A woman sits in the backseat of a 2013 Tesla Model S. Photo courtesy edmunds.com
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Reports of a kidnapping in Newhall came in to the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 12:49 p.m., but the alleged abduction was just someone loading a child into a Tesla’s back seat, officials said.

“It was not a kidnapping,” said Lt. Rob Hahnlein.

“The new Teslas have a weird back seat and when they put the (child) in the back seat it looked like they were putting them in the trunk.”

A passerby originally reported the incident to the sheriff’s station and was concerned that there might have been a possible child abduction on Lyons Avenue and Apple Street.

The Sheriff’s Department discovered the gray Tesla a short amount of time after the incident was reported and detained the driver at gun point.

“We’re going to investigate (a kidnapping) and detain whoever until we figure out that it is not a crime,” said Hahnlein.

“We’re not Tesla experts.”

The driver of the Tesla showed law enforcement officials how a passerby might mistake the incident as an abduction due to the design of the back seat.

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  • Frank Smith

    “We’re not Tesla experts.”
    No, just garden variety morons.
    These idiots were actually waving their guns around?

    • Mister Sterling

      Again, car was stopped. Driver was complying. Why were guns drawn? This is California, where it is so much easier to sue anyone. Any ’emotional distress’ by a drawn firearm is going to move a suit forward in civil court. Those cops are going to cost their town a few bucks.

    • Cromarties_Innumerous_Basterds

      They certainly made a felony stop… only problem is, the cops were the ones committing the felony.

    • Wayworn Wanderer

      Some moron falsely reports a crime, and the pigs go into hyperdrive just like the idiots that they are? Bite me, pig lover. I realize that the pigs get away with murder, thanks to jerk offs like you, but it doesn’t make it right.

      • Lyle

        driver is so lucky hes not dead.

    • Lyle

      that ridiculous. someone calls in an unsubstantiated tip that YOU are sex trafficking out of your house, no-knock warrant ladies! you needn’t be a law enforcement expert to see that you are a sh*t deputy’s wet dream. We have EVERY reason to question everything. that is in fact, our job. You don’t need to be a ‘Tesla’ expert to approach an unsubstantiated tip with a grain of salt, get this sheriff some common sense. The deputies didn’t see a kid getting put in a trunk, some twit did, all the deputies got was a call. The driver is lucky the cops didn’t shoot him in front of his kid. you know, while he was, like, resisting arrest

    • blackbellamy

      Are YOU serious? You can only question law enforcement procedures if you’re a law enforcement expert? Pardon us for having thoughts and opinions, Mr waving-his-29-year-LEO-experience-like-a-big-dick guy.

  • John Sweeney

    Frank, you are a moron like most of America’s liberals nowadays!
    Well said Skibumpsboy!

  • cronin

    Beware TheSignal tries to sequester free speech by deleting any comments critical of the failure of their local Sheriff’s Dept.

    • skibumpsboy

      Really?! But they left your comment critical of them? Your bias shows more than theirs.

      • cronin

        You do realize the absence of the multitude of comments on this article from many users have been removed. It’s hard to “show bias” when the evidence is the lack thereof.

        • skibumpsboy

          I’m stymied by your comment. The “evidence is the lack therof”? By that logic, the complete lack of “multitude of comments” other than mine apparently, supporting the way the sheriff’s deputies handled the situation must then mean that the Signal removed them, because the evidence to prove that is the lack therof. Astounding method of deduction.

          • cronin

            There were more comments by many people, they’ve been removed. Unless you were here the day the article was posted and saw them, I cannot prove it to you. You seem a little dense, so even if you saw it, you might not believe it.

          • skibumpsboy

            Your off-base deduction about me is just as baseless as your unproven assertion that the Signal deletes comments that are critical of law enforcement. Having said that, I will refrain from commenting further about this because I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

          • cronin

            I’d paste a link to a screenshot showing a few removed posts but it would be deleted. Fact is, police shouldn’t be pulling guns in this situation.

          • cronin

            ^see what I’m talking about^

          • Lyle

            dude, did you just use a joke from 4th grade? seriously? that’s awesome.

  • Kiko

    Betcha the person who called it in was white.

  • cantwait2see

    What we really need to do is has some sort of system in place where if some moron makes a certain amount of stupid calls to 911, they eventually have to pay for the cost of the time and equipment used to investigate their claim. We need people to stop thinking they’re all doing something right when they’re really wasting police resources and inconveniencing law abiding citizens (and in some instances causing some real and serious problems). Stupid people need to be told that they’re stupid so that maybe they can reflect on their stupidity and begin to make better decisions.

  • MarlboroStan

    I’d be interested to know the race of the Tesla owner. Why you may ask? Because white people never call the cops on other white people in situations like that. They just simply mind their own business. But if the Tesla owner is black or brown, white folks will never mind their own business. They will call the cops and the cops will automatically believe everything the white person says without question.

    • Lyle

      interesting, on one hand you could say whites don’t care about communities of color and wouldn’t care to call such a thing in given that the adult AND child would be of color, or here, white folks are SO concerned with the dealings of people of color and their offspring they show concern (to the point of idiocy it turns out) to the point of calling in laughable accusations? And, here it comes, maybe they responded so aggressively because he was a person of color (of course! racists), or maybe if he was white they responded so aggressively to save a white child, whereas they would not even have pursued were it a person of color. Oh what rabbit holes we can jump down when we race bait! fun!

  • cantwait2see

    What we really need to do is has some sort of system in place where if some moron makes a certain amount of stupid calls to 911, they eventually have to pay for the cost of the time and equipment used to investigate their claim. We need people to stop thinking they’re all doing something right when they’re really wasting police resources and inconveniencing law abiding citizens (and in some instances causing some real and serious problems). Stupid people need to be told that they’re stupid so that maybe they can reflect on their stupidity and begin to make better decisions.

  • Lyle

    f*cktart Sheriff. takes guns from cops, man.

  • cantwait2see

    What we really need to do is has some sort of system in place where if some moron makes a certain amount of stupid calls to 911, they eventually have to pay for the cost of the time and equipment used to investigate their claim. We need people to stop thinking they’re all doing something right when they’re really wasting police resources and inconveniencing law abiding citizens (and in some instances causing some real and serious problems). Stupid people need to be told that they’re stupid so that maybe they can reflect on their stupidity and begin to make better decisions.

  • cantwait2see

    What we really need to do is have some sort of system in place where if some moron makes a certain amount of stupid calls to 911, they eventually have to pay for the cost of the time and equipment used to investigate their claim. We need people to stop thinking they’re all doing something right when they’re really wasting police resources and inconveniencing law abiding citizens (and in some instances causing some real and serious problems). Stupid people need to be told that they’re stupid so that maybe they can reflect on their stupidity and begin to make better decisions.

  • tompinva

    If ignorance of the law is no excuse, then ignorance of a Tesla, is no excuse.