PALMDALE – A Palmdale neighborhood was locked down for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon as deputies swarmed the area searching for a suspected drug dealer and his two alleged accomplices.
The incident began around 4 p.m. near 11th Street East and Avenue Q-11, authorities said.
A deputy patrolling the area recognized a parolee with “search conditions,” who was known for selling drugs, according to Lt. Wright of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“The deputy made contact with the [parolee], and the suspect immediately pulled out a baggy of methamphetamine, threw it on the ground, and then tried to lay on top of it,” Wright said. “Another person ran in and tried to grab the bag the [parolee] had thrown on the ground.”
The deputy ordered the second guy away, but then a third man approached the deputy in a threatening manner, Wright said.
“[He was] acting as though he might have a gun, reaching into his waistband,” Wright said, adding that the parolee/alleged drug dealer ran off as the deputy was dealing with the third man.
The third suspect initially got away as well, and several deputies, aided by a sheriff’s helicopter, searched the neighborhood for all three suspects.
About 30 minutes later, the man who had allegedly approached the deputy in a threatening manner and pretended to have a gun, was captured, Wright said.
Eighteen-year-old Sodel Wissar was arrested around 5:01 p.m. on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on $20,000 bail.
Tuesday evening, deputies were still hunting the parolee/alleged drug dealer and the second suspect.