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Attorney arrested near court

Also: Cops question copper theft suspect

Posted: July 17, 2008 1:36 a.m.
Updated: September 17, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Criminal defense attorney Stephen Sitkoff was placed under citizen’s arrest Wednesday afternoon near the Santa Clarita Superior Court in Valencia.

According to sheriff’s deputies, Sitkoff rear-ended another vehicle on Valencia Boulevard before reportedly fleeing to the courthouse parking lot. Moments later, Sitkoff reportedly tried to flee the scene by parking his car and entering the courthouse.

However, the victim tried to follow and capture him before asking a deputy to enter the courthouse and ask Sitkoff to come out.

The 51-year-old defense attorney reportedly complied, though he denied colliding with the victim’s vehicle.
Deputies said that the victim then demanded Sitkoff be arrested.

Sitkoff was cited for a misdemeanor and released, according to a sheriff’s official.

A partner in the firm Takajian, Somers and Sitkoff, LLP, the defense attorney represented “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin following his arrests on drug-related charges. Sitkoff is also a former county deputy district attorney and superior court commissioner.

Cops question copper theft suspect
A Canyon Country man was questioned by sheriff’s deputies after he was implicated in stealing large amounts of copper wire near Bouquet Canyon on Wednesday, officials said.

The suspect was reportedly stopped by deputies on Sierra Highway near American Beauty Drive after a Department of Water and Power air unit spotted the man’s truck and trailer near Bouquet Canyon. Inside the truck, the pilot apparently spotted a large amount of wire. The suspect was not arrested.

Moments later, the pilot called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and provided the truck’s license plate and description.

While the suspect was not arrested, he reportedly told the deputies who pulled him over he would lead them to the trailer that was described by the pilot; the trailer was detached from the truck after the initial call and left at an undisclosed location.

Since he was not arrested as of Wednesday afternoon, the suspect’s name was not released.

This was the second time a suspect was implicated in a copper wire theft. In April, another man was arrested when DWP employees prevented him from apparently stealing a 2,500-foot section of copper wire cut from a high-tension wire pole.


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