PALMDALE – A probation and parole sweep in a central Palmdale neighborhood Thursday morning netted 11 arrests, authorities said.
About 70 officers conducted 34 probation and parole checks between Division Street and 6th Street East, from Palmdale Boulevard to Technology Drive. The area has been established as a “focus area,” and the city of Palmdale and the Sheriff’s Department have committed to creating a safer environment for residents who live there, according to a Palmdale Station press release.
Thursday’s operation, which began around 7 a.m., was conducted to ensure that parolees and probationers in the area were complying with their terms, said Sgt. Kyle Bistline of Palmdale Station’s Partners Against Crime Team.
“We don’t want them to fall back into the same habits,” Bistline said. “We want them to turn their lives around and become responsible, productive adults here in society.”
The Partner’s Against Crime Team hit several addresses on Larkin Avenue as part of the three-hour operation. All of team’s arrests were made at an apartment complex in the 38500 Block of Larkin Avenue.
Two teenagers at the complex lied about their names and were arrested after deputies ran their fingerprints, according to Bistline.
“Both of them were on probation,” Bistline said. “One has a felony warrant out of San Bernardino and the other one hasn’t been reporting to his probation officer down in Los Angeles. More than likely he was up here hiding out.”
Deamereya Ford, 18, was jailed for not reporting to his probation officer and Rayshawn Haynes, 19, was jailed on a felony no bail warrant.
Cecilia Cabrera, 46, was also arrested at the complex on a narcotics-related charge.
“She had a meth pipe in her room that had meth still in it,” Bistline said.
Cabrera had been on probation for bringing narcotics into a custody or jail facility, according to a deputy at the scene.
Three others were arrested for narcotic’s related offenses during Thursday’s operation, including Angel Horvitz, 29; Shayna Kerr Mastros, 21; and Willie Thomas, 39.
Arrested for misdemeanors were Donna Taylor, Ebony Scott, Latia Peters and Herman Hoyos.
During the searches, one house was determined to be uninhabitable by Palmdale’s Building and Safety Department.
The probation and parole operation was conducted by the Palmdale Partners Against Crime (PAC) team and the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiatives (AVCFI) task force. It included 10 teams from Palmdale and Lancaster Stations, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), a Parole Compliance team (as well as Probation Office personnel), and City of Palmdale Building and Safety and Code Enforcement officers.