PALMDALE – A ‘Most Wanted’ robbery suspect who escaped a manhunt two weeks ago is now accused of beating a teenager unconscious, authorities said.
The incident happened around 10 p.m. Monday at Sonoma Apartment Homes in Palmdale and involved 29-year-old Marcus Edmonds and a 16-year-old boy, said Palmdale Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.
The teen told deputies that the assault may have been sparked by an encounter he had with Edmonds earlier that day, Royster said.
“They were both at a grocery store and the victim said ‘hey I saw you on Palmdale’s Most Wanted,’ and so they got into an argument,” Royster said.
Later on that night, the teen was at home with his mother and younger brother, when Edmonds and several of his associates came by, Royster said.
“According to the victim, there were upwards of 15 people with him, and they kicked open the door,” Royster said. “The door flies open and strikes the four-year-old in the face and gives the four-year-old a bloody nose.”
The teen told deputies the group stormed the apartment and immediately began punching and kicking him until he lost consciousness, Royster said.
“They assault this 16-year-old kid, and then as fast as they’re there, they leave and mom calls police,” Royster said.
The teen was taken to Palmdale Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released.
“Detectives are still working with the victim to find out the underlying story regarding his association with Marcus and what store they were at,” Royster said. “That is information that the victim hasn’t been forthcoming with.”
The victim and the victim’s mother positively identified Edmonds as the man involved in Monday’s attack, and now Edmonds is wanted for assault on top of all his other charges.
As The AV Times reported recently, Edmonds was the target of a nearly three-hour manhunt on October 2, after he ran into an east Palmdale apartment complex to escape deputies. (Read more here). At the time, Edmonds was wanted for robbing an elderly lady at gunpoint and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Edmonds narrowly escaped the manhunt and has so far eluded capture. The apartment complex where Edmonds allegedly assaulted the teen is right around the corner from the complex that Edmonds ran into to escape deputies on October 2, Royster said.
“We have all these resources dedicated to trying to take him into custody, and now we have an incident where somebody has identified that he’s on Most Wanted, and he’s viciously assaulted that individual,” Royster said. “It’s a very high priority for us to get him off the streets and into custody.”
Officials are 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 or 661-272-2400. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.