LANCASTER – Three juveniles were arrested Tuesday after they were spotted in a vehicle that was “carjacked” by hammer-wielding robbers late Monday night, authorities said.
A 16-year-old boy from Palmdale and two 17-year-old boys from Los Angeles were booked at the Lancaster Station Jail for robbery and carjacking; and then they were transported to Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center and held without bail, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
[Around 11:40 p.m., Monday, Sept. 1], Lancaster Deputies responded to George Lane Park in Quartz Hill regarding an armed robbery and carjacking. The Lancaster Robbery Suppression Team (RST) also responded to handle the investigation.
The investigators determined that a male adult victim and female adult victim were at the park when three unknown male suspects approached them with one suspect holding a hammer.
The suspects stole personal property, money, and keys to the victim’s 1997 Toyota Camry and drove off.
The RST detectives continued to work the case throughout the early morning hours until about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, when the stolen vehicle was seen near the intersection of Avenue J-8 and 27th Street East.
The three suspects attempted to flee from deputies in the stolen car by speeding away onto the 43800 Block of Delgado Street. The suspects drove onto a front lawn of a home, which ended at the cul-de-sac of Delgado Street.
Two suspects remained in the car and were immediately apprehended by deputies, while one suspect ran away from the scene. The fleeing suspect was ultimately arrested after more than a one hour long containment of the surrounding neighborhood.
All three arrested individuals were male juveniles. Two subjects are 17-year-olds from Los Angeles and one subject is a 16-year-old from Palmdale. They were booked at the Lancaster Station Jail for robbery and car-jacking. They were transported to Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center and held [without bail].
During the manhunt, Columbia Elementary School was placed on a precautionary lockdown for a short period of time, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.