LANCASTER – A reputed white supremacist gang member suspected of breaking into vehicles, stealing U.S. mail, and punching a victim in the face during an attempted carjacking was captured in Lancaster Thursday night, authorities said.
James W. Jackson, 27, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. after deputies contained the neighborhood near 21st Street West and Avenue K-9, according to Sgt. Steve Owen of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
It all started when deputies received a call about a stolen vehicle, Owen said.
“We received information about a person who’s associated with some white power gangs in the Antelope Valley area…. that he was driving a stolen vehicle,” Owen said, adding that the vehicle was described as a white Chevy Blazer with a busted out rear windshield.
When deputies converged on the neighborhood, Jackson tried to flee the area on foot, Owen said.
“During the containment of the area and while [Jackson] was fleeing our apprehension, he attempted to carjack a civilian,” Owen said.
The victims, a male and female, were in a grey or silver small SUV at the time of the crime. Deputies were told that the male victim was punched in the face during the carjack attempt, Owen said.
The victims left the scene before deputies could adequately interview them; and now Lancaster detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Steve Owen at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-940-3819.
Jackson had “some illegal weapons on his person” when he arrested, Owen said. He was found hiding near a covered RV that was parked in a resident’s driveway.
“Further investigation revealed the suspect committed vehicle burglaries in the area where he was arrested and stole U.S. Mail from unknowing victims,” Owen stated. “The suspect was connected to the theft of a vehicle, which he was seen driving earlier in the evening.”
Jackson remains jailed on $100,000 bail.