Three stolen car suspects arrested at gunpoint

By Jim Holt

Last update: Friday, November 4th, 2016

Three young men were arrested at gunpoint Friday afternoon in the parking lot shared by Game Stop, Babies R Us and Dick’s Sporting Goods, as local sheriff’s deputies closed in on a suspected stolen car.

“Early in the day we received a call about someone in a car pointing a gun from inside a vehicle,” Lt. James Duran of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told The Signal late Friday afternoon.

Deputies began searching for a silver-colored Mercedes-Benz in connection with the gun-pointing incident shortly after 2:30 p.m., he said.

“We couldn’t locate the vehicle,” Duran said.

Sheriff's deputies approach a vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday after three males were instructed to exit the vehicle and detained at gunpoint. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Sheriff’s deputies approach a vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday after three males were instructed to exit the vehicle and detained at gunpoint. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Patrol deputies, however, stumbled on a car –  silver-colored Mercedes-Benz – in the parking lot on Carl Boyer Drive reported to be stolen.

“The stolen vehicle matched the description of the car wanted in the gun-pointing,” Duran said. “The stolen car and the gun call car were one in the same.”

Deputies descended on the parking lot about 3:30 p.m. and ordered three occupants of the car out of the vehicle at gunpoint.

“We detained three people,” Duran said, noting the suspects were placed in custody on suspicion of having a stolen car.

Asked about the gun reportedly being pointed at the person who called the sheriff’s station, Duran said: “It turns out it was a lighter gun.”

The instrument is a lighter shaped to look like a semi-automatic handgun.

jholt@signalscv.com

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's deputies hold the occupant of a car at gunpoint as they instruct him to exit the vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies hold the occupant of a car at gunpoint as they instruct him to exit the vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
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Three stolen car suspects arrested at gunpoint

Three young men were arrested at gunpoint Friday afternoon in the parking lot shared by Game Stop, Babies R Us and Dick’s Sporting Goods, as local sheriff’s deputies closed in on a suspected stolen car.

“Early in the day we received a call about someone in a car pointing a gun from inside a vehicle,” Lt. James Duran of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told The Signal late Friday afternoon.

Deputies began searching for a silver-colored Mercedes-Benz in connection with the gun-pointing incident shortly after 2:30 p.m., he said.

“We couldn’t locate the vehicle,” Duran said.

Sheriff's deputies approach a vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday after three males were instructed to exit the vehicle and detained at gunpoint. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Sheriff’s deputies approach a vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday after three males were instructed to exit the vehicle and detained at gunpoint. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Patrol deputies, however, stumbled on a car –  silver-colored Mercedes-Benz – in the parking lot on Carl Boyer Drive reported to be stolen.

“The stolen vehicle matched the description of the car wanted in the gun-pointing,” Duran said. “The stolen car and the gun call car were one in the same.”

Deputies descended on the parking lot about 3:30 p.m. and ordered three occupants of the car out of the vehicle at gunpoint.

“We detained three people,” Duran said, noting the suspects were placed in custody on suspicion of having a stolen car.

Asked about the gun reportedly being pointed at the person who called the sheriff’s station, Duran said: “It turns out it was a lighter gun.”

The instrument is a lighter shaped to look like a semi-automatic handgun.

jholt@signalscv.com

661-287-5527

on Twitter @jamesarthurholt

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's deputies hold the occupant of a car at gunpoint as they instruct him to exit the vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday. Katharine Lotze/Signal
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies hold the occupant of a car at gunpoint as they instruct him to exit the vehicle in front of GameStop on Friday. Katharine Lotze/Signal

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  • zra

    Pants up, don’t shoot!

  • Fred Kai

    Black Lives Matter………………

  • wingman

    Is this what’s called getting caught with your pants down.

  • Lee Jenkinson

    Well dressed AND intelligent young men!

  • Well look at that…..three Black men pulled out of a vehicle and NOT shot by the police. Hey Black Lives Matter folks, IF you listen to the orders given by the police, you will not get shot. Simple as that!

Jim Holt

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