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UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

Investigators suspect custody dispute between man, woman

Posted: June 24, 2014 1:20 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Two young boys and a woman talk to Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies after a traffic stop on Magic Mountain Parkway that briefly halted traffic near Interstate 5. Preliminary interviews indicated the man and woman, who were allegedly driving erratically and endangering other motorists, may have been involved in a custody dispute. Signal...


A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff’s deputies for erratic driving.

Also stopped on Magic Mountain Parkway for alleged erratic driving was a woman with two children in the car. Sheriff’s investigators believe the two drivers were involved in a child custody dispute, sources said.

The suspect, whose identity was not disclosed late Tuesday afternoon, was being held in the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail on suspicion of domestic assault, a deputy assigned to the jail said.

Amid complaints by other drivers of two motorists driving dangerously on Magic Mountain Parkway just east of Interstate 5, deputies converged on the location around noon Tuesday and stopped both the man and the woman’s vehicle.

Traffic on the street was also halted for a short time.

Both a white Camaro and a white Honda Civic were stopped in the westbound lanes of Magic Mountain near Tourney Road, Deputy Josh Dubin said at the scene.

A woman with two boys were removed from the Honda but was not arrested. The driver of the Camaro was the man arrested for domestic assault.

Lt. Mark Hershey said the call initially came in as a possible kidnapping.

“Some guy called saying someone took his kids.” Hershey said. “We had several people phoning us to say they had seen two cars driving dangerously.”

Information gathered by deputies indicated the Camaro and the Honda driver knew each other and became involved in a “family disturbance” that culminated in the traffic stop.

The investigation was continuing.
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Unreal: Posted: June 24, 2014 5:19 p.m.

Poor little boys will have to live in the middle of a war zone thanks to the

johnnyrock: Posted: June 24, 2014 6:17 p.m.

stupid stupid people.

lmjenki: Posted: June 24, 2014 6:54 p.m.

They walk and breed among us.
You cannot fix stupid.

oldman: Posted: June 25, 2014 11:03 a.m.

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oldman: Posted: June 25, 2014 11:12 a.m.

Great job getting the erratic driver off the road, but being pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff’s deputies seems to be overkill.

DMeyer: Posted: June 25, 2014 12:50 p.m.

If the report called in said that a kidnapping had occurred and children were abducted I'd want as many deputies out there as soon as possible. I'm glad no one got hurt.

edwards55: Posted: June 25, 2014 1:05 p.m.

I bet they are from Palmdale

timothymyers02: Posted: June 25, 2014 2:01 p.m.


In South Orange County people say "I bet they are from Santa Clarita!"

boneshark: Posted: June 25, 2014 3:01 p.m.

@edwards55: I'm very curious...what exactly are you implying by saying, "I bet they are from Palmdale"? Come on...tell why the hate for Palmdale? As for that matter...tell why the hate?

chefgirl358: Posted: June 25, 2014 6:12 p.m.

Oldman, considering there were two cars involved and a possible kidnapping, or road rage incident, it's not overkill at all for a large response. Even a domestic incident may sound like not a very big deal, but those are the most deadly for police officers in actuality.

obscured: Posted: June 25, 2014 8:33 p.m.

edwards55: I say either Palmdale, Lancaster, or the Van Nuys / San Fernando Area :)

boneshark: Posted: June 26, 2014 2:07 p.m.

@obscured: That sounds like a Donald Rumsfeld comment..."We know where the enemy is. The enemy is north, south, east and west of here...." Holy smoke, we're the wagons! ;-p

SReilly12: Posted: June 26, 2014 8:55 p.m.

timothmyers02 - I'm betting they actually do come from our Valley :) --edited.

Unreal: Posted: June 27, 2014 2:04 p.m.

People of all walks of life go crazy during divorces. SCV, Palmdale,
Beverly Hills, Orange County, does not matter. It is the kids who suffer.

Always wish your ex well. The better they do in life the better for your kids. This means a new marriage or school, or career.

Don't keep your kids from seeing their father or mother due to lack of child support. This hurts your kids.

Don't bring them back late or "accidently" not be there when the kids are to be picked up. This hurts your kids.

Don't discuss with or in earshot of your kids the other parent in a negative way.

Don't race around in a car like a crazy a** with your kids in the car.

DMeyer: Posted: June 27, 2014 2:28 p.m.

Good advice Unreal. But unfortunately some people want to inflict as much damage as they can to their ex and the best way they think to do that is by using the kids. They couldn't be more wrong.

Leykis101: Posted: June 27, 2014 5:23 p.m.

"I say either Palmdale, Lancaster, or the Van Nuys / San Fernando Area :)"

I agree. When a statement is generally's generally true. Just because there can be an exception to the rule...only proves the rule exists in the first place. So yes, must be from Palmdale I'm thinking.

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