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VC man arrested after shooting at pedestrians



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Valley Center detectives, who work out of the substation above, are working with the Narcotics Task Force on the case of Michael Thyberg, who is accused of shooting at pedestrians and cultivating marijuana for sale. photo by Courtesy photo.
July 02, 2014
A Valley Center man was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana for sale following an incident on June 22.

Sunday morning, San Diego County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence on the 27300 block of Kiavo Drive in Valley Center after receiving a report of a suspect who allegedly fired a gun at two pedestrians after accusing them of trespassing according to a press release issued by the department.

The victims claimed they were on a nature walk, when 45-year-old Michael Steven Thyberg accused them of jumping over his property fence and allegedly threatened to shoot them, according to the press release.

The victims continued to walk on Kiavo Drive when they heard the sound of a gunshot and saw dust and debris flying on the road near them. Thyberg then followed the two victims in his vehicle as they walked away, making additional threats before returning to his property.

Deputies then identified the suspect as Thyberg. ASTREA responded to the scene and demanded Thyberg exit the home and meet deputies at the front entrance. He was arrested without incident.

During a sweep of the residence, deputies located an indoor marijuana grow.

Deputies had the victims return to the scene, where they made positive identification of Thyberg as the subject who confronted and shot at them. Thyberg was then transported to the Valley Center Substation for processing where he gave consent for deputies to search his home.

A search of the property revealed nearly 300 marijuana plants, 40 pounds of processed marijuana, a small hash oil extraction lab, about five grams of hash wax, a shotgun and ammunition.

"It's kind of standard for what we find in those homes," said Sgt. Alan Noble with the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

Thyberg, who has a prior arrest record for numerous drug possessions and possession of drug for sales charges, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, manufacturing, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, felon in possession of a firearm and criminal threats, all felonies.

Narcotics Task Force and Valley Center detectives are handling the investigation.

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