Man arrested after allegedly attempting to sexually assault 11-year-old girl
A 29-year-old man in is police custody after he allegedly tried to sexually assault an 11-year-old girl on her way to school in the Palmdale area yesterday morning, ACP Solomon Cash confirmed.
Cash said the girl was unharmed.
“A man was observed walking behind a female student with his pants down and his private was erected,” Cash said.
“He continued walking behind this female who was [eventually] assisted by several concerned citizens. Eventually, he was arrested and taken to the Wulff Road Police Station.
“As a matter of fact, I’m understanding that one of those persons was actually a police officer who took him into custody.”
One of those concerned citizens, who identified himself as Kent Bazard, sent a voice note warning residents to be on the lookout for the suspect. Cash said the note was accurate.
“At approximately 8:35 this morning, I witnessed a young male attempting to assault a female primary school student… as she was walking to school,” Bazard said.
“The gentleman appeared to be a vagrant. As I was pulling up behind them, I first assumed he was walking her to school. As I got closer, I noticed that his pants was down.
“This was just past the Bellagio Plaza. She was just coming from around that area, the Bellagio Plaza where the Department of Statistics is. He had his pants down, no underwear on. At first, I thought he was fixing his clothes. When I got slightly past him, I don’t even know why, I looked again and I noticed his genitalia was out and he had a full erection.
He continued, “So, I immediately stopped my car in the street and I jumped out, and as I jumped out, the person behind me at first got annoyed, of course, but when he looked and saw what was going on, he also jumped out. By the time I got to the guy, another person had jumped out.”
The man then fled the scene, Bazard said.
He said he took the girl and walked her to school.
Cash said the suspect was captured a short time later.