Suspect Charged With Making Threats at Ralphs

First published in the Feb. 19 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Authorities have filed charges against a man who allegedly barricaded himself inside a Burbank Starbucks restroom after threatening another man while armed with a knife.
The suspect allegedly threatened customers while at Ralphs Supermarket at about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday while at 1100 N. San Fernando Blvd., according to the Burbank Police Department. The department also said he reportedly threatened to kill a store employee while armed with a knife.
The 26-year-old man, a resident of Chandler, Ariz., began to leave the store and walk toward the Starbucks at 1001 N. San Fernando Blvd., ignoring the first responding officer’s orders to stop, the BPD said. As additional officers arrived, they tried to detain the suspect, according to police, but he had walked into a restroom inside of Starbucks.
Based on information that the suspect was armed with a knife, customers and employees inside of the Starbucks were escorted outside to a safe location, according to the BPD. People inside adjacent businesses were also escorted to a safe location.
The BPD said that crisis negotiators and members of Burbank police SWAT were present at the scene. After approximately 90 minutes, the department said, the suspect voluntarily exited the restroom and was taken into custody. He was in possession of a fixed-blade knife at the time of his arrest, the BPD alleged.
He was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats. On Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed against the suspect one count of criminal threats, and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer.