LANCASTER – Two men are facing multiple felony charges for allegedly carjacking a man at gunpoint as he tried to make a delivery of Chinese food in Lancaster, authorities said.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. Aug. 3 on the 600 block of East Nugent Street, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Joshua Stamsek.
“A local food delivery driver reported to Lancaster Station deputies [that] he was delivering food when two masked men stole his property and vehicle at gunpoint,” Stamsek said. The victim’s Honda Civic was equipped with a LoJack device, Stamsek added.
“On Aug. 4, 2015, in the early morning hours, patrol deputies from Lancaster Station received a signal from their LoJack device and located the delivery driver’s stolen vehicle in the area of 40th West and Avenue K,” Stamsek said. “Two occupants of the vehicle were arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.”
One of the occupants was later released, but Christopher Vargas Barker, 25, remained in police custody in connection with the carjacking, according to Stamsek.
The second suspect, 18-year-old Anthony Davon Bowie, was arrested Aug. 5 when the Lancaster Robbery Suppression Team served several search warrants in Lancaster, Stamsek said.
While executing the search warrants, the team also recovered “several items of evidence related to the carjacking,” Stamsek added.
Felony charges filed against Barker and Bowie include kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking with the special allegation of using a firearm, conspiracy to commit the crime of robbery and robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Both men pleaded not guilty Aug. 6 and are due back in court Aug. 18 for a preliminary hearing, which will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Barker and Bowie are each being held on $1,050,000 bail.