Gunman holds up Marshalls, Donut Shop on Valley Central Way

LANCASTER – Armed robbers struck twice within 15 minutes in a West Lancaster shopping center Tuesday night.

In the first incident, which occurred around 8 p.m., a gunman wearing a ski mask and a hoodie robbed the Marshalls department store in the 44000 Block of Valley Central Way, according to Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.

“He held two cashiers at gunpoint and got an undetermined amount of cash,” Rust said. “The store was open so I would imagine that there were customers in there.”

He said the second armed robbery occurred shortly after, also on Valley Central Way.

“There was another robbery about 10 minutes later at the Donut Shop right across the street,” Rust said.

Rust said he did not have a description of the gunman that robbed the Donut Shop or any further details about both incidents because they are still under investigation by the Robbery Suppression Team.

“It is still unknown as to whether there is a connection between the two [robberies],” Rust said. “But if anyone was in the area who saw anything, we’re asking them to give us a call.”

Anyone with information on these two crimes is asked to call the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466.

  27 comments for “Gunman holds up Marshalls, Donut Shop on Valley Central Way

  1. Kathi
    March 30, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I’m not sure, but didn’t the city of Lancaster get paid a lot of money to bring the low income housing here? I remember hearing something about that a while back and I didn’t want to believe it. Could that be where they got the money to revamp Lancaster Blvd? They sold their souls and all of ours as well. Traded our well being and safety for a City Walk Wanna Be. How safe is the Blvd going to be when all the low life gang bangers from south central LA move here bringing their lack of respect for human decency and even human life. I’m not talking about low income people, I’m talking about low life felons/gang bangers. Are there any background checks on these people? Is this what Rex had in mind when he cleaned up the streets of Lancaster? Who exactly makes these decisions? And who do they have in mind when they make them? Does anybody out there have any details about any of this? If so, we need to shed some light on it and bring it to the attention of the AV residents and business owners. For the first time in the 30 years I’ve lived here, I’m starting to fear our streets.

    • Leon
      April 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      No, Parris made a lot of money brining low income housing here. He made it by buying the land where he already knew the housing was going. The deeds are always changing hands to cover the trail.

    • ....
      April 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Nobody got paid any money to bring anyone here. There is a glut of empty houses bought by people that live outside of the area. These people from outside the area have chosen to rent them to Section 8 voucher holders because it is a guaranteed monthly pay check from the government. The BLVD was remodeled with private investment money and the new housing on the BLVD was built with federal grants. When the county decided to cut additional Section 8 fraud investigators that the city of Palmdale and the city of Lancaster. The county also told the LA Sherrifs deputies that they could not assist inspecting Section 8 in any way. Because of this you saw a spike in crime. If you want to blame anyone, go after the county of Los Angeles!

      • Leon
        April 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        You drank the kool-aid didnt you?

        • Nicole Dawson
          April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          Christ, what is with you people and these kool-aid/parrasite/sheep allegations??? Somebody takes the time to educate you with a well thought out response to your blanket, baseless allegations and that’s all you could come up with? You don’t want to have an honest debate, you only want to accuse and sling mud. I have a feeling YOU are the one with something to gain by hurling all these insults toward Parris and co. Michael Rives, is that you?

        • Les
          April 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

          ….. is absolutely right on the Section 8 information. Voucher recipients may take their voucher anywhere in the county. 2 bedroom apartment in LA or 5 bedroom home in the AV. What do you think they choose? Most landlords are investors from out if this area so all the care about is getting that guaranteed portion of the rent. I’ve seen first hand the damage that multiple Section 8 recipients in one neighborhood can do.

          • Quigley
            April 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

            Exactly….it’s the homeowner who completes the application requesting their property be inspected to become section 8 landlords…so they can then get our tax money deposited right in to their bank accounts every month….and of course there will always be a recipient just waiting to take our hard earned money…hmmm, gotta get to bed so I can get up at 5am to get my ass to work so I can pay my share to the recipients! Nitie nite!

  2. Steven Smith
    March 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I own Donuts N Cakes on Valley Central Way. My Donut Shop did not get robbed!!! The funny thing is, If the police thought my shop got robbed, how come nobody showed up to make a report?
    For what I understand, the gas station behind my shop (Circle K) is the one who got robbed. Please get the facts right.
    Thank You,
    Steven Smith
    Donuts N Cakes
    44405 Valley Central Way
    Lancaster, Ca 93536

    • Gerald
      March 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      That will teach this news outlet to get their reports from the sheriffs.

      • AB
        April 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        Gerald you are ignorant. Mr. Smith, the robbery was in the parking lot,near your establishment. I’m guessing the victim probably picked the first business he saw when he called the cops so they could find him quicker. A report was taken, and I’ll let you guess the description of the bad guy.

        • ....
          April 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

          let me guess, suspect was a black male 20s-30s, right? Uh oh…we mustnt “stereotype” or Erica will have a hissy fit!

      • ..
        April 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        “That will teach this news outlet to get their reports from the sheriffs”

        Or, it will teach this news outlet how important one little word can be (perhaps they should have said “near” the shop, and not “at” the shop). After all, we have not seen the actual Sheriff report, have we? Did it say “at” or “near”?

        • D. Lamont
          April 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

          Reading is fundamental, read it again and you will see that it was the Sheriff’s spokesman that said “at” not “near”. No where in the article does it mention a Sheriff report, as it quotes just the spokesman. Do you just make things up and fill in the blanks as you go? Mr/Mrs Anonymous, you seem to spew disdain at any and everything.
          I do believe you are the same person that tried to attack me for attending the Hoodie March, and then (gasp!) having the nerve to enjoy it.
          You need to figure out something that makes you happy and brings joy into your life, whatever that may be,and go do it!

          • ..
            April 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

            Ok, so the reporter wrote this… yea, its in quotation marks. Could be a that the wrong word was used… could be that you’re right too. Now hopefully you can sleep at night (with, or without your hoodie on. I couldn’t care less).

  3. Chris
    March 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    It’s amazing to read the home page, and then remember Mayor Rex’s assurances that crime is down. Nose growing much, Mr. Mayor?

    • An honest citizen of Lancaster
      March 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      What can Mayor Parris logically do when the State of California is on a mission to release criminals out of its prisons to meet the new budget? We are in an uphill battle with criminals thanks to the incompetence of our state leaders in Sacramento.

      • Chris
        March 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        True points citizen. However, why tell us crime is down when it’s obviously not?

        • roger
          March 30, 2012 at 2:21 am

          Elections, to get the votes and more money for his friends

  4. T-Bone
    March 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I wonder if he will be in the Hoodie Parade tomorrow in Lancaster?!

    • donna
      March 30, 2012 at 2:18 am

      he send his regards,

    • Nicole Dawson
      April 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      That’s mean and uncalled for, and I did not even support the Hoodie demonstration. We can’t all get along if we make cheap shots at each other this way. Geesh, what is happening to this Valley? You people are depressing me.

      • JD
        April 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Grow up Pollyanna!!

  5. Just calling it like I see it
    March 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Don’t these idiots know that they will get caught?! We got cameras EVERYWHERE! I bet this hoodie bandit will be caught within 48 hours…just like that other idiot who murdered Mr Keith!

    • david G
      March 29, 2012 at 12:17 am

      probably not.

  6. Alaine
    March 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    It’s the bird noise that keeps it safe.

  7. William
    March 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Well, as long as The BLVD is the safest place in the universe.

  8. Palmdale_Steve
    March 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Good news coming to Lancaster…it’s almost Summer! Hoodies and Ski Masks are just so hard to wear when it’s 100 degrees in the shade.

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