Robbery suspect eludes capture in Palmdale manhunt

Dozens of officers contained a Palmdale neighborhood for three hours Tuesday afternoon. But armed robbery suspect, Marcus Edmonds, still managed to escape capture. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

The sheriff’s department’s K-9 Unit took part in the search Tuesday. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

PALMDALE – A 29-year-old man wanted for robbing a lady at gunpoint last month remains on the run after escaping a manhunt Tuesday afternoon.

Marcus Edmonds was the subject of a nearly three-hour manhunt Tuesday afternoon involving several sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit, an air unit, and the Special Enforcement Bureau.

The teams contained the area from 10th to 11th Street East and from Avenue Q to Q-3, while searching for Edmonds. But the armed robbery suspect managed to elude capture, yet again, authorities said.

Officials believe Edmonds was hiding out at The Courtyard Apartment Homes. The complex was placed on lockdown for hours as officers searched for Edmonds. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

“He might have been able to sneak out of the containment as it was being set up,” said Palmdale Community Relations deputy Robbie Royster. “At this time, he is still considered armed and dangerous and wanted for robbery, burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm.”

Royster said Edmonds was identified through witnesses and his alleged accomplice as the man who robbed an elderly lady at gunpoint in Palmdale last month.

“There was a robbery on 25th Street East and Avenue S,” Royster said. “They robbed the lady on the street and stole her purse.”

While investigating that robbery, detectives identified a vehicle believed to be associated with the robbery, Royster said.

Deputies eventually spotted the vehicle and attempted to detain its two occupants, one of whom was Marcus Edmonds, Royster said. They were able to arrest the driver, but Edmonds jumped out of the car and escaped into a nearby neighborhood.

“[Deputies] recovered a firearm on the driver, as well as another firearm in the passenger compartment where Marcus was,” Royster. “Marcus was identified through witnesses and one of the individuals that robbed the victim and so deputies have been looking for him ever since. Several times they’ve come close to taking him into custody, but every time he’s ran.”

On Tuesday, several units were surveilling an area known to be frequented by Edmonds when they spotted him on 11th Street East near Avenue Q, Royster said.

“They went to make the detention of him and, again, he fled on foot into an apartment complex that backed up to the location,” Royster said.

Marcus Edmonds is considered armed and dangerous and is wanted for robbery, burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm.

The Courtyard Apartment Homes and the surrounding area were locked down for several hours, beginning at 11 a.m., as deputies combed the area for Edmonds.

“The teams searched the apartment complex, as well as a couple of apartments inside the apartment complex, and they were unable to locate him,” Royster said.

By 2:40 p.m., the containment was lifted and Edmonds remained at large.

Officials are now seeking the public’s help in locating Edmonds, who is described as a 29-year-old Black Male with black hair and brown eyes, approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall, and weighing around 175 lbs.

Anyone with information on Marcus Edmonds is asked to contact detective Arnold at the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2469. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

  21 comments for “Robbery suspect eludes capture in Palmdale manhunt

  1. ryenisha jackson
    October 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    he blends in with all the other black ppl lol thats why he is so hard to catch

    • Greta
      October 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      And who do you blend in with? Other racist internet trolls?? LOL!

      Funny, you should dig up this story, but have no comment on all the white child molesters that have been in the news as of late. What makes those white child molesters on the most wanted list this week so hard to catch? Are they blending in with the other white people over at Lancaster Baptiste? LMAO!!!

  2. Letlow
    October 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    AHA!!! It was bugging me since I saw this article, and now I think I finally put the two and two together. This is the same fool who was caught on camera breaking into some poor guys house a couple months back! I’m almost certain!!

    I even took my time and went through all the crime stories to find the other guy’s pic. Look at this link and tell me these two fools aren’t the same person:

    • Letlow
      October 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      The scruffy goatee, the matted frizzy braids… it’s the same guy I tell you!!!! Ok, I’m done trolling this site for the night.

    • Javier
      October 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Kudos detective Letow.

      Difficult to confirm, however based on the two images I am impressed with your hunch.

  3. marie
    October 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    What make me mad all Africa America is not. I come from the same Los Angeles in 1994. Nothing like the rest of these cowards. So don’t judge us all as beening bad. Their are some good some of us. So all these racial remarks are not call for. To me this just like BULLYING to me. People in all race have a problem child not just black. Smh… you racial pigs.

  4. Letlow
    October 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    The folks in Lancaster should share the Spy Plane with Palmdale. Had they shared their toy, maybe they would have caught this vermin running out of the containment. I just don’t get how you see the criminal and then he still escapes your grasp.

    • Adam Chant
      October 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Does a deputy have the authority to search inside every apartment in the neighborhood looking for the suspect?

      NO – The Fourth Amendment protects every resident from unreasonable searches and seizures.

      • Letlow
        October 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        The cops didn’t have to search inside every apartment. I mean, if you see the guy and then he scampers away and you give chase, can’t you see which apartment he runs into?

        I doubt you would need a search warrant to go into an apartment if you just saw a wanted criminal going in there. I’m not a lawyer, but isn’t there some leeway for cops to go into a residence if they see a criminal go in?

        This reminds me of movies like The Fugitive, when the place is swarming with police and Kimble still gets the jump on them. Except this is not Kimble, this is a two bit criminal, and he outsmarted them all. For shame!!!

      • realitycheck
        October 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        Re-read the article. Nowhere does it say they searched every apartment. It says they searched the complex and a “couple” apartments within. There are several legal reasons the cops could search apartments for this guy. Let’s also don’t forget—honest citizens with nothing to hide would allow the cops to come in and look for the guy without delay!

        • Adam Chant
          October 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

          I don’t think so. Unless they saw the guy physically go into the residence and they caught him in that residence they would be looking at a lawsuit from the ACLU and TCAL for violating the fourth amendment of the tenant.

          On that path of reasoning: if they wanted to they could just set-up a fake containment and start searching peoples places for the “suspect”. Then while they were “searching” use every opportunity to discover illegal weapons, narcotics, etc.

          If you already have a level of distrust for LASD possibly because you are a minority or lower-income then chances are when they come knocking on your door you are not going to invite them in to search your place.

      • Gladys
        October 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        You might feel differently if the guy was hiding in your residence with your wife or mother inside.

  5. Aghast
    October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    welcome to Ghetto-dale! I remember when that part of town (Ave. S & 25th E) was supposed to be a desirable, planned community. I guess they never “planned” on a take over from Watts. When it was first built it was full of nice, well to do families and lots of working class people who cared about the neighborhood. Really, really sad to see what has become.

    • Andrew
      October 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

      It’s more like Palmton. The A.V. Has become L.A’s gentrification dumpster.

      • Tina Marie
        October 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

        victorville and Adelanto are worse. go out there and see for yourself. you’ll be running back to Palmdale and kissing the ground when you do.

  6. Notagain!!!!
    October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm


  7. HM
    October 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    what a lovely critter this one is… we have such” wonderful ” people residing in the AV.. “rme”
    I bet your mama is proud..

  8. FUNNY
    October 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm


  9. Javier
    October 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Those cops couldn’t catch a cold.

    There should be a spinoff site.

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