VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) Armando Padilla, a 53-year-old Victorville man is being held without bail for reportedly raping a 12-year-old girl, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials announced Monday.
The victim, a 12-year-old girl from Phelan was reported as a runaway on March 22, 2017. Padilla picked up the victim and gave her something to drink and then sexually assaulted her, authorities said.
The victim was later able to escape from his residence in the 10400 block of Maripoca in Victorville.
On March 23, 2017, at approximately 11:29 pm, Deputy Molly Leiker responded to St. Mary’s Hospital in Apple Valley to interview a 12-year-old female who told medical staff and her family she had been raped.
Detective Scott Chapdelaine, of the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, and Detective Dana Weinberg, of the Victorville Police Station, worked together on the case to obtain a search warrant for Padilla’s residence. On Friday, March 24, 2017, at approximately 7:30 pm, a search was conducted at Padilla’s residence in the 10400 block of Maricopa in Victorville. At the residence, detectives located clothing belonging to the victim and other evidence substantiating the rape.
Armando Padilla was arrested and is currently being held without bail at the High Desert Detention Center.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Detective Scott Chapdelaine at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6801 or Detective Dana Weinberg at the Victorville Police Department at (760)241-2911. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.