One arrest was made during these searches; however, the team was also alerted to a potential burglary in the area of Avenue P-8 and 20th Street West, which resulted in four additional arrests.
Arrested during the compliance check was 42-year-old Kenyatta Larkin. Larkin was found to be in a home where a minor was present, and he was arrested for violating the terms and conditions of his parole.
The team searched two other sex-registrants and they were found to be in compliance with their conditions of early release, authorities said.
“This is exactly why we conduct these searches,” Sergeant Kyle Bistline said. “Not only are we ensuring individuals are complying, but also ensuring the safety of others within the community, keeping them from being victimized.”
While at Larkin’s residence, the team was flagged down by a group of citizens who were chasing several individuals through a vacant field near Highland High School.
A containment was immediately established and, with the help of citizens, the suspects were detained. One of the individuals was hiding in a backyard when neighbors spotted him. He attempted to flee the yard, but was detained by the deputies.
Four juveniles whose names were not released were detained for vandalism. Of the four, at least one was on probation for burglary.
“This incident shows how neighbors working together can create a safer neighborhood and community,” said Lieutenant Larry Gregg. “Most likely these individuals would not have been caught without neighbors caring for one another and reacting quickly to the situation.”
Burglaries have been on the rise in the Palmdale area since the first of the year, Gregg said. Residents can help end the problem by being aware of what is going on inside their neighborhood, Gregg added.
(Information via press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.)