the car and did not comply with the officer’s command to surrender and started walking around and away from officers and it appeared he was possibly smoking a cigarette.

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Officers used A non-lethal weapon to bring the man down to the ground and officers took him into custody immediately.

The I-5 N/B was completely closed for about 20 minutes until they were to get the vehicle off the freeway.

Burbank Police conducted a search of the vehicle as it sat in The Black Angus parking lot, they located open alcoholic containers.

The suspect was taken into custody on a battery of charges and his car impounded.

Arrest made in the Stabbing at Burbank MetroLink Station

Burbank Police Officers today made an arrest of the suspect who stabbed another two weeks ago at the Burbank Metrolink Station. 

According to Department spokesman Derek Green, Burbank Detectives took  Bavorick Theus a 58-year-old transient into custody in the City of Lawndale. Theus was booked for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and he is currently being held on $30,000 bail.

According to Green, the incident started as a verbal altercation between both of them.  Both victim and suspect are transients. 

The victim in the case has since been released for the hospital.

Three Suspects Arrested for Papa John’s Pizza Burglary

On Tuesday, January 8, Glendale Police officers arrested three male suspects in relation to a burglary at Papa John’s Pizza, located at 904 S. Glenoaks Blvd.

While GPD officers were on patrol near the border of Burbank and Glendale at 3:40 a.m., they witnessed three men carrying a safe who proceeded to load it into a vehicle. Officers also observed that the front window of a nearby Papa John’s Pizza had been shattered.

After police approached the scene, they detained one of the suspects and took him into custody. Meanwhile, the two other suspects fled to a nearby neighborhood. Burbank Police responded to the incident and joined GPD to establish a perimeter to locate the suspects. After several hours conducting an extensive search, both BPD and GPD were unable to find the alleged burglars.

At 7:00 a.m., a concerned citizen reported discarded clothes, possibly belonging to one of the suspects, on the 400 block of E. Cedar Ave. Officers searched the area and located a man who was identified as a suspect.

Around 8:00 a.m., police responded to reports of a man running down the 1100 block of E. Elmwood Ave. Officers located the man and identified him as the third suspect who had previously fled the scene.

All three suspects are now in custody and have been identified as Rupert Lewis, 21 of Long Beach, Amil Campbell, 21 of Long Beach, and Tramell Gaines, 27 of Los Angeles. They have been booked on suspicion of commercial burglary.

On January 10, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of burglary against each suspect.

“The members of our community are our extra sets of eyes. Because we can’t be everywhere all the time, we rely on the citizens in our community to be good witnesses,” said BPD Sgt. Derek Green.

Both Burbank and Glendale Police Departments have expressed their gratefulness for the aid of concerned citizens who reached out. They urge the public to always report suspicious activity as it can ensure the safety of the community.

“More often than not, it’s the citizens themselves who point us in the right direction and help us to locate suspects and solve crime.”

Pedestrian Using Wheelchair Struck While Crossing Alameda In Crosswalk

Burbank Police received several calls Thursday afternoon, January 3, at 5:05 p.m. about a male struck in a marked crosswalk using a wheelchair on Alameda Avenue in front of the Pavilions grocery store.

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Several police units were dispatched along with Burbank Fire Paramedics and upon their arrival they found a male lying in the street, bleeding with a major head injury. His wheelchair was located some distance from the crash down the street. The striking car remained at the scene.

Traffic was detoured in both directions as emergency personnel tended to the injured, made measurements and recorded evidence. Some traffic was redirected down Mariposa Street on the west end and Main Street on the wast.

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The male victim in his 50s was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The driver of the car remained at the scene.

Burbank Traffic Investigators were called to the scene and are investigating the cause.





Burbank Police Arrest Alleged Northern California Homicide Suspect

On Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30 a.m., a Burbank Police K9 Officer was driving on the 210 Freeway when he came across a traffic collision involving several vehicles near Hubbard St. in Sylmar. After the officer stopped to help, he checked the vehicles license plates and discovered one of the cars involved was wanted in connection to a homicide investigation in Northern California.

The alert for the vehicle was issued by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Upon realizing the officer was aware of this information, the adult male driver fled on foot. 

California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department were called to assist and locate the driver. Police chased the suspect and apprehended him near the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and Sayre St. Aerial footage of the chase reportedly showed the suspect being treated for an injury to his leg.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.

Sergeant Derek Green, Public Information Officer for the Burbank Police Department, said in a statement, “We do not have any information regarding the investigation out of Northern California. Any questions regarding the vehicle and the related investigation will need to be directed to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.”

Information regarding the homicide investigation in Northern California linked with the vehicle has also not yet been released.

When Sacramento Police Sgt. Shaun Hampton was asked about the incident he said, “At this point I cannot confirm the incident in Southern California was related to anything here in Sacramento.”

Update: The suspect has been identified as Miguel Romo, 38 of Sacramento.

Romo was arrested for the murder of a female, which occurred earlier the same morning. He is still in custody in a Los Angeles area jail where he is being held without bail, due to his charges. Romo is currently on parole from state prison and is also being held for a parole violation.

Actor From ‘Ray Donovan’ Series Arrested for DUI, Child Endangerment

On Wednesday, October 3 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Burbank Police responded to a report of a car accident on the 200 block of N. Buena Vista St.

When police arrived, they spoke with witnesses who said they saw a Chrysler 300 sedan driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes. They also claimed to have seen a small child on the driver’s lap. One witness believed the child’s hands were on the steering wheel. The sedan crashed into a parked vehicle, and the driver was detained at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The driver was soon identified as Marion Hall, 44 of Sherman Oaks. Hall is more widely known as “Pooch Hall,” an actor on the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” 

Police believed Hall’s behavior indicated he was drunk and that he was not equipped to perform field sobriety tests.

Hall’s 2-year-old son was in the car and was not wearing a seatbelt. 

Neither Hall or his son suffered any injuries from the collision. The actor’s son was released to his wife at the scene.

Hall was arrested and booked for a DUI and child endangerment. He is currently being held in the Burbank City Jail on $100,000 bail and will be in court tomorrow.

Charges against Hall are pending review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Burbank Police Share Special Brew On National Police Officer’s Coffee With A Cop Day

Burbank Police took advantage of National Police Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday and set up camp at The Ugly Mug located on Burbank Boulevard.

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Several members of the public stopped by to ask questions, and to pose for pictures with Burbank PD’s pink patrol cruiser, which is raising awareness of breast cancer during the month of October.

BPD Coffee with a Cop at Ugly Mug

The Ugly Mug’s owners, Steve and Emily Nalbantian, were on hand serving up seasonal coffee in addition to their Kona Blend. Several members of Burbank Police Command Staff including Chief Scott LaChasse, Deputy Chief Michael Albanese, Patrol Captain Denis Cremins, and Captain Armen Dermenjian attended the event. Burbank Police Officers Union President J.J. Puglisi and Police Administrator Josephine Wilson were also there.

Community Resource Officers Angela Burrows and Karel Castro answered crime prevention questions and handed out materials along with  Sgt. Derek Green, who oversees the COPS Bureau.

Coffee with a Cop events are held numerous times throughout the year by the BPD for the public to meet local police officers and inquire about police operations, response times and other information.


Burbank Police Log Five Smashed Window Reports

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On the night of Saturday, September 9, the Burbank Police Department took five police reports in the Downtown Burbank area regarding “window smash” vehicle burglaries.

According to Sgt. Derek Green, the Department’s spokesperson, three of the vehicles were parked in the public parking lot closest to Islands Restaurant (commonly referred to as the “Islands Parking Structure”) and two were parked in the adjacent Collections Structure. Both of these structures are connected to one another.

The burglaries appear to have occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. and midnight. Although three victims reported no loss, the other vehicles did have items stolen, including a purse with contents and some personal documents.

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After experiencing increases in vehicle burglaries in the Downtown area a few years ago, there has been a decline recently, so this recent uptick is definitely concerning, said Green.

“We want to remind the public to always secure and lock their vehicles and never leave valuable items inside the car, especially in plain view,” he added.


Detectives are currently investigating these incidents.

Meet Multitalented Soon Hee Newbold Burbank’s Newest Reserve Officer

Recent graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy, Soon Hee Newbold is one of the Burbank Police Department’s newest reserve officers.

Newbold, who has a full-time career in the film industry, has been credited on IMDB for a wide variety of projects as a writer, director, composer, editor, and actress among several other titles.

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Adopted and raised in Maryland, Newbold moved to California to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

“My favorite form of telling stories is through film which is why my husband and I moved out to Southern California,” said Newbold. “My main focus is acting, producing, and directing but I took other positions when I could since I had the expertise in certain backgrounds. I wanted to learn each facet of the industry and be intimately familiar with the whole process to become an overall better storyteller.”

Newbold performed for many years, starting at a young age as a soloist playing the violin, viola, and piano. Growing up, she was a member of ensembles and major orchestras in Florida, New York, Virginia, and California. Although her focus is currently in writing and directing, she is an established composer and has traveled across the world as a guest clinician, conductor, and composer.

Newbold started academy training to become a reserve officer on September 10, 2017 and graduated this year on February 1. She endured intense physical training, firearms and defensive tactics training, and sat through classroom lectures at Biscailuz Center Academy.

“I’ve always been a big supporter of the heroes that risk their lives to support our freedoms and keep us safe so I wanted to give a bit back to the community and to those that do this on a daily basis,” said Newbold.

Before pursuing the police reserve, Newbold had volunteered for BPD and produced PSA videos over the past few years.

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“By becoming a sworn officer, I am able to contribute even more and utilize other skills I have for the department.”

Burbank Police Department Lt. Cornils is proud of Newbold’s accomplishments and grateful for her wide range of skills.

“As a department, we are proud of her accomplishments in completing the reserve police officer academy, honored that she has chosen to continue volunteering in service to the community, and look forward to working with her in this new capacity,” said Lt. Cornils.