Quartz Hill carjacker gets 7 years

The victim speaks with deputies on Feb. 11 evening after being carjacked at knifepoint by Dillon McCloud. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

The victim speaks with deputies on Feb. 11 after being carjacked at knifepoint by Dillon McCloud. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 21-year-old man who carjacked a woman and her child at knife point last month and then led deputies on a high speed chase through Quartz Hill has been sentenced to prison.

Dillon McCloud pleaded guilty to carjacking and other charges on March 5, and he was sentenced to seven years in state prison, according to an announcement by Lancaster Station’s Robbery Suppression Team.

On Feb. 11, at about 5:30 p.m., McCloud brandished a knife and forced a woman and her young child out of their 2005 Black Pontiac, which was parked at the AM/PM on 60th Street West and Avenue L-8 in Quartz Hill.

About two hours later, with the help of the vehicle’s GPS tracker, deputies located McCloud behind the wheel of the stolen vehicle in the area of 50th Street West and Avenue K-12.

McCloud refused to stop and ran several stop signs as deputies chased him through the Quartz Hill area.

An LASD helicopter tracked McCloud southbound over Godde Hill Road and southbound on Bouquet Canyon Road for approximately 20 miles. McCloud was arrested around 9:30 p.m. after deputies deployed spike strips in Santa Clarita. McCloud has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 11.

Lancaster Station’s Robbery Suppression Team announced other recent noteworthy criminal convictions – Daveion Overman, Ronyen Carter, and Corey Santifer.

On March 4, a jury convicted 21-year-old Daveion Overman and 21-year-old Ronyen Carter of robbery, theft and false imprisonment in connection with a Lancaster home invasion robbery. During the robbery, which happened on July 22, 2012, the victim was tied up and property was stolen. Detectives arrested Carter and Overman about one month after the robbery. Both men are awaiting sentencing.

On Feb. 19, 22-year-old Corey Santifer was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of robbery.

Santifer was charged with robbing Baskin Robbins, Wienerschnitzel and Del Taco between Sept. 21 and 26 of 2012. During each robbery, Santifer stated he had a gun and demanded money.

Detectives found Santifer hiding out in a vacant house a day after the last robbery.


  10 comments for “Quartz Hill carjacker gets 7 years

  1. March 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

    its sad what our society coming to it ,if we have more organization for juveniels and more educational facilities,maybe we wouldnt face ,what we facing now,karjaking,theift,robbery.and one for real you cant save everybody,cant help those who doesnt want be help…

    • Thomas
      March 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

      It is not society’s job to raise children. It is a parental responsibility.

      • Gladys
        March 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

        True that Thomas. It does START at home.
        If law enforcement took a more active approach in prevention programs at early developmental stages, kids would perhaps develope a better social attitude. If police were someone they could learn to trust because the police were friendly and helpful with them at a young age, in the long run maybe things would change. What happens to the attitude “if I can save just 1 child”, or does that just pertain to sex offenders? One kid at a time can make a difference. The kid YOU could have saved, might be the one that robs and shoots someone when he’s a teenager. F the parents of some of these kids, WE all need to help the little kids.
        People should find out where a Wellness Home is in their neighborhood and lets get the kids going there for activity. It would be nice to hear they had to add staff because so many people were using the facilities. The facility is there, we need to get the word out and encourage people to use them.

        • Candace
          June 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm

          My brother dillon was raised in the most loving home. There are 4 of us and our mother and father raised us to be good people. My brother unfortunately was the sour apple of the bunch. My brother was out I’m all sorts of sports and clubs to keep him out if trouble but you my brother was just a bad kid. I know what he did was wrong but you people need to stop blaming my parents because my parents are the best parents ever. My mom tried to help but he didn’t want it and that’s not her fault it’s his fault so don’t you ever blame my parents for my brother behavior

      • Candace
        June 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        Don you dare try to blame that on my parents. So you know how many times dillon was disaplined?! He was grounded all the time. My parents are very good parents and just because my brother is bad it doesn’t mean my parents didn’t try to stop him. My whole family tried to help him don’t you dare blame my parents for his behavior

    • Palmdale_Steve
      March 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Don’t you mean if only we gave away more of our tax dollars to dubious programs little Dillion McCloud could have received more Frosted Flakes growing up and no turned to a life of crime?

      A a 21 years old male, he is not going to like prison one little bit. But wow that was fast, crime to jail term in under a month, amazing.

      • Gladys
        March 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        No PD, I am saying spend a little now to save alot later. Some well thought out programs that include lots of kids now may save on crimes, arrests, court costs, incarceration costs later. Short term pain, for long term gain…
        I do agree this was a quick turn around. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

        • Palmdale_Steve
          March 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm


          In general I agree diversion programs do some good…but.

          Two parents in a home works better to set a young person on a life path, this baby daddy crud is one of the root causes of poverty and crime. Babies having babies, women having multiple children with multiple “Baby Daddies”, no government program can fix those problems.

          Welfare, EBT cards and other forms of living on the government teat is a form of enslavement in my view. As short term bridges to somewhere else they are fine and necessary, as a long term lifestyle of living on the government dole, to me this is like a narcotic to hook stupid people on being stupid and lazy for life.

          I’ve read nothing about how Dillon McCloud was raised, his family situation or anything that tells me that some sort of government intervention would have made a difference, correct me with facts on McCloud if you have them.

          The assumption seems to be now days that everyone just needs some government program to not go off the rails, I reject that premise and believe in personal responsibility. Heck look no further than the life story of Mayor TRex on how to overcome adversity, substance abuse and a rough up-bringing, and I’m not a TRex fan.

          Start with personal responsibility and go from there.

          • Gladys
            March 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

            PS, Reading your comment all the way to the paragraph starting with “The assumption…”, made me think we were actually on the same page.

            I am not advocating any wild new gov supported programs. We need to do something to turn things around in this community.

            We have no control over how many parents are raising the kids. We can’t control who is having babies, or how many with diffent baby daddys. We are left to deal with the crap that shakes out of the mess.

            I do think teen moms should HAVE to take their child with them to school. Schools should have a daycare on campus and if a teen mom has custody of her baby they should be REQUIRED to work in the daycare taking care of their own baby and other girls babies. They would get credit for that class and a grade just like any other elective. This will give them parenting skills and teach them responsibility. They should only get social services if they are living at home with their parents, and attending school. Benefits stop when baby is 1 yr. If she decides to have another and is still unmarried, benefits for 6 months after baby is born. A third??? no benefits. PERIOD

            We can’t take all the kids away from the parents. Ingrid Brewer is in jail and can’t take care of them…(sarcasm off)

            Whether we like it or not, many of todays kids do become our responsibility one way or another. I would rather see an approach of teaching them social skills on every level. Including, healthy interaction with law enforcement. Children are more receptive than their parents.

            Have you ever taken in a stray dog or cat? Children, I know are not dogs and cats, but they still started out innocent and helpless. They learned how to act and react from their home environment. Some kids have 2 parent homes and still turn out criminal. Others don’t stand a chance from day 1. Some kids are not taught the right things by the people who brought them into this world.

            Do we wait till they all kill eachother? With the birth rate being what it is, they will never go away. We need to do something.

            The young kids out roaming around now are the same ones who will be taking care of us when we get old. Do you realize how easy it is to get a job in a dr. office, hospital, nursing home, etc? Scares the crap out of me.

            We need to do something. By we, I mean, people who can. I am so done helping and supporting people who want hanouts. I am sick of all the scams. The young kids need us. Their parents can step off.

        • Candace
          June 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          My brother didn’t need any programs we weren’t ever poor my brother had an amazing home it was his choice and even I there were programs it wouldn’t have helped him

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