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Young man ordered into parents’ full-time custody after alleged threats on sheriff’s personnel

18-year-old under psychiatric care allegedly tried to blow up Valencia station

Posted: May 1, 2013 6:35 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 6:35 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO — Parents of a Valencia man under psychiatric care and charged with threatening to kill a local sheriff’s deputy by blowing him up in a propane explosion were ordered by a judge Wednesday to be with their son every moment he is out in public.

“I am ordering that one of you must be with this young man while he is out in public,” San Fernando Superior Court Judge Shari Silver told the parents of the accused man.

Louis Valentino Gabriel, 18, is charged with threatening to kill Sgt. Darren Harris and specifically with a section of the state’s penal code that deals with malicious tampering with gas lines, a felony.

Last month, Gabriel threatened to commit a crime that would have resulted in the death and “great bodily injury” to Harris when he walked into the restricted outdoor area of the Sheriff’s Station and tampered with propane tanks there, according to a copy of the criminal complaint signed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and obtained by The Signal.

The penal code section describes the felony as: “Anyone who willfully and maliciously breaks, digs up, obstructs, interferes with, removes or injures any pipe or main or hazardous liquid pipeline erected, operated, or maintained for the purpose of transporting, conveying or distributing gas or other hazardous liquids.”

On April 18, Gabriel “maliciously damaged” sheriff’s property, the complaint alleges.

A propane explosion at the Sheriff’s Station in the center of Santa Clarita would have been disastrous, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The complaint further alleges Harris “was reasonably in sustained fear of his/her safety and the safety of his/her immediate family.”

On Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Michael Stewart told the judge: “We are very, very concerned for the safety of the community and the safety of this individual.”

Silver was told that the young man charged with the crimes is in a psychiatric unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

She then directed her attention to Gabriel’s parents, who were in court Wednesday. The court was told that Gabriel has suffered from psychiatric problems since the age of 4.

“What I’m concerned about is him being out with the public,” Silver said.

Stewart responded: “This is a very serious concern.”

The judge ruled: “When he is out, he is not to be left alone whatsoever.

“There must be one parent present with him at all times for the safety of himself and the community — no exceptions.”

Last month’s propane incident was the fourth run-in that local sheriff’s deputies have had with Gabriel, said Deputy Josh Dubin.

When deputies first encountered him last year around Halloween, Gabriel came to the station unannounced dressed in a full costume — complete with claws — resembling horror movie icon Freddy Krueger from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie franchise, he said.

Gabriel, dressed as Krueger, allegedly chased inmates who perform supervised outdoor work at the station, the deputy said.

In a separate incident on Jan. 8, deputies arrested Gabriel on suspicion of having committed a robbery. That case is scheduled to be addressed in court next week.

“Hopefully, he will get the help he needs,” Dubin said. “We would hate for these types of incidents to escalate.”
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