Sheriff's Department squad nets 11 arrests in Palmdale "focus area"

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January 18, 2013 -

On Thursday, the Palmdale Partners Against Crime (PAC) team and the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiatives (AVCFI) task force conducted 34 probation and parole checks in a central city Palmdale neighborhood. The area of the searches was between 6th Street East and Division Street for the eastern and western boarders and Palmdale Boulevard to Technology Drive for the southern and northern borders. This area has been established by Palmdale Sheriff’s Station as a “focus area”, which both the City of Palmdale and the Sheriff’s Department have committed to creating a safer environment for all who live there.

The operation included ten teams from Palmdale and Lancaster Stations, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), a Parole Compliance team (as well as Probation Office personnel), and City of Palmdale Building and Safety and Code Enforcement officers.

During the operation, 11 individuals were arrested;
• Deamereya Ford was arrested for failure to report to his probation officer
• Reyshawn Heynes was arrested for a probation warrant and providing false identification
• Angel Horvitz, Cecilia Cabrera, Shayna Kerr Mastros, and Willie Thomas were arrested narcotics related offenses
• Arrested for misdemeanors were Donna Taylor, Ebony Scott, Latia Peters and Herman Hoyos
• During the searches, one house was determined to be uninhabitable by Palmdale City Building and Safety.

(PAC) Sergeant Kyle Bistline described the operation as a success, stating “It is important to check on people who have been released on either parole or probation. These checks are conducted to ensure the individuals are complying with their status, whether that is probation or parole.”

Lieutenant Larry Gregg, the AVCFI coordinator, said these checks are part of an overall strategy to improve public safety in the area. He spoke of Sheriff Baca’s commitment to the area, “nearly six years ago the Sheriff committed additional resources to the Antelope Valley to make it a safer community. What you see here today is a continuing commitment to the citizens of the Antelope Valley.” He said the checks ensured those on probation or parole were “assimilating into society following their release from jail or prison and complying with the terms and conditions of their early release program.” He said the number of arrests showed that a majority of those on probation and parole were complying with those terms and conditions, but these types of operations would continue because the operation also showed that “others were not.” He said additional resources will be committed to the area and additional strategies, including a community survey, on January 26th, will be conducted in the area.

The public is encouraged to provide information regarding any crimes directly to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station by calling 661-272-2400, or they can report it anonymously by contacting “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website

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