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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.

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)



Pursuit Ends When Suspect Runs Out Of Gas

The pursuit of a suspected thief came to a quick, and peaceful, end Thursday on the Golden State Freeway when the suspect’s Hummer ran out of gas.

According to police, the suspect was at Affordable Storage, located at 3615 N. San Fernando Blvd. The green Hummer he was driving had run out of gas while he was at the storage facility, and the suspect apparently called a friend to bring him some gasoline.

Sometime around 4 p.m., the victim came to the facility to check on their Hummer that was stored at the facility.  The victim noticed the suspect tampering with their vehicle, and called police.  Burbank Police responded Code 3 to the facility, which is located adjacent to the Bob Hope Airport.  The police helicopter was the first to arrive over the scene.   The helicopter crew reported that the suspect’s Hummer was at the closed gate to the facility.  As the air crew watched, the suspect rammed the gate until it opened, then fled north on San Fernando Blvd.

The helicopter followed the suspect as he raced along San Fernando Blvd. at a high rate of speed.  The driver turned onto residential streets in Sun Valley, and eventually headed northbound on Hollywood Way.  The driver then turned southbound on Glenaoks Blvd., with police cars behind him attempting to pull him over.  His speed was estimated at approximately 50 miles per hour when he went southbound on Buena Vista St., running through a red light before entering the northbound Golden State Freeway.

Apparently due to heavy traffic, the suspect alternated between driving on the shoulder of the freeway and the number 4 lane.  Around Hollywood Way he entered the construction area on the freeway, with no way out.  At this point the suspect stopped the Hummer.  Police later learned that he had run out of gas — again..

Police identified the suspect as Elvis Zadouri, 30, of Glendale.  He was taken into custody, arrested for evading and felony vandalism.  The police car transporting him to the Burbank Jail had a full tank of gas.