Man robbed while aiding stranded motorist
TOLUCA LAKE -- A vending machine repairman was robbed while
attempting to assist a driver whose car broke down, police said.
The 26-year-old North Hollywood man was driving eastbound on West
Riverside Drive about 5:30 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a motorist
who appeared to be stranded.
When he pulled over his company truck to help, several other men
pulled up in another car, taped the man’s hands behind his back and
stole some boxes containing vending machine coins. The assailants,
including the stranded driver, took the man against his will and
dropped him off at the Cahuenga Boulevard offramp on the Ventura
(134) Freeway in North Hollywood, police said.
The victim, who was not hurt, freed himself and called 911.
Burbank Police are investigating the incident, Sgt. Will Berry said.
Berry said the best way to help stranded drivers is to call the
police from a cell phone or nearby pay phone in a safe location.
Man’s wheelchair hits 18-wheeler
MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- A 40-year-old Burbank man reportedly
jumped out of his wheelchair just before it collided with a
tractor-trailer Thursday night, police said.
The driver of the truck, a 32-year-old Burbank man, was turning
right onto Andover Drive from North San Fernando Boulevard about 6
p.m. when the truck and wheelchair collided, witnesses told police.
No one was injured, Burbank Police Sgt. Will Berry said.
“The evidence indicates that the tractor-trailer was legally
turning in the intersection during [the incident],” Berry said.
It’s unclear why the wheelchair and vehicle collided, police said.
Compiled by Jackson Bell