QUARTZ HILL – More than 30 sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit, two air units, and the Special Enforcement Bureau Team descended on Quartz Hill Thursday afternoon to catch an alleged car thief who was forcing his way into residences to escape capture.
The incident happened around 11 a.m. near the intersection of 50th Street West and Avenue L-10, where deputies spotted a car that had been stolen in Palmdale a few days ago.
“The suspect saw the deputies and he ran from them, then he forced his way into two separate apartments,” said Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.
Coincidentally, special teams were in the area conducting parole and probation compliance checks, and they were diverted to help capture the fleeing car thief, Rust said.
After a search that lasted more than three hours, 34-year-old Juan Moreno was captured. He faces several felony charges, including vehicle theft, burglary and home invasion. The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station:
Shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Lancaster Deputies located a vehicle theft suspect near the intersection of 50th Street West and West Avenue L-10 in Quartz Hill (unincorporated county area).
When the suspect saw the Deputies, he ran east into an apartment complex located in the 4800 block of West Avenue L-10.
Once inside the complex, the suspect forced entry into two separate apartment units.
One of units was occupied and the suspect exited the unit by jumping from the second story window.
He was then seen running east through the complex. Deputies quickly contained the surrounding area and requested the help of a Sheriff’s K-9 unit.
When the K-9 unit arrived, the “Search Dog” led the Deputies to a third apartment that had been forcibly entered. The suspect was located inside and arrested.
The suspect (Juan Moreno) was transported to a local Hospital where he received treatment for dog bites as well as injuries he sustained after jumping from the window.
Moreno will be booked at Lancaster Station and faces several felony charges including, vehicle theft, burglary and home invasion.