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Deputies arrest attempted kidnapping suspect in Canyon Country

Man arrested at gunpoint after allegedly trying to force woman into his car Thursday evening

Posted: June 5, 2014 8:40 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2014 8:40 p.m.

A man who attempted to force a woman into his car was arrested at gunpoint without incident in Canyon Country Thursday night, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Local deputies set up a search area and located the car and the suspect on Sierra Highway at Flying Tiger Drive. Traffic in and out of the area was temporarily blocked as deputies searched for the suspect’s vehicle.

The incident began shortly before 8 p.m., when the victim called 911 to report that the father of her children had tried to force her into his car.

Responding deputies staked out the neighborhood, spotted the car and arrested the driver at gunpoint shortly before 8:30 p.m., Sgt. Tim Vanderleak said.

“It appears the victim and suspect know each other,” said Vanderleak. “He was an ex-boyfriend or ex-husband.”

The man was expected to be booked at the station on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, Vanderleak said, adding that the investigation was continuing.

“It’ll most likely be (suspicion of) attempted kidnapping, but there may be other charges,” he said.

Recent incidents in which a man attempted to lure teen girls into his vehicle, including a Hart High School student Thursday, prompted the William S. Hart Union High School District to issue a warning to parents Thursday. But Vanderleak said the alleged attempted kidnapping in Canyon Country was not connected to any of the earlier incidents.

“I don’t see any connection with it,” he said.


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