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Detectives investigating 'poking' incident that occurred during Santa Clarita City Council meeting

Posted: May 21, 2013 1:10 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2013 1:10 p.m.

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are investigating an alleged “poking” incident during an argument at last week’s meeting of the Santa Clarita City Council.

Deputy Josh Dubin said the incident that prompted the investigation occurred during the council’s May 14 meeting when a 57-year-old man, apparently upset at public comments concerning the proposed location of new cell phone towers in Santa Clarita, got into a verbal argument with a 41-year-old woman.

During that argument the man, a Santa Clarita resident, allegedly poked the woman on her arm several times with his finger.

The woman later contacted the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and filed a report concerning the incident, according to Dubin.

Dubin said the incident is being investigated as a battery, though nobody has been charged or arrested as of Tuesday.

“If you physically touch somebody, it’s battery,” Dubin said.

Dubin also emphasized that, contrary to some rumors, no member of the City Council, or any city official, had anything to do with the incident.

“We’re trying to reassure people that their elected officials were not involved in this,” Dubin said.

Detectives are looking into the matter to see if charges will be filed. The case is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration sometime in the future, according to Dubin.

The names of those involved in the incident have not been released, as the investigation is ongoing.
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