LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a sexual predator who raped a 14-year-old girl who was walking to school.
It happened around 6:15 a.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of East Avenue J-8.
The girl noticed the suspect walking behind her and, believing she was being followed, she crossed to the other side of 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 the bushes along the south side of the street, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.
He eventually fled the location on foot toward 20th Street East.
The victim went to a local residence and contacted the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. She was taken to a local hosptial for treatment.
The suspect is described as a black male about 30-35 years old and 5’7″-5’8″ tall with dreadlocks.
Authorities say deputies will be increasing uniformed patrols in the area to ensure the safety of kids walking to and from school.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or at SpecialVictims@lasd.org.