LANCASTER – Two suspects who allegedly robbed a Lancaster business and then tried to carjack a woman at gunpoint were captured in Lancaster City Park Thursday morning, authorities said.
Donte Ray, 28, of Lancaster and Pierce Burns, 28, of Palmdale were arrested on armed robbery charges, according to Lancaster Station Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
The men were identified as the suspects who held up the AT&T store located in the 1000 Block of West Avenue K in Lancaster, Rust said.
The robbery was reported to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday.
The caller reported that the store had just been robbed by two suspects and one of them was armed with a pistol, Rust said.
Moments later, a second report was received from a woman who said she was in the parking lot of the AT&T store, when two suspects attempted to steal her cell phone and car keys at gunpoint, Rust said.
The woman escaped the confrontation unharmed and apparently drove over to the Lancaster Auto Mall on Commerce Center Drive to report the crime, Rust said.
As the deputies were responding to these reports they learned that both suspects were last seen running towards the AVTA Bus terminal at Lancaster City Park, Rust said.
The perimeter of the park and the nearby Antelope Valley (14) Freeway was quickly contained by dozens of responding deputies and a K-9 unit.
As the deputies began searching for the suspects, they were contacted by several people at the bus terminal, who directed them to the suspects, according to Rust.
“They were captured inside the Park & Ride over at the city park,” Rust said, adding that there were no reported injuries connected to the incident.
During the investigation, the deputies retraced the suspects’ paths from the bus terminal back to the AT&T store. Along the path they found two Airsoft pistols, cash and several items, including cell phones and iPads, that had been stolen during the robbery, Rust said.
Ray and Burns were each booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station around noon on $1 million bail.
Editor’s note: Story updated with additional information from deputy Michael Rust.