Trespassing suspect taken to hospital after scuffle near film archives


A trespassing suspect wound up being taken to the hospital after fighting with Santa Clarita deputies assisting security at the Packard Humanities Institute in Santa Clarita.

Security with the massive, private film vault facility abutting College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus contacted Sheriff’s Department officials Thursday afternoon regarding an unauthorized person on the premises around 2:22 p.m., officials said.

Security guards contacted the man who was uncooperative, and then waited for deputies to arrive.

The trespassing suspect became combative with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies who initially responded, and numerous deputies quickly arrived to the scene to help with out the first-responders.

A fight ensued, and deputies, as well as the facility’s security guards, assisted in detaining the man who was ultimately transported by AMR officials to a local hospital.

Fire officials confirmed one person was transported from PHI’s address, and that no injuries were reported by the deputies and security guards.

The facility is the second largest moving-image archive in the United States, according to Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA film and television archive, at the time of the facility’s construction in 2012. The Library of Congress is the largest.

The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to archaeology, music, film preservation, and historical archives.

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