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Phone Found Recording Customers in Patys Restaurant Restroom

On September 25, a suspiciously located cellphone was discovered by a server inside the restroom of Patys Restaurant, a 60-year-old landmark diner on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake. It was soon realized that the phone hidden underneath a sink had been recording videos of customers and employees using the unisex restroom.

Since news of the discovery spread among servers last week, multiple employees have quit their jobs. As the police investigation continues, other servers are also considering finding new sources of income.

It is unknown how long the cellphone had been placed there prior to being found.

Ashlie Burgess, who had been a server at Patys for five years until last week, raised concerns on whether the phone captured videos of minors. She did not feel comfortable returning after the incident.

At this point in the investigation, the LAPD is not releasing any additional information.  If any Burbank residents have any concerns or information they should contact the LAPD

Man’s Family Given $2.5 Million by L.A. City Council After LAPD Shooting in Burbank

UPDATED STORY: The Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay the family of Sergio Navas $2.5 million to settle his death in a March of 2015 shooting by LAPD officers after a pursuit that ended in Burbank at Pass and National.

Here is the myBurbank original story:

Burbank Police Department was requested to assist Los Angeles Police Officers with an Officer Involved Shooting at the termination of a pursuit at the intersection that reached speeds up to 100 mph at Pass Avenue and National Street early around 1:50 Thursday morning. The shooting and body left laying at the dead-end on National.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A half  dozen officers from Burbank Police responded . Burbank Patrol descended into the neighborhood as requested, they first started to check the scene when they determined that there was a male suspect who was in custody with a gunshot wound to the chest. No officers were injured and no other suspects were outstanding.

It has been reported that the pursuit started in North Hollywood in the area of Magnolia and Riverton and lasted about six minutes before terminating in the 4100 block of National at the dead-end. A LAPD patrol car collided with the suspects car.  The suspects car had been reported stolen in mid February.

Burbank Fire Paramedics were requested to the intersection of Evergreen & National in the area of where the shooting took place.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police set up a perimeter of Pass Avenue and Riverside Drive to Olive and Pass Avenue to Rose Street back to Riverside Drive and all street surrounding the location.

Burbank Fire Department Engine 12 who arrived on scene at 1:53 AM and pronounced the victim dead.

Los Angeles Police started releaving Burbank Patrol Officers on the perimeter and had several additional Patrol, Detectives, and specialized equipment roll into the scene which will remain closed for most of the morning.

Burbank Is Relieved as Gasparyan Story Unfolds

Artyom Gasparyan, 32, was taken into custody at around 4 p.m. on Monday, January 4th, after a reign of terror that stretched from Panorama City to Long Beach, including 2 shootings in Burbank.

According to the LA Times, Gasparyan is suspected of having kicked off his crime spree on Dec 6th with a series of crimes in NE Los Angeles. Then on the 9th he came to Burbank, and according to Sgt. Claudio Locasso, Public Information Officer with the Burbank Police Department, with no apparent motive Gasparyan shot a 67 year old man and a gardener in the 1700 block of North Catalina Street in Burbank.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

According to Sgt. Losacco Burbank PD detectives worked diligently on leads, which included reviewing video footage from the area, ultimately identifying the vehicle and vehicle’s association with the suspect Gasparyan. However at this time Burbank PD did not have enough evidence to arrest Gasparyan.

On the 13th Gasparyan’s vehicle, a VW Jetta, was located in Long Beach.

On the 29th the story picks up with a shooting in West Hollywood when a delivery driver was robbed and shot, and area law enforcement Agencies identified Gasparyan as a suspect.

The story only got worse. On the 30th Gasparyan was named in an armed gas station robbery, suspected road rage shooting, and other connected shootings in Panorama City, leaving one dead and two seriously injured.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

On New Year’s morning Gasparyan and Daniel Ramirez, later identified as an accomplice, kicked off the new year with a crime in the Harbor area where the suspect, believed to be Gasparyan, was seen driving a VW Passat. An off-duty LAPD officer later noticed the Passat, and LAPD began pursuit. The pursuit ultimately ended with a car-jacking in Carson, a hostage situation in Long Beach with Ramirez, more shootings, a stabbing, and attempted suicide by Ramirez. Gasparyan got away.

By this time news sources around the region had posted pictures of Gasparyan, with the Burbank Police noting “Gasparyan should be considered armed and dangerous.” Given his activity in the Burbank area, residents were on edge, keeping their eyes open for anybody who looked like Gasparyan, and hoping the hundreds of LAPD, LA Sheriff Department, Burbank PD, Long Beach PD, and other area police department detectives and officers would quickly bring this dangerous suspect into custody.

Finally, on Monday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. officers observed Gasparyan near an auto parts store in Sunland. The chase was on, and Gasparyan – driving the wrong way on the 5 Freeway near the Glenoaks Exit, was finally cornered. LAPD officers shot him while he was trying to run. Gasparyan was armed, wearing body armor, and was not planning to give up without a fight. Several innocent drivers were hurt on the freeway as Gasparyan smashed into the vehicles – thankfully none with critical or life-threatening injuries.

Although traffic was tied up for hours following Gasparyan’s capture, neither myBurbank or any other news agency reported any significantly upset drivers or citizens when it was broadcast Gasparyan’s capture was the cause of traffic snarls and extended disruption. Most were simply relieved, and as LAPD Chief Charlie Beck noted at the capture scene, Gasparyan was a “very, very dangerous individual.”

Gasparyan’s motives are still unclear. It was reported he may have been a Meth addict, but according to Sgt. Losacco, “as of now we just don’t know his motives.”

The average Burbank resident is not necessarily concerned with Gasparyan’s motives, rather residents and visitors are thankful the region’s law enforcement system was able to track him down, with a high level of inter-agency cooperation and communication.

How this story is finally closed and put in the archives is anybody’s guess. There are still many things we do not know, and it is important to continue analyzing and trying to understand the motives, conditions, background, or other catalysts that drove Gasparyan and Ramirez to commit such violent crimes against their neighbors and community. And hope we can learn the triggers, recognize, and avoid them in the future.

LAPD And BPD Operation Nets 21 Felony Arrests

Burbank police worked in a cooperative effort with colleagues in the Los Angeles Police Department to focus an operation to combat property crimes in an area of southwestern Burbank and the adjoining city of North Hollywood, directly west of Burbank’s border.

BPD police Car Logo-2During the evening hours of July 17, Operation Blue Knights II went into motion, with 20 BPD personnel working targets in the southwestern area of Burbank. At the same time, 30 members of the LAPD were focused on areas on their side of the cities’ border, said Burbank Police.

Members of the San Gabriel Valley AB 109 Task Force (Tri-cities Team) also conducted “roll back” checks at additional locations where evidence or stolen property might be located.

“A recent analysis of crime trends in Burbank revealed that property crimes have dominated the crime spectrum for the first half of 2014,” said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. “Of particular note has been the targeting of unattended motor vehicles for items of value that had been left inside the passenger compartments.”

“Crime analysts on Burbank’s border in Los Angeles noticed a similar trend,” he continued. “In an effort to aggressively address this issue, personnel of the Burbank Police Department joined with their Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) colleagues in planning Operation Blue Knights II, the second operation of its kind in the past three months.”

Operation Blue Knights I, conducted in May 2014, resulted in the arrest of 13 felony suspects and the recovery of two firearms.

“The main concept of the operation was to provide heavy deployment of police personnel on each side of the border in their respective cities,” explained Ryburn. “In this way, criminal activity would be suppressed, yet with officers deployed on each side of the border, the criminal element would not be able to merely slip away to the adjoining city.”

Representatives from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Los Angeles County Probation Department assisted the BPD and LAPD.

Operation Blue Knights II netted 21 felony arrests on charges that included narcotics violations, identity theft, violation of restraining orders and included individuals who had been released from custody under the Post-Release Community Supervision program. Four people also were cited for misdemeanors.

Although the multi-agency operation was a “success,” according to police, the BPD reminds Burbank citizens they can help reduce property theft opportunities by locking and securing cars and houses and keeping property out of sight.

Burbank / LAPD Team Up For Halloween Safety Tips

Each year, children take to the streets to scare the bedazzle out of people in exchange for some great candy treats.  LAPD’s Traffic Division and Burbank Police teamed up to remind parents as well as kids to be careful during Halloween.

Burbank Motor Sergent Kerry Schlif speaks at Press Confrence held by LAPD on Halloween Safety. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Motor Sergent Kerry Schlif speaks at Press Confrence held by LAPD on Halloween Safety. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Twice as many children are hit by cars on Halloween then any other day of the year,” stated Captain Charles Hearn of the LAPD. “There are 41 million expected kids on the street throughout the country tonight.

Last year we had 16 traffic accidents in the Valley with children involved,” stated the Captain.

Some of the reminders for parents include:

  • Always escort your children with a flashlight
  • Be familiar with the area
  • Set a specific time when young children are out
  • Always know who is trick or treating with your children
  • Never let your kids enter a strangers home
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in streets
  • Inspect all candy before children eat it

and for the kids….

  • do not trick or treat by yourself
  • stay out of alleys
  • obey all the traffic lights and always look in both directions when crossing the street
  • do not run
  • wait until you get home before eating treats

It is also important for motorists to be aware of children, especially when entering or exiting driveways and try to stay off the cell phone while driving.

Burbank Motors Sgt. Kerry Schlif and Officer Randy Lloyd at Halloween Safety Press conference. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Motors Sgt. Kerry Schlif and Officer Randy Lloyd at Halloween Safety Press conference. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Detective William Bustos of the Valley Traffic Division wants to also make parents aware of the fake packaging that contain marijuana and not candy.  There are many illegal products out on the street that look exactly like well known candy products, but with just a little difference in the names.

“It is really important for parents to inspect all of the candy their children receive,” said Bustos. “It just takes a second to spread out the candy and inspect it.”

Burbank Motor Officers Randy Lloyd and Sgt. Kerry Schlif were also on hand to enforce the safety message.

Schlif reminded parents to make sure they kept on eye on their kids and were safe when walking neighborhoods.

Also mentioned were being careful of candy, especially dark chocolate and dogs.  If a dog consumes chocolate, especially dark chocolate, it could kill the animal.

Burbank Motor Officers Randy Lloyd and Sgt. Kerry Schlif. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Motor Officers Randy Lloyd and Sgt. Kerry Schlif. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Late Night Accident Sends Vehicle Into Councilman’s Restaurant

Burbank Police Officers responded at the request of LAPD to 7730 Hollywood Way to assist in locating the occupants of a vehicle that fled after being involved in a traffic accident around 12:30 am Tuesday.  The accident occurred after the possibly stolen vehicle came off the I-5 S/B ramp and struck a pickup truck.  The BMW 328-I then struck the side of Gary Bric’s The Ramp.

Burbank City Councilman Gary Bric, who owns the restaurant, was on the scene and working with emergency crews to survey the damage.  It was unknown when he would be able to reopen again.

Firemen examine a gas and water line that were sheared off when a vehicle hit them after a collision on Hollywood Way (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Firemen examine a gas and water line that were sheared off when a vehicle hit them after a collision on Hollywood Way (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The impact of the vehicle into the structure also ruptured a gas and water line with Los Angeles City Fire responding to the scene and evacuating the area until the Gas Company could arrive on scene to shut down the line.

The structure received major damage but there were no customers in that part of the building at the time although four customers and a bartender were in the building at the time. There were no injuries reported from inside the restaurant.

Police searched for the driver of the BMW after the vehicle hit the side of The Ramp (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police searched for the driver of the BMW after the vehicle hit the side of The Ramp (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilman Gary Bric surveys the damage to his restaurant following a crash of a stolen BMW. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilman Gary Bric surveys the damage to his restaurant following a crash of a stolen BMW. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The damage inside The Ramp after a stolen car crashed through the wall late Monday evening.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The damage inside The Ramp after a stolen car crashed through the wall late Monday evening.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Attempted Robbery of Burbank Business Owner as LAPD Watches

What might have looked like a movie scene on Lake Street near Orange Grove Wednesday afternoon was actually an attempted robbery and carjacking.

Burbank Police investigate the scene of a Robbery/Carjacking Wednesday Afternoon at Orange Grove & Lake St.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police investigate the scene of a Robbery/Carjacking Wednesday afternoon at Orange Grove and Lake St.( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The victim, who is a Burbank business person, was driving a deposit to a local bank and was forced to stop after two suspects attempted to rob her, forcing her car up over a curb. After the unsuccessful robbery attempt, they then carjacked another car and attempted to make their getaway.

While Burbank Police were responding, their dispatcher was notified that one of the cars involved was being followed by a surveillance unit of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Unit. LAPD then directed Burbank marked patrol cars to Chestnut, west of Keystone, where a felony stop was initiated and one suspect taken into custody.

Burbank Police detain 3 suspects following a Robbery/Carjack attempt. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police detain three suspects following a Robbery/Carjack attempt. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Shortly later, three more suspects were detained on Burbank Blvd. at Lincoln Street and later arrested after a witness allegedly identified them as being a part of the crime.

All of the suspects were transported back into Los Angeles jurisdiction by Burbank patrol units were they will be held.

According to LAPD Media Relations, the case is ongoing and will be investigated by their Commercial Crimes Unit and Burbank Detectives.

The name of the Burbank business was not released by police officials.

BPD Carjacking Suspects-1

BPD Carjacking Suspects-2

LAPD Pursuit Travels Through Burbank Rush Hour Traffic

A wild rush hour police chase went through the streets of Burbank on Monday afternoon around 4:40 p.m. before ending after a crash on Buena Visa Street.

Los Angeles Police prepare to take a pursuit suspect into custody on Buena Vista south of Clark St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

LAPD officers received a report of a van driving erratically  in the vicinity of he Whiteman Airport in Pacoima.   Reportedly, the driver’s employer, American Solar Direct, suspecting that the man was possibly driving a company van under the influence, called police.  The slow speed pursuit started and proceeded through Sun Valley.   During the pursuit,  before coming into Burbank, police deployed a spike strip that flattened the right front tire of the van.  The driver did not stop, and the tire eventually separated from the rim on Glenoaks Blvd. near Keystone St.  He continued driving on the rim for a some miles on Burbank streets.

The chase led LAPD officers through the streets of Burbank as they headed southbound on Glenoaks.  Near the intersection of Glenoaks and Olive the van sideswiped one vehicle, causing some minor damage. The van continued down Glenoaks before going westbound on Alameda.  The chase then proceeded down Alameda as it passed in front of the Disney Studios before turning northbound on Buena Vista.

LAPD chases a suspected DUI suspect southbound Glenoaks at Magnolia Monday evening (Photo By John Savageau)

Once on Buena Vista, the van continued past Olive Avenue and Verdugo Avenue.  About mid-way between Verdugo and Clark Ave., the van rear-ended a vehicle that was trying to pull over after the driver saw the red lights of the police cars in his rear view mirror.  The force of the collision spun the man’s car around 180 degrees and up onto the front lawn of a home.  About 100 yards farther north,  the van apparently could go no further.  After a minute or two delay, the driver exited the vehicle under police orders.  He lay face down in the middle of the street as about a dozen LAPD officers trained their weapons on him.  Once officers determined that no one else was in the van, the driver was taken into custody without further incident.   He was identified as Albert Stokes.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck,  Nestoro Layumas of Sherman Oaks, was shaken up a bit after receiving a slight bump to his head, but did not require medical attention.  Stokes appeared to be uninjured when he taken into custody. He is facing possible felony evading charges.

A  crowd gathered at the end of the pursuit, as it had been televised live on the newscasts by helicopters from channels 7 and 9.  A half-dozen news helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft were in the sky high above the area, while the LAPD helicopter circled low over the scene.

Buena Vista was shut down in both directions while the suspect was taken into custody.  Southbound lanes reopened about 20 minutes later at 5:15 p.m., and northbound lanes were opened after the investigation at the scene was concluded shortly before 7 p.m.

Nestoro Layumas of Sherman Oaks waits to talk to police after being rear-ended on Buena Vista just north of Verdugo. (Photo By Stan Lynch)

Los Angeles Police Officers take pursuit suspect into custody. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angles Police Officers take a look at the damage that was caused following a hit and run accident on Buena Vista south of Clark St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angeles Police standby with a victim of a hit & run following a pursuit that left this car damaged and sitting on a front lawn on Buena Vista, north of Verdugo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The bumper sticker asks “How’s My Driving”….No Comment (Photo by Ross A. Benson)



Laser Pointed At Jet Plane And Police Helicopter

An 18 year-old man from North Hollywood was arrested Thursday night, after a private jet making a landing at Bob Hope Airport, and a police helicopter looking for the suspect, were hit with a laser.

The incident began when a Cessna Citation twin-engine private jet was landing on the East/West runway at Bob Hope Airport.  The pilots were hit with a laser as they were on close final approach, about a half-mile from the runway.  When the plane arrived at Million Air, 2800 N. Clybourn Ave., they flagged down an Airport Police officer and reported the incident.

The Airport police contacted the Burbank Police Department.   The Burbank Police helicopter was not in service, but the Pasadena Police Department’s PD-One helicopter was on patrol and responded, as did an airship from the Los Angeles Police Department.    While in the area west of the airport in North Hollywood, the Pasadena helicopter was also hit by a laser being pointed at them from the ground.  Using their high-tech radar system, the officers on board the helicopter were able to lock onto the location and pinpoint a house where the laser was coming from.    The pilot and observer apparently escaped injury.  Lasers pointed at aircraft can temporarily blind a pilot, and can cause serious eye injury.

Ground units from the Airport, Burbank, and Los Angeles Police Departments converged on the 6400 block of Bakman Ave.  The suspect’s location is just north of Victory Blvd., and one block east of Tujunga Ave. in North Hollywood.  The area is just south of the landing pattern for the airport.   Airport Police officers contacted the residents of the home that the helicopter had pinpointed.   The 18 year-old son of the home’s owners admitted to officers that he was the one pointing the laser.   Officers confiscated a laser and booked it into evidence.

The unidentified teen was placed under arrest, and taken to the LAPD’s North Hollywood Station for booking.  Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a felony, and as of January 1, of this year, it is also a federal crime.

On March 20 a drill was held at Bob Hope Airport with the cause of the faked crash being a laser which blinded the pilots during the landing (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

This incident bears a chillingly eerie similarity to the scenario used in the Emergency Exercise that was held at Bob Hope Airport on March 20.  In the drill, a passenger jet is on close final approach to the runway, when someone on the ground shines a laser at the plane, blinding the pilots.  The plane makes a hard landing, partially collapsing the nose gear, and causing the plane to veer off the runway and crashing into a construction site before exploding and bursting into flames.  In the drill, 15 people are killed and 50 injured.   In the real thing Thursday night, Airport Police report that no one was injured


Note: Ross A. Benson contributed to the writing of this story.

SWAT Team Looks For Barricaded Suspect

Buena Vista Library was used as a base of operations for LAPD SWAT during an incident late Friday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes, and traffice was diverted along a section of Olive Ave. Friday night, while police dealt with a barricaded suspect situation.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives came to the 2200 block of W. Olive Ave. in search of a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.  The crime had occurred earlier in the day in North Hollywood.  The suspect was believed to be living in an apartment located on the north side of Olive Ave. between Myers and Lincoln Streets.   The Burbank Police Department was contacted at 8:40 p.m. to assist the LAPD detectives.

The LAPD SWAT team was called when the detectives believed the suspect was barricaded inside the apartment.  When they knocked on the his door, he did not anser.  Burbank Police assisted by diverting traffic on Olive Ave. away from the area, and evacuate nearby residents.  After numerous attempts were made to contact any occupants of the suspect, SWAT officers made entry, and determined that the suspect had fled prior to the officers’ arrival.

The nearby Buena Vista Library was used for evacuted residents,  and also as the base for their SWAT operations.   A mobile command post was set up in the library’s parking lot.  Per the Burbank Police only a few people were asked to leave the adjoining apartments with four staying at the library and one couple going to a local coffee shop.

Once the LAPD determined that the suspect   was not home,  the streets in the area were re-opened.  Residents were able to return home around 4:00 am.

 UPDATE:  The suspect being sought by the LAPD for assault with a deadly weapon, Erik Jan Peterson, 43, of Burbank,  was located by police in a small industrial park located just a block outside of Burbank.  The block-long single story multiple unit industrial building is located on the south side of the Chandler Bikeway, between Biloxi and Strohm Avenues in North Hollywood.  Peterson was spotted in one of the units Saturday afternoon. The LAPD used one of their armored vehicles to drag away a covered carport continaing some recreational vehicles, to get a better view of the unit’s entrance.  Tear gas was used to finally flush the Peterson out of the building.   He  apparently suffered self-inflicted wounds, and was transported by LAFD ambulance to the hospital.