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UPDATE: Castaic barricaded suspect captured by sheriff’s deputies

Posted: August 13, 2014 12:06 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 2014 6:18 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies contain the area where a woman held police at bay during a three-hour standoff Wednesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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A 44-year-old Castaic woman allegedly kidnapped a man at gunpoint Wednesday and then holed up inside her mobile home while deputies surrounded the residence, some with guns drawn.

The three-hour standoff ended when the woman exited the residence, told Sheriff’s Department personnel in a loud and unhurried voice, “Don’t touch me. I want my dad, my mom and my therapist,” and then was tackled and handcuffed when she failed to follow orders to “get down, get down.”

The incident began Wednesday morning when the woman allegedly got into a car with a gun drawn, pointed it at the driver and told the driver to take her home.


The 44-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was identified by neighbors as a nine-year resident of a mobile home park located at 27700 Parker Road in Castaic.

The drive from where the kidnapping took place to the woman’s residence in Lakehills Mobile Estates is a short distance, Deputy Josh Dubin said. After she got home, she “exited the vehicle,” allowing the motorist to drive away unharmed, Dubin said.

“Then she goes inside her residence armed with a handgun,” Dubin said. The woman refused to come out of the home and threatened to kill herself, he said.

Deputies received reports of the incident around 10 a.m. By noon, homes around the woman’s were evacuated and SWAT team deputies positioned themselves around the woman’s residence and a sheriff’s negotiator began trying to talk the woman out, Dubin said.

“We’re hoping for a peaceful resolution and working toward a peaceful resolution,” he said.

Restraining order
According to the woman’s friends and neighbors, trouble began for her Tuesday night when she learned an ex-boyfriend had been released from jail.

“This has been coming for a long time,” said a woman who lives across the road from the suspect. “She had a boyfriend who went to jail, and they (jail officials) didn’t tell her that he had been released,” she said. The woman said she had taken out a restraining order against the boyfriend.

“She was scared to death,” she said.

Dubin said he had no information about the boyfriend.

One of the women’s neighbors said he saw her get out of a car holding a gun shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“She had a gun and she wanted to get into her house” but apparently didn’t have the keys, he said. “So I helped her get into her house because that’s what neighbors do.

“Apparently, she was a few blocks away and she needed a ride,” the man said, reflecting on the woman’s arrival home. “She was just really upset and needed talking to,” he said.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., more than three hours after deputies responded to reports of a kidnapping, a woman was seen near the backyard of the home under surveillance.

Wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, her left arm in a pink cast and her right wrist wrapped with an elastic bandage, she walked out from behind the home with her hands up.

After the brief exchange with Special Enforcement Bureau deputies, she was tackled on the sidewalk of the cul-de-sac and handcuffed.

One deputies was heard saying, “Grab the gun. It’s in her back.”

After wailing and moaning on the ground, the woman told one deputy: “Get off my ankle, you animal.”

Sheriff’s officials declined to release the woman’s name or information on any charges that may be filed against here Wednesday evening, saying only the case was under “active investigation. Nothing further is being released right now.”





lmjenki: Posted: August 13, 2014 7:59 p.m.

Good job sheriffs! No on got hurt and hopefully this woman can get some help

thecloser: Posted: August 13, 2014 9:49 p.m.

yeah some help in prison lol

Rick54: Posted: August 13, 2014 11:17 p.m.

What a shame. She'll be in prison lickety split.

DMeyer: Posted: August 14, 2014 1:48 a.m.

This would have been a great episode on the show Cops.

ricketzz: Posted: August 14, 2014 10:12 a.m.

Did they send the IED resistant asphalt chewer?

Jake: Posted: August 14, 2014 1:16 p.m.

Gee, I'm glad to see the Navy SEALS and Delta Force helped out. "Weapons of war have no place on our streets" said Obama. The militarization of police is becoming very real and frightening. Police are supposed to look inward, to protect fellow citizens with minimal force. The military looks outward and rolls in hard with advanced weaponry to overwhelm and devastate the enemy. Historically we are going down a very dangerous path. The militarization of our police needs to stop.

Unreal: Posted: August 14, 2014 2:14 p.m.

I sounds more like a mental break down more than anything else. Who forces someone to take them home at gun point if they are thinking clearly? It also sounds like she has neighbors who care about her.

I hope she gets the help she needs.

I am glad the Sheriffs out here did not see the need to pound her repeatedly in the face like we have seen done to other people with a mental issue.
Good job for showing restraint.

src: Posted: August 14, 2014 2:20 p.m.

The obviously needed full tactical gear and short barreled rifles for this job. Great work....

johnnyrock: Posted: August 14, 2014 3:59 p.m.

So she is afraid of her ex, so she grabs a gun and starts kidnapping people to drive her around at gunpoint........hmmm

DMeyer: Posted: August 14, 2014 5:16 p.m.


And you still believe what Obama says? How many times do you need to be lied to before you realize you're dealing with a liar?

Jake: Posted: August 14, 2014 6:30 p.m.


What are you talking about? Obama said weapons of war need to be off of our streets but militarization of our police is accelerating. Of course I know he's full of it. Not sure how you interpreted my post differently.

In any case, something needs to be done about this and fast.

DMeyer: Posted: August 14, 2014 8:16 p.m.

@Jake a lot of things that just aren't true, that's what I'm talking about.

As for weapons of war, do you think Obama meant F-18's, mortars, RPG's, laser guided missiles, predator drones, howitzers, full auto .50 cal machine guns? Those are weapons of war, right?

But he would be right, we really don't need those weapons of war on our streets.

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