Suspected gang member arrested after standoff in Val Verde
A six-hour standoff in a Val Verde neighborhood ended Thursday afternoon when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected gang member sought since July 4 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon against a member of a rival gang.
Arturo Jimenez, 36, barricaded himself inside a house in the 29000 block of Hunstock Street when deputies arrived to arrest him, authorities said.
About 30 deputies sealed off a 3 ½-block section of the rural neighborhood near the Santa Clarita Valley and evacuated several nearby homes before entering the house where Jimenez was hiding shortly before 4 p.m., said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station.
Minutes later, a search dog found Jimenez hiding in the attic. Jimenez suffered bites and was treated before being booked, Harris said.
Jimenez was sought after allegedly drawing a gun and threatening the rival gang member during an incident in the 29000 block of Val Verde Road. Deputies said they cordoned off the neighborhood because they feared Jimenez was armed and dangerous.
-- Bob Pool