PALMDALE – Authorities have arrested one of two suspects who robbed a man walking home in Palmdale Wednesday morning. They’re now looking for the second suspect who fired several shots as the victim was running away.
The robbery happened around 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 38500 Block of 10th Street East in Palmdale, according to Lt. Cory Kennedy of the Palmdale Sheriff Station.
“The victim is walking home when he’s flagged down by two guys, like they know him, so he walks across the street,” Kennedy said. When both parties realized they didn’t know each other, the suspects began questioning the victim about what was inside his backpack, Kennedy said.
Some time during the exchange, the victim handed over his Kindle to the suspects, who then refused to give it back, Kennedy said.
“The second guy pulls out a gun and says, ‘We’re taking it,’” Kennedy said. “The victim then runs, and as he’s running, he hears multiple shots fired… they were either shooting at him or trying to scare him.”
Around that same time, the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station received a call about shots being fired in that area, Kennedy added. About an hour later, patrol deputies spotted a man walking on 11th Street East, who matched the description of one of the suspects.
The man dipped into an apartment complex in the 38500 Block of 11th Street east, Kennedy said, and after locking down the neighborhood, deputies caught up to the suspect.
The victim positively identified the man in a “field show up” as the suspect who took his Kindle, Kennedy said.
Melvin Harris, 21, was arrested for robbery around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $50,000 bail.
“We did not find the Kindle and we did not find the gun, so we’re still working on trying to identify the second suspect,” Kennedy said. “Our gang team has taken over the investigation.”
The second suspect is described as Black male, approximately 18 to 20 years old, who was wearing a red and blue baseball-type shirt at the time of the incident, Kennedy said.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.