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$2-million bail kept

Because police found multiple weapons in his possession, judge says man is threat.

December 13, 2008|By Veronica Rocha

BURBANK — A Superior Court judge upheld a $2-million bail Thursday for a 41-year-old Burbank man who was charged with threatening to kill himself and others.

Judge Patrick Hegarty denied a request to reduce Razmik Gharabaki’s bail, saying the circumstances of his arrest suggest he intended to hurt many people.

“I think he is a danger to the public,” Hegarty said. “I think it’s a severe risk to release him to the public.”

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Gharabaki is charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree commercial burglary, two counts of possession of an assault weapon, carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person in a city, carrying a concealed weapon and having a concealed weapon inside a vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

Burbank police arrested Gharabaki on Oct. 31 after he tried to steal two knives from Sport Chalet, at 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., and fought with security guards, Hegarty said.

When he was arrested he was wearing a bullet-proof vest and was carrying a Glock 45 and Beretta 9 mm in his pants’ waistband, according to police.

Police also found in his car an AK-47 and Spike’s Tactical AR-15 and a note, where he describes his plan to kill himself and “take other people with him,” Hegarty said. Police also seized numerous guns from Gharabaki’s home and thousands of pounds of ammunition, he said.

But the firearms were legal, and Gharabaki had permits for them, his attorney Vanessa Munos said.

Munos unsuccessfully argued that Gharabaki’s bail be reduced because he was not going to leave the country because his family needed him and he had a job with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority.

She also said his psychologist wanted to see him and pointed out that his passport had been seized.

“Mr. Gharabaki is definitely not a flight risk,” Munos said.

Gharabaki’s $2-million bail was excessive, she said.

His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 23.


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