PALMDALE – A 29-year-old man wanted for robbing a lady at gunpoint last month remains on the run after escaping a manhunt Tuesday afternoon.
Marcus Edmonds was the subject of a nearly three-hour manhunt Tuesday afternoon involving several sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit, an air unit, and the Special Enforcement Bureau.
The teams contained the area from 10th to 11th Street East and from Avenue Q to Q-3, while searching for Edmonds. But the armed robbery suspect managed to elude capture, yet again, authorities said.
“He might have been able to sneak out of the containment as it was being set up,” said Palmdale Community Relations deputy Robbie Royster. “At this time, he is still considered armed and dangerous and wanted for robbery, burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm.”
Royster said Edmonds was identified through witnesses and his alleged accomplice as the man who robbed an elderly lady at gunpoint in Palmdale last month.
“There was a robbery on 25th Street East and Avenue S,” Royster said. “They robbed the lady on the street and stole her purse.”
While investigating that robbery, detectives identified a vehicle believed to be associated with the robbery, Royster said.
Deputies eventually spotted the vehicle and attempted to detain its two occupants, one of whom was Marcus Edmonds, Royster said. They were able to arrest the driver, but Edmonds jumped out of the car and escaped into a nearby neighborhood.
“[Deputies] recovered a firearm on the driver, as well as another firearm in the passenger compartment where Marcus was,” Royster. “Marcus was identified through witnesses and one of the individuals that robbed the victim and so deputies have been looking for him ever since. Several times they’ve come close to taking him into custody, but every time he’s ran.”
On Tuesday, several units were surveilling an area known to be frequented by Edmonds when they spotted him on 11th Street East near Avenue Q, Royster said.
“They went to make the detention of him and, again, he fled on foot into an apartment complex that backed up to the location,” Royster said.
The Courtyard Apartment Homes and the surrounding area were locked down for several hours, beginning at 11 a.m., as deputies combed the area for Edmonds.
“The teams searched the apartment complex, as well as a couple of apartments inside the apartment complex, and they were unable to locate him,” Royster said.
By 2:40 p.m., the containment was lifted and Edmonds remained at large.
Officials are now seeking the public’s help in locating Edmonds, who is described as a 29-year-old Black Male with black hair and brown eyes, approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall, and weighing around 175 lbs.
Anyone with information on Marcus Edmonds is asked to contact detective Arnold at the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2469. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.