Crime News

Man carrying ax shot dead by deputies in Lancaster

deputy involved shooting Lancaster Feb. 11

LANCASTER  – A 45-year-old man was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies in Lancaster after he walked toward them carrying an ax that he had previously used to try to kill a neighbor, authorities said. It happened around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, outside a home on the 2800 block of La Vida Drive in…

Lancaster man arrested in Rosamond break-in

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ROSAMOND – A 38-year-old Lancaster man was jailed Thursday on suspicion of stalking and violating a restraining order after he allegedly broke into a Rosamond woman’s home, authorities said. Dustin Downing repeatedly told deputies to shoot and kill him as he was being arrested outside a house on the 2400 block of Werner Avenue, according…

Man gets 15-to-life for deadly crash in Lancaster

On March 29, 2015, Benson had a blood alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit when he drove on West Avenue J-12 and then crashed into Patricia Ann Holmes' bedroom,

LANCASTER – A man with a prior DUI conviction was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life behind bars for driving drunk, crashing his pickup truck into a Lancaster home and killing a 71-year-old woman in her bed. Aaron Daniel Benson, 26, was convicted Dec. 23 of charges stemming from the March 29, 2015, crash…

3 seriously injured in crash near Lancaster, DUI suspected

The Cadillac collided with 2013 Ford C-Max driven by Julia Drew Greer of Berkeley, CHP officials said. [JOHN MEZA]

LANCASTER — Three people were taken to the hospital with major injuries after a two-vehicle crash near Lancaster Wednesday evening, authorities said. The collision occurred around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the intersection of 60th Street West and Highway 138 (Avenue D), according to Officer Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol’s Antelope Valley…

AV’s Most Wanted

AVs Most Wanted revised 2.11.16

The Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations are seeking your help in locating and identifying the following suspects. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Kenneth Edwin Raper Kenneth Raper is a 31-year-old male with red hair…

$20K reward offered for fugitive sex offender [update: captured]

Joseph Townsend is a 34-year-old white male, around 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Townsend’s location is encouraged to contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530 ext. 225.

UPDATED 2-10-16 @4:15 pm: Joseph Townsend was apprehended in Bullhead City, Arizona, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, by U.S. Marshals and CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey. No further details were immediately available. **** EARLIER STORY **** LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board…

Student arrested after shooting threat at Rosamond High

school threat

ROSAMOND — A 17-year-old student was arrested after he allegedly texted a threat to students at Rosamond High School, authorities said Tuesday. Deputies were dispatched to Rosamond High after a call came in regarding a male student who was possibly distraught and was threatening to shoot students at the school, according to a news release…

Suspected inmate homicide at state prison in Lancaster

murder investigation

LANCASTER – Authorities at the state prison in Lancaster are investigating the death of an inmate as a suspected homicide and are questioning his cellmate. Rashell Clarke, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday, Feb. 6. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures, but he was declared dead at 11:26 a.m., said Lt. Duane Bennett…

Sex offender on the loose after cutting ankle monitor [update: captured]

Joseph Townsend is a 34-year-old white male, around 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Townsend’s location is encouraged to contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530 ext. 225.

UPDATED 2-10-16 @4:15 pm: Joseph Townsend was apprehended in Bullhead City, Arizona, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, by U.S. Marshals and CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey. No further details were immediately available. ***** LANCASTER – A paroled sex offender cut off his ankle monitor…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 2.5.16

The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating and identifying the following suspects. If you recognize them and know where he might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Casimiro Cabanas Casimiro Cabanas is a 45-year-old man with brown eyes, a partially bald head…

Crime down in Palmdale

Palmdale crime rate graphic

PALMDALE – The overall Part 1 crime rate in the city of Palmdale saw a 5.84 percent decrease in 2015 from the previous year, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At 246 crimes per 10,000 residents, Palmdale’s Part 1 crime rate stands at the lowest level in more than two decades, city officials…

Suspect in custody after CHP pursuit

Dominguez was taken into custody after he crashed his vehicle near 70th Street East and Avenue S in Palmdale. [LUIS MEZA}

PALMDALE – A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase through Palmdale, authorities said. “The pursuit began about 2 a.m. as a traffic and possible DUI stop near the intersection of Technology Drive and Sierra Highway,” CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said. The pursuit then went south…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 2.3.16

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following at-large parolees. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be located, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 272. Verna Ellefson Verna Ellefson is a 46-year-old female with blonde or strawberry blonde hair and green…