CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A sex offender who attacked two women and two teenage girls in National City and Chula Vista over a two-day period last year was convicted Thursday of seven felony charges, including kidnapping for robbery.
Leonard Earl Scroggins faces 165 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 24 by Judge George "Woody" Clarke.
During their second day of deliberations, jurors found the 34-year-old defendant guilty of committing a forcible lewd act on a child with a knife, attempted kidnapping for the purposes of a lewd act, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, kidnapping for robbery with a knife and two counts of attempted robbery.
Scroggins also admitted a 1994 rape-in-concert conviction from Napa County and a 2004 criminal threats conviction that stemmed from a sexual assault in Alameda County, said prosecutor 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 tried to rob a 17-year-old girl in the 500 block of Oxford Street in Chula Vista, police 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.
About 2:30 p.m. on May 19, 2010, Scroggins stole a young woman's purse near East 30th Street and B Avenue in National City and fled in a silver Nissan Quest, according to Camarena.
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 implicated himself in the earlier crimes in Chula Vista, authorities said.
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.
The California Highway Patrol reported an increase in arrests for suspected drunk driving in San Diego County as its Memorial Day holiday enforcement period continued Sunday. CHP officers arrested 57 people for drunken driving violations in the county from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, an officer said.
Firefighters were able to put out a brush fire in Lemon Grove Sunday evening, but several homes and part of the trolley infrastructure in the area were damaged in the blaze.
It's a sight no one with small children or pets wants to see: a group of bobcats strolling through a residential neighborhood. Bobcats were recently spotted in a 4S Ranch neighborhood and Sunday morning one resident captured video of them.
Two men accused of breaking into North County businesses were behind bars Sunday - and the businesses hit over the weekend might not be the first places they broke into. The two allegedly broke into a pizza place and a Thai restaurant in Rancho Bernardo, but were caught nearby.
A hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning left two passengers injured and the driver was at large, according to the San Diego Police Department. An unidentified female driver in her 50s was driving with a 39-year-old male passenger in the front and a 79-year-old male passenger who was asleep and unrestrained in the back seat.
An airline flight out of San Diego was diverted to Phoenix due to reports of an unknown odor in the cabin Sunday.
A 33-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in the Oak Park community of San Diego.
A suspect remains at large after an argument led to a man being slashed with a knife in Lakeside on Saturday night, deputies said.
A 30-year-old man in the North Park community of San Diego suffered non-life threatening injuries Sunday when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist who abandoned his vehicle, police said.
Cooler than normal temperatures continued through the weekend. Warmer and sunnier conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday away from the coast.