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Investigators are looking for a man they believe is a local transient. They describe him as being 18 to 20 years-old, about 5 foot 8 and weighing 150 pounds. Sgt. Brian Hudson says on New Year's Day, at the Denny's in the 37,000 block of 47th Street East in Palmdale, "He enters the restaurant. He asks the hostess where the rest room is at. He then proceeds to the women's restroom." Once inside investigators say he sees a 10 year old girl exiting a stall and sexually assaults her. "The assault is fortunately interrupted," says Hudson, "By a patron who also enters the restroom." At that point the suspect takes off. As he runs from the Denny's the manager chases, but loses the man during the foot pursuit.

Hudson says the man appears to live locally on the street. Says Hudson, "Talking to people at several business establishments he's been seen panhandling."

As for the little girl Hudson says "Considering the circumstances and what she's been through she's doing well."

Hudson adds investigators have exhausted their leads so now they want the public's help. He says if you know anything about the man call the Sheriffs Department. Bottom line, says Hudson, "We consider him to be a very dangerous person. He committed a very bold act."

He's a white male, walks with a noticeable limp and has blonde hair.

 


 

The Special Victims Unit of the L.A. County Sheriff's department is investigating  the New Year's Day attack on a 10 year old girl in the bathroom of a Palmdale restaurant.

The suspect entered the women's restroom of the restaurant in the 37000 block of 47th Street East, and sexually assaulted the child as she exited a stall.   He fled when another person entered the restroom.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 18-20 years old, 5'8" tall, 150 pounds, with blonde hair, who walks with a noticeable limp, and is a possible transient. 

Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and catching the suspect.

 Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or dangerous suspect is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Statement from Denny's:

Our thoughts and prayers go to the victim of this horrific and unthinkable incident. We are working with the authorities to assist in their investigation in any way we can.  Given this is an open investigation, we ask that any further questions be directed to law enforcement at this time.

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