Girl sexually assaulted walking to school in Lancaster

Crime scene tapeLANCASTER – A 14-year-old girl walking to school in Lancaster Thursday morning was dragged into the bushes and sexually assaulted, authorities said.

“Our community is absolutely appalled that someone would perpetrate such a heinous act,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We do not tolerate such crimes here in the Antelope Valley; and, as such, I am personally offering a $5,000 reward for the apprehension of this criminal.”

The sexual assault happened around 6:15 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 13) in the 2000 block of East Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.

The girl was walking to school when she noticed the suspect walking behind her and crossed the street. The suspect also crossed the street and was getting closer to her, Hudson states.

The suspect grabbed the victim, dragged her into bushes located along the south side of the street, and then proceeded to sexually assault the victim, Hudson states.

The suspect eventually stopped his assault and fled the location on foot towards 20th Street East. The victim went to a local residence, contacted Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Hudson states.

The suspect is described as a Black male, between 30-35 years old, approximately 5’07-5’08 tall, with a dreadlock hairstyle.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau are handling the investigation and are seeking the public’s assistance in apprehending the suspect.

“Lancaster station will be increasing uniformed patrol presence to ensure a safe passage for kids to and from school,” said Captain Bob Jonsen, commander of Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

“In addition, we are combining our investigative resources with that of Special Victims Bureau to apprehend the suspect as quickly as possible,” Jonsen said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Editor’s Note: We updated the story to change the headline and the first sentence from “rape” to “sexually assaulted” after confirming with authorities that this incident is being classified as a “sexual assault” only.
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  71 comments for “Girl sexually assaulted walking to school in Lancaster

  1. lou
    December 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    The only person at fault here is the person that harmed the child. Instead of pointing a finger, we as a community should do something. We should band together against this kind of evil. My child will NEVER walk to school alone again.I will walk him and keep a watchful eyefor the safety of other children. I for one will pray for that little girl. I will pray that she is not forever changed by someone elses horrible choice.

    • nacola
      December 15, 2012 at 5:04 am

      what i dont get is why are there so meany rapist down here in the first place neer so meany schools they say they have to be 100 feet away but whats that when they can just drive or walk that far and then go back to there little safe haven.

    • nacola
      December 15, 2012 at 5:05 am

      does any one know if that guy had short dreads or not?

      • Vanessa Andrade
        December 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

        He did have short dreads. According to a Facebook friend, she witnessed them arresting the man at Walmart. He was the homeless man who would nonchalantly walk around the Walmart area.

        • Midge
          December 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

          Why hasn’t there been a NEWS UPDATE if there has been an ARREST made in this case? Just wondering, and just becase someone with dreads was arrested at Walmart doesn’t mean he was the guy who assaulted her.

          • Unknown
            December 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

            He has not been arrested and to my understanding it is not the homeless man everyone seems to think it is. I spoke with one of the detectives today myself and was told they have already verified it is not him.

          • Beervana
            December 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm

            Thank you Unknown for checking that. I hate when rumors like that start flying around. They take on a life of their own. Sort of like Arlene, the dancing girl. huh?

  2. Ya Think?
    December 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    After all of the money that was spent on the “Eye in the Sky,” I would certainly hope that it was there to record this crime so the perpetrator can be apprehended. The City of Lancaster is spending millions on Rex Parris’ and Frank Visco’s “gadget,” but it seems to have absolutely ZERO value in stopping or actually spotting a crime. It seems to me that money spent on having a police officer in the area instead of an airplane with nothing in it but a camera would have done way more to reduce crime than some rich man’s gadget.

    • William
      December 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      But ya don’t understand. Rex pulls all these great ideas out of his behind when Ron Smith’s head wasn’t up there.

  3. Notagain!!!!
    December 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    THATS ALL WE NEEDED, ANOTHER PIECE OFF  IN LANCOMPTON!!
    PROWLING ON INNOCENT CHILDREN!!! HOPE YU GET CAUGHT AN THEY SHOP YO ’S

  4. December 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks Mayor for fixin the blv. now with all the plugs i can sit here and enjoy the christmas music whyle i plug in my eletric blanket and see youre town go to shi@ whyle all these monsters have envaded youre precious town what are you gonna do?

  5. justbeingreal
    December 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I think we the public need to be more pro active and help the police find this rapist before he strikes again.

    • SteveE
      December 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Agreed. Crime prevention is everyones responsebility. Everyone carries a cellphone nowdays how hard is it to talk a walk around and report any suspicious activities.

  6. Allison
    December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    My daughter goes to Eastside hs & there was NO FKN POLICE present after!!!!!

    • John
      December 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Actually your school has a Deputy assigned to it…stop blaming the LASD for everything…they are out there looking for this monster.

      • justbeingreal
        December 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

        The rape did not occur at East Side HS, so why would they be there. I have noticed several police patrolling around Columbia Elementary which is in the vicinity of where it occurred.

        • sikntired
          December 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

          Actually was not a rape,it was a sexual assault.Not sure what defines that.

          • anonymous
            December 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

            I go to ehs.everyone is saying it was a rape.

          • Xxxxxxxx
            December 16, 2012 at 6:45 am

            So…. What difference does it make

          • Liz
            December 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

            Rape is when penetration occurs and sexual assault doesn’t per-say mean rape (it can), but if it’s only sexual assault and not rape then it means that it never got that far. It could’ve been an attempt to rape or it could’ve just been fondling/ touching.

    • really
      December 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      So, whats your point? There are roughly 20 Deputies working patrol in Lancaster. An area that is how many thousand square miles? Odds are they are never gonna be where a crime is taking place. Why on earth would you relenquish your duty as a parent to protect your child to the police? It’s your job!! The police are their to respond to crime! Society slaps the polices hand every te they implement things to prevent crime. Who would be running into ES High if there was a shooter there? Not you! But until that point it is your job to protect your child. Parents who allow there kids to walk around this valley are not protecting their children! I see kids that are like 7 walking home from school, thats insane.

      • Nancy P
        December 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        I agree with Really. Parents need to make sure their kids get to and from safely. Deputies are not out there to babysit. If they see something happening that looks suspicious, hopefully they fill followup with that.
        I see little children walking alone often and will stay a safe distance away from them while still following them to make sure thet get home.
        Little kids walking west on J8, crossing the 14 freeway entrance by themselves. When I say little, I would guess no more than 7 or 8. Looks like brother and sister. The live somewhere around 25th W and J8.
        Sad. I always wonder where their mom is and why she isn’t meeting them or walking over to the school to get them if she doesn’t have a car. Another incident waiting to happen.

  7. Sanadia
    December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my goodness. We should all be vigilant when children are walking to and from school cause we just don’t know who’s out there checking them out to make them their next victim. Sad. The thug is out there and I’m sure ready to do his dirty deed again soon.
    O.K. Mayor Parris what are you going to really do about these sexual molestors?

  8. Sanadia
    December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my goodness. Why was this girl out so dang early, 6:15 a.m.? What time does school start? We should all be vigilant when children are walking to and from school cause we just don’t know who’s out there checking them out to make them their next victim. Sad. The thug is out there and I’m sure ready to do his dirty deed again soon.
    O.K. Mayor Parris what are you going to really do about these sexual molestors?

    • anonymous
      December 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      she had a zero period.

  9. Sanadia
    December 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    We all have the mayor of Lancaster and his cronies to thank for the uprise in crime here in Lancaster. All money is being spent on sprucing up Lancaster Blvd. Meanwhile many parts of Lancaster are in very bad condition just look at the many mobile home parks that many sex offenders probably live. I’ve seen more and more thugs as I drive around town. I also see children walking all alone, and some with companions. However, a sexual assault at 6:15 a.m. is insane. It’s dark out now at that time yet the school time is not adjusted to allow children to not have to walk in the dark (early morning) during winter. Why was the girl not seen by other student’s and or parents? What time does school start that this 14 year old had to be out so early? There are far too many facts involved. I don’t get it, but then this never happened when my children went to school early in the mornings many moons ago. You know that this sexual deviate will do this again and we should all be on the look out for the sake of innocent children and people.

    • Heath
      December 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      At Eastside High first bell is at 640. A lot of the kids don’t start til home room around 746. She might of had 0 period or was going to school early to study. It’s shame that the perv didn’t go and attack one of the many hookers on Sierra HWY instead he had to choose a child that was just doing the right thing and going to school. Hopefully she holds her head high and continues to attend school to show that perv that he didn’t scare her away from getting her education.

    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I’m just letting you know, Eastside starts at 7:46[homeroom]. So some students come around 7:20 so they won’t be late (and other factors of course). But there’s a 0 period which is Band / Color Guard. It starts at 6:30 A.M. and the girl was walking, possibly trying to get in time for her 0 period. >.> I attend this high school, same grade as her.

  10. Mary
    December 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Yes with the prison we have increased crime here. But it can happen even in good neighborhoods. Forty-some years ago I was followed home from school by a child-molester. This was before the prison was built and the AV was generally safe. Fortunately nothing bad happened to me since my house was close by. It does scare me a little now to think about the fact that there was a large vacant lot to the side and the back of our property. I could have easily been dragged into it.

    My mother was a stay-at-home mom but she was late getting back from a PTA meeting and I hid out by the side door of our house. She got so scared that she quit the PTA.

    Parents should not be blamed because most of them do the best that they can.

    I don’t think guns are the answer, but personally I am thinking of getting a taser.

  11. RXtheCrook
    December 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Good portion of the A.V problems start with the prison. Relatives of inmates move up here because its cheap and easier to visit there baby daddy’s in jail. Then they have the dirt bag friends come and stay with them so they can visit and all the crap follows. Try riding a Lancaster bound train on a Friday afternoon. See all the crap that comes up for a “visit”. My wife quit riding the train on Fridays.

    • Xxxxxxxx
      December 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

      Wtf that got to do with this

  12. Newman
    December 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Change the law. Kill them right away.

  13. Regina
    December 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    It’s sad to read that someone could piont the finger at a group of people just because they receive housing assistance. It could be the man in high price suit. That not the point, the piont we have a person in our area that making it unsafe for our children and the parents was not notify of the crime. My daughter walks to school by herself and we did not know nothing about this. Thank God, we watch the news so we can take our daughter to school and know that she is safe.

    • Letlow
      December 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thank you! Very well said. I hope they catch this SOB.

    • Lee
      December 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

      You keep awareness and protect your children. Thank you for being a real MOM!!

  14. South side
    December 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Scumbags

  15. Denice
    December 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    We need to make it easier to obtain permits to carry concealed handguns. If I have to live in a town surrounded by scumbags…I am NOT a victim.

    • Denice
      December 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Law abiding citizens like myself shouldn’t be forced to go out unprotected in a city where these things occur. The criminals have guns…the good guys should have them too.

      • Liz
        December 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

        No offense, but that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard…

        Didn’t we learn anything from Connecticut?! Guns are nothing but trouble; nobody needs them, not good people, not bad people. And if it’s easier for “good people” to obtain permits for guns, then guess who it’s also easier for? Yes, that’s right, “bad people” and “mentally ill” people too. Let’s not repeat history please.

    • God's way
      December 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Guns are not the answer. Look at Florida

      • Gladys
        December 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Depends on how you see the situation that happened in Florida. There are a number of people who feel it was riteous.

  16. justbeingreal
    December 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This is a horrific tragedy, where were her parents? Why didnt they drive her at that time of the morning ? I know we should be able to walk any where and be safe but at the same time we know how things become here in the AV and we as parents need to be extra careful where our children are concerned.

    • Liss
      December 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Not everyone is able or has a car to..Lets not blame the parents for not having a car at least the parents are sending her to school..it’s the fault of this nasty pervert

      • justbeingreal
        December 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

        The parents could walk with their child. Now whats the excuse? I know several parents that do not have vehicles and they walk their child.

        • Letlow
          December 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

          Parents have to get to work. And that often entails a lengthy commute that starts at 5 am, way before the school bell rings.

        • Heath
          December 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

          She’s 14 and maybe both parents were working at the time. Lets stop blaming the parents, and blame the scum for his crimes. I’m sure the parents are already blaming theirselves. If anything these parents deserve praise for raising a child who is not running the streets like a hoodlum, she was actually going to school to get an education.

          She also doesn’t sound like she is one of these little girls that has a kid already. Good job to her parents.

          • God's way
            December 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

            Unfortunately we our the last city of LA County and this is where all the lowlife rapist are send the end of the train ride. I remember a time back when our Gov. call his self cleaning out Venice Beach of the homeless he gave them all one way train tickets to Antelope Valley.

          • Xxxxxxxx
            December 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

            good job my ass, there is only 1 or 2 people to blame, and that is the parents. a rapist is exactly what it says a rapist and while it’s sad that these things happen we know that they do happen and sent all of these assholes are documented anyway we can identify all of them so it is our job as parents not to put our child in that type of situation my 14 year old daughter would never walk to school by herself let alone at 6 o’clock in the damn morning

        • Pinkkitty
          December 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

          I totally agree….theres no excuses…

      • Pinkkitty
        December 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

        I THINK THE PARENTS HAVE ALOT TO DO WITH IT….THERE IS NO EXCUSE SOMEONE SHOULD BEEN WALKING WITH HER…..U NEVER KNOW HOW LONG HE WAS WATCHING THE GIRL AND IF SHE WAS WITH HER PARENT….HE WOULD HAVE LOOK ANOTHER WAY…I THINK BECAUSE SHE WAS ALONE MADE HER A EASY TARGET……SMMH AT THE PARENTS….

  17. Frank Rizzo
    December 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    All rapists and child molesters need to be killed! I hope they find this guy and the kids family takes matters into their own hands. The justice system does not work. These creeps allways get and and do this sh** over and over!

    • justbeingreal
      December 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I agree 100%

      • The Anti-REX
        December 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        When they catch him he should be taken for a one way ride out to the desert to feed the coyotes.

    • justbeingreal
      December 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      All rapists should be castrated !!

      • FUNNY
        December 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        I say let the cops shoot them all lets start with the guy who killed the 2 year old girl when he ran in to the mothers car on ave I at 100 mph

        • Valerie
          December 19, 2012 at 4:55 am

          Well loved you know its upseting what happen and the dumb things these idiots have been doing and the children have been paying the price and its not right but guns arent gonna prove anything

      • sikntired
        December 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Unfortunately they would still have hands..

  18. Nonofyourbusiness
    December 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    The mayor says he don’t allow this in his city but yet he allows this perverts to live on Sierra hwy Smh this city has just went down the hill we are not safe anymore with this ignorant ppl that lives here time to ship the he k out here before we nd up raped or killed this is a.outrage Smh

    • Palmdale_Steve
      December 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      @nonon

      TRex’s hands are a bit tied. He went down the road of tangling with hotels with the Mongols and the city ended up on the end of a legal action, city won in the end by the way, but defending that suit cost something.

      Sad to say, but perverts who have done their time are being dumped up here, and other than live under bridges they are going to end up in the cheap motels on Serra Highway. It would be a very huge can O worms to take on this issue, and maybe people who live in Lancaster are willing to foot the bill when the ACLU and the Liberal Democratic machine that runs LA county comes down on the city for going after perverts being dumped up here.

      You want something done, write your new assembly member Mr. Fox and Stephen Knight about the issue. Maybe hearings or something will draw attention in the media to this issue, don’t hold your breath.

      • R
        December 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        LA is sending all the mental clients to the vast AV, as well ex-inmates and welfare dependents for low rent vouchers,

  19. VWFish
    December 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    W T F??? Sick people in this world.. Go home and wack it ya scumbag!!

  20. Beervana
    December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I hope they got DNA and this doesn’t turn into a Bushy Haired Stranger Story.

    • R
      December 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      I know some HIV clients are sex offenders, and they free on the streets, the Governments pays for all their needs it is really bothersome.

  21. Heather
    December 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I hope they catch this monster and that bubba rapes him nightly in prison. I do know that when it comes to rapist in prison (or child molestion) the prison guards will turn a Blind eye and let “accidents” happen. Rape and child molestion are not respected in prison.

    • Midge
      December 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      sometimes gang members have a messed up perception of what rape is, so they protect eachother.

      • MSTRWIL
        December 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        So you’re saying he’s a gang member or that there are only gang members in jail? Either way your opinion would be grossly misjudged. Being sentenced to rape or child molestation in jail is a sentence to being violated by beat down or other means. Regardless, that punishment is too easy for the perp. I vote death because there has never been a known reformed offender. These cowards always hunger for it.

  22. Jamie
    December 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Seriously!!!! What in the world is happening in the AV. Hit and runs killing innocent children! Now Rape!!!! My god and my kids wonder why I’m so protective of them!

  23. Bob
    December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Someone better report this horrible person. If he is okay with raping a young girl, he is probably okay with bragging about it. So if you here some horrible person brag about this crime or any crime, report it.

    Chances are this person has a record already, so hopefully they get some DNA and find him fast.

    • Bob
      December 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      *hear

      Sorry about the typos.

  24. DOOg
    December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    This should be death sentence for this crime.

  25. Letlow
    December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Good grief…

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