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No charges after standoff, barricade


Citing a lack of evidence, the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against a 47-year-old man arrested following a five-hour standoff at a Santa Clarita home, prosecutors said this week.

Marc Spitzer was arrested at 6:47 a.m. March 26 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, but was released two days later, according to the sheriff’s Inmate Information Center. The District Attorney’s Office considered one count of assault with a firearm, but on March 30, prosecutors declined to file charges against Spitzer “due to insufficient evidence, according to spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

Deputies were dispatched about 1:05 a.m. March 26 to Spitzer’s home in the 15200 block of Poppy Meadow Street, on a “family disturbance, with a “possible person with a gun” call, said Sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez.

“Deputies responded and the situation turned into a barricade,” Navarro-Suarez said. “We determined that he had a weapon.”

Deputies from the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, dispatched to the scene at 3:43 a.m., were eventually able to communicate with the suspect and persuade him to peacefully surrender about 6:40 a.m., she said.