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Parolee who attacked two women and two girls in South Bay sentenced to life term

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A sex offender who attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old girl and attacked two other women and another teenage girl during a two-day crime spree in National City and Chula Vista was sentenced Tuesday to 195 years to life in state prison.

Leonard Scroggins, 34, was convicted last month of seven felony charges, including kidnapping for robbery and committing a forcible lewd act on a child with a knife. He also admitted a 1994 rape conviction from Napa County and a 2004 criminal-threats conviction that stemmed from a sexual assault in Alameda County.

Judge George "Woody" Clarke sentenced Scroggins under California's "three strikes" law.

Prosecutor Enrique Camarena said outside court Tuesday that Scroggins left Napa County and traveled to San Diego after cutting off his GPS bracelet.

"In his interview with police, he said he went down to San Ysidro, was going to go across the border and just live in Mexico to avoid his parole conditions," Camarena said. "He met someone who told him that he needed a passport to cross into Mexico, which of course is not the case, but because of that person, he stayed in the United States and since he didn't have money, he began his crime spree here in San Diego."

The defendant 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 the 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, Scroggins 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 attacker and run to a relative's home.

The purse-snatching victim gave police the Nissan's license plate number, and National City detectives arrested Scroggins, who implicated himself in the earlier crimes in Chula Vista, authorities said.

"The findings of the jury were that the attack on the 13-year-old girl at knifepoint was for sexual motivation, that he was going to commit a lewd act, in other words molest a 13-year-old," Camarena said Tuesday. "Mr. Scroggins' own admissions alluded to that. He didn't say that outright, (but) he did differentiate that incident from the robberies.

"He said that the robberies were for survival or for money. He said what he did with the 13-year-old was something different."

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