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Hearing set in kidnapping case

Trial scheduled for man accused of trying to take a 15-year-old girl

Posted: March 27, 2009 11:45 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2009 6:30 a.m.
A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court for a Palmdale man accused of trying to kidnap a Santa Clarita girl last spring.

Cesar Galvan, 27, was arrested May 6, 2008, a week after he allegedly tried to kidnap a then-15-year-old girl from a bus stop near the corner of Soledad Canyon and Camp Plenty roads.

On April 29, 2008, Galvan allegedly approached the girl, who was sitting on a bus stop bench, and asked her some questions. He then reportedly grabbed her arm and tried to pull her from the bus stop.

Detectives reported at the time the girl resisted Galvan's advances, kicked him and escaped to safety. Galvan fled the area as well.

When detectives conducting a follow-up investigation at the Canyon Country bus stop, Galvan reportedly returned to the same bus stop.

After detectives determined he was the same man accused of the previous week's kidnap attempt, Galvan was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on a felony charge of attempted kidnapping.

He remains in sheriff's custody in lieu of $100,000 bail, a county District Attorney's Office official said Friday.

"It was a long arduous process that was all worth it," said a source close to the family, who asked his name not be used.

"The D.A. really felt this guy was pretty dangerous. There's no telling how many girls have been kept from this guy."


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