LANCASTER – Lancaster deputies this week arrested three individuals suspected of robbing a gas station at gunpoint, three teenagers suspected of burglarizing a middle school, and two teenagers suspected of vandalizing a high school, authorities said.
Thursday morning, just hours after an armed robbery at the Circle K / Mobile gas station in Lancaster, deputies arrested 24-year-old Raven Whitehurst, 22-year-old Anthony Blue and 24-year-old Leqwone Russell, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
The robbery was reported around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Circle K / Mobile Gas Station in the 2400 block of West Ave J.
“After receiving a phone call of a ‘robbery just occurred’, patrol deputies quickly responded and searched the area for possible suspects,” Ruiz stated, adding that a patrol unit spotted a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Newgrove and 30th Street West.
“The vehicle was stopped and detained for vehicle code violations and related to the robbery investigation,” Ruiz stated. “The sole female driver possessed stolen items from the robbery, and additional evidence was located in the car. She was identified as Raven Whitehurst of Lancaster.”
After further investigation, deputies served a search warrant at a house on the 3000 block of West Newgrove Avenue, according to Ruiz.
“In the home, deputies recovered stolen cigarettes, food snacks, lottery tickets, and a hidden pistol,” Ruiz stated. “Suspects Anthony Blue of Los Angeles and Leqwone Russell of Lancaster were also located in the home.”
Whitehurst, Blue and Russell were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and were each booked at the Lancaster Station jail on $50,000 bail.
Three arrested for allegedly burglarizing Piute Middle School
Lancaster deputies on Wednesday arrested 18-year-old Demarquise Tyler and two 13-year-old boys in connection with a burglary that occurred that morning at Piute Middle School, located on the 400 block of East Avenue H-8 in Lancaster.
“After deputies received information of a possible ‘burglary-in-progress call’, they located three individuals who were a few blocks away from the school and were in possession of school property,” Ruiz stated. “Three stolen laptops were recovered along with additional school property.”
Tyler was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station jail and held on $50,000 bail, while the two juveniles were transported to Sylmar Youth Detention Center for housing, according to Ruiz.
Two arrested for allegedly vandalizing Palmdale High School
Lancaster School Safety Unit deputies on Wednesday arrested two teenage boys in connection with a vandalism incident that occurred at Palmdale High School on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Around 11:30 p.m., vandals broke into the locked campus on the 2500 block of East Avenue R and caused more than $20,000 of damage to multiple classrooms, according to Ruiz.
“Detectives completed their investigation and identified two Palmdale High School students who were responsible for the crimes,” Ruiz stated.
A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, and transported to Sylmar Youth Detention Center for housing, Ruiz stated.