LANCASTER – A 62-year-old man who kidnapped a 4-year-old girl from a Lancaster yard, but was foiled by the child’s teenage brother, was found guilty Friday by an Antelope Valley jury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Earl Duane Williams of Los Angeles was found guilty of kidnapping to commit a lewd act upon a child and criminal threats, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
The case stems from an incident that occurred around noon on Dec. 20, 2014.
Williams parked his recreational vehicle near the victim’s house on the 300 block of West Kildare Street in Lancaster. He walked up the driveway, hugged and kissed the 4-year-old victim, and then carried her back down the long driveway approximately 25 feet toward his vehicle as she cried for help, according to court testimony.
The victim’s 13-year-old brother yelled for help and grabbed his sister’s arm, forcing Williams to leave the girl and flee the scene, the prosecutor said.
When Williams was arrested and was being driven away from the scene, he threatened the victim’s mother, yelled profanities and racial slurs at her and said he would return and hurt the entire family, according to testimony at the trial.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung presided over the six-day trial. The victim, her teenage brother and her sister testified during the trial, the prosecutor said. The jury deliberated for approximately four hours before reaching a verdict.
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