Carjack victim changes story

A Hispanic man (right) was beaten and carjacked Thursday. However, the man was not kidnapped from William J. McAdam park, as previously stated.

A Hispanic man (right) was beaten and carjacked Thursday. However, the man was not kidnapped from William J. McAdam park, as previously stated. Photo credit: LUIS MEZA

PALMDALE – A Palmdale man, who told detectives he was kidnapped at gunpoint from a city park, taken to a remote location, and then beaten, tied up with his shoelaces, and carjacked, has changed his story.

The man now says he was not abducted from William J. McAdam park, there was no gun involved, and he went willingly to the remote location with his two assailants, according to Lt. Cory Kennedy.

“We re-interviewed him today and brought some facts forward, and that’s when he decided that he would tell us what actually happened,” Kennedy said.

The victim met the two suspects at a Mobile gas station at Four Points (47th Street East and Avenue T). The men rode in the victim’s car to a secluded area near Mt. Emma Road and Angeles Forest Highway to “party.”

“What they were going to do in terms of their partying, we’re really not going to talk about that,” Kennedy said.

He said once the men reached their destination, the suspects beat the victim, tied him up, and stole his car, which contained his keys, his wallet and his cell phone.

The victim was beaten and carjacked in a remote area near Mt. Emma Road. Photo credit: LUIS MEZA

A hiker came across the scene and was not initially suspicious of what he saw, Kennedy said.

“He saw the two suspects coming down, didn’t pay much attention to them because they weren’t running, they weren’t doing anything that really jumped out at him,” Kennedy said. “They got in the car and they drove off, nothing really unusual to our witness.”

Shortly after, the hiker saw the victim coming down the hill and realized something was wrong, Kennedy said.

The victim had an abrasion next to his eye, some blood on his ear, and ligature marks on his wrists,  but his injuries were not serious, Kennedy said.

The hiker called the Palmdale Station for help around 2 p.m., Thursday.  While investigating the crime, detectives realized the man had been lying about being abducted from William J. McAdam park.

“We actually went out to the park and tried to look for cameras, any kind of clues, it just didn’t add up,” Kennedy said.

He speculated the victim may have lied due to embarrassment.

“From our perspective, he’s still a victim of robbery and an assault, and the reason that he was there with them is not necessarily relevant to the crime we’re investigating,” Kennedy said.

Early Friday morning, investigators took the victim back to the Four Points gas station to look for the assailants, but the search was unsuccessful. The two suspects are described as Hispanic males between the ages of 18 and 23.

The stolen vehicle is a Gold 2004 Chevy Cavalier, license plate number 5RXR806.

Kennedy said it is important for the public to know that the crime did not start at William J. McAdam park.

“We wanted the community to know that he was not abducted from a city park, because that would be very very rare,” he said. “That kind of thing does not happen.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Palmdale Station detectives at 661-272-2400. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.

  8 comments for “Carjack victim changes story

  1. Tina Marie
    June 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Nice wedding ring pal! Does your wife know you were meeting two 20 yr old men to “party” with? Hope the poor lady gets an STD chech because I doubt this was his first time out with the boys!!!!

  2. m
    June 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    his cut off shorts should be a dead give away haha

  3. LC
    June 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    For the Sheriff to say that about an abdution “That kind of thing does not happen.” from a park is very stupid. It does happen and has, yes may be rare here in the AV but it could happen

    • S. Parker
      June 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Give the sheriffs a break. I don’t think he means abductions in the AV as a whole. Just abductions at gunpoint in broad daylight of a grown man with many people frolicking nearby. That kind of thing really doesn’t happen at local city parks, that’s why I thought this story was fishy from the get go. I thought maybe the poor guy had a gambling debt and they were taking him away to break his kneecaps. But he went on his own…I guess he’ll know better next time.

  4. LT
    June 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm


  5. Palmdale_Steve
    June 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I smell me some Gay hookup that went wrong. Sad stuff.

    • S. Parker
      June 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Hey now! Don’t you see the wedding band of the man’s finger? It could have been drugs. But it’s a lesson learned for people looking to partake in shady activities. It always comes to light somehow…

      • Hmmm...
        June 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        “party” means to do drugs and, have sex.

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