Crime Reports Released For 09/30 Through 10/06
There were several prominent crime trends in the Santa Clarita Valley this week, including a rash of similar armed robberies and car thefts. Local deputies are currently investigating these and other incidents.
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A Castaic man died in a deputy-involved shooting on Sunday after he came out of his house with a rifle and refused to follow commands to drop the weapon. Deputies initially responded to a “suicidal man with a gun” call.
Sunday also saw the third recent gas station armed robbery, at the 24000 block of Newhall Avenue. Two suspects ordered the store clerk at gunpoint to empty the cash register. They fled on foot and no suspects are in custody at this time.
The man who was found dead in the creek bed along Railroad Avenue, was identified as 26-year-old Travis Keith Newman, the Coroner’s Office reported on Monday. Newman was apparently homeless.
After three late 1990s model Honda Civics were stolen from the Jakes Way area of Canyon Country over the weekend, deputies issued a warning from deputies to residents, reminding them to always lock their cars, close windows, remove keys from the ignition, and park in a well-lit area.
Michael Neighbors, 46, of Newhall, who had been released on parole under AB 109, was arrested Thursday on drug possession and sales charges, after deputies found heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana at his residence.
Court cases this week covered everything from bank robbery to vehicular manslaughter, and several suspects were released.
Suzette L. Crockett, 46, of Stevenson Ranch will be back in court on Dec. 2 and is expected to accept a plea deal for the charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, that killed Johnny Sanchez, 58, of Lake View Terrace on Aug. 11.
A jury trial for Demarie Rashad Mackey, 23, of Palmdale is schedule to start on Tuesday. Mackey reportedly robbed a Newhall Bank of America on Saturday, Oct. 6 and is suspected of committing two other robberies.
Three juveniles accused of carjacking and assault near Jakes Way in August, received no sentence Thursday. Two were released on probation and one is still being held at a juvenile detention center because he was fighting while in custody. The victim said he is working through forgiving his attackers.
Dino Guglielmelli, 52, of Canyon Country is being held without bail and charged with attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder after allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his wife.
Last week’s crimes and arrests are highlighted in the station’s weekly Nixle reports. Nixle reports provide a snapshot of crime, as well as notify citizens of any local crime trends. Click here to sign up.
Below are reports from different Sheriff zone's throughout the SCV. KHTS lists the zones in alphabetical order and they are made available.
Here's a summary of incidents that took place in the last week in Santa Clarita.
Canyon Country west
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
(1) Robbery, (1) Residential Burglary, (1) Commercial Burglary, (1) Vehicle Burglary, (2) Shoplift, (6) Petty and (1) GTA.
A robbery occurred at the Papa John’s restaurant located at 18934 Soledad Canyon Road. Two suspects, carrying firearms and wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and bandanas, entered the location and demanded money from the cash register and safe. The suspects fled the location in a dark colored compact vehicle. The case is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Valley Station detectives.
A residential burglary occurred near the 26800 block of Claudette Street. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked garage and broke into the victim’s vehicle. The suspect took a purse containing miscellaneous cards/papers from the vehicle.
A petty theft/shoplift occurred near the 19000 block of Soledad Canyon Road. A store employee was arrested when it was determined she failed to pay for multiple items over the past several months.
A female suspect was detained by loss prevention personnel for petty theft/shoplifting, near the 18600 block of Via Princessa, after failing to pay for selected items she concealed in her purse. The suspect was subsequently arrested by responding deputies.
A 1994 Honda Accord was taken near the 19000 block of Pleasantdale Street. The unlocked vehicle was parked in the driveway. The vehicle was recovered in LAPD’s Mission area.
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