The following incidents were listed among the official reports of the Burbank Police Department. Readers are reminded that an arrest by the police does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can determine whether an offender is guilty or not guilty of the offense with which he or she has been charged.
Concerns over threatening emails prompted administrators at Reavis High School on put the school on a soft lockdown Wednesday afternoon.
Below are statements from District 220 Superintendent Dan Riordan and The Burbank Police Department concerning the incident:
Statement From District 220 Superintendent Dan Riordan
This is Reavis District 220 Superintendent Dr. Riordan with an important message:
At approximately 12:20 this afternoon, we went on a soft lock down of our school campus. The school received threatening emails, so we did this to protect our students and staff while trying to verify the authenticity of the threats. Random staff members had received emails so we took this matter seriously. We worked all day with the Burbank police department and school continued – bells and passing periods as always.
At 2:15 pm, we had found no real evidence of a credible threat and decided to proceed with a modified 2:36 dismissal procedure. We cancelled our academic Ram period and the students’ exit was safely orchestrated by teachers, administrators, and Burbank police officials. We also offered bus service to any of our walkers. All of our students were safely dismissed by 3:10 and we want to thank all of them for their cooperation.
We continue to investigate this situation and will report to you any further information if necessary. It is our plan to be open tomorrow for our Senior’s second to last school day, but will notify you if there is a change. The safety of our students and staff is, and will always be, our first priority.
Statement From The Burbank Police Department
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at approximately 12:00 pm, the Burbank Police Department received information from officials at Reavis High School stating the school received a threatening email specific to their school. Officers and Investigators were subsequently dispatched to the school to investigate further. Administrators subsequently placed the school on soft lock down (as per their policy).
Based on the specific language within the email, the threat was deemed to have been non-credible. However, Reavis officials maintained the soft lock down for the remainder of the day and altered their release schedule.
It should be noted; however, this is still being considered an active investigation and due the serious nature involved, the contents of the email will not be released at this time. The Burbank Police Department has requested the assistance of the FBI in order to identify an offender.
Currently, there is no suspect information. We are hoping the FBI will be able to assist with resources to help us identify the person / persons responsible for the threat.
The safety of the students and staff of Reavis High School and all Burbank schools are always a priority. Any threats made to a school will not be taken lightly and will be investigated fully.
This week marks the fourth anniversary of the gruesome murder of newlywed Estrella Carrera. Police allege the new bride was stabbed to death by the man she married just hours earlier, Arnoldo Jimenez.
Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo said the homicide investigation is still active and Burbank detectives are working with the FBI and other government agencies to locate Jimenez who remains a fugitive.
Dudlo said that although Jimenez’s exact location is unknown, Burbank Police continue to receive leads as to his whereabouts.
“We are following up on all leads coming in,” Dudlo said. “While the leads are more of a trickle now, we still get new ones every month or so.”
According to police, Carrera married Jimenez on Friday May 11, 2012 in a spur-of the-moment ceremony at Chicago City Hall. After the wedding, the newlyweds celebrated with friends and family by dining at a Little Village restaurant and concluded the evening at a Northside night club. The couple was last seen about 4 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2012 as they headed home to their Burbank condo.
Family members became concerned the following afternoon when Carrera failed to pick up her two young children as planned, according to reports. A family member asked Burbank police to conduct a well-being check after multiple calls to her cellphone went unanswered.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., Burbank police entered Carrera’s condo in the 7800 block of Rutherford Avenue and discovered her lifeless body in the bathtub. According to police, Carrera was wearing a silver sequin cocktail dress — the same one that friends said she wore during the wedding celebration.
The Cook County Medical Examiner said Carrera died from multiple stab wounds and ruled her death a homicide.
Oak Lawn Patch reported that Jimenez contacted his sister, telling her that he had a “bad fight” with Carrera and left her bleeding, according to a federal warrant. He had another conversation with someone described as a “close associate.” Jimenez said he was leaving Illinois and if questioned by police, to tell law enforcement that he was going to Mexico.
Burbank investigators quickly established probable cause and Jimenez was charged with first degree murder. A Cook County judge issued a warrant for his arrest on May 15, 2012.
According to the FBI, Jimenez may have fled to Durango, Mexico. He also has ties to Texas and North Carolina. A federal arrest warrant was issued after Jimenez was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Arnoldo Jimenez. Anyone with information about Jimenez should contact their local FBI office or the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300.
“We are hopeful to make an arrest in this case,” Dudlo said. “What was done to Estrella by the hands of her new husband on her wedding day was horrible. She and her family deserve to have her murderer brought to justice and this department is doing everything we possibly can to make that happen."
A 62-year-old woman was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center after being struck by a car Sunday evening around 7:24 p.m. The accident happened on Rutherford Avenue just north of 79th Street.
According to police, the woman was hit while crossing Rutherford Avenue by a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder that was making a left turn from eastbound 79th Street
Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo said, “The pedestrian received multiple non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision.” Dudlo described the woman’s injuries as mostly bruises, scrapes, and road rash.
Police said the driver was issued a citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian. No other injuries were reported.
BURBANK, IL — A fiery dispute over packets of hot sauce led to a heated argument and the exchange of blows between an unhappy customer and a Popeyes Chicken employee, police said.
Tondalea McElroy, 36, of Burbank is facing a charge of battery stemming from the incident.
The ruckus erupted about 12:49 p.m. Thursday, April 28 inside the Popeyes Chicken, 4809 W. 77th St., Burbank. Police were dispatched to the restaurant following reports that a customer was physically fighting with an employee.
According to police documents, officers en route to the scene were advised the customer had left the restaurant. They found a woman in a nearby parking lot matching the description of the person involved in the melee — a female wearing all white with a leg brace — later identified as McElroy.
McElroy allegedly told police she was dining at Popeyes and requested more sauce from the cashier. McElroy said she was arguing with the cashier about payment for sauce when the employee reached over the counter and punched her in the face, the police report said.
The female cashier told police that after placing a food order, McElroy approached the counter, demanded hot sauce, and became angry when she was told she would have to pay for the packets.
According to the cashier, McElroy said, “Bitch, get me some more of that hot sauce.” The cashier said that after telling her it was against policy to give free sauce packets, McElroy threw a cup of iced tea at her face.
According to a witness, the cashier then walked around the counter and the two women began fighting. Popeyes employees separated the women and McElroy left the restaurant.
The incident was captured on store surveillance video. The responding officer said store video showed the cashier did not reach across the counter and strike McElroy as she claimed.
Police said the video showed that McElroy threw a beverage at the cashier, after which time the cashier walked around the counter and threw a beverage at McElroy.
“Both parties then began to strike each other at the same time about the face as mutual combatants,” the police report stated.
Police said McElroy did not have any visible injuries as a result of the altercation. The cashier had redness and swelling on her face with several scratches but refused medical treatment.
McElroy was transported to the Burbank Police Department where she was processed and released on a $150 bond. She is due in court May 19 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.