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Parolee arrested after medieval-style weapon found in home

June 1, 2012 |  3:01 pm

The flail allegedly found in the parolee's home on Thursday, May 31.

A 27-year-old man was arrested in North Glendale on Thursday after police found what officials described as a medieval-style weapon inside his home during a parole compliance check, officials said.

The parolee, Nicholas Davanzo, was home in the 4400 block of Ocean View Boulevard when Glendale police officers and gang detectives knocked on his door.

During a search of his home, they found a flail — essentially a wooden handle with a blunt, spiked object attached to a chain at the end. Police also allegedly found pepper spray.

Possession of the dangerous weapon was a violation of Davanzo’s parole, which he’s serving for a burglary conviction, police said.

Davanzo’s residence was one of 12 homes that police and U.S. marshals visited Thursday morning to check for parole or probation violations. The local residents had been previously convicted of violent and property crimes, Police Sgt. Mike Toledo said.

A series of home break-ins, vehicle burglaries and auto thefts in the area prompted officials to organize the operation, Glendale Police Lt. Scott Bickle said.


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Photo: The flail allegedly found in the parolee's home on Thursday, May 31. (Glendale Police Department / June 1, 2012