The local panhandler accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a Palmdale Denny’s bathroom on New Year’s Day may have been spotted this week at the Promenade Mall in Temecula, authorities said.
According to a press alert from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department titled “Possible sighting of a child sexual assault suspect from Palmdale”:
On January 6, 2014, about 3:30 P.M., a citizen driving through the Promenade Mall in Temecula observed a male subject walk in front of their vehicle. The citizen honked at the subject to move, and then drove away. The citizen later became aware of the flyers put out by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department regarding the January 1, 2014, incident, and realized the subject appeared to match the description of the suspect in that case.
As of early Friday afternoon (Jan. 10), no suspects were in custody in connection with the crime. Detectives were following up on several “sightings” of the suspect, including the one in Temecula, according to Detective Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
“When we get this suspect in custody, trust me, we will let everybody know,” Hudson said.
The suspected child predator is believed to be a local panhandler known as “Shrink,” who was captured on surveillance cameras from the restaurant. He is described as a White male about 5’8” tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with shaggy blond hair, and walking with a noticeable limp. He was wearing a red shirt, dark-colored shorts, and dark tennis shoes on the day of the attack.
According to sheriff’s detectives, the man entered the women’s restroom at Denny’s, on the 37000 block of 47th Street East, and attacked and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl as she exited one of the stalls. The attacker fled once another person entered the bathroom, detectives said. (Read more here.)
The heinous crime has caught the attention of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Michael Antonovich is planning to propose a $10,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect. The motion is on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 14. Read the motion here.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Eliott Uribe at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).