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Crime Watch: From the Sheriff's Department logs

Woman suffers broken ribs in fight over chicken sandwich

Posted: August 19, 2011 1:37 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2011 1:37 p.m.

AUG. 14:

Stillmore Street, Canyon Country. About 8:50 p.m. Sunday, deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station responded to reports of a family disturbance. When they arrived at Stillmore Street, they found two allegedly drunken men, who are brothers, fighting in the front yard of a home there, according the report deputies logged at the station later. One deputy said he smelled "a strong odor of alcohol" on one man's breath and that he was swaying back and forth.

"I advised the suspect to go into the house and go to sleep," the deputy wrote in his report. "The suspect refused to go into the house. I again advised him to go inside and he refused. Based on his signs and symptoms, coupled with fact he was fighting with his brother. I based the opinion that the suspect was a danger to others inside the residence and I arrested him for being drunk in a public place."

AUG. 15:

Springbrook Avenue, Saugus. Some time between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, someone broke into a white GMC van parked on Springbrook and stole 250 feet of copper wire valued at $300. Springbrook runs parallel to Railroad Avenue through an industrial area. "Entry was made by smashing a rectangular shape window on the right side of the van," deputies reported. "It is unknown what was used to smash the window. The victim believes there are more items missing." Deputies found pieces of broken glass on the ground below the window. The victim, who is self-employed, declined a suggestion by deputies to have fingerprints taken due to the fact that he is "self-employed and can't wait several days to preserve any evidence."

AUG. 16:

Crestview Drive, Newhall. An incident of apparent road rage drove a pedestrian to follow a motorist home and threaten him at knife point. Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies received a call about a knife attack on Crestview at the extreme eastern end of Calgrove Boulevard. When deputies arrived, the victim told them he "entered his garage from his residence and he saw the suspect just outside his open garage door. The suspect asked him if he was the one that drove the blue BMW parked in the garage.' The victim replied, ‘Yes, that's my vehicle.'"

According to the deputy's report, "The suspect then reached from his right side or right back pocket a silver folding knife and ‘flicked' it open." The knife was described as silver-colored with a 5-inch foldable blade.
"The suspect then ran towards the victim and held the blade portion of the knife to the victim's throat saying, ‘You trying to run over my daughter?' The victim stood in place fearing that he would be stabbed or cut by the suspect."

At that moment two young men who had been working on an air conditioning unit in the man's garage appeared and "pulled the suspect from the victim," deputies reported.
Each of the workers "grabbed one arm of the suspect to prevent him from stabbing or cutting the victim. As they did that, they both said the victim had a startled look on his face." The victim told deputies he would be able to identify the suspect if he saw him again.

AUG. 17:

The wash at Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. A homeless woman had one of her ribs broken in a fight with a homeless man over a chicken sandwich. When deputies questioned the injured woman near Sierra Highway she told them she lives "in the wash at Sierra Highway and Soledad with numerous other people. She told them she got into a fight with a friend over a chicken sandwich." According to deputies' notes, the 34-year-old man "grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground. He then punched her on her right ribs. The suspect then took the sandwich and walked away." The victim, who was "extremely intoxicated" and taken to hospital, was found to have one fractured rib. The man was charged with battery.



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