PALMDALE – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating 27-year-old Ellsworth Jerome Young. He is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face and then abducting their 3-month-old daughter on Friday from the 800 block of East Palmdale Boulevard. He may be armed with a handgun.
Young’s vehicle is described as a blue 2004 Honda Element with a broken driver’s side tail light and damage to the driver’s door. The vehicle has a Washington State license plate of AFD 9769.
According to Sheriff’s officials, at approximately 11:41 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, Young punched his girlfriend, causing a black eye. She ran into a check cashing business to escape from him, leaving their 3-month-old infant in the car on the 800 block of East Palmdale Boulevard, Sheriff’s officials said. Young drove away with the child.
The victim claims Young has a black semi-auto pistol and repeatedly forced her to commit sex acts as recently as Thursday, Jan. 29. Young fled north and was last reported in Bakersfield at 5:57 p.m. Friday.
He is possibly headed to Seattle, Washington.
Young is a 27-year-old black male, around 6 feet 4 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. The baby is 3 months old, of mixed race, with straight brown hair. She was last seen wearing a onesie with red cherries and pink pants, according to the alert.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous, call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Ellsworth Young was located and arrested by Bakersfield Police Department. The baby was found unharmed and is now safe.
Editor’s note: The initial article identified Ellsworth Young as a 28-year-old black male, however, LASD booking records state that Young is actually 27 years old.