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After-school attack puts Canyon Country on edge

Incident makes parents wary of child safety

Posted: March 12, 2009 1:28 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Residents of the Shadow Pines area of Canyon Country are being a little more careful following the report of an attack on a 16-year-old girl walking home from school.

Doreen Carney's 13-year-old daughter walks along the street where the incident happened.

"Who knows how long (the suspect's) been sitting there watching kids?" Carney said Wednesday. "What if he watched my daughter?"

For now Carney, 42, will take precautions to ensure her daughter's safety.

"Our daughter walked that way up until yesterday," Carney said Wednesday. "My in-laws pick her up now."

Scott Williamson, 42, can see where the assault happened from his Canyon Country home. He said it was most likely an isolated case.

"I feel pretty safe in this neighborhood. I am confident in our community," Williamson said.

Carney and others expressed frustration over the delayed report of the assault.

"I have a granddaughter who lives in the area; she's 9, and I would have wanted to know," said Bob Baida of the reported March 4 incident.

A man reportedly grabbed the 16-year-old girl, threw her in the back of a Toyota Camry and groped her near the intersection of Shadow Pines Boulevard and Begonias Lane, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The victim told deputies a man followed her in the dark-colored Camry as she walked home from school, Harris said. When she tried to flee, the suspect allegedly tried to smother her with a blanket and drag her into the back of his car.

The suspect, described as a white man in his 40s, pinned the girl down in the back of the car and groped her, Harris said.
A male teenager came to the victim's aid.

The victim told deputies about the assault the next day, but The Signal did not get confirmation of the incident from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station until Tuesday.


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