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Santa Cruz man arrested for Paradise crime, charged with assault with a deadly weapon

Paradise Police say the man pointed a gun at the woman twice, at one point threatening her life, before fleeing the scene.

Posted: Sep 4, 2020 10:13 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A Santa Cruz man was arrested over a week after Paradise Police say he pointed a gun at a friend multiple times before fleeing toward Butte Valley.

It all happened on Aug. 24 around 10 p.m. Officials say 26-year-old Brett Caplin, who was on parole, was visiting a friend on Noffsinger Lane in Paradise with his girlfriend.

Police say the friend told them all three were standing in the driveway when Caplin and his girlfriend started arguing about him driving while intoxicated. The friend said she began to intervene and Caplin pointed a gun at her. Officers say she then ran into the home and locked herself in a bathroom.

At this point, police say Caplin followed her inside, broke down the bathroom door and threatened her life while aiming the gun at her, again.

The victim was ultimately able to escape and ran down the road screaming for help. Police say Caplin immediately drove away before officers were able to get there.

Paradise Police, Butte County Deputies and CHP officers searched the Butte Valley area where they believed Caplin to be. Officials say they never found him but they did issue a "Be on the Lookout" alert for all California law enforcement agencies.

Because they knew he was from Santa Cruz, Paradise Police enlisted the help of the beachside city and obtained an arrest warrant for Caplin.

Finally, on Sept. 2, Santa Cruz officers found Caplin and Paradise Police booked him into the Butte County Jail.

With a bail set at $290,000, Caplin now faces the charges of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, prohibited person in possession of ammunition and burglary.

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