Fake gunpoint holdup nets real gunpoint detainment of 4

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies detain four male juviniles at gunpoint in connection with a firearm investigation near the railroad tracks at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Prima Way in Saugus. Cory Rubin/The SIgnal

Four boys imitating a holdup, one pointing a cell phone like a firearm and another posing as the victim with arms raised, were themselves held at gunpoint by sheriff’s deputies who suspected the incident was real.

No one was shot, no one hurt, but some stern warnings about staging scenes in public were shared with the boys.

The incident happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, near the railroad tracks opposite Prima Way, close to the western end of Golden Triangle Road.

Patrol deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station traveling along Soledad Canyon Road saw a group of teenage boys — one with his arms up, the other pointing at him, two watching.

The deputies did a U-turn and confronted the boys at gunpoint.

“They saw one with his arm out and it appeared that the other juvenile had his hands up and it kind of looked like a robbery,” said Deputy Josh Stemsek, spokesman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

“Deputies detained the four at gunpoint,” Stamsek said. “But, it turned out they were just playing around, using a cellphone like a gun.”

The boys were identified and released, he said.

“The message here — and it’s not for just teens, or kids, but adults, as well —  is use common sense,” Stamsek said.

“You have to bear in mind, what you’re doing out in public and how it can be perceived by others,” he said. “Public safety is our primary concern.”

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