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Man arrested for allegedly firing weapon in Del Taco parking lot

April 09, 2012

A North Hollywood man was arrested Friday night in Burbank after he allegedly fired about seven shots near Verdugo Avenue and Hollywood Way, police said.

Several callers reported two men engaged in an argument in the Del Taco parking lot on the 3700 block of Verdugo, Lt. John Dilibert said.

At around 11:30 p.m., a witness reported hearing a string of gunshots or fireworks in the area, Dilibert said. Police confirmed about seven shots were fired after expended cartridge cases were found.

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When police arrived at the scene, they found one male suspect, who was sitting in the driver's seat of his car, Dilibert said. Police spoke to the man, Vrezh Terastvatsatryan, 42, who is currently on probation, and found a quantity of heroin and a loaded automatic pistol, Dilibert said.

Terastvatsatryan was arrested on suspicion of possessing an assault weapon, for possessing a controlled substance and narcotics, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Dilibert said.

Bail was set at $50,000, police said. Terastvatsatryan is scheduled to appear in court this week for his arraignment.

-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin

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