GPD Reports

Two Males Arrested With Loaded Firearm, Narcotics, and Burglary Tools

On Nov. 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m., an officer assigned to Glendale PD’s Patrol Bureau contacted two males wearing motorcycle helmets who were walking in front of a motorcycle store on the 3300 block of Verdugo Road. 

Assisting units arrived and officers learned that one of the males, 29-year-old Michael Ordaz of Burbank, was in possession of a pocket knife. Further investigation revealed that Ordaz had a warrant out for his arrest. 

While speaking with the other male, 39-year-old Larry Vanheertum of Reseda (who was found to have a prior felony conviction), officers located on his person a folding hex key set, wire cutters and a screwdriver. During the investigation, Vanheertum fled the scene initiating a brief foot pursuit that ended on the 3400 block of Buena Vista Avenue. Vanheertum had a backpack and was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm, two baggies of methamphetamine and burglary tools.

Ordaz was arrested and booked for possessing burglary tools, conspiracy to commit crime and his outstanding warrant. Vanheertum was arrested and booked for being an ex-felon with a firearm, obstruction, conspiracy to commit crime, possessing a controlled substance while armed and for possessing burglary tools.


Male Arrested in Possession of Loaded Handgun

On Nov. 20 just before 1 a.m., officers assigned to Glendale PD’s Patrol Bureau were traveling near the intersection of Brand Boulevard and Cypress Street when they noticed a driver who appeared slumped over the wheel.

The officers approached the vehicle and saw that the driver, identified as 27-year-old Luis Pina of Glendale, was conscious and using his phone. While speaking with Pina the officers noticed a handgun on the front passenger seat. Pina was detained, and the handgun was found to be loaded.

Pina was subsequently arrested and booked for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.


Ongoing Burglary Investigation

On Nov. 23 at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers assigned to Glendale PD’s Patrol Bureau responded to the 2000 block of Maginn Drive regarding suspicious circumstances involving two males in ski masks in a residential driveway.

Upon arrival, officers learned that approximately three residences in the area had been burglarized and ransacked.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Dept. at (818) 548-4911. Those who wish to remain anonymous, call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477), use a smartphone by downloading the P3 MOBILE APP, or go directly to


Male Arrested for Attempted Murder

On Nov. 16 just before 9 a.m., officers assigned to Glendale PD’s Patrol and Traffic bureaus, along with detectives from Glendale PD’s Robbery/Homicide Bureau, were dispatched to the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Colorado Street regarding a pedestrian who was hit and dragged by a vehicle a significant distance. Upon arrival, the pedestrian, who had sustained severe injuries, was immediately transported to a hospital. After undergoing numerous surgeries, the victim remains in critical condition.

During the investigation, officers received several witness statements and reviewed surveillance footage confirming a vehicle had hit, run over and dragged a pedestrian from a business parking lot out to the street.

Later that day, detectives assigned to Glendale PD’s Robbery/Homicide Bureau located a vehicle on the 600 block of Hawthorne Street in Glendale that matched the vehicle they had observed on surveillance footage and were able to identify a suspect.

On Nov. 18 at approximately 5:30 p.m., after a thorough investigation, 31-year-old Michael Taylor of Los Angeles was arrested and booked for attempted murder.


Male Arrested for Identity Theft and Possessing Controlled Substance

On Nov. 17 at approximately 11:30 a.m., an officer located an occupied vehicle with false registration tabs in a parking lot on the 200 block of South Central Avenue.

The officer contacted the individual in the driver’s seat, identified as 36-year-old Jose Rios of Los Angeles. While speaking with Rios, the officer observed a bag of methamphetamine in the door handle of the vehicle.

Assisting units arrived and a search of the vehicle produced a counterfeit Social Security card, a credit card belonging to someone else and several pieces of mail belonging to over 17 different individuals.

Rios was subsequently arrested and booked for identity theft, forging an official seal, and possessing a controlled substance.


Male Arrested for Vehicle Theft, Burglary, and Possession

On Nov. 17 at approximately 5:30 p.m., an officer located a stolen vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the 4600 block of Colorado Boulevard.

Additional officers arrived and the driver, 26-year-old Samuel Sarmiento of Cudahy, was asked to exit the vehicle. Sarmiento exited the vehicle and a subsequent vehicle search revealed a large bag of methamphetamine, a designer handbag filled with jewelry, a credit card, three California identification cards and Social Security cards all belonging to other individuals, a checkbook in someone else’s name, and an open package belonging to someone else. During the investigation, officers learned that there was approximately $16,000 of stolen merchandise in the vehicle.

Sarmiento was subsequently arrested and booked for vehicle theft, burglary, and possessing a controlled substance.

Due to L.A. County’s emergency “zero-dollar” bail order, Sarmiento was released from custody with a notice to appear in court at a later date.