SHERMAN OAKS—On Sunday, November 29, at approximately 5 p.m., two college students filming a school project were arrested while standing on the overpass of the 101 Freeway with a rifle. The Lost Hills Sheriff’s station received information regarding the incident from CA Highway Patrol Dispatch.
According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, at least a dozen motorists contacted 911 reporting concern over the men with firearms and feeling threatened that the duo intended to cause harm.
The two men were located standing on the Cheseboro Road pedestrian overpass by multiple CHP and Sheriff’s units. One of the men was dressed in military-fatigues and appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle.
The 101 freeway was then temporarily shut down and the area was contained by several CHP and Sheriff’s units.
The two suspects, were guided by a public address system with the assistance of a Sheriff’s helicopter, to walk with their hands up directly towards law enforcement officials.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed via social media that the two suspects, who were cooperating with officials, and explained that they were filming a school project, were found in possession of a replica assault rifle, replica handgun, military uniforms, cameras and a gas mask.
Captain Patrick S. Davoren of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station, released the following statement regarding the incident: “While the intentions of these two individuals might have been harmless, the fact that anyone would appear in a public place displaying a replica firearm is troubling. These two men put themselves and our community at risk. This does reflect the fast actions of our community in notifying law enforcement and reminds everyone that if they see something, they should say something.”
Officials from the Lost Hills Station arrested and booked the two students on multiple charges including the displaying of a replica firearm and causing a false emergency. The two Moorpark College students were later identified as 20-year-old Chase McIntyre of Thousand Oaks and 19-year-old Taylor Hubenthal of Simi Valley.
The students were both bailed out of custody later that evening as reported by the Los Angeles Times.