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LASD - Palmdale Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Wednesday June 19th, 2019 :: 09:54 a.m. PDT


Armed Robbery/ Attempted Murder Suspect’s Arrested in Palmdale

At approximately 10:30 pm on 06-18-19, Palmdale Station Deputies responded to 20th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard in the city of Palmdale regarding an armed robbery that occurred. The victim stated he was walking on northbound 20th Street East when he was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint.

A pick-up truck pulled up to the victim and demanded money while the second suspect was armed with a rifle. The victim was ordered to lay on the ground and was punched repeatedly by the suspects.  The suspects removed a cell phone from the victims pocket and fled eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard.

A few hours later, at approximately 12:30 am on 06-19-19, Palmdale Station Deputies responded to 703 East Palmdale Boulevard regarding a robbery. Deputies contacted the victim and learned another armed robbery occurred near the intersection of 8th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard. 
The victim stated the suspect vehicle (matching the description of the prior armed robbery) pulled alongside him, and approached his vehicle while armed with a black rifle. The suspect demanded the victim’s property, but the victim refused. After refusing, the suspect responded by discharging a round into the ground. Out of fear, the victim allowed the suspect to take his gym bag containing his wallet. 
The suspects were last seen driving away from the location, north on 8th Street East and out of view.  A 9mm bullet casing was recovered at the scene.
Prior to the second robbery call, Palmdale Station Deputies responded to a separate call of shots fired near Avenue Q-6 and 15th Street East.  At the location, they learned a similar suspect vehicle had fired 5-6 shots at a different victim.
As deputies searched the area, the suspect vehicle was located and detained. Inside the vehicle was the robbery victim’s property and an expended 9mm bullet casing, however, the firearm was not recovered. 
The suspects were arrested and booked at Palmdale Station. The suspects were identified as Marcos Leon, and Rafael Deras.
It appears these three incidents are related.
This case is currently being investigated by Palmdale Station’s Operation Safe Streets Detectives. There is no further information regarding these incidents.
Deputy Ronald Sneed
Public Information Deputy
Palmdale Sheriff Station
750 E Avenue Q, Palmdale CA
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LASD - Palmdale Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
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Palmdale, CA 93550

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