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2 armed robberies reported in region

PALMDALE -- Two armed robberies were reported Wednesday night -- one at a Littlerock motel, the other at a Palmdale minimart, sheriff's Deputy Daryl Bonsall said.

Four men, one with an automatic firearm firearm, device consisting essentially of a straight tube to propel shot, shell, or bullets by the explosion of gunpowder. Although the Chinese discovered gunpowder as early as the 9th cent., they did not develop firearms until the mid-14th cent. , robbed the Dena Inn Motel on Pearblossom Road about 8 p.m., taking approximately $200 in cash and a computer, Bonsall said.

The robbers sped off in a late-model white Ford Expedition The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV built by the Ford Motor Company. Introduced in 1997 it slots between the smaller Ford Explorer, and the now discontinued and larger Ford Excursion. The Expedition offers up to eight passenger seating and a range of V8 engines.  or Explorer, Bonsall said.

About 10 p.m., two men wearing gray ski masks robbed the Courson Minimart on 11th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard; they stole $900 in cash after pistol-whipping an attendant, Bonsall said.

The assailants were seen running away, heading south on 11th Street toward Courson Park.

-- Daily News

Area gang suspect arrested in standoff stand·off  
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1. A tie or draw, as in a contest.

2. A situation in which one force neutralizes or counterbalances the other.

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Standoffish.
 

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 standoff ended with the arrest of a gang member suspect at a Lancaster home Wednesday, a sheriff's deputy said.

Anthony Alvala, 22, was arrested on suspicion of felony felony (fĕl`ənē), any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law.  illegal weapons possession and probation probation, method by which the punishment of a convicted offender is conditionally suspended. The offender must remain in the community and under the supervision of a probation officer, who is usually a court-appointed official.  violation charges that would carry enhanced sentences because of his gang affiliation, gang detail Sgt. Derek Yoshino said.

Alvala drew law enforcement's attention when he showed up at a local hospital claiming to be a gunshot victim with wounds more consistent with a firearm accidentally going off in his pants pocket, Yoshino said, noting that the bullet recovered matched a .25-caliber automatic weapon in Alvala's home.

Alvala's tattoos identified him as a member of an active criminal street gang, Yoshino said.

-- Daily News
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