Pacific Crest Trail reopened after rescue officials robbed by gunmen

A Kern County SWAT officer is seen being lowered to help Brandenburg and three hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail near Tehachapi, Calif. on July 8, 2017. (Charles Brandenburg)

By Brian Melley, The Associated Press, July 11, 2017 

LOS ANGELES — An overheated, seriously dehydrated hiker was in distress and help was on the way until rescuers ran into two men armed with rifles.

The gunmen took radios from the Kern County search and rescue volunteers and sent them back where they came from, leaving the ailing hiker stranded for several more thirsty hours Saturday.

A section of the Pacific Crest Trail running from Mexico to Canada was closed as SWAT team members joined deputies to search for the robbers.

The trail reopened late Monday. It wasn’t immediately known if the suspects had been found.

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