A woman who alleges police officers stood by as a man tried to rob her of thousands of dollars she was taking from her Burbank business to a bank is suing two cities.
Takui Erodoglian of Glendale filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles, alleging civil rights violations as well as negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
City representatives did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
According to the lawsuit, Erodoglian, 49, was carrying a bag containing more than $27,000 in cash and checks from her ice cream distribution business, Jeff & Tony’s, when she headed to a bank a few minutes away at Orange Grove Avenue and Lake Street in Burbank on Sept. 25, 2013.
While waiting for a car ahead of her to make a turn, a man with a baseball cap and a covering on his face ran to Erodoglian’s car, smashed the passenger-side window and lunged inside, the suit says.
“When plaintiff grabbed hold of her money to prevent it from being stolen, her assailant began punching her repeatedly in the head, arms, throat and back while screaming, ‘(epithet), give me the bag,”‘ according to the lawsuit.
The woman says she tried to leave her car, but her assailant reached for her door and held it closed. Erodoglian says she then sped up and tried to get away, but drove over a curb and nearly hit a tree and her attacker eventually fell out of the car.
“The entire time plaintiff was being attacked, law enforcement officials were watching and did nothing to prevent (her) from being assaulted, robbed and carjacked,” the suit alleges. “Specifically, a Los Angeles Police Department detective … told investigating officers that she had seen the entire incident unfold, yet she did not intervene to protect plaintiff.”
Police eventually arrived to help Erodoglian and to apprehend her assailant, but only after she “had been brutally beaten and was forced to save herself while sworn police officers stood idly by,” according to her lawsuit.
Erodoglian’s mental distress from being attacked worsened when she was told that officers were in the vicinity at the time and did not intervene, the suit states.
— City News Service