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!