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ANTELOPE VALLEY'S MOST WANTED FUGITIVES; DEPUTIES DESCRIBE SUSPECTS AS ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

Byline: Bhavna Mistry Staff Writer

Sheriff's deputies say a reputed gang member who eluded authorities in the hills around his mother's house, an ex-convict who beat his girlfriend with an aluminum baseball bat and a man suspected of shooting two people are among Antelope Valley's most wanted criminals.

Local detectives have identified five men, all described as armed and dangerous, as being the worst of the valley's criminals, the ones they most want off the streets and into custody.

Topping the list is a Palmdale man wanted for a vicious attack on several day campers at the Big Rock Creek campground. One victim was injured so badly that he lost partial use of his arms and hands.

During the assault, Dustin Gabor Magyari, 19, hit several victims with a machete, deputies say.

``I don't know what his motivation was, what he was thinking,'' said Detective Dave Moore of the Palmdale sheriff's station. ``His group came up and confronted the other group, assaulting one person in particular.''

Magyari, whose last known residence was the Mountain Shadow apartments on Avenue S, was seen recently in the Palmdale area. Two months ago he was a pallbearer for a fellow gang member killed in a traffic collision.

Magyari is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown shaven hair and green eyes.

Wanted for an August incident is parolee Patrick Phillip Gonzalez, 30, who was last seen in Lancaster.

Officials said Gonzalez is a parolee at large currently wanted on suspicion of attempted murder and spousal assault. Deputies say he beat his live-in girlfriend with an aluminum baseball bat.

``The disagreement that they had was insignificant,'' said Detective Brian Schoonmaker, of the Lancaster Sheriff's Station. ``It was a minor incident where he reacted very violently.''

Lacerations on the woman's head had to be closed with staples. She also suffered severe bruises on her back and possibly fractured ribs, officials said.

``Parole's been looking for him and now we're looking for him,'' Schoonmaker added.

A gang member also known as Moreno and Prieto, Gonzalez has past convictions for robbery, assault, burglary, weapons violations, spousal assault and possession of drugs, deputies said.

Gonzalez is described as 5 feet 9 inches, weighing 180 pounds, with black shaved hair and brown eyes. He had a long goatee during the time of the assault. His tattoos include ``Venice'' on his stomach, ``City of Angels'' on his back and ``V13'' on his left arm.

Deputies described Gonzalez as armed and dangerous.

Also described as armed and dangerous is Paul Andrew Escarcega, 32, of Palmdale, who is wanted on a $500,000 arrest warrant for attempted murder.

In November 1998, officials say, Escarcega shot a man following an argument at a Lancaster bar.

Inside the bar, Escarcega got in an argument with two other patrons. The two other men walked out of the bar to end the argument, but Escarcega followed them.

Escarcega got a gun from his car and fired at them, deputies said.

``He shot at one of the men and missed,'' said Schoonmaker. ``Then he cornered the other one and shot him at close range.''

The victim of the shooting survived the attack.

``That guy was extremely fortunate,'' said Schoonmaker.

Escarcega is described as 5 feet 9 inches and 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

George Yannoulatus, 38, is wanted for a June 18 assault at a local bar over a business deal.

Yannoulatus confronted the man in the restroom and began punching him, deputies said. When the victim fell to the ground, the suspect stomped and kicked him.

``The victim thought he was going to be beaten to death,'' said Detective John Kalita of the Lancaster sheriff's station. ``He begged for his life.''

Yannoulatus continued to kick the man until the victim played dead. Once Yannoulatus left, the victim crawled out of the restroom and got assistance from the bartender.

The victim had a large shoe print on his face along with other bruises, deputies said. He also suffered three broken ribs.

Yannoulatus is a 6-foot, 185-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes.

For nearly two months, sheriff's officials have been looking for Jason Daniel Velasquez, 20, of Palmdale, who gave officials a false name after he was stabbed in a dispute over a girl and hospitalized for a week.

Although two people have been arrested for his stabbing officials are now seeking him.

On June 27, he told deputies investigating his stabbing that he was Michael Vasquez. Since then deputies have learned that Velasquez is an active gang member, on felony probation for robbery and burglary and has outstanding felony warrants for weapons violations and violating his probation.

On July 13, after receiving a tip that Velasquez was hiding out at his mother and stepfather's Lake Elizabeth home, deputies surrounded the house in the 13200 block of Littlehorn Drive.

Velasquez barricaded himself in a bathroom, then jumped out of a second-story window and fled into the hills. He remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

His parents and 19-year-old girlfriend have been charged with harboring a fugitive.

Anyone with information to the whereabouts of any of these suspects is asked to call the Lancaster Sheriff's Station at (661) 940-8466, the Palmdale Sheriff's Station at (661) 267-4300 or the Antelope Valley's CRIME TIP HOTLINE at (661) 948-COPS.

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Photo: (1--Color) George Yannoulatus

Wanted for assault with intent to commt great bodily injury

Male white, 6-0, 185 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes

(2--Color) Jason Daniel Velasquez, 20

Wanted for weapons violations and violation of probation

Male hispanic, 5-9, 180 pounds, brown hair, brown shaved hair.

(3--Color)Dustin Gabor Magyari, 19

Wanted for assault with a deadly weapon

Male white, 5-11, 170 pounds, shaved head, brown hair, green eyes

(4--Color) Patrick Phillip Gonzalez, 30

Wanted for attempted murder

Male Hispanic, 5-9, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. ``Venice'' tattooed on his stomach, ``City of Angels'' on his back, ``V13'' on his left arm

(5--Color) Paul Andrew Escarcega, 32

Wanted for attempted murder

Male Hispanic, 5-9, 155 pounds, blackhair, brown eyes
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