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65-year-old man arrested at Mobil with meth and juveniles

On Tuesday, Aug 13, at 3:01 a.m., LBPD officers conducted an occupied vehicle check at Mobil, at Broadway Street and North Coast Highway. The vehicle was occupied by four individuals.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “During the course of the contact, it was discovered that the driver, Robert Mason, had an active restraining order with the protected person being the 15-year-old juvenile female in the front passenger seat.” 

Sgt Cota said, “Mason, 65, was arrested for violation of a court order and during a search of his person officers located methamphetamine and he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.” 

The three passengers inside of the vehicle were all juveniles. 

“One male juvenile was reported missing and had an outstanding No Bail warrant out of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office,” Sgt Cota said. 

The rest of the juveniles were eventually released to their parent/guardians, according to Sgt Cota.

No bail was set.

Reports of “guns in the Canyon,” although unfounded, lead to other arrests

On Sunday, Aug 11, at 3:22 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 2900 block of Laguna Canyon Road for what the RP described as a male subject allegedly pulling what appeared to be an air soft rifle out of a trash can. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Another RP said it possibly looked like a gun but the subject was not brandishing it. The officer located homeless individual Shane Sutton, who had a piece of wood that appeared carved into the shape of gun.”

No crime was committed.

Sgt Cota said, “However, Shane Michael Sutton, 40, did have an outstanding narcotic related warrant.” 

His bail was set at $15,000. 

Later on Sunday, at 7:31 p.m., LBPD officers once again responded to the 2700 block of Laguna Canyon Road. 

According to Sgt Cota, “This time there were three calls reporting a female homeless individual allegedly holding what looked like a rifle.” 

One caller said the item looked like a World War II rifle. Another caller reported that the rifle was fake. 

According to Sgt Cota, officers arrived and contacted the woman who told officers that she had found a fake gun and threw it into the bushes.

Sgt Cota said, “Officers recovered a broken airsoft replica of a World War II era MP-40. The airsoft gun was taken and booked for destruction.”

Man arrested for use of a stick in alleged assault with a deadly weapon 

On Monday, Aug 12, at 10:25 a.m., an LBPD officer was in the 200 block of S Coast Hwy when, according to Sgt Cota, “he observed homeless individual Christopher Mack assaulting another subject with a stick.”

 According to Sgt Cota, “The officer immediately stopped Mack from continuing his activity.”

 Christopher Paul Mack, 51, was then taken into custody without further incident. 

Sgt Cota said, “He was booked for [alleged] assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. He was ultimately transported to Orange County Jail.”

Bail was set at $25,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison