PALMDALE – The two culprits who robbed a victim at gunpoint at a Palmdale gas station have been caught and charged, authorities said.
Nineteen-year-old Gerald Dickerson and 20-year-old Deonte Strong were charged Tuesday with robbery and vehicle theft. Additionally, Dickerson was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The charges stem from an armed robbery, which occurred around 3:42 a.m., June 1 at the AM/PM gas station and convenience store in the 2300 block of Palmdale Boulevard, according to Lt. Wright of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“They took the victim’s wallet, car keys, and cell phone,” Wright said, adding that the robbery was captured on video.
About a week later, on June 8, the victim’s car went missing, Wright said.
“They put out a description of the car, and one of our units saw the vehicle, actually, right across from the [Palmdale Sheriff’s] Station,” Wright said. “He stops the vehicle, and he finds the suspect to be in possession of the key that was stolen from the victim a week earlier.”
The suspect, Deonte Strong, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Two hours later, deputies tracked Gerald Dickerson to the E-Z 8 Motel on the 400 block of West Palmdale Boulevard, where they also found a handgun inside the motel room, according to Wright.
Both men remain jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.