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Woman detained at gunpoint in one of two incidents prompting SCV deputies to draw guns

Posted: February 11, 2014 8:43 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2014 5:53 p.m.

A woman was detained at gunpoint in Valencia for driving a stolen car she bought off Craigslist — the first of two incidents Tuesday in which Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies drew their guns on suspects.

The woman was not arrested, but a man stopped at gunpoint in Canyon Country was taken into custody after allegedly driving his black GMC Yukon SUV up to the bike path at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Camp Plenty Road and then challenging people on the bike path to a fight.

About 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, a sheriff’s deputy identified the car driven by the woman in Valencia as a vehicle stolen in Orange County, Deputy Josh Dubin said.

Deputies followed the driver from McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road and converged on the car near the intersection of Rye Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, was detained at gunpoint.

“The deputies were told by the woman that she had purchased the car off an ad placed on Craigslist,” Dubin said.

Deputies contacted the registered owner of the car and were trying to find out who placed the ad to sell the car stolen in Anaheim.

The woman was not charged, was “very cooperative” with deputies and was not held, Dubin said. Her name was not released.

In the Canyon Country incident, which occurred about 3 p.m., the driver of the Yukon exited his car and was uncooperative with deputies, Lt. Tom Bryski said.

“Apparently, he was challenging people to fight on the bike path,” Bryski said. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, Bryski said.
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Unreal: Posted: February 11, 2014 9:09 a.m.

If it was truly a stolen car, good job. I know I would want my car back.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 11, 2014 2:36 p.m.

She bought the car on craigslist without the pink slip? Bad move.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 11, 2014 3:03 p.m.

OK. According to KHTS, the real owner left a spare set of keys AND THE PINK SLIP in his car!!!!!! Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

SCV123: Posted: February 11, 2014 4:12 p.m.

"the driver was detained without incident"

"The woman has not been charged on suspicion of any crime, was very cooperativeā€¯


"The driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, was DETAINED AT GUNPOINT."

Good grief. Seems sheriff deputies are always itching for reasons to needlessly escalate to violence and to draw their guns. It's no wonder their entire organization is in such deep water lately.

UsualSuspect: Posted: February 11, 2014 4:33 p.m.

The Deputy knows the car is stolen, it is a felony, and what else has the minion driver been up to? Had the deputies not drawn their guns, and the driver come out shooting we would have been asking why guns were not drawn. Give them a break, good job, they recovered a stolen vehicle, and will hopefully be able to find out who sold it and track it back to the thief.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 11, 2014 4:38 p.m.

SCV123: Well, even though many on these boards like to call me a cop hater, you never know what you are going to be getting into when approaching someone driving a stolen car. Sounds like it got ramped down pretty quickly after talking with the driver. Sounds like they did a good job to me.

Rocketeer: Posted: February 11, 2014 6:15 p.m.

If someone left keys and the pink slip in their car then they should share the burden in this theft and have to pay half of the money this woman lost in this purchase.

But I'm VERY suspicious the owner was in on this. What a great sounding scam!

Never occurred to me to demand photo ID that matches the pink slip. So at least we can all learn something from this.

Sam2222: Posted: February 12, 2014 8:04 a.m.

Hopefully the owner of the vehicle is able to return the insurance claim settlement back to the insurance company once the vehicle is recovered.

src: Posted: February 12, 2014 8:24 a.m.

I wonder if she tried to register it? And did it not come up as stolen in the DMV system? Also, unless it's a really old vehicle, it doesn't have a pink slip. It's a Title.

kimanthac: Posted: February 12, 2014 8:42 a.m.

SCV123, you know nothing about felony stops. Again, armchair police work.

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