One arrested in sex offender sweep, 4 nabbed for vandalism

Sweep file picLANCASTER – Personnel from State Parole and the Palmdale Partners Against Crime (PAC) team conducted several sex-registrant compliance checks throughout Palmdale and Quartz Hill on Wednesday.

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.)

  4 comments for “One arrested in sex offender sweep, 4 nabbed for vandalism

  1. Patricia
    March 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t understand our society any more, when I was a child I knew better than to get in trouble, or cause any problems outside the home. I would not have survived the wrath of my parents let alone the police.

  2. charise
    March 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    really? My family called the sheriffs on a child many times and they did nothing because he was related to us..but of course only the stories that reflect good go reported.

    • Adam Chant
      March 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Was the child breaking the law or just acting out? It’s not the responsibility of law enforcement to discipline children, that’s the parent’s responsibility.
      It takes a village to raise a child.

      • QHResident
        March 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        So I had an 8 year old throw firecrackers at my car yesterday. I found the parent. Parent said,”ya we let him do that, he ain’t hurting anybody”. I called the police on the village [removed].

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