Three Burbank teenaged girls were the victims of a robbery Sunday evening after three young men they met came home with them and took their cell phones and computer.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. The girls, a 16 year old from Los Angeles, a 17 year-old from Studio City, and a 17 year-old from Burbank, met the three 18 year-old men earlier Sunday on the bus coming home from Hollywood, according to police. The three girls and the three men came back to a home in the 1100 block of N. Ontario St.. where the reported robbery occurred. The men took two iPhones, an iPad, and a Blackberry from the girls before they fled on foot.
Police units responded to the area and began searching for the suspects on nearby residential streets. One officer located the three at the corner of Hollywood Way and Clark Ave. at 9:25 p.m. Two of them surrendered, but one suspect, Frank Troy Dunlap, 18, of Las Vegas, Nevada, ran through a nearby alley. Other officers cordoned off the area between Cordova St. and Hollywood Way, Clark Ave. and Magnolia Blvd.
As officer searched on foot, a police helicopter was overhead assisting them. The canine unit arrived on scene, but the dog was not deployed. The suspect was eventually caught inside a fenced area of a body shop in the 800 block of Hollywood Way. Dunlap was driven to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for a pre-existing medical condition before being booked into the Burbank Jail for robbery.
The other two suspects, Marquille Barber, 18, and Shaquille Deanthony Barber, 18, both of Gardena, were also arrested for robbery and booked into the Burbank Jail. A search of Dunlap’s backpack turned up a handgun that was later determined to be a CO2 BB pistol. Bail for each of the suspects was set at $50,000.
The three victims were reportedly uninjured in the robbery.
Police caution everyone, particularly teenagers, to be cautious when inviting strangers into your home.