Man Convicted of Trying to Kidnap Teen Girl at Knifepoint in Torrance
A man pleaded no contest Tuesday to trying to kidnap an underage girl as she walked home from school in Torrance earlier this year, prosecutors said.
Jhony Adalberto Granados-Lopez, a 28-year-old Los Angeles man, admitted to using a knife in the abduction attempt, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
He was immediately sentenced to one year in jail and five years of formal probation, officials said.
The 15-year-old victim was targeted May 22 near the corner of Spencer Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, a well-trafficked area lined with businesses.
Granados-Lopez allegedly brandished a knife as he told the teen to get in his car.
Prosecutors say the girl ran home and told her parents what happened.
Originally, Granados-Lopez was also charged with possessing child pornography, but that charge was apparently dropped. The DA’s office did not say whether he entered his plea after negotiating a deal with prosecutors.
If convicted as charged, he could have faced more than five years in prison.