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Two teens arrested after argument

Sheriff's deputies prevent possible shooting

Posted: September 18, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Two known gang members are being held in Sylmar Juvenile Hall without bail after sheriff's deputies chased and arrested them in a Canyon Country neighborhood Thursday afternoon, preventing a possible shooting, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.

"Deputies did a great job on converging the area quickly, containing it and getting these armed and dangerous individuals off the street," said sheriff's Sgt. Darren Harris.

Deputies arrested two young men - a 17-year-old from Canyon Country and a 17-year-old from Van Nuys - at 4:55 p.m. after a resident reported that one of them was brandishing a gun and yelling at two other men near Walnut Springs Avenue and Pleasantdale Street, a sheriff's report said.

About a half a dozen deputies and half a dozen Community Interaction Team deputies arrived at the scene and blocked off nearby streets to search for the suspects, the report said.

Deputies spotted the suspects near Deeptree Avenue and Drycliff Street and chased them to Pleasantdale Street and Whites Canyon Road, where they were trapped and taken into custody. A deputy saw one of the suspected gang members throw a handgun into the bushes on the 19300 block of Pleasantdale Street, the report said.

Both teenagers face potential felony charges of reasonable cause assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a street gang, reasonable cause criminal threats, carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a firearm within 1,000 ft. of a school, according to the sheriff's report.

The teenagers also face misdemeanor charges of being minors in possession of ammunition and resisting a peace officer. They are being held without bail pending future court proceedings, the report said.

The Sheriff's COBRA unit is investigating the incident and trying to locate the other males involved in the initial confrontation, the report said.

Anyone with information regarding the crime can contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.

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