Ruckus at gas station lands man 80 days in jail



A Saugus man arrested on suspicions of several criminal charges this past summer after allegedly going wild at a Newhall gas station was sentenced to 80 days in jail after pleading no contest to grand theft.

Edgar Alejandro Hernandez, a 35-year-old unemployed man, was arrested July 25 by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of robbery and other charges.

On Thursday last week, he appeared in San Fernando Superior Court where he entered a plea of no contest.

“This defendant pleaded no contest on Nov. 9 to one count of grand theft from the person of another and was immediately sentenced to 80 days in jail and 3 years formal probation,” Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told The Signal Wednesday.

“On Friday, July 21, 2017, around 4:30 a.m., deputies responded to a disturbance at a gas station located on the 20500 block of Newhall Avenue,” Shirley Miller, sheriff’s station spokeswoman told The Signal this past summer.

“A suspect reportedly walked into the business, and got into a verbal altercation with an employee,” she said.

Arrest documents maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department describe Hernandez as 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds.

“The suspect then knocked over a stand with food products on it and allegedly grabbed the glasses off of the employee’s face, slamming them on the counter top and causing them to break.

“The suspect then took two bottles of beer and left the store. Outside the location, the suspect took one of the bottles and struck a man’s truck, causing minor damage to the vehicle,” she said.

“The victim confronted the suspect about the damage to his truck, and the suspect allegedly pushed him, struck him with the beer bottle and then threw the bottle onto the ground, causing it to break.

“The suspect then went over to another man who was putting gas in his truck. The suspect grabbed a squeegee and held it above his head toward the victim, calling him derogatory names,” Miller said.

Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and vandalism, she said.

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