Off Campus Incident

Posted: June 17, 2014

On Monday, June 16, 2014 an incident occurred regarding an adult female who was confronted by an unknown male adult while walking near 33rd Street West and Ave K in Lancaster.  A press release is forthcoming later in the day from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.  The Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau has advised the A.V. College Campus Sheriff’s Office that the incident did not occur on campus and the suspect is in custody.

Update: June 17, 2014 at 3:02pm

In a press release issued this afternoon by the Special Victims Bureau:

"On Monday, June 16, 2014, at approximately 2 p.m., Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau began investigating the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 19 year-old female. The victim was walking on 33rd Street West in the City of Lancaster when the suspect approached her from behind and forced her into his vehicle. The suspect then took the victim to an abandoned house in the 43000 Block of 33rd Street West in Lancaster, where he sexually assaulted her. Once he completed his assault, the suspect entered his vehicle and fled the location. The victim called Lancaster Station to report the assault.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Lancaster Station patrol deputies found the suspect inside his vehicle, while parked in the 1000 block of West Avenue H-12 in Lancaster. The suspect was taken into custody at that time.

The suspect is currently in custody at the Los Angeles County Jail and being held in lieu of one million dollars bail.

The suspect is a person of interest in three other sexual assaults that occurred in the Antelope Valley, dating back to 2012.

Anyone with information regarding these assaults is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273."

The campus community is reminded to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicous activity to the AVC Campus Sheriff's office via the blue emergency poles located in the parking lots across campus, at extension 4444 or 661-722-6399.