Hearing Set for Ex-School Board Candidate Facing Charges

An early disposition hearing for John Gabriel, a former San Marino resident and onetime candidate for school board accused of using a gun to barricade himself and some family members in his estranged wife’s home last month, was rescheduled from last week because he has retained a new attorney.
Gabriel is due in Superior Court at Alhambra on Friday, Oct. 18, after the hearing was rescheduled from Oct. 2. He faces charges including disturbing the peace with a firearm, child endangerment, making criminal threats, resisting arrest, possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and drug possession. Gabriel has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
An early disposition hearing is a pretrial session that allows for possible mediation or settlement of charges in the interest of avoiding trial.
Gabriel, who has lived in nearby San Gabriel for years, is alleged to have barricaded himself in the Sherwood Road home where his estranged wife and her family live after he showed up unexpectedly about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. During an argument, Gabriel allegedly brought out a handgun, prompting one of the home’s seven occupants to call police. Although four of the occupants managed to escape the residence by the time police arrived, Gabriel remained in the home with two of his three children and their grandmother, authorities said.
The standoff with police lasted well into the early morning hours, creating a spectacle that kept neighbors awake throughout. A SWAT team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department eventually arrived to relocate and remove the occupants in the home and negotiate with Gabriel. Eventually, Gabriel did leave the home but was brought down by force when he would not respond to law enforcement demands, authorities said.
Officers said they used a nonlethal sponge round to try to incapacitate him, but it was a K-9 unit that allowed them to surround and take Gabriel into custody.
Law enforcement remained at the home throughout the following day after discovering containers of suspected drugs in Gabriel’s vehicle. Tests later confirmed they were drugs, including heroin, LSD, fentanyl, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and methamphetamine, according to San Marino Police Chief John Incontro.
At the time of the incident, Gabriel was free on bail after a Sept. 6 arrest by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division on suspicion of drug possession and intent to sell. As of The Outlook’s press deadline this week, he remained in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on $3,035,000 bail.

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