Anyone else think there’s something a little fishy about some of these recent cases?
On Thursday evening, March 17, 2016, the Burbank Police Department was contacted by the family of a 17 year-old female, who attends John Burroughs High School. The juvenile told officers she had been having an on-going “consensual” sexual relationship with Jose Banuelos Jr., a 28 year-old resident of Burbank.
The investigation has revealed the sexual relationship dates back about 2 1/2 years when the victim was 15 years old. Banuelos, an assistant baseball coach at John Burroughs High School and a part-time City of Burbank employee with Parks and Recreation, was arrested earlier today in the Ralph’s Supermarket parking lot, 2600 W. Victory Boulevard. He was in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest.
Wait a minute. They get a phone call on Thursday evening about this accusation, and then they’re already arresting the guy for it on the very next morning of the very next working day? What kind of investigation is that?
Is a lone accusation all it takes to get arrested in Burbank?
The other day there was a story about a couple of guys who had allegedly found a teenage girl to have sex with on Craigslist, at least according to the news reports. But how does that work? Do 17-year-olds use Craigslist to have sex with older men? Is there a special category for that? Are they dumb enough to advertise this fact?
Or are these BPD sting operations instead? Like the way they (mis)use teenage Explorer Scouts to get hapless guys outside of 7-11 to buy them cigarettes and beer? How does the BPD use Craigslist to discover these kind of activities? What in the world does Craigslist have to do with it?
The sudden preponderance of local adult/teen sex cases in the news makes it look like there’s some kind of concerted police effort going on to flush these activities out, either by hook or by crook. Or possibly lure them in.
By setting people up? Or someone going through their phones for evidence? We wrote yesterday about how the BUSD now thinks that they can do it whenever they want to, as long as they can tie it to a “rule” violation. Which means anytime.**
Even more to the point– how come no one else ever asks these kind of basic questions about our local police stories? What happened to the journalism? There’s something very odd/contrived about it all.
As always, there’s huge missing links to most of these inflammatory stories — and others — that no one else seems to notice. Meanwhile, crime in Burbank increases.
** We already know that the Glendale Police Department use StingRays to collect phone data around their downtown area. We’ve even seen them driving around with them on their passenger seats near some of the hotels, especially the Maryland.
Is anyone in Burbank using similar devices around the high schools? It looks like there’s some kind of non-localized dragnet going on that accounts for the sudden rise in these stories.