Deputies responding to reports of an armed, 18-year-old man in faded blue jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt running along Soledad Canyon Road Tuesday morning caught up with their suspect – and when they did, he turned out to be an unarmed, 12-year-old boy who was on probation.
The chase began about 7 a.m. when a deputy spotted a Hispanic male appearing to grab something from his waistband near the Canyon Car Wash, SCV Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Efflandt said.
He said the behavior was consistent with someone trying to hide a heavy object such as a gun, drugs or stolen property. The suspect took off and more deputies were called in for the ensuing foot pursuit that stretched westward to Crossglade Avenue.
Deputies lost sight of him but returned to the car wash, where the suspect had been videotaped by a security camera. They eventually found him hiding in some bushes a short distance from the car wash, Efflandt said.
Whatever he had stashed into his waistband was no longer on his person when he was captured, Efflandt said.
Deputies arrested the boy for truancy and gave him a ride to juvenile hall in Sylmar after determining he was supposed to be at home under house arrest.
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