PALMDALE – A Palmdale man on his way to work Thursday morning was confronted by two masked gunmen in his garage, authorities said.
The incident happened around 8:19 a.m. in the 41600 of Cielo Vista Drive in Palmdale, according to Palmdale Community Relations deputy Robbie Royster.
“[The victim] used his garage door opener to open his garage, and he was going to go through the garage, enter his vehicle and leave for work,” Royster said.
But the man lingered inside for a few minutes before leaving, and when he opened the door to his garage, he was confronted by a pair of masked intruders, Royster said.
“He sees a man standing next to his vehicle, in the garage, wearing dark clothing and a ski mask, with a firearm in his hand,” Royster said, adding that the intruder was peering into the victim’s car.
“Out of the corner of his eye he sees another person, similar description, standing at the corner of the garage,” Royster said. “One of them goes to point a handgun at him, at which time, he does the right thing and goes back into the home, locks the door, hits the panic button on his alarm system and calls 9-1-1.”
Royster said the intruders were gone by the time deputies arrived. A family member, who was upstairs looking out the window, saw a compact white vehicle driving away from the house right after the incident.
But investigators have not determined if the car was connected to the incident, Royster said.
“There are several possibilities that we’re looking into right now,” Royster said. “The victim stopped them in the course of it, so we don’t know if it was a burglary, a home invasion or a kidnapping.”
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.