LANCASTER – A 20-year-old accused thief was captured Saturday after a foot chase at Lancaster’s BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, authorities said.
Kyler Erickson allegedly pushed several small children to the ground as he tried to escape, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Detectives are now seeking those potential victims.
The incident happened around 6:26 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, on the 700 block of West Lancaster Boulevard, Stamsek stated in a news release.
“Lancaster Sheriff Station’s Burglary Suppression team was patrolling Lancaster Boulevard during the city of Lancaster’s event, ‘Boolevard.’ While working the event, the deputies observed the suspect walking along the Boulevard,” Stamsek stated. “Deputies attempted to approach the suspect discreetly to apprehend him. As they approached, the suspect saw the deputies and proceeded to flee the area.”
Deputies went in foot pursuit, according to Stamsek.
“As the suspect fled from the deputies, he pushed several children to the ground in an attempt to stop the deputies,” Stamsek stated. “Deputies coordinated units to the perimeter of the event, where the responding deputies were able to apprehend and arrest the suspect without further incident.”
Erickson, a Lancaster resident, was arrested around 6:30 p.m., according to LASD inmate records. Erickson was wanted for a local burglary and he also had two outstanding warrants for grand theft auto, Stamsek said. He is being held without bail.
Potential victims during Saturday’s foot pursuit should contact the Lancaster Burglary Suppression team at 661-948-8466.