Arroyo Grande teen assaulted in broad daylight

May 26, 2010

Fernando Frias

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.

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Awfully broad and narrow-minded statement to say one never would have gotten this type of help in San Luis Obispo. Maybe you should travel a bit further North from time to time.

Calling the police was fine… but she had to wait. I understand that not everyone wants or feels that they can intervene… but I wish someone would have.

Mr. Freberg, your comments don’t make any sense; the people of the neighborhood DID intervene, the attacker tried to run away after he was confronted according to the article, and he was cornered so that he could not run away BY THE NEIGHBORS in the area; isn’t that “intervening”? And what do you mean ” .. But she had to wait.” ? She was released by her attacker when the people responded, and the police were called, and yes, she then had to wait for the police to arrive; what are you implying? Would you rather have had the neighbors who cornered the attacker beat him or kill him? Is that what you are saying? The neighbors intervened, saved the girl from further injury, detained the attacker until the police arrived; the followed the law, as in “law-abiding citizens”. What are you really trying to say?

Kudos to the Good Samaritans. But I’m curious. What is the citizenship of the perp? I think an enterprising report ought to do some digging and find out and report on it. While we are at it, what was the perp imprisoned for the first time around? How did he manage to qualify for parole when he is so obviously dangerous? Many questions remain about this case.

Good to see people in the area handle this scumbag. This is a very open area with a High School, two churches, and a Hospital all with a few hundred yards of each other. Hats off to all. Prob saved this girls life. You would have never gotten this type of help in San Luis Obispo.