Firearm incident on Joaquin Street leads to three arrests

A quick response by officers from the Susanville Police Department and deputies from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of three alleged suspects.

The Susanville Police Department seized this 9mm semiautomatic weapon following an assault with a firearm incident last night.

According to a statement from the SPD, about 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, officers responded to a report of an assault with a firearm in a building on Joaquin Street. Two people reportedly came into the building and pointed a handgun at the occupants. While en route to the scene, a vehicle description was broadcast to units.

A LCSO deputy observed the suspected vehicle with four occupants inside and made a high-risk stop. One of the passengers fled from the vehicle in a possible attempt to draw officers to chase him.

Officers also seized this .38 caliber revolver.

Officers stayed with the vehicle and detained the three left behind. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of two firearms: a 9mm semi-automatic and a .38 caliber revolver.

An area search was conducted for the passenger who fled, and Daniel Bear Merino-Valdez, 21, of Susanville, was found behind a residence. This subject was identified as Daniel Bear Merino-Valdez, 21 years old, of Susanville.  He was arrested and cited for obstruction/delaying/resisting a peace officer.

One of the victims who a handgun pointed at them was brought to the scene and positively identified the vehicle and two of the occupants as being responsible for pointing a gun.

Noah Daniel Del Llano, 19, was arrested for assault with a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Kyjuan Lee Castro, 20, of Susanville, was arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

The SPD thanks the witnesses and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office deputies for their assistance in bringing this incident to a successful conclusion quickly and safely.