Deputies: Student Arrested After Pointing Fake Gun at Woman

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a man at Point Dume waving a handgun.

Courtesy of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.
Courtesy of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.
A motorist flagged down a deputy from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's station Thursday morning and told the deputy that there was a man waving a handgun near the Point Dume Nature Preserve.

Deputies immediately began to search the area with assistance from a sheriff's helicopter and California State Park Rangers, according to a news release from the Sheriff's station.

Deputies saw a suspect pointing a handgun at the head of a young woman during their search. A person was holding a camera, filming them, while other people were in the area.

"Malibu sheriff's deputies and park rangers detained the suspect and six other people on the beach," states the news release.

The gun turned out to be a replica handgun, with the orange-plug tip removed, after an examination was conducted.

"The orange tip was installed by the manufacturer to ensure people would know it was not real," according to the news release.

The group of people told deputies that they were college film students who were filing a movie at the location for their school.

"The suspect, a 20-year-old film student from Valencia, was arrested for a misdemeanor, Removing the Safety Tip from an Imitation Firearm, violation of California Penal Code section 20150(A)," states the press release.

For more information on the incident, visit the sheriff's station's Nixle page.
Gary January 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM
OMG the kids or young adults were trying to do something creative the Police are going to ruin these peoples creativity instead of being inside playing video games they were trying to acomplish something creative and our over bearing sheriffs dept has to take that away from them not everyone has the money to hire a armourer get all the permits only hollywood can afford the $10000 permit to film in Malibu this town and state has over legislated and taken away peoples creativity by putting obstacle and obstacle in front of people whether it is business or art. Laws need to be Policed with discretion they are not made all encompassing in my humble opinion the Sheriffs could and should have let this slide i think it would be pretty obvious they were making a movie. lets not police the only business this town still has left and kill it of with fines i hope the DA sees this as what it is and lets these kids or people of with a warning.
John January 15, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Thanks for your judgement Gary, even though you have very little information on what actually happened.
Di January 16, 2014 at 12:52 AM
I bet you anything they were FILMING a movie. Not filing it. Ahhhhh...good ol' spellcheck. By the way....leave the kids alone...they were NOT committing a CRIME, OK? Keep calm and film on guys!!


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