Two men arrested after alleged car-scratching turns violent

Two men were arrested near McCambridge Park in Burbank Sunday night after an alleged altercation with a baseball bat that began when one man allegedly scratched the side of the other’s car, police said.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, John Sibala, 24, was sitting in his car in front of his home on the 1200 block of Scott Road talking to his girlfriend when Gahren Moradian, 21, allegedly began scratching the side of the car, Burbank Police Sgt. Thor Merich said.

“The victim gets out of the car and starts chasing the suspect,” Thor said. “The guy says he has a knife and the victim runs back toward his house, grabs a bat, jumps in the car and starts looking for the [Moradian].”

Moradian was near McCambridge Park when Sibala spotted him and a confrontation allegedly began, Thor said.

Both men were arrested near the park at San Fernando and Scott roads.

Sibala was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and Moradian on suspicion of felony vanadalism, Thor said.

The damage to Sibala’s 2009 Honda Civic was estimated at more than $900, which classifies the vandalism as a felony, Thor said.

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