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Authorities seek public's help finding Valencia assault suspect

1011_news_Assaultmug_copyAuthorities in Santa Clarita are seeking the public’s help in locating a man they said viciously assaulted an elderly passenger on a bus while at the Valencia transit center.

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Bernhardt Darko, 28, of Valencia, who Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said beat the victim and inflicted several injuries to his head and face. According to authorities, the attack on the victim, said to be in his late 60s, occurred around 7:45 p.m. Oct. 5.

 “This assault was particularly violent,” Deputy Joshua Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s Crime Prevention Unit said in a statement.

It is unclear where Darko lives, but he is believed to frequent the areas of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway in Valencia, Dubin said.

Authorities are urging anyone with information regarding Darko’s whereabouts to contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121. Officials cautioned the public against approaching the suspect or trying to apprehend him.


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Photo: Authorities are seeking assault suspect Bernhardt Darko. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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