Burbank Police say a good Samaritan helped thwart the assault of an elderly Burbank resident who was attacked outside his home Thursday morning.
According to police, the elderly man was putting out Christmas decorations in his front yard when he was accosted by two men who knocked him to the ground and attempted to rob him.
The incident took place shortly after 10 a.m. in the 7800 block of South Moody Avenue.
Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said, “The offenders forced the victim to the ground and attempted to go through his pockets. While the man was fighting the offenders, a good Samaritan [witness] came to the victim's aid.”
The witness, who police say is a Burbank resident, observed the attack as he was driving down the street and chased off the suspects who fled to an awaiting vehicle.
According to Dudlo, the suspects sped off in a white Dodge Grand Caravan. The witness gave chase to the minivan and managed to get the license plate number. Police traced the Tennessee license plate to a vehicle that was reported stolen from Chicago.
Dudlo said the suspects did not get any valuables.
“The victim had nothing on him to steal, since he was outside decorating,” Dudlo said. “He did not appear to have serious injuries at the time of the incident, but went to an area hospital as a precaution.”
The victim described both of the alleged robbers as black men, 18–22 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing between 145–155 pounds. One of the suspects was wearing a black ski mask while the other was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.
Dudlo commended the good Samaritan for his courageous actions but added a caution, “The Burbank Police Department never recommends putting oneself in harm's way. It is apparent, these offenders have no regard of life and are willing to harm others for personal gain.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300 or leave an anonymous message on the police tip line at 708-793-3388.