PEARBLOSSOM – A 29-year-old Lancaster man and his teenage accomplice were arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly robbing a local marijuana dispensary using replica handguns, authorities said.
Warren Phillips and a 16-year-old female were captured as they were running away from the location, thanks to a security officer and several residents, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
On Sunday, February 16, 2014 at approximately 5:45 PM, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s security officer, assigned to the Department’s Parks Bureau, was on duty in his Sheriff’s Department security vehicle and in the area of Pearblossom Highway and 126th Street East, Pearblossom.
The officer was alerted by a good Samaritan to a robbery in progress at a nearby marijuana dispensary, located in the 12500 block of Pearblossom Highway.
The officer saw two suspects running from the location towards his direction with handguns.
The armed security officer ordered both to stop and drop their weapons. A 16-year-old female, juvenile subject, and her male adult companion immediately complied by dropping their weapons and lying on the ground.
As deputies from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station were responding to the area, several residents assisted the security officer in detaining and apprehending the duo.
The juvenile subject and adult suspect had allegedly robbed and threatened patrons and employees at gunpoint before fleeing the business with a substantial amount of currency.
Deputies were able to recover $937, in addition to two handguns, which turned out to be very real-looking replicas of 9mm caliber Berettas.
The two also had duct tape in their possession and also attempted to steal marijuana, but dropped it while leaving the business.
The juvenile subject is being held without bail at the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, Sylmar.
The adult suspect, Warren Phillips, of Lancaster was booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The case is being investigated by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detective Bureau.