Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station searched and found a suspect on Thursday afternoon who was reported to have a gun and wearing a ski mask near the intersection of Jakes Way and Manzanita Lane in Canyon Country, according to Natalie Arriaga, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.
Arriaga confirmed the suspect fled eastbound on Jakes Way toward the railroad tracks after deputies made contact with him.
The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall, wearing all black clothing — including a black ski mask — and a red backpack.
Deputies set up a containment of the area with assistance of an airship. The search took deputies to the Santa Clara River bed, where they looked for the suspect for just under an hour, according to Deputy Robert Jensen.
Jensen said deputies were able to detain the suspect, without incident, once he stepped out of the wash near a surrounding structure at approximately 5:15 p.m.
There was no apparent call for service that initiated contact between deputies and the suspect, according to Jensen. Deputies were unable to immediately confirm if a weapon was found on the suspect once he was detained.
The suspect was taken to the SCV Sheriff’s Station where he remains in custody, at the time of this publication.