BRIEFLY IN PUBLIC SAFETY

Pretrial conference continued to Aug. 5

A pretrial conference scheduled Tuesday for Hector Marroquin, who is accused of stabbing a Glendale woman to death, was continued to Aug. 5.

Marroquin is accused of stabbing Joanne Sarkis, 32, to death Aug. 27 outside a substance abuse treatment center. Witnesses reportedly saw Marroquin attack Sarkis on the patio at the Windsor Club treatment center on Windsor Road.

He then chased her inside the lobby and tried to drag her out by her hair, according to witnesses.

‘Irreconcilable’ bandit must wait

A pretrial hearing for Alan Freibaum, who is suspected of robbing 17 banks in six months, was continued to July 15.

Freibaum, who was known as the so-called Irreconcilable Differences bandit, was arrested in June 2007 by Glendale police officers as he fled Wells Fargo Bank at 535 N. Brand Blvd.

He earned his moniker after he robbed his first bank in Beverly Hills, asking the teller to help him wire money in a way that would go undetected by his wife’s attorney, as he was in the middle of a divorce.

College student’s case continued

A jury trial for a Glendale Community College student who is accused of attacking his teacher was continued Tuesday to July 15 in a Glendale Superior Courthouse.

Grayr Markosyan is accused of hitting English instructor Ida Ferdman twice on the head on Feb. 19, Glendale Community College Police Capt. Nidal Kobaissi said.

No weapons were used during the attack, campus police said. Markosyan pleaded not guilty March 20 to the battery charge.

Prosecutors presented Markosyan with an offer May 22 if he decided to change his plea to guilty or no contest.

The offer would require Markosyan to serve 60 days in a Los Angeles County jail, take six months of anger management classes, undergo mental health counseling for six months, pay $600 and serve three years’ probation.


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