Arroyo Grande teen assaulted in broad daylight
May 26, 2010
Police arrested a parolee for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old Arroyo Grande girl under a bridge and beating her about the head and face with his fists and rocks, on Wednesday at approximately 4:40 p.m.
The victim, who was not identified because of her age, sustained injuries to her head and face. She was transported to a local hospital where she is listed in stable condition.
The girl told police that she had been walking westbound along Fair Oaks Avenue near Arroyo Grande Hospital when she was approached by a stranger who asked her for help in locating his missing dog in a neighboring field.
After the girl refused and continued walking, Fernando Frias, 23, of Santa Maria, grabbed her and forced her down the Grande Creek bed embankment and under the bridge.
Her screams alerted neighbors who notified the police and rushed to help her. Frias released the girl and began to flee on foot.
He was cornered by the neighbors on Cerro Vista Circle who detained him until police arrived.
Police arrested Frias, currently on parole, for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of parole. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.