PALMDALE – Palmdale detectives are investigating two separate armed robberies that happened within hours of each other in east and west Palmdale today (Aug. 13). No one was hurt in either incident.
The first robbery happened around 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Wells Fargo bank at 1006 East Palmdale Boulevard, authorities said
“There was an individual that works for a business that was doing the money drop – taking the money from the business to the bank,” said Palmdale Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.
Royster said the victim pulled into the parking lot and was walking into the bank when two thieves approached the victim.
“They produced a handgun and took a bag of money… reported to be about $10,000,” Royster said. “The suspects then took off [on foot] in a southeast direction towards the [Melville J.] Courson park area.”
Responding deputies contained the area around Courson park for about 20 minutes in an attempt to catch the two thieves, said Palmdale Station Watch Sgt. Paul Zarris.
Deputies detained one vehicle with two people inside, as well as three people in the park area, Royster.
“All five of those people did go through a field show up, and they were not identified as the suspects,” Royster said.
One suspect is described as a Black male, around 20 years old, standing between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9, wearing a white hoodie with black shorts, and carrying a black backpack.
The other suspect is described as a Black male, around 20 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9, wearing a grey hoodie and black shorts.
The second armed robbery happened around 1 p.m. near the Vons Supermarket on Rancho Vista Boulevard at 30th Street West.
“It was in the Vons shopping center, but it actually happened in the alley way or the deliver access behind the Rite Aid,” Royster said. “A White male, 20 years old, wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts, approached a delivery truck driver and produced what is believed to be a black 9mm handgun.”
Royster said the thief demanded money from the driver, and the driver complied.
“The suspect left in a later model black car, either a Nissan or a Honda, and headed east through the alley towards 30th Street West,” Royster said.
About $2,000 was taken, according to a station broadcast.
“Obviously that was company money and not the individual’s money,” Royster added.
Anyone with information on either incident is urged to contact Palmdale Station detectives at 661-272-2400. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story did not include descriptions of the robbery suspects. This story has been updated to include descriptions of all three robbery suspects and other details as told by Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.