During the afternoon hours of November 26, 2013, Lancaster deputies stopped a vehicle with two occupants believed to be related to a missing person. As the deputies approached, the driver pointed a handgun at the deputies and sped away. Deputies initiated a pursuit which ended when the vehicle drove into a cul-de-sac.
The driver ran from the car and into a nearby apartment complex. The passenger was arrested at the vehicle without incident. A firearm, ammunition, and black masks were found in the vehicle. The vehicle was found to be an unreported stolen vehicle out of Palmdale.
A containment of the area was established in an effort to locate the driver. That suspect ultimately carjacked a passerby. The suspect ordered the victim, at gunpoint, to drive out of the area. Deputies, checking vehicles leaving the containment area, saw the suspect pointing a gun at the carjacking victim. Fearing for the victim’s safety, Deputies deployed Tasers, disabling the suspect long enough to allow them to gain control of the weapon. The suspect was removed from the vehicle and arrested.
Both suspects were booked on multiple felony charges.
A ballistic vest, masks and firearms were recovered and held as evidence.
Both suspects, residents of the Antelope Valley, were transported to Lancaster station and booked for carjacking and robbery charges and each held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Captain, Pat Nelson, said, “I am very thankful this incident was resolved without the loss of life, and without injury to the victim. It is a testament to the Lancaster deputies' reverence for life that these two very dangerous felons were taken into custody without the use of deadly force and yet another example of how there are no 'routine' traffic stops.”
- Sergeant Rich Peña