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Richard Stein, 39

PALMDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — An alert bystander was being credited Friday with saving a teenage girl from a registered sex offender who allegedly tried to snatch her off a street corner.

It happened just after 8 a.m. at the corner of 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard.

The suspect, Richard Stine, was accused of coming up behind the teenager as she walked eastbound on Palmdale Blvd.

Stine allegedly pushed an object into the teenager’s back and threatened to shoot her unless she kept walking , according to sheriff’s department news release.

The teenager began to wave her arms in an attempt to get the attention of passersby as Stein forced her behind a church, the release stated.

Sheriff’s officials said someone saw the teen’s frantic signal and called authorities.

When deputies arrived she was able to break free.

Stine surrendered without incident and was booked on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to rape.

He was being held on $100,000 bail in addition to a parole hold and was scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 5.

Stein was on parole for forcible rape and wears an ankle monitor.

Anyone with information about Stein was urged to call the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at (661) 272-2400.

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