Police arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a girl at knifepoint outside a Las Vegas middle school Wednesday.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, Richard Martin Schlacta, 48, was arrested near Woodbury Middle School in the 3800 block of East Harmon Avenue after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Police were called to the area of the school on reports of a girl who had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Citing statements from the victim, police said the girl was locking up her bicycle at the school when she was encountered by a man who had an edged weapon.
Police said the girl was assaulted multiple times by the man. The girl, though, was able to escape and flag down a passing motorist who contacted police, Metro said.
Officers arrived in the area and found the suspect a few blocks away from the school, prompting a foot chase. Police said Schlacta, a California resident, was taken into custody.
He was booked into Clark County Detention Center on three counts of sexual assault with a victim under 14, attempted sexual assault with a victim under 14, first degree kidnapping, coercion with force or threat of force, battery with a deadly weapon and battery with intent to commit sexual assault with a victim under 16.
Police noted Schlacta had no prior arrest record in the area.
Police urged anyone with information that will help the case to contact Metro's Sexual Assault Section at 702-828-3421 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
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