Kevin Hart Fraud Case Tied to City

What started as a fraudulent purchases investigation by the Glendale Police Department has turned into a grand larceny indictment by a New York district attorney against a man who is alleged to have stolen more than $1 million using actor Kevin Hart’s credit cards.
In an announcement, the district attorney of Queens County, New York, said that a 29-year-old Long Island City resident was arrested and arraigned this week on grand larceny and other charges stemming from this investigation. The suspect, Dylan Syer, was accused of defrauding Hart both by transferring money from the actor’s credit cards to his own personal account and also using the cards for additional purchases.
According to GPD, the investigation began in February 2019 when the department’s financial crimes unit began probing a number of purchases to Hart’s credit cards through a six-month period. These transactions were made at a “high end” jewelry store in Glendale and also included various “high end” clothing purchases in the city.

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Theft of Catalytic Converters ‘Skyrocketing’

It’s an unfortunate staple of the Glendale Police Department’s weekly crime report, and so far this year, the offense has been occurring on a daily basis.
Detective Abe Chung of the GPD’s burglary auto theft unit, said that there have been 41 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in the city as of Friday, Feb. 5, which represents a marked increase in that specific crime.
The part is a relatively innocuous component of an automobile’s exhaust system, but a valuable target of thieves looking to make quick buck. Or $50. Or $100. In some cases, as much as $150.
That’s the going rate for the precious metals — rhodium, platinum and palladium — that are found in each device, which are relatively easy to access due to their location on the vehicle.

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Man Suspected in Gunfire at Hotel to Be Arraigned in May

A Glendale man suspected of firing several gunshots inside a local hotel will be arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court in May, according to arresting officials.
Meanwhile, the Glendale Police Department is not releasing any additional information regarding the man’s Nov. 15 arrest, which occurred after he allegedly fired numerous shots into an empty room at the Glenmark Hotel at about 7 a.m. that day and fled in a vehicle that careened into a nearby business. GPD Sgt. Christian Hauptmann said the suspect will be arraigned in the spring, possibly on a charge of illegal discharge of a firearm. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in court proceedings.

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Man Arrested Following Hotel Shooting

A 25-year-old Glendale man was arrested this week after allegedly firing several gunshots inside of a Glendale hotel room.
The Glendale Police Department reported receiving the shots-fired call at around 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Multiple people reported that there was yelling and several gunshots fired on the fourth floor of the Glenmark Hotel, on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Dryden Street. A man was seen fleeing with a vehicle in the hotel’s parking lot afterward, according to GPD.
Surveillance footage showed a man draw a handgun inside the hotel and fire several shots both into the floor and into an empty room before running to the vehicle, police said. Responding officers gathered spent shell casings at the scene and noted a shattered glass door and bullet holes at the crime scene.
Nobody was struck by bullets.
Officers apprehended the man shortly afterward, GPD said, when the same vehicle seen leaving the hotel collided with a building at the intersection of Brand and Mountain Street. Though the motorist fled from the vehicle, officers apprehended him afterward without incident, the police department said.
The department said it expects to charge the man with illegal discharge of a firearm.

Suspect Under Arrest in Alleged Kidnapping, Chase

A Santa Clarita man remained in custody this week after the Glendale Police Department said he kidnapped a woman, led officers on a high-speed chase around downtown and ultimately crashed into other vehicles on Wednesday.
The GPD said it expects the 28-year-old suspect to be charged with kidnapping, felony assault, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and violating the terms of his parole. He was in custody awaiting arraignment, according to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann.
Police received three calls at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, the first presumably from the alleged victim — all the dispatcher heard was “an active struggle” between a man and a woman before the call ended, a department news release said. The second call came from another person reporting that a man was attacking a woman outdoors near the intersection of Harvard Street and Chevy Chase Drive.

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Three Charged After Homeowner Is Shot

Three people have been charged with what police said were “multiple felonies” after being arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting one man and attacking another during a Monday robbery at a home near Montrose Community Park.
On Tuesday, the Glendale Police Department arrested a 24-year-old man from Saint Bernard, Louisiana; a 22-year-old woman from Violet, Louisiana; and a 26-year-old man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann with GPD, the two men are being held on $2 million bail and the woman on $250,000 bail. At least one of the suspects is charged with attempted murder.
The trio has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 5.
Police responded to the home in the 2000 block of Broadview Avenue in the Montrose-Montecito Park area at around 9:45 p.m. Monday, according to GPD. One of the homeowners had been shot with a handgun, while the second had been physically struck in the head by the weapon itself, officers said. Both were hospitalized for their injuries and are stable, GPD reported.
The suspects had fled by the time police arrived, Hauptmann said, and had taken a cellphone and smart watch. They had entered the home prior to the confrontation with homeowners, he added.
Hauptmann said it was unclear why the three suspects were in Glendale.

Two Motorists Booked in Pedestrian Death

Two Los Angeles men were arrested Thursday night after they collided while speeding through town and killed a man in his 60s.
According to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann with the Glendale Police Department, the collision happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday, near the intersection of Brand Boulevard and Maple Street. The two men appeared to have been speeding north on Brand when the collision occurred.
According to Hauptmann, one of the motorists, a 32-year-old L.A. man, was speeding alongside a 27-year-old L.A. man when he tried to pass around a slower-moving vehicle in front of him.

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GPD Reminds Pedestrians, Drivers of Safety Rules

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and the Glendale Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind local residents of the importance of looking out for one another.
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how Glendale residents get around, but the measures they can take to keep pedestrians safe are the same.
“We are all staying at home more, which means more of us are out walking for exercise or fresh air,” Sgt. Scott Byrne said in a news release. “Be alert, careful and mindful of those around you so we are all able to get home safely.”

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Emergency Crew Visits Hit-and-Run Victim

Photo courtesy Glendale Fire Department

On Monday this week, an emergency crew with the Glendale Fire Department returned to Garfield Avenue and paid a visit to 13-year-old Raylen, whom they rushed to a local hospital on July 24 after she was struck and dragged 30 feet by an SUV outside of her apartment. The crew — firefighter-paramedic Jesse Landeverde, ambulance operator Raul Salmeron, Capt. Mark Masto, firefighter-paramedic Chris Mays and ambulance operator Bao Nguyen — ended up together on the same shift again and decided to bring Raylen a get-well card. The motorist, who was driving a black Lexus GX460 SUV, remains at large. Those with any information about this crime, which occurred at 3:12 p.m. Friday, July 24, should contact the Glendale Police Department at (818) 548-4911.

Hit-and-Run Severely Injures Girl, 13

The Glendale Police Department is eager for any possible leads as it investigates a hit-and-run incident last week that left a 13-year-old girl in critical condition at a local hospital.
Police are searching for a black 2019 or 2020 Lexus GX460 SUV with damage to the passenger-side headlight and right front bumper, a department spokesman said. Investigators did not have a description of the driver as of press deadline.
The vehicle struck the teenager at 3:12 p.m. Friday, July 24, in the 800 block of East Garfield Avenue, dragging her at least 30 feet before stopping and almost immediately fleeing east on Garfield toward Chevy Chase Drive, according to a police report. It remains unclear how the vehicle came to collide with the girl; that section of Garfield is an unusually long residential corridor with just one crosswalk in the half-mile between intersections.
It’s also unclear how fast the motorist was driving, but the vehicle collided with the girl with such force that it damaged the SUV. Investigators were able to determine the make and model of the vehicle based on damaged pieces of the SUV that were left at the scene. The girl was listed as severely injured and remained in critical condition this week, according to police.
The GPD urges anyone who may have seen that type of vehicle speeding through the area at that time to call the department.
“Maybe if someone in the neighborhood has a Ring camera, we can get some better information on the vehicle,” said Sgt. Christian Hauptmann, public information officer for the GPD.
Those with information should contact police at (818) 548-4911. To make an anonymous tip, call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, download the P3 Mobile App on a mobile device or visit