“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.