LANCASTER – A reputed gang member wanted on parole violations was captured Tuesday afternoon after deputies contained and searched a Lancaster neighborhood, authorities said.
Parolee-at-large Juan Magallon was arrested for parole violations, criminal threats, and witness intimidation, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Two other individuals were also arrested on unrelated charges, Ruiz added.
It all started around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday when Operation Safe Streets detectives and members of the LAN-CAP Team descended on a home in the 44700 block of 3rd Street East to look for Magallon. The 36-year-old had been placed on a local “Most Wanted” list last month for absconding parole supervision. He was tagged as an active gang member, possibly under the influence of a controlled substance, and considered armed and dangerous. Read more here.
Magallon and an armed man were spotted near the target location Tuesday afternoon, and both men fled on foot, Sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies quickly contained the neighborhoods between Lancaster Boulevard and Nugent Street, and 3rd Street East and Foxton Avenue. Both suspects were captured within the hour.
The second suspect, 33-year-old Gerard Martin, was arrested for being a prohibited person with a firearm, according to Ruiz.
A third person, 43-year-old Kimberly Nolte, was arrested at the home where deputies originally went to look for Magallon. Nolte was arrested on a felony warrant, Ruiz stated.
All three suspects were booked at the Lancaster Station Jail. The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATED 12/4/14: Juan Magallon was charged with child abuse, making criminal threats with a gang enhancement, witness intimidation, stalking and resisting a peace officer, according to Sheriff’s officials. Gerard Martin was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting a peace officer, Sheriff’s officials said.