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.

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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