The Signal

Stabbing on Newhall Avenue causes soft lockdowns at schools, boy transporte­d to Henry Mayo

- By Michael Picarella Signal Staff Writer

A boy stabbed one of two other juveniles who took a piece of jewelry from him by force Tuesday morning in the 24900 block of Newhall Avenue near the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club, according to first responders.

The call came in around 8:15 a.m., said Ruben Munoz, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The victim was transporte­d to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital about four minutes later, Munoz said, adding he didn’t know the age or gender of the victim, nor did he know the victim’s condition.

According to Natalie Arriaga, a spokeswoma­n for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the boy who was stabbed suffered

moderate injuries, but his condition was stable.

“During investigat­ion,” Arriaga said, “deputies learned two male juveniles confronted the victim and forcefully took a piece of jewelry from his person. A brief struggle ensued in which the victim brandished a knife used to assault one of the suspects.”

Arriaga added that deputies initially searched the area upon their arrival for the victim and person of interest, but they’d already fled the scene. During the search, she said, the nearby Hart High School and Placerita Junior High School were placed on a soft lockdown as a precaution.

The area was cleared by deputies and the victim was located, Arriaga said. However, a person of interest — the third boy — still remains outstandin­g as of this story’s publicatio­n.

In a statement from Hart High School Principal Jason d’Autremont, he told Hart families that the school had gone on a precaution­ary soft lockdown at the direction of law enforcemen­t because of the reported stabbing at the nearby Newhall Park.

“Nothing happened on our campus or on Placerita’s campus,” d’Autremont added, referring to the nearby Placerita Junior High School. “In collaborat­ion with law enforcemen­t, the lockdown has been lifted. We will have additional law enforcemen­t in the community and on our campus out of an abundance of caution.”

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