QUARTZ HILL – An 18-year-old stopping for food at a local restaurant was robbed at gunpoint before he could get out of his car, authorities said.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant at 5037 West Avenue N in Quartz Hill, according to Palmdale Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.
Royster said the suspect approached the victim’s vehicle and ordered the victim to turn down the window and hand over his belongings. When the victim hesitated, the thief pulled out a gun, Royster said.
“The suspect actually produced a black semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and pointed it directly at the victim,” Royster said. “The victim gives up his cell phone and his wallet, which had some money in it. The suspect then gets into a burgundy Chevy Silverado, that was parked a couple spots over from the victim, and then drove east through the parking lot and out of sight.”
The getaway truck had four doors, chromed rims and tinted windows, and the suspect was the sole occupant, Royster said.
The alleged thief is described as a Hispanic male, between 25 to 30-years-old, who is around 5’8” to 5’9” tall, and weighs about 125 pounds. The suspect has short black hair and brown eyes and he was wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, Royster said.
“It was 4:30 [when the robbery happened], so I imagine somebody probably saw something,” Royster said.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Update 8/27/2012: Lancaster deputies caught the man believed to be responsible for this crime. The suspect, 24-year-old Jorge Quinones, was arrested on Aug. 25 for robbing an attorney at gunpoint in Lancaster (read more here). Authorities have since connected Quinones to this robbery, as well.
Man robbed at gunpoint near liquor store
LANCASTER – Another man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint Monday – this one happened near a liquor store in west Lancaster, authorities said.
“The call came in at just about 10:55 last night [Aug. 20],” said Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust. “The caller said he was robbed at gunpoint near the liquor store at 13th West and Avenue I. There were two male Black suspects and one male Hispanic, all in their 20s.”
The victim, who went home before reporting the robbery, told deputies that the thieves took his wallet, Rust said. A complete description of the suspects was not immediately available.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.