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A 30-year-old man who injured a deputy and barricaded himself inside a Canyon Country apartment with his two young children was convicted Monday of felony charges.
Calvin Charles Lynch was found guilty of four counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and two counts of felony child abuse, and jurors also found true an allegation that he caused great bodily harm to the deputy and personally used a knife.
Lynch, who was acquitted of two counts of false imprisonment of a hostage, is set to be sentenced Nov. 16.
He has a 2003 conviction for assaulting a police officer and faces up to 27 years in prison for his latest crimes, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Early on the morning of Jan. 21, Lynch and his wife, who lived with their two children in a Canyon Country apartment in the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway, had a violent domestic dispute, according to prosecutors.
His wife called 911, alleging that she had been assaulted by her husband, who she said was emotionally disturbed, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Lynch, apparently upset that she made the call, armed himself with a knife and locked himself in a bedroom with their children, ages 3 and 5, using a dresser to block the door.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station got Lynch to crack open the door, and during their conversation, he said “he wanted to die tonight,” according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Lynch dropped the knife, but would not unblock the door. Prosecutors said he threw a television stand out the window, almost injuring deputies outside. Deputies inside the home then pushed open the door and rushed in.
One deputy “was assaulted by the man and aggressively thrust into the wall, causing significant head trauma and injuries to his upper torso,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
Three sheriff’s deputies were listed as victims in the criminal complaint.
After a brief struggle, other deputies were able to restrain Lynch, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then to jail. He is being held without bail.
The children were unhurt.
–City News Service
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