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'Good Samaritan' sought in Palmdale attempted rape case

September 7, 2012 | 12:24 pm

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau are trying to find a “good Samaritan” who they say helped a teenager assaulted in Palmdale and may have witnessed the attack.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s Palmdale station, the 17-year-old girl was walking home from school Wednesday afternoon when she was allegedly confronted by a man in the 38000 block of Sierra Highway. 

The teenager said the suspect blocked her path and began asking questions “that were inappropriate and frightening to the victim,” authorities said. The girl tried to get away several times, but the suspect allegedly grabbed the teenager by the collar of her blouse, tearing it open, according to the sheriff's statement.

The victim told detectives that she struggled to get away and struck the suspect with her hands before throwing down her backpack and breaking free. She ran to a nearby parking lot where she met the good Samaritan, who drove her home, authorities said. 

Officials at the Palmdale station said the victim’s mother alerted authorities to a man she believed fit the description of the alleged attacker. Deputies arrested 33-year-old Marlon Crowell, who was booked on felony charges of attempted rape and assault with intent to commit rape, authorities said. His bail was set at $100,000.

Detectives are urging the good Samaritan to contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273. The individual could also remain anonymous by calling “LA Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222- 8477, authorities said.

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