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BURBANK : No Serious Injuries to Officers in Attacks

In an unusually busy weekend for authorities, two motorists were arrested for trying to run over Burbank police officers, and two bombs made of acid and plastic soda containers exploded in different parts of the city, causing no injuries.

Neither officer was seriously injured in the separate attacks, which occurred within a 24-hour period, police said.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Officer Brent Ambrose was struck by a suspected shoplifter with three dresses who was trying to leave a parking lot at the Media City Center shopping mall.

“She drove right into him, knocked him onto the hood of her car and he rolled off,” said Sgt. Len Doran.

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Ambrose, a nine-year veteran of the department, suffered a bruised leg. The shopper, Tillett Sharmaine, 27, of Los Angeles was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, Doran said.

The next morning, another motorist was arrested after he tried to cut in front of a long line of people waiting to drop off Christmas trees at a Burbank High School parking lot.

Spoon Craig Daniel, 27, of Encino, almost hit Officer Niles Sherman with his car before another officer drew a gun and stopped him, Doran said.

Later Saturday evening, two bombs consisting of an unidentified acid exploded within two hours of each other, police said.

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One was placed behind an apartment building at 440 E. Cypress Ave., near Burbank High School. The other was found on the front lawn of a home in the 1900 block of Ontario Street, near Burbank Airport.

Acid bombs, as they are known, are typically made by mixing acid and aluminum foil inside a plastic bottle container, and shaking it. Firefighters say the explosions can sometimes be fatal.

Police have no suspects in the case.


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