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Suspect arrested in assault on deputy

Second suspect still sought

Posted: December 21, 2009 2:14 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2009 2:14 p.m.

Musheg Tokhunts, pictured above, was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Thursday on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

 
A resident's tip and extensive investigation led to the arrest Thursday of one of the two men suspected in the Nov. 11, 2009 attack on a Santa Clarita Valley deputy sheriff following a traffic stop at 21048 Golden Triangle Road in Canyon Country.

Musheg Tokhunts was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

Tokhunts was also on felony parole and is being held without bail at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles pending future court proceedings.

Detectives still seek the second suspect.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the county of Los Angeles and city of Santa Clarita approved separate substantial rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons(s) responsible for the brazen assault.

Shortly after the reward was announced and released to the public, information began to come in resulting in new leads. One tipster provided detailed information as to a vehicle that was possibly the one used by the suspects during the commission of the crime.

Detectives from Santa Clarita Valley Station followed up on the information and located the vehicle in the Van Nuys area. Shortly after the discovery, detectives confirmed the vehicle was the one used during the assault.

Surveillance operations were set up to identify persons associated with the vehicle and to identify the suspects involved in the assault.

On Dec. 16, a surveillance team from Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Major Crimes Bureau stopped the vehicle with one occupant. The occupant was identified as Musheg Tokhunts, MO/31, of Van Nuys, and he was arrested for a vehicle code violation.

Further investigation by Santa Clarita Valley detectives revealed that Musheg Tokhunts was one of the men suspected in the assault of the deputy.

The second suspect in the attack has not yet been identified or located. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Robbery and Assault Team is asking for public assistance in identifying and locating him. The team has released suspect Tokhunt's picture in hopes that someone will recognize him and those associated with him.

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