PALMDALE – Detectives have positively identified one of the suspects who held up a Palmdale convenience store shortly before noon on Thursday, authorities said.
“His name is Larry Kirkwood, he’s a male black, 20 years old, and he frequents Lancaster and Palmdale,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Cory Kennedy. “It was an armed robbery so Mr. Kirkwood is considered armed and dangerous.”
Kennedy said Kirkwood was one of two men who robbed Emily’s Store, at 412 East Palmdale Blvd, around 11:45 a.m. on Thursday.
“They attempted like they were going to buy something and ended up pulling a gun and sticking it in the clerk’s chest,” Kennedy said. “They basically ordered her to open the cash register, which she does, and they steal the money.”
The thieves were caught on the store’s surveillance camera, which enabled detectives to positively identify Kirkwood.
Kirkwood is approximately five feet eight inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds, Kennedy said.
“We’re asking for the public’s help to find him,” Kennedy said. “Anybody who knows Mr. Kirkwood should tell him he needs to come to the Palmdale Station and turn himself in because we have identified him as being one of the suspects in the robbery.”
Kennedy could not say whether Kirkwood was linked to any of the recent armed robberies in Palmdale.
“Obviously when we arrest Mr. Kirkwood and his accomplice, those are questions we will be asking them,” Kennedy said. “We’re getting close to identifying the second one, we’re not there yet, but we will be.”
Anyone who knows Larry Kirkwood or recognizes the second suspect in these surveillance photos is asked to contact Detective Bartlett at 661-272-2446.
Individuals can also provide information anonymously through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.