A 41-year-old man riding a bicycle ran over a 12-year-old student walking to school in Corona on Wednesday, Oct. 13, before taking off his clothes and making lewd comments, the Corona Police Department said.
The attack happened while the girl was en route to Cesar Chavez Academy, a K-8 school at 1150 Paseo Grande. A message sent to parents by the school said the student moved quickly to safety.
Carlos Martinez of Corona struck the girl and knocked her down, stripped naked and then made sexual comments to the girl, police Detective Daniel Clary said. The girl ran to a school bus while bystanders flagged down police. Martinez was arrested after a brief struggle with police, Clary said.
“The perpetrator was seen without clothing riding a bicycle. As our school busses (sic) arrived, this individual rode directly in view of our students,” the school’s message to parents said.
Martinez was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of attempted rape of a minor and assault with a deadly weapon, Clary said. Bail was set at $50,000.
Additional counselors were brought to campus to assist students, the school message said.
The Corona-Norco Unified School District was aware of the incident but no one who was authorized to speak to the media responded to a request for additional information Wednesday.
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Author: Brian Rokos