PALMDALE – A 39-year-old parolee was arrested in east Palmdale this morning for kidnapping with the intent to rape, authorities said.
Quick thinking by an alert Palmdale resident saved the 17-year-old victim and helped deputies capture Richard Stine, a GPS-monitored sex offender on active parole for forcible rape.
The following is the press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station:
On Friday, August 2nd, 39-year old Palmdale resident Richard Stine, who is on active parole for forcible rape and who has an ankle monitor, kidnapped a 17-year-old female at the corner of 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, in the City of Palmdale.
At approximately 8:10 a.m., the victim was walking eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard when suspect Stine allegedly approached her from behind and pushed an object into her back. The victim said suspect Stine told her to keep walking or he would shoot her.
As Stine forcibly escorted her across the street, the victim began to waive her arms in an attempt to gain attention from passersby. Stine eventually forced the victim behind a church and out of the view of the public.
A concerned Palmdale citizen saw the female, who looked in distress, and immediately called Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Deputies quickly responded using their radio cars’ red lights and siren. When the victim saw them, she broke free from Stine and ran towards the deputies. Stine immediately gave up.
The victim was uninjured.
Stine was arrested and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. He was booked on charges of kidnapping with the intent to rape, with a bail amount of $100,000.00 in addition to a Parole Hold.
Stine is scheduled to be arraigned on August 5, 2013 at the Antelope Valley Courthouse.
Richard Stine was previously arrested on October 31, 2012 during “Operation Boo,” a safety initiative aimed at protecting young trick-or-treaters from sexual predators on Halloween. Stine was arrested for violating his parole by having children’s toys and being under the influence of alcohol. Read more at ‘Operation Boo’ nets three arrests locally.