PALMDALE – An 18-year-old driver was arrested late Thursday night after leading deputies on a car chase in a stolen vehicle, authorities said.
The incident began around 11 p.m. on 20th street east, according to deputy John Cereoli of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“[Deputies] were working routine patrol and ran the license plate of a vehicle, the vehicle came back stolen,” Cereoli said. “They attempted to pull over the vehicle and the vehicle fled. It was a very short pursuit and the suspect was taken into custody.”
The car chase ended near 5th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, when the teen jumped out of the vehicle and was chased and captured in the Vallarta Supermarket parking lot, according to a Palmdale Station broadcast.
Eighteen-year-old Adam Russell was arrested around 11:29 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of vehicle theft and he was jailed on $75,000 bail, according to LASD jail records.
Russell is a key witness in the kidnap/torture case against local martial arts instructors and brothers Ston Lee, 34, and Skoth Ly, 33.
Russell claims he was kidnapped on September 24 in Lancaster and tortured with lit cigarettes, cut with a Samurai sword, and kicked and punched for two hours straight because the brothers thought he had broken into their dojo.
After Russell testified at a preliminary hearing last month, Ston and Skoth were ordered to stand trial on multiple felony counts, including kidnapping, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and torture. Ston and Skoth each remain jailed on around $1 million bail as they await trial.
Russell is due in court Monday to face possible charges in connection with Thursday’s incident.
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