PALMDALE – A man suspected of child abduction and assault with a deadly weapon who barricaded himself in a Palmdale apartment complex after leading authorities on a wild chase was finally taken into custody early Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities initially engaged the man, who was driving a silver Prius with a female passenger, in a pursuit in Kern County, CBS2 reported. The man eventually drove onto the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in the Lancaster area, and the pursuit was handed off to the California Highway Patrol. The man reached speeds in excess of 100 mph before he exited the freeway onto East Avenue S in the Palmdale area and led CHP units into residential areas.
A CHP officer attempted a PIT maneuver on the Prius as it turned left onto a street, but his vehicle was struck by a white SUV [see video below]. It was not immediately known if the officer or the occupants of the SUV were injured in the collision. The CHP handed the pursuit off to the sheriff’s department following the crash.
Sheriff’s department units pursued the Prius into a cul-de-sac and attempted another PIT maneuver, but the Prius evaded them. The Prius stopped near the Sierra View Gardens apartment complex at 37850 20th Street East and the occupants exited on foot.
The female passenger surrendered to police and was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, but the man fled into the apartment complex carrying a bag. Sheriff’s deputies pursued the man into the complex and saw he was armed with a shotgun and a handgun in his waistband, CBS2 reported. The deputies fired shots at the man, though no one was injured.
The man barricaded himself in a second-floor unit in the complex with two women inside — one of whom, ABC7 reported, was the man’s mother. Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau units were called to the scene to engage with the man.
A man eventually climbed down from the unit’s balcony and was arrested by sheriff’s deputies at about 6:10 p.m. Thursday, May 13, but he was not the driver of the Prius, said Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Deputies remained at the complex to locate the primary suspect and secure weapons that were believed to be at the scene. The primary suspect was finally taken into custody around 12:20 a.m. Friday, May 14, sheriff’s officials said. His name was not immediately available.