LAPD throws dragnet over Newhall neighborhood in search of suspect

LAPD officers prepare to make entry to an apartment complex to search for a felony suspect that was involved in a pursuit that terminated near 6th Street and Pine in Newhall Wednesday evening. Cory Rubin/The Signal
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A man wanted by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department who was spotted in Newhall sparked a neighborhood to be cordoned off and a manhunt launched for the suspect on Wednesday.

An LAPD officer gears up to search for a felony suspect that was involved in a pursuit that terminated near 6th Street and Pine in Newhall Wednesday evening. Cory Rubin/The Signal

About 3:30 p.m., more than two dozen deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station converged on the intersection of Pine and Market Streets, immediately setting up a containment area.

LAPD officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies discuss the plan to search for a felony suspect that was involved in a pursuit that terminated near 6th Street and Pine in Newhall Wednesday evening. Cory Rubin/The Signal

“This is an LAPD case and our vehicles are over there to help out,” Sgt. Eric Caplinger of the SCV Sheriff’s Station said.

A check with the LAPD revealed only that a man was being sought.

“At about 2:45 p.m., a suspect led us to the Newhall,” LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.

“We followed the suspect in the (San Fernando) Valley, which led us to your area,” he said. “The suspect was seen exiting the vehicle and a perimeter was set up.”

An LAPD K-9 officer joins the search for a felony suspect that was involved in a pursuit that terminated near 6th Street and Pine in Newhall Wednesday evening. Cory Rubin/The Signal

About 4 p.m., LAPD officers stepped up the police presence inside the perimeter, calling in the K-9 unit and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson/Explosives Unit — meaning the police dog and the bomb squad.

An LAPD officer gears up to search for a felony suspect that was involved in a pursuit that terminated near 6th Street and Pine in Newhall Wednesday evening. Cory Rubin/The Signal

When asked why the bomb squad was called in, LASD Sgt. Benjamin C. Grubb said: “We are assisting LAPD regarding a containment only. It is in fact an LAPD handle.”

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