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Filmore man arrested after allegedly attacking ex-neighbor in Burbank, police say

Filmore man arrested after allegedly attacking ex-neighbor in Burbank, police say
A Filmore man allegedly attempted to strangle a former neighbor in Burbank over a "personal matter" last week, police say. (Burbank Leader)

A 56-year-old Filmore man was arrested in Burbank last week after police say he allegedly tried to strangle a man who was filming him with his cellphone.

Gilbert Pena was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault on Jan. 1 after the Burbank Police Department responded to an altercation allegedly involving him in the 2200 block of North Niagara Street.

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Sgt. Derek Green, a department spokesman, said the other man was a former neighbor of Pena’s, and the incident was sparked as a result of a “personal matter” between the two.

“The victim began filming the suspect … with his cellphone, at which time Pena allegedly punched the victim several times, placed his hands around the victim’s neck, then took the victim’s cellphone from him,” Green said.

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He added that the neighbor suffered a bloody nose and mouth from the altercation. The neighbor called authorities and Pena remained at the scene.

Officers eventually found the neighbor’s cellphone in Pena’s car and took him into custody.

While he was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office filed one count of robbery against him.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.

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