Cops jail parolee who sawed off ankle bracelet while riding bus

BURBANK - A parolee who sawed off his ankle bracelet while riding in the back of a commuter bus was taken into custody the following day and remains jailed without bail, Burbank police reported today.

Another passenger found the ankle device after Jonathan Schwartz got off the bus last Friday, said Sgt. Robert Quesada of the Burbank Police Department.

The bracelet, which was taken to the Burbank police station, showed obvious signs of being cut with a sharp tool, the sergeant said.

The state Department of Corrections subsequently traced the device to Schwartz, a sex registrant with past arrests for sexual assault and narcotics violations, Quesada said.

Officers learned Schwartz might be staying at a Burbank residence, found him there on Saturday and took him into custody on a parole violation.