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Updated: Man Arrested for Weapons Charge Near Odyssey Charter

Deputies have taken an armed man into custody after a search that involved a helicopter and ground officers. Details of what the suspect may have done are not yet available.

Updated 5/9: The man who was arrested as Brenden Jackson, 19, of Altadena, acording to Shephard.  Shephard was unable to confirm whether it was the same Brenden Jackson who is the twin brother of murder victim Brandon Jackson. Brandon Jackson's twin brother has been arrested before and Sheriff's Department .

Updated 4:45 p.m: The suspect has been arrested on charges of possession of a firearm, according to Lt. Angela Shephard of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

She said the suspect is a gang member, a male in his 20s from Altadena.  She did not have his name as of 4:45 p.m.

The suspect was spotted by a deputies on patrol near the intersection of Lincoln and Altadena with what appeared to be a gun tucked in his pocket, according to a report on the incident released by the department

The suspect went into a home on Altadena Drive before the deputies could make contact - they then started a containment, which including a helicopter, and told the suspect to come out.

The gun was not recovered, Shephard said.  Deputies believe that the suspect ditched the gun, she said.

The suspect called the Sheriff's Department once the home was surrounded and ask what the officers were doing there.  After speaking with the watch commander, he agreed to come out of the house and surrender himself, according to the report.

Under an open carry law introduced by Altadena's representative in the state Assembly, Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, which became law in 2012, carrying a gun, even if unloaded, in public, is a violation of the law.

Updated 1:30 p.m: The man is still in custody but deputies have not located the gun he was reported to be carrying, according to Lt. Angela Shephard of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Original: A man armed with a gun who was spotted running through a West Altadena neighborhood has been taken into custody following a police containment in the area, according to Deputy Mary Debella of the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

The incident happened shortly before 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday.  

Debella said she did not have any further details about the suspect or the location or what crime the suspect may have committed.

According to an email of a resident in the area, deputies in a helicopter were circling around a home in the 600 block of W. Altadena Drive, nearby  Police scanner transmissions indicate Odyssesy had been on lock down during the search.

Two other residents emailed Patch about seeing the helicopter circling in the surrounding area Tuesday morning as well.

Patch will update this article with more information when it becomes available.

Sam Churchill May 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Seems there's an incident very couple of days. Altadena is becoming more lawless than when we moved here 18 years ago. It may be time to move on.
BeKindToOneAnother May 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
With people out of work crime is going up. I guess when people can't feed there family they got to do something. Hopefully the police can handle it for use. They been doing a great job so far.
Angela Odom May 08, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Glad to know what happened. I heard the police and saw the helicopter but couldn't see where they were. I figured it had to be on Altadena Drive. I figured the police knew where he was because I heard them say "give yourself up because we aren't leaving." A guy running around with a gun, that's a bit concerning.
disturbed. May 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I live just down the street from where this happened. I could hear the police as well- shouting that they were going to release dogs and etc... It seems like the gangs are getting more and more aggressive. Prostitution, drugs, and gang violence seem to be increasing. I'm so glad someone saw the man running down the street and called the cops in time. Guess we all just need to keep our eyes and ears open.
local May 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The mix of stories on here are from completely opposite ends of the spectrum. It feel like Altadena is two completely different cities. ‘Burned Body Found in Altadena’, ‘Come On Out for Fancy Food Truck Friday’, ‘Gang Shooting by Alta Loma Park’, ‘New info on Altadena Farmer’s Market’. I’m curious which end of the spectrum will win the tug of war.
disturbed. May 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Well I live on the bad side. We were foolish and purchased the house we could afford without doing adequate research. There is a huge difference between the west side and the east side. Too bad the houses on the east side are not affordable. Now we're stuck in this house with not enough money to move and the things just keep happening.
Laura Monteros May 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Heard the copter but by the time Iwalked the dogs around noon, everything was quiet. I didn't go all the way over to the park, though. The rash of problems on the west side is nothing new. It was explained to me years ago: The criminals are incarcerated, often several at a time, and they get out around the same time. That's when there's increased crime. Then they get put in jail again, and it's calm awhile. I am concerned about the increase on the west side in the past few months, but it is much better here than it was 22 years ago when we moved in and there were shots fired nearly every week. I would also remind folks that the east side has more residential and car burglaries (excepting 24 Hour Fitness, which is like a ripe plum) than the west side.
local May 08, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@Disturbed – We had a family friend in the same position. They bought a house on Harriet near Fair Oaks. After a few years of drive by shootings and drug busts they decided they needed to leave. They were upside down on their house so they let the bank just foreclose on it. For them it became an issue of family safety vs. credit rating and family safety won.
MtnManMike May 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Things have gotten so much better in Altadena than they were years ago. Hang in there, and don't give up on the town. Altadena needs good people to keep their eyes open, and fight back. Once the bad guys move on, it will be worth it. Just look up at those mountains on a crisp morning, and remember, "Anything of value is worth fighting for".
altadena_local May 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I agree. A lot of this has to do with the California's early release of prisoners due to budget problems. The LA Sheriff's have worked hard in Aladena and they won't give up. We just have to keep or ears and eyes open to help.
Revvell May 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Right on, Mike!!!
Hugo May 08, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Absolutely
Revvell May 08, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Ummm.. it says they arrested and "armed man" except they didn't find a gun. What kind of arms did he have other than his own (which, I'm assuming he had two of.)
Liz H. May 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Heh heh. FINALLY something to smile about!
Angela Odom May 08, 2012 at 11:49 PM
On the floor laughing. That was a good one. I just read on Altadenablog that the guy actually phone the sheriff's office to find out why the police were there. A troubling story with hilarious twists.
Robby May 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I'm with Revvell on this one. If we don't have a gun here, we don't have a crime. It is not illegal to walk down the street while being black.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 12:16 AM
@Robby - Nevertheless, the arrest was made. We'll keep an eye on this one to see if the district attorney's office files charges. It may also be possible the suspect admitted to carrying the gun.
Travis Bickle May 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Robby- Though it is illegal to be a known gang member with a gun, it's also illegal to loiter in front of the liquor like those "fine citizens" do all day. "She said the suspect is a gang member, a male in his 20s from Altadena". Why did you bring Race into this?? Because that is all you got. What is this young man doing in front of a liquor store at 10:30 am anyway? Must be his day off? It will be his word against a cops...who will win? this wasn't some citizen calling in a "man with a gun" a cop saw him, just like when a cop see's you roll a stop sign. No proof, just your word against his. Who wins?
Chris May 09, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I heard way more gunshots in Silver Lake than I have here in Altadena. Silver Lake may be hip and trendy -- and dangerous in some parts -- but we chose this lovely place because it's so authentic. The 'bangers will not win out. No way.
Robby May 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Thank you Dan! I see that it was the Sheriff who spotted the potential gun. And I would never have guessed that he might have confessed - that's a good suggestion. I'm just wary...Pasadena police just shot that guy who'd stolen a laptop, claiming he'd reached for his waistband, but it ended up that he didn't have a gun. Sometimes I think police just pull that line out of thin air if they believe they need to act on something.
Travis Bickle May 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Hang it there! It will get better.
Travis Bickle May 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Sounds like they didn't do their "due diligence" when purchasing their home. Shame on them for walking away on their deal and leaving the taxpayers to cover their losses!!! Those are the kind of people that got us into this mess.

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