A juvenile who escaped from custody and threatened another youth was arrested after a six-hour law enforcement operation involving three agencies on Friday in Lompoc.

At 8:20 a.m., Lompoc police were dispatched to the 600 block of North Fourth Street regarding a report of a male juvenile with a gun trying to kick the door in and threatening to kill the occupant, Sgt. Jorge Magana said.

Officers arrived and learned the suspect ran into the alley and then entered a nearby apartment in the 600 block of North Third Street.

Police determined the suspect was inside the residence and established a perimeter.

“During the investigation, officers learned the juvenile suspect had pointed a firearm at the victim, who was part of an ongoing investigation involving the juvenile suspect. The juvenile suspect went to the victim’s residence and threatened to kill the victim,” Magana said.

Days earlier, the suspect had escaped the Los Prietos Boys Camp and was on the run, police said.

Lompoc SWAT with the assistance of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the LPD Crisis Negotiation Team as well as the Santa Maria Police Department drone pilots also arrived to help.

After obtaining arrest and search warrants, officers attempted to contact the youth, who refused to communicate with police.

“The Santa Maria Police Department drone pilots flew into the apartment and attempted to locate the juvenile suspect,” Magana said. “After repeated attempts to get the juvenile to come to the door or answer the phone, the SWAT Team deployed less-lethal chemical agents into the apartment.”

The juvenile came out of the apartment and was taken into custody. 

No one was hurt during the incident.

The youth, whose name was not released because of their age, was booked into the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall on suspicion of criminal threats, threatening a witness, assault with a deadly weapon and a juvenile warrant for escaping custody.

“The search for the firearm that was used is still ongoing,” police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Lompoc Police at 805.736.2341.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.