A 39-year-old homeless man was charged Friday with attempting to kidnap and rape a 13-year-old girl from a Santa Clarita bus bench, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Guillermo Lomelí Ceniceros faces five felony counts: one count each of attempted kidnapping to commit rape, attempted kidnapping for child molesting and lewd act upon a child; and two counts of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Prosecutors said Ceniceros grabbed the young girl as she sat on a bus bench near Sierra Highway and Jakes Way on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
As Ceniceros allegedly began dragging the victim away, a good Samaritan driving by yelled at him to stop and the girl managed to run away. The witness kept an eye on the suspect and directed the responding deputies to his location, according to Sheriff’s officials.
Ceniceros was arrested less than an hour later. Sheriff’s detectives on Thursday released Ceniceros’ booking photo along with a press statement calling for additional witnesses to come forward. Ceniceros is from the Rosamond area, detectives said in the statement.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Bryne at 661-255-1121 or CLBryne@lasd.org.
If convicted as charged, Ceniceros faces a maximum possible sentence of 13 years in state prison. Bail was set at more than $3 million.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clarita Station.