Man arrested on suspicion of attacking elderly woman, threatening others

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A Canyon Country man was arrested last week after deputies believe he assaulted an older woman, threatened other victims and attempted to steal firearms from the residence’s safe.  

At approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a report of a family disturbance occurring on the 30600 block of The Old Dirt Road in Canyon Country.  

“Upon arrival, deputies learned, during a verbal dispute, the suspect physically assaulted an elderly female adult and also made verbal threats against the victims,” said Deputy Natalie Arriaga, a spokeswoman for the station. “The suspect additionally tampered with a safe storing multiple firearms and ammunition within the home.” 

Arriaga said the 45-year-old suspect was a tenant at the residence and, at some point during the incident, he allegedly tried to break into a locked safe inside the home that contained multiple firearms and ammunition.  

Deputies quickly arrived on the scene before any shots had been fired, Arriaga said, and the suspect, who’s a previously convicted felon, was arrested on suspicion of felonious possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, elder abuse and criminal threats. 

He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.  

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