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Cops Draw Weapons Near Mission Viejo High

A reader spots several sheriff's deputies with guns drawn Monday night on Chrisanta and Pradera.

Residents near Mission Viejo High School were surprised to find sheriff's deputies with guns drawn Monday night around 6:30 p.m.

Five squad cars and two undercover sheriff's vehicles were parked in front of the school entrance at the corner of Pradera and Chrisanta.

Deputies confronted a felon with a warrant for his arrest, said Orange County Sheriff's Department Administrative Sgt. William McGovern.

McGovern said he didn't know if deputies had their weapons drawn, but "it wouldn't surprise me" given the nature of felony arrests.

When the alleged felon was spotted, Mission Viejo deputies assisted the Sheriff's Department warrant team to make the arrest, he said.

Although McGovern was unsure who was arrested, OCSD records indicate the Sheriff's Department hauled in only one man Monday on an arrest warrant.

That man was Juan Vidrio, a felon with a long arrest history that includes vandalism and street terrorism. Until he was arrested Monday, Vidrio had been a fugitive with charges involving spousal abuse, including assault with a deadly weapon.

friend March 12, 2013 at 09:24 PM
thanks for following up and finding out what was going on Peter! Seeing all the police presence in my neighborhood can be upsetting if we don't know what is going on. I knew you could get to the bottom of it! And also nice to hear that a felon is off the streets. I really appreciate the patch.com for keeping us up to date on all the little things that go on in our city.

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