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Armed gang members behind bars after pursuit

Posted: September 18, 2009 4:41 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 4:43 p.m.
Two known criminal street gang members are behind bars facing serious felony criminal charges after an alert resident took action.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received a call yesterday afternoon from a resident who had seen a man brandishing a gun and yelling at two other males near Walnut Springs Avenue and Pleasantdale Street in Canyon Country.

Patrol deputies converged on the area, as did a half dozen deputies from the city of Santa Clarita / Sheriff's Community Interaction Team (CIT) who were conducting saturation patrol and search operations nearby.

Despite their attempts, the gang members didn't have a chance to get away as the deputies took complete control of the area. One of the CIT deputies spotted the subjects near Deeptree Avenue and Drycliff Street.

The two gang members immediately ran with deputies in hot pursuit. During the foot pursuit, the deputies saw one of the juveniles throw a handgun into the bushes in the 19300 block of Pleasantdale Street. The subject was trapped when he ran headlong into additional deputies. He was taken into custody without incident near Pleasantdale Street and Whites Canyon Road.

The second subject was nabbed near Deaptree Avenue and Newhouse Street. Deputies recovered a loaded handgun at the scene.

Both subjects, a male Hispanic, 17, of Canyon Country, and a male Hispanic, 17, of Van Nuys, were taken to and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on several felony charges.

They were later transported to Sylmar Juvenile Hall for housing pending future court proceedings. They each face potential felony charges of reasonable cause assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), participation in a street gang, reasonable cause criminal threats, carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, and misdemeanor charges of mnor in possession of ammunition, and resisting a peace officer.

They are being held without bail pending future court proceedings.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff / city of Santa Clarita's COBRA team continue to investigate the incident and to seek the other two males who were involved in the initial confrontation with these subjects.


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