Ex-Disney star arrested on suspicion of robbing several people at gunpoint in Burbank

Ex-Disney star arrested on suspicion of robbing several people at gunpoint in Burbank
Adam Hicks, a 25-year-old former Disney actor, was arrested by Burbank police this week for allegedly committing a series of armed robberies Wednesday morning. His girlfriend, 23-year-old Danni Tamburo, was also arrested for allegedly acting as his getaway driver. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

An ex-Disney star could spend over 60 years in prison for a series of armed robberies in Burbank that he allegedly committed earlier this week with his girlfriend, authorities say.

Adam Hicks, 25, and 23-year-old Danni Tamburo both face three counts of attempted second-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the charges also include allegations that a handgun was used on victims over the age of 65.

Tamburo faces more than 15 years in prison for her alleged participation in the crimes. Authorities said she acted as Hicks’ getaway driver.

Hicks was the co-star of the Disney XD series “Zeke and Luther,” which ran from 2009 to 2012, and currently co-stars on the Hulu show “Freakish.”

Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman with the Burbank Police Department, said the first of the robberies occurred around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday morning when a 52-year-old man was walking near Burbank Boulevard and Griffith Park Drive.

A man armed with a gun, said to be Hicks, approached the walker and demanded his wallet. The 52-year-old was able to escape unharmed, Green said.

Officers then discovered three more robberies occurred in the same neighborhood in the span of an hour. Two of the victims were women in their early 70s, according to the district attorney’s office.

Each victim provided officers with a matching description of the robber and the vehicle he used to flee. Witnesses also said a getaway driver was involved with each robbery, Green said.

Police eventually found the car, a dark-colored Kia, near an apartment in the 1600 block of Scott Road. Green said Tamburo’s mother was behind the wheel. The mother had told officers she was picking up the car from her daughter, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Property belonging to one of the robbery victims was also found inside the vehicle and seemingly discarded on the street, according to Green. He said the police activity in the area may have prompted the littering.

“The male suspect started throwing items all over the place,” he said.

Around 1:15 p.m., detectives and members of Burbank’s SWAT team arrived at a home in the 1800 block of North Niagara Street that was believed to be connected to the suspects based on information provided by the mother.

Hicks and Tamburo were inside and placed under arrest. During a search of the home police uncovered additional items that were stolen from the robbery victims.

Green said two handguns were also recovered from the home.

Hicks is currently held on $550,000 bail and Tamburo on $350,000 bail. The pair is expected to reappear in court on Feb. 16.

Anyone with additional information about the robberies can contact Burbank police at (818) 238-3210.

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Jan. 26, 2:00 p.m.: This article was updated with information on charges filed against Adam Hicks and Danni Tamburo from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

This article was originally published on Jan. 25 at 11:25 a.m.