Victorville police on Wednesday released surveillance footage of an alleged robbery in March during which one of three suspects, who remained at large, brandished what appeared to be a machete at a security guard.
The incident happened on March 12 at around 10:30 p.m. at the Food 4 Less on La Paz Drive near Seventh Street, according to the Police Department.
Three individuals, two male and one female, allegedly placed unpaid items into a shopping cart and started walking out of the store.
When the security guard asked for their receipt, a man took out a machete from his shorts and swung it toward the employee, police said.
The guard was hit in the hand and suffered a laceration, according to authorities.
The three ran out into the parking lot, video shows.
The store is miles away from where two separate machete attacks occurred weeks ago.
On Aug. 27, a woman pulled into the driveway of her Victorville home, and was followed by dark-colored sedan. Before she could get to her front door, a man with a machete stole her purse, officials said.
She sustained significant injuries and was flown to a hospital.
Then, on Sept. 1, a teenage girl pulled in front of her home, not far from the woman's, when a similar car stopped and a man ran toward her. He also had what appeared to be a machete, and use it to cut her before stealing her purse.
Authorities haven't said whether they believe the same man is responsible for all three attacks.
The suspect in the March 12 incident was described as a black man with an afro around 25 years old standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The female he was with had dark, shoulder-length hair and was about 5 feet 4 inches, police said. The third person was only described as a Hispanic or black man.
In the previous two cases, the suspect was described as between 16 and 24 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall with a “very thin build.” He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt in both incidents.
Anyone with information can contact detectives at 760-241-2911 or 760-956-5001. Those who want to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at 800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.