PALMDALE – A suspect wanted in connection with the death of a man shot in the face last month was caught and taken into custody after a manhunt in Palmdale Thursday afternoon.
The suspect was arrested with the help of a K-9 unit at the La Quinta Apartments in the 38300 Block of 11th Street East in Palmdale.
His identity will not be released because he is a juvenile, sheriff’s officials said.
The arrest came after teams of sheriff’s deputies launched an intensive manhunt in the area from 11th Street East to 12th St East, between Avenue Q and Palmdale Boulevard.
At one point, the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station issued a community advisory warning residents to stay out of the area because deputies were searching “for a suspect wanted in a murder.”
The juvenile is wanted in connection with the death of 21-year-old Daniel Pensamiento-Galdamez, according to sheriff’s officials.
Daniel died on Saturday, April 19, two days after he was shot in the face outside Pyramid Liquor, located in a strip mall on the 1600 Block of East Palmdale Boulevard.
Authorities have released little details about the shooting, which happened around 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17.
A Palmdale Sheriff’s Station broadcast on the night of the shooting stated that the victim had been confronted by a group of males, and that deputies were searching for four Hispanic males in connection with the shooting.
Close friends of Daniel said the 21-year-old and his brother were standing outside the liquor store talking to a homeless man when the shooting occurred. They said Daniel was shot in the face with a shot gun.