CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin in the South Bay Wednesday for a convicted sex offender accused of attacking two women and two teenage girls in National City and Chula Vista over a two-day period.
Leonard Earl Scroggins is charged with kidnapping for robbery, committing a lewd act on a child with a knife, kidnapping to commit a felony, robbery and attempted robbery.
A judge will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether there's enough evidence to proceed to trial. If tried and convicted, the 33-year-old defendant faces 166 years to life in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Enrique Camarena.
Scroggins was arrested at a South Bay park the night of May 19, 2010, after a car and foot chase. The night before, Scroggins allegedly tried to rob a 17-year-old girl in the 500 block of Oxford Street in Chula Vista, police Capt. Gary Wedge said.
Less than an hour later, a knife-wielding man matching Scroggins' description grabbed a woman in the 500 block of Anita Street and tried to pull her into a vehicle. The victim resisted and was stabbed in an arm before breaking free, the captain said.
About 2:30 p.m. on May 19, Scroggins allegedly stole a young woman's purse near East 30th Street and B Avenue in National City and fled in a silver
About 90 minutes later, a man grabbed a 13-year-old girl from behind and put a knife to her throat near Q Avenue and East 16th Street in National City. The girl, who suffered a cut finger in the assault, managed to elbow the aggressor and run to a relative's home.
The purse-snatching victim gave police a license number on the Nissan Quest, and National City detectives picked up Scroggins, who allegedly implicated himself in the earlier crimes in Chula Vista.
Scroggins apparently traveled to the San Diego area after taking off a tracking device he had been ordered to wear by a Napa County judge due to his sex-offender status there, according to police.
Prosecutors said Scroggins has a rape conviction from when he was 16 and a criminal threat conviction that sent him back to prison.
Authorities said Scroggins was paroled in January 2010 and placed on active GPS monitoring. The defendant was back in custody in February 2010 but was released again in March 2010, according to authorities.
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