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Police raid home in Canyon Country

Investigation: Authorities mum on the reason for the search, which resulted in officers taking boxes

Posted: October 25, 2010 10:04 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Police investigators with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office raided the Canyon Country home of a military woman who runs a business regularly contracted by the United States Department of Defense, causing alarm and concern among some neighbors Monday.

At about 7:30 a.m., at least a half-dozen police officers wearing black T-shirts marked with the logo of the D.A.’s office, along with handcuffs and badges attached to their belts, descended on a two-story home on Selene Court near the western end of Shangri La Drive.

A sport-utility vehicle and a truck, each labeled with “BJD Resourcing” and a phone number printed on the doors, remained parked at the home while investigators entered the house.

Dawn Kuykendall, who owns the home and lives there with her husband, Brian, is a soldier with the Army and owns BJD Resourcing LLC, based in San Fernando on North Maclay Avenue.

Two different women who answered calls made to the phone number printed on the BJD Resourcing vehicles refused to talk to The Signal when asked about the home, the search and the vehicles.

No one was hurt or seen arrested, according to officials and neighbors.

Police Lt. Bill Brown, supervisor of the investigative unit, with printed folded papers protruding from his police vest, told The Signal that all official comment had to come from the D.A.’s Office in Los Angeles.

“It’s an ongoing criminal investigation,” said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office. “We served a search warrant and our policy is not to discuss the particulars.”

A neighbor who asked not to be identified voiced concern about seeing armed officers on the tiny cul-de-sac at a time when young children were on their way to school.

“I was afraid of a shoot-out,” said the neighbor. “It was interesting — but it was very unnerving to see how many police officers there were.”

Police showed up at the house brandishing what appeared to be a battering ram, according to the neighbor. The battering ram was not used.

During the search, police left the home’s front door and garage door open. The neighbor said police left with cardboard boxes and cases designed to handle delicate equipment.

The Signal called the BJD Resourcing phone number at about 12:30 p.m. and spoke to a woman who did not give her name.

When asked her name, the woman said: “No comment.”

“I don’t have any comment for the news,” she said. “We’re trying to run a company, and I don’t have time for your shenanigans.”

When asked about the company’s vehicles parked at the house on Selene Court, the woman said “OK” but then said again: “I have stuff I have to do and I don’t have time to answer your questions.”

At about 3:30 p.m., a woman answered a second call made to the same phone number, this time asking specifically for Dawn Kuykendall, said: “She’s not here. ... She won’t talk to you.”

BJD Resourcing LLC was founded in 2004 and offers general management consulting services to the U.S. military.

Since it began, BJD Resourcing has been awarded more than $9.8 million in Department of Defense contracts, according to public records available online.

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