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Man brought pistol into Glendale Galleria mall, police say

August 27, 2011 |  1:21 pm

A 27-year-old South Gate man was arrested Wednesday evening after he ran from police inside the Glendale Galleria, where a patron allegedly spotted him carrying a gun, police said.

Nathaniel Gonzales, who is on federal probation for drug violations, was taken into custody about 7 p.m. after police officers chased him from the mall through the Anoush Banquet Hall on the 400 block of West Colorado Street, according to police reports.

A mall patron called police about 6:51 p.m. after noticing Gonzales carrying a gun in his shorts pocket as he walked in and out of the mall near Target, according to police reports. The patron told police that Gonzales was acting suspicious.

“I have to give credit to the person who called this in,” police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News-Press. “If you don’t call us, something bad can happen.”


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