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* Noah Paskus arrested allegedly held a woman at gunpoint in Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz police have arrested a man they say held a woman at gunpoint today with what turned out to be a fake gun and then claimed to be an undercover police officer. The victim told police she was knocking on the glass of a business that employs her on the 700 block of Front Street around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday when a man approached her from behind.

The man pushed what felt like a gun into the back of the woman’s neck, and pushed her against the wall before asking her who she was. When a coworker inside the business saw what was happening and came outside, the suspect told them it was ok and that he was an undercover police officer. He then told the employee that he had a gun, before walking away.

The victim sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention. Police found Noah Paskus a short time later in a parking lot nearby with a replica handgun, and arrested him on suspicion of false imprisonment, exhibiting an imitation firearm, impersonating a peace officer and battery.

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  • I would just like to say that I am completely sorry for what I did. I am bipolar and was off my meds. When I got to the station I freaked out and was injected with a sedative. I do not look like this in real life. I was just joking around. The Berber gun was purchased from a dollar store, I am not like this. I would never hurt a fly. Please look me up on facebook and see that I am a normal guy. Please forgive my actions.

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