A Valencia man has been arrested on attempted kidnapping and molestation charges after allegedly attempting to lure children walking home from school into his vehicle, officials said Tuesday.
Christyn Cato, 40, was arrested for attempted kidnapping and multiple counts of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18, according to Shirley Miller, spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, deputies and detectives investigated a report of an adult male suspect driving a blue pickup truck who allegedly pulled up next to two 13-year-old-female victims who were walking home from school in the area of Market Street and Railroad Avenue in Newhall, according to Miller.
“The victims said that the suspect asked them if they were okay, and if they needed a ride,” Miller said. “The victims said the suspect also placed his vehicle in the crosswalk, blocking their path. The victims declined any ride offer.”
Through investigation, it was learned that the same suspect had reportedly contacted one of the 13-year-old victims earlier in February by allegedly pulling up next to her, initiating small talk and offering her a ride, according to Miller.
Based on this information, deputies worked to identify, locate and arrest the suspect on Saturday, Feb. 22, for investigation of attempted kidnapping and child annoyance, according to Sheriff’s officials.
“There have been some reports that the same suspect may have approached other teenagers and offered them rides, or tried enticing them into his vehicle,” Miller said.
Cato is being held on $170,000 bail at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
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