Deputies arrest man suspected of carrying gun into a McDonald’s

file photo. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies detained a man suspected of carrying a weapon inside a McDonald’s at the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road in Valencia on Sunday.

The manager of the McDonald’s had been told by a customer about a man with a holstered gun in the bathroom, said Sgt. Mike Pokorny. Several sheriff’s deputies were dispatched shortly after 12:20 p.m. and cleared the area of civilians. Upon arrival, deputies were told by witnesses that the suspect had walked to Wendy’s across the street.

The manager of the McDonald’s had been told by a customer about a man in the bathroom, said Sgt. Mike Pokorny. Several sheriff’s deputies were dispatched shortly after 12:20 p.m. and cleared the area of civilians. Upon arrival, deputies were told by witnesses that the suspect had walked to Wendy’s across the street.

“Our deputies were redirected and a small on-foot pursuit ensued,” said Pokorny. “Deputies then captured the suspect and placed him into custody.”

A gun was not found on the suspect, said Pokorny. An investigation of the area remains underway, with no one reported to be harmed. Deputies and a K9 unit continued to search the area for a possible firearm, Pokorny said.

No further information was immediately available.

This is a breaking news story. We will update as soon as more information is available.

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Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini

Ryan Mancini covers local news for The Signal. He joined in 2018 and previously worked as a reporter and editor for The Sundial, Scene Magazine and El Nuevo Sol while enrolled as a student at California State University, Northridge, where he studied journalism and political science. He's lived in Santa Clarita since 2002.