Photo: Desmond Perry
CALIFORNIA CITY – A double homicide brought teams from L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept and California City PD to capture the killer. Law enforcement arrested Desmond Perry (33) of Acton, less than a week on the run.
Deputies arrested the homicide suspect on August 1. He is responsible for the shooting deaths of a 12-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man.
First, police responded near sundown on Sunday to several reports of a shooting near North Loop Blvd and Corwin Ave. There they found two shooting victims. California City Fire Paramedics promptly arrived on scene to transport the man to a local hospital where he later died.
The child died at the scene on the 9000 block of Lupine Loop.
Subsequently, California City PD sent out the alert. “Neighbors reported seeing the shooters’ vehicle flee with two black males inside the car. It travelled west toward Corwin and North Loop. Witnesses in the area described the vehicle as a 2009-2010 Black Nissan Altima with a license plate that started with “6KDV.”
The next day, Cal City PD updates included:
“Vehicle is believed to be a 2009 Black Nissan Altima with a complete license number of “6KDV172” CA.
“The victims of last nights’ double homicide have been identified as 12 year-old Trinity Wiggins and 39 year-old Michael Wiggins – both of Cal City.”
Later, Police announced the identification of the gunman, and asked for the public’s assistance leading to the whereabouts and arrest of Desmond Jerome Perry. They considered him armed and dangerous and believed he had an AR-15 style rifle.
As a result, tipsters lent a hand, and Police responded to several anonymous TIPS of possible sightings of Perry’s vehicle. Police searched the area but found no suspects.
Police located the abandoned vehicle used in the July 23rd double homicide in a remote area south of California City.
Later that day, teams of agents throughout California joined California City Police to arrest the homicide suspect at an apartment building in Lancaster. He now faces two counts of homicide.
If you have any information for this ongoing investigation, call (760) 373-8606.