ROSAMOND – An alleged gang member from Lancaster was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery last week, after leading Rosamond deputies on a foot chase around a trailer, authorities said.
The foot chase ended when 22-year-old Edi Gonzalez was tackled in a front yard, just a few feet away from the firearm believed to have been used in the crime, according to a press release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Read it below:
On Thursday, 10-31-2013, at approximately 9:30 p.m., deputies and a sergeant from the Rosamond Substation responded to a call of shots fired at the Fastrip Market located on Rosamond Blvd and Sierra Highway in Rosamond.
Upon arrival, Deputies were told by the store clerk that two Hispanic male subjects had entered the store and one of the subjects stole a pastry from within the store. When the clerk and a citizen confronted the suspects outside the store, one of the suspects reached for his waist band, indicating he had a gun on his person to intimidate the clerk and citizen. The two suspects then ran east on Rosamond Blvd.
Moments later, the suspect fired a shot into the air. Deputies scoured the area with vehicles and foot patrol. Approximately an hour later, deputies responded on foot to a trailer park in the 1200 block of Rosamond Blvd where they confronted the suspect who had fired the shot.
The suspect was standing on a porch in front of a trailer. He was positively identified from store surveillance video. When confronted by deputies, the suspect ran around the trailer. A deputy pursued the suspect as he ran all [the] way around the trailer.
A loaded handgun fell from the suspect’s shorts and he was tackled in the front yard just a few feet from the firearm. The cylinder in the handgun contained five live rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and one spent shell casing; consistent with being fired once.
The suspect, Edi Gonzalez, age 22, from Lancaster, CA, was arrested for armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, and other felony charges including gang participation charges.
Additionally, Gonzalez was arrested for a felony narcotics related warrant from Los Angeles County. Gonzalez was transported and booked into the Kern County Jail. The second suspect was not located but this investigation is ongoing.