UPDATED 12/27: Charles James, the man suspected of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 13, was located and arrested early this morning in Greenville, South Carolina.
James contacted local detectives late last night once he became aware of the media attention concerning him, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson, of the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
“We learned his location in South Carolina, we contacted the local law enforcement in South Carolina and they arrested him for us,” Hudson said.
James is still considered a suspect in the case, and he remains in custody at the Greenville County Detention Center.
“We will be seeking extradition back to California from South Carolina,” Hudson said.
The Sheriff’s Department will be issuing a news release with more details on this arrest. We will have more information when it becomes available.
**Earlier Story **
LANCASTER – As The AV Times reported on Dec. 13, a 14-year-old girl walking to school in Lancaster was dragged into bushes and sexually assaulted.
The suspect in the assault has been identified as 30-year-old Charles James, authorities announced Wednesday. They’re now asking for your help in locating James.
The following is the news release from the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau:
On December 13, 2012, at approximately 6:15 a.m., the victim was walking to school in the 2000 block of East Avenue J-8 in Lancaster when she noticed the suspect walking behind her.
Believing that she was being followed, the victim crossed the street. She noticed that the suspect had also crossed the street and was getting closer to her.
The suspect grabbed the victim and dragged her into bushes located along the south side of the street. The suspect then proceeded to repeatedly sexually assault the victim. Once he ended his assault, the suspect fled the location.
Utilizing investigative tools, the suspect in this assault has been identified by detectives as Charles James, a 30-year-old male with a last known address in Antelope Valley and prior addresses in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Long Beach, Palmdale and Lancaster.
The Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau is requesting the public’s assistance in locating suspect James. Anyone who may have additional information regarding this investigation or the whereabouts of suspect James is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273 or their local police department. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).
The suspect is considered dangerous so contact should not be attempted.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is personally offering a $5,000 reward for the apprehension of the suspect.
“Our community is absolutely appalled that someone would perpetrate such a heinous act,” Parris said previously. “We do not tolerate such crimes here in the Antelope Valley.”