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Armed teen taken into custody

July 11, 2011

A 17-year-old Los Angeles youth was arrested Saturday after he pulled a gun from his waistband while fleeing from police, officials said.

Glendale police gang detectives spotted the teen, whose name wasn’t released because he is a minor, riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road on Chevy Chase Drive, so they tried to stop him, according to police reports.

But instead of stopping for detectives, the teen allegedly got off his bicycle and began running away.

As the teen was running, he reached into his waistband and reportedly pulled out a loaded .357 Colt Python revolver.

The teen weaved in and out of lines of cars in a parking lot before squatting behind a Jeep Cherokee.

One of detectives approached with his weapon drawn, but the teen quickly threw his gun into a residential backyard, ran around the Cherokee and into the parking lot, where he again crouched down, according to reports.

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The detective immediately ran up to the teen, slapped him in the face to stun him and took him into custody, according to the police report.

The teen later admitted to detectives that he had recently joined a gang that claims jurisdiction at the Glendale and Los Angeles border.

--Veronica Rocha

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