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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. 



Pursuit of Suspects Leads to Arrest in Whittier

Burbank police were involved in another high-profile pursuit for the second time in a week after a Santa Fe Springs man attempted to strike an officer with his vehicle Sunday night.

On February 23, around 10:15 pm, an officer attempted to contact a driver of a Nissan Frontier pickup truck at the Ramada by Wyndham Hotel at 2900 N. San Fernando Blvd. according to a release by Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department.

The driver, identified as 35 year-old Michael Shawn Wedge, attempted to flee in the officer was nearly struck by him in his vehicle. A short pursuit started on the streets of Burbank and Sun Valley before the suspect got on the I-5 Freeway southbound before proceeding to the 60 Freeway where he exited and ultimately came to a stop in an alley near an apartment building in Whittier. A female that was in the truck stayed in the alley until police took her into custody while Wedge ran into the nearby apartment building.

A woman exited the apartment building and told officers where the suspect was. A few hours later, Burbank SWAT officers moved in and engaged the suspect, taking Wedge into custody without further incident.

Wedge was taking back to Burbank jail and booked for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon against an officer, felony evading and numerous outstanding warrants. He is currently being held on $390,000 bail and is due in court Wednesday morning. At this time formal charges are pending and will be reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.


Police Arrest Glendale Man After Pursuit Through Streets

A 34-year-old man from Glendale was apprehended Thursday afternoon after leading Burbank Police on a short pursuit.

On January 30, 2020, at about 1:30 P.M., a Burbank Police Officer contacted the driver of a vehicle for a parking violation in the 200 block of West Elm Avenue. As the officer spoke with the driver, she felt he was possibly under the influence of narcotics, based on initial observations. During the contact, the driver suddenly rolled-up the vehicle’s windows, locked the car doors, and fled.

The police officer quickly broadcast information to other patrol units, which allowed our Joint Air Support Unit to locate and track the suspect vehicle from overhead. Police Officers initially pursued the vehicle on the ground but discontinued the chase once speeds became excessive, allowing the police helicopter to follow the suspect from the air.

The suspect committed numerous traffic violations and drove at unsafe speeds, but remained within Burbank city limits the entire time. At about 1:45 P.M., the suspect pulled into a parking lot in the 400 block of Moss Street and came to a stop. Police Officers approached the vehicle and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect has since been identified as Yegia Zakaryan, a 34-year-old resident of Glendale. Zakaryan was in possession of several bindles of heroin at the time of his arrest. He was booked on suspicion of evading police and possession of narcotics for sale, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant for drug possession out of Los Angeles.

Zakaryan has since been released from custody after posting a $110,000 bond.

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.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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.

Wild High Speed Pursuit in Burbank Ends in Arrest of Woman

A pursuit that started in the hills of Burbank ended up in North Hollywood Friday night with the arrest of a woman who officers wanted originally to pull over for suspicion of driving under the influence.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The pursuit took officers up in the hills of Burbank along Scott and Kenneth at speeds close to 60 mph. The suspect then traveled down Glenoaks at a high rate of speed and went over the Magnolia Overpass into the valley section of Burbank.

Once she got into the valley she picked up speeds reported up to 70 mph down Magnolia although she did slow down at major intersections before running the lights. Once down at Hollywood Way she went to Verdugo and back up to Buena Vista before heading back down Magnolia toward North Hollywood.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

She continued on Magnolia before going northbound on Laurel Canyon. She ultimately wound up in the parking lot of the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theaters in the 12100 block of Victory where she proceeded to start doing doughnuts in her truck in the large parking lot. Officers decided the block all the exits and she eventually stopped in the lot.

Burbank police broke out the passenger window to get the woman out of the car since she did not comply with their orders immediately. Paramedics were called to check her over and took her to a local hospital for treatment. A pet in the truck was taken to the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Police have not released the name of the suspect.

There were no accidents during the pursuit and no injuries to officers.

Pursuit of Porsche Comes to an End in Burbank

UPDATED 9/8/18 at 1:00 pm The suspect who was driving has been identified as William Robinson, 58 of Burbank and the passenger was Justine Graves, 40, of Burbank. Robinson was charged with felony evading from the pursuit while Graves was charged with possession of drugs.

Police examine the Porsche Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank police had to wait around awhile but what started in Burbank, ended in Burbank when a Porsche driven by a possible Burbank resident was pursued through Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank police first spotted the Porsche around 7:54 pm with ‘paper’ (temporary) plates and started to follow it. They first tried to pull over the Porsche around Evergreen and Riverside Drive but the driver failed to yield so a helicopter was called on for support. The Porsche traveled into Toluca Lake where the police helicopter noticed it was traveling in the wrong lanes of traffic and now had a reckless driving charge.

The driver proceeded down to the 101 Freeway at Lankershim and got on the freeway. A Burbank unit followed and the helicopter remained overhead, arranging for CHP to come and take over for Burbank.

It was about at Vermont that CHP took over and a pursuit started. Burbank pulled off and waited to see the result, as CHP would stop the vehicle and Burbank would take the suspect back into the city.

Suspect taken into cusody Photo By Ross A. Benson

The pursuit went over Los Angeles and Orange Counties with the male driver giving the middle finger to CHP units. A female passenger in the car made many suspicious movements while the pursuit was taking place.

It was after 10 pm that the pursuit made it’s way back into Burbank with the suspect coming over Barham, down Olive and made a left on Hollywood Way.  They proceeded down to Oak where the made a right and then a quick right on Cordova, going down to the alley. Once they went left into the alley (north of Alameda) they both left the vehicle without putting it in park and tried to run into what is thought to be their apartment.

CHP quickly ran after them and put them into custody while their Porsche rolled down the alley and struck the rear of another vehicle.

Front of apartment where suspects tried to enter. Photo By Ross A. Benson

CHP officers turned both suspects over to Burbank police who took them both into custody. Their vehicle was impounded.

There will be many charges now besides the reckless driving. They will include failure to yield and as the pursuit was going on, officers gave play by play over the radio of every traffic offense that was committed. They will now go back and also add all of those violations.

Officials have not released their names at this point.

Tim Conway Jr. was on hand reporting the action. Photo By Ross A. Benson

Tim Conway Jr. does more than just talk on KFI, he also gets in the field to cover action. Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Pursuit Suspect Drives Himself To Jail

Burbank Police officers attempted to pull over a Blue Cadillac near Olive Recreation Center on Griffith Park Tuesday night after observing a traffic violation, but the driver refused to stop for the red lights and sirens of the officers  following.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Driving at approximately 20 mph, he proceeded to Chandler and went westbound to Buena Vista Street.  Next, he went to Burbank Blvd, where he went eastbound toward 5 points before crossing over the hill toward the Media Town Center on San Fernando Blvd.

The driver continued at approximately 20 mph driving up Cypress to Glenoaks Blvd before heading southbound where he passed the Police Headquarters to Olive Avenue, turning westbound to Third St.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The parade of police cars that followed proceeded behind the suspect’s vehicle as he now made a right turn onto Palm and pulled into the police car entrance of the Burbank Police Department.

Officers preformed a felony stop and ordered the driver from the car with the assistance of their K-9 unit and several officers.

Burbank Police arrested  Anthony Jones, 35, for allegedly driving under the influence, and several traffic violations. There were no officer or pedestrian injuries during the slow moving pursuit.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Business Burglary Leads to Vehicle Pursuit

An alert Burbank Police Officer saw a suspicious van parked in front of Wooden Camera, 923 W. Olive Avenue Tuesday morning around 3:40 am

When the officer saw several people run from the business to the van, he made a u-turn to get a better look at the van and people, but the van hastily made a turn in the opposite direction drove away without its headlights on.

After trying to pull the van over, the driver failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The van traveled east on Olive Avenue and onto the Olive overpass where the occupants began lobbing property from the van onto the roadway from the side cargo door.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The van continued onto the northbound Interstate 5 Freeway, where the occupants tossed more property onto the freeway and shoulder before exiting the freeway at Van Nuys Boulevard.

The van struck a concrete center median and eventually came to a stop in the Walgreens parking lot located at Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue. Five suspects fled the scene on foot. Two were immediately captured without incident while three suspects remain outstanding at this time.

A search of the van revealed stolen camera equipment and burglary tools which included saws, a pry bar, gloves and masks. The owner and employees of Wooden Camera estimate the value of the stolen equipment to be over $50,000.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The police department is working with Wooden Camera to itemize the merchandise, but it appears all the stolen equipment has been recovered from the roadway, freeway and van.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The two arrested suspects have been identified as 38 year-old Angel Cortes (unknown city of residence) and 29 year-old Rolando Alcides Flores of Canoga Park.  Cortes was booked for commercial burglary, felony evading and obstructing a police officer. His bail has been set at $75,000.

Flores was booked for commercial burglary and obstructing a police officer. His bail is $20,000. They are both due to appear in the Burbank Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday morning.

The outstanding suspects are described as two males and one female.

Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Property Detectives continue to investigate this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Burbank Police investigators at (818) 238-3210.


Burbank Police Get Their Man….and Woman After Pursuit

Burbank Police Dog Kimo finds evidence of drugs in the purse of one of the suspects. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Dog Kimo finds evidence of drugs in the purse of one of the suspects. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

NOTE: This story updated with new information at 11:50 am

Burbank Police Detectives were working on the surveillance of a couple of drug trafficking suspects in Sun Valley, Thursday afternoon, when the case turned into a high-speed pursuit. . The suspects got onto the Southbound I-5 Freeway and marked police units tried to stop the suspects’ car.   The pursuit started after the female suspect, who was driving, refused to pull over.

Speeds on the freeway were hitting over 80 mile per hour when police supervisors ordered the pursuing units to ‘back off’, since they knew the occupants of the car and a helicopter was now overhead who could then trail the vehicle. and to protect the safety of innocent citizens.

Burbank Police K-9 Handler Joel Rodriguez and partner Kimo protect evidence of a weapon that was thrown during foot pursuit.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police K-9 Handler Joel Rodriguez and partner Kimo protect evidence of a weapon that was thrown during foot pursuit.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Soon after the units turned it over to the helicopter, the suspects exited the freeway at Alameda and rear-ended a car at the bottom of the ramp.  The driver of the care that was struck complained of neck pain and was checked out by Burbank Fire Department paramedics, but refused further treatment.  the suspects kept on going, turning right onto Lake St. from Alameda Ave.

They then turned the car onto Cedar Ave, a dead-end street.   Both suspects exited the car, with one suspect running toward Elmwood Ave.,where he threw a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun into the street.  The helicopter notified ground units who quickly went to the scene and apprehended both suspects within minutes and recovered the gun which was still in the street.

Female suspect was taken into custody following a short pursuit. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Female suspect was taken into custody following a short pursuit. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Police were aided by their K-9 unit and the police helicopter.  The male suspect was taken into custody on Elmwood,  where he had thrown the loaded gun. The female suspect was taken into custody a short distance from the getaway car.

Their car was impounded as evidence. It had been reported stolen from Long Beach, with different license plates affixed to hide it from authorities.

Arrested by Burbank Police were Tiffany Knepper, 24, of Pacoima who was was booked for 2800.2-Felony evading, 10851 VC-Stolen Vehicle, and 245(A)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  She was also booked for possession of methamphetamine for sales.  She is being held at LA County Women’s Jail on $75,000 Bail.

Also arrested was Gilbert Canales, 38, of Burbank. He was booked for 2800.2-Felony Evading and 10851 VC-Stolen Vehicle.  He is currently on parole.  A parole hold was placed on Canales and he is being held at the Burbank Police Jail without bail.

Forensic Specialist Nancy Robles collects evidence of a gun that was tossed from a suspect on Elmwood. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Forensic Specialist Nancy Robles collects gun as evidence that was tossed from a suspect on Elmwood. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police impounded the suspects car are a crash on the freeway off ramp , and it coming to a stop in the dead end of Cedar St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police impounded the suspects car after a crash on the freeway off ramp , and it coming to a stop in the deadend of Cedar St. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Drunk Driver Leads Police On 90 mph Chase

When police tried to pull over a suspected drunk driver late Friday night, he decided to make a run for it, setting off a high-speed pursuit on the southbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

According to Burbank Police, officers first observed a car being driven recklessly in the area of Empire Ave. and Buena Vista St.  Believing the driver might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle on San Fernando Blvd. at Winona St.  They observed two adult  men in the front seats of the car.  Due to the dark tinted windows on the car, the officers could not determine if there were other occupants in the car.  When the officers approached the car, the driver sped away, entering the southbound Golden State Freeway at Buena Vista St.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Almost immediately, the driver shut off the headlights on the car, as he sped down the freeway.  With police right behind him, the suspect reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour.  The driver eventually pulled over to the side of the freeway near the Glendale Blvd. off-ramp shortly after midnight.  Other police units blocked the freeway, shutting down all Southbound lanes for about 10 minutes while the suspects were taken into custoday.  Officers initiated a “felony stop” and removed the two men from the car at gunpoint.  Much to the officers’ horror, when they looked in the backseat of the car they found a 10 year-old girl.  Fortunately, during the pursuit, there were no accidents and no one was injured.

Suspected drunk driver finally pulls over for police after high-sped chase on Goldent State Freeway.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Suspected drunk driver finally pulls over for police after high-sped chase on Goldent State Freeway.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The two men in the car were transported to the Burbank Jail.   The driver, Luis Villalvazo, 32, of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony child endangerment, felony evading, and driving under the influence.  His bail was set at $175,000.  He is due to appear in Burbank Superior Court on Tuesday.   The passenger, Marcos Villalvazo, 40, of Southgate was arrested on an outstanding no bail felony warrant, and turned over  to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.   The 10 year-old girl was released to a family member.