LANCASTER -- Sheriff's detectives today identified a suspect in a sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl that occurred in Lancaster as 30-year-old Charles James.

The assault occurred on Dec. 13 about 6:15 a.m. when the girl was walking to school in the 2000 block of East Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, said Detective Brian Hudson of the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau.

She noticed she was being followed. She crossed the street and so did he. He caught up with her, and dragged her into bushes along the south side of the street where she was sexually assaulted.

He then fled and the girl was taken to a hospital for treatment.

James' last known address was in the Antelope Valley. He previously lived in Los Angeles, Inglewood and Long Beach, Hudson said.

James was described as being 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a dreadlock hair.

If anyone spots James, he should not be approached because he is regarded as dangerous. Local police should be called, or Hudson on his cellphone, (562) 619-1370.


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