BY GEORGE CUMMINGS AND PERRY SMITH
An alleged domestic violence dispute escalated to criminal threats Thursday morning, but the incident is over for now and traffic has resumed, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station official said.
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“It’s all over now,” said Sgt. Rich Nagler of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “The suspect is in custody.”
Scott Barrowclough, 38, of Canyon Country, is in custody after deputies responded to a criminal threats report around 12:15 a.m. Thursday. Sheriff’s Station deputies closed Sierra Highway in both directions between Vasquez Canyon Road and Baker Canyon Road while they searched for Barrowclough, who was last seen fleeing the area.
The closures are no longer in effect.
Barrowclough is a white male with a barbed wire tattoo on his neck, who was also described as possibly armed and dangerous.
He was found by deputies who created a containment of the area in Canyon Country, near Sierra Highway and Baker Canyon about 8 a.m.
Sheriff’s Station officials put out a Nixle report warning of the closures and the search shortly after 6 a.m. There were no evacuations, but the nearby College of the Canyons’ Canyon Country campus also put out a warning to students about the traffic closures.
“He’s in the process of being booked,” Nagler said, adding that no one was hurt in the process.
At 12:15 a.m. Thursday morning, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a call regarding a criminal threat incident from a victim who stated her boyfriend threatened to kill her with a knife.
The victim went on to explain that the she had been been subject to domestic violence in the past few weeks resulting in severe injuries, and that the suspect is known to carry a firearm and has an extensive criminal past.
Barrowclough’s last known residence is located in the 17000 block of Sierra Highway, which is why the area was part of the containment zone.
As deputies were continuing their investigation, the suspect was seen driving northbound on Sierra Highway toward Vasquez Canyon Road.
Deputies attempted to catch up to the suspect’s vehicle, but lost sight of it. The vehicle was later discovered abandoned in the area of Sierra Highway and Baker Canyon Road.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department K-9 deputy, along with additional deputy support, was requested and responded to the location.
College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus remained open throughout the incident, as the campus was not affected by the search.
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Source: Santa Clarita News