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Off-Duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Employee Witnesses Armed Robbery

Off-Duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Employee Witnesses Armed Robbery

DATE: Friday, July 20, 2012

TIME: 2:35 PM

VICTIM: “Valero” - Convenience Store

INCIDENT LOCATION: 500 East Avenue K, Lancaster Ca 93534

21 year-old Deon Fite (transient frequenting the Palmdale area)

UNIT: Lancaster Sheriff’s Station


In the afternoon hours on July 20th, an off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s civilian employee had just got off of work and stopped at a Valero convenience store to get gas. Once she walked into the store, a male later identified as 21 year-old Deon Fite, followed behind her wearing a bandana on his face and yielding a handgun.

The suspect walked behind the store’s front counter and demanded money from the clerk at gun point. The Sheriff’s employee hastily exited the store and dialed 911 where she advised Lancaster Station of the robbery. The employee watched Suspect Fite at a distance, following him on Avenue K to the Sienna Heights Apartments at the 43500 block of Kirkland Avenue, Lancaster. She kept law enforcement updated on the suspect’s whereabouts by her cellular telephone and directed deputies to his location within the apartment complex.

As deputies attempted to contact Suspect Fite, he attempted to flee by jumping over a wall which was apparently too tall. The suspect ran about 100 feet prior to proning himself on the ground and was taken into custody.

Deputies recovered the stolen cash and a loaded .38 caliber handgun from the suspect’s pants pockets. The suspect was identified as a local gang member on active parole out of Bakersfield for weapon charges. The suspect was also in possession of a stolen cellular telephone taken in another recent theft in Lancaster.

Suspect Fite was booked at Lancaster Station for Robbery and is being held on $100,000.00 bail with an additional charge of Parole Violation.

For additional information contact:
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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Authored by:
Lieutenant V. Carter
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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Forwarded by:
Peter Gomez, Deputy
Irys Alvarez, Deputy
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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