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Deputies ID suspect in Castaic standoff

Crime: Records indicate local recently faced multiple drug charges

Posted: August 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The young man arrested in Castaic in connection with Wednesday’s four-hour standoff with local sheriff’s deputies had been arrested on drug charges last month, and the month before that, records indicate.

Christopher Thomas Marchetti, 23, of Zion Court in Castaic, was charged with burglary after heavily armed deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station entered his mother’s home shortly before noon Wednesday, ending a four-hour standoff.

Marchetti, a mechanic who attended Valencia High School, remained in custody Thursday with bail set at $312,500.
He was arrested in connection with a burglary Monday during which a semiautomatic handgun was stolen, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

Because he was a suspect in the handgun burglary, sheriff’s deputies acted on the belief that he was in possession of the handgun when they spotted his car in the driveway of his mother’s home on Zion Court.

They asked him to come out of the house at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, but it four hours later when he was led shoeless from the house by armed deputies.

Marchetti was arrested July 11 and charged with possessing a controlled substance.

He had been arrested exactly one month prior to that, on June 11, and charged with the same felony offense.

In June, his bail was set at $21,000. In July, his bail was $10,000.

According to the sheriff’s booking log, Marchetti was released about 1:30 p.m. on June 12, the day he was arrested the first time. He was released within 13 hours after his second arrest on July 11.

Arresting officers listed each of the possession charges as a felony offense which would carry a sentence of 16 months to three years in state prison upon conviction.

Marchetti was scheduled each time to appear in Newhall Municipal Court 48 hours after his arrest on each of the possession cases.

A conviction for burglary carries a sentence of up to six years in state prison.


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