The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has filed an amended complaint against a man the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) arrested on Jan. 20 for the attempted kidnapping of a child in a local park.
Prosecutors filed the amended complaint against Robert Sok, 28, on Jan. 23. Count one now is kidnapping to commit another crime. He also faces one count each of kidnapping of a victim under 14, failure to update sex-offender registration and transient’s violation of registration law.
Sok was arraigned during a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 29. His next court date is Feb. 5 for a preliminary hearing, according to the District Attorney’s Office. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum of life in state prison with the possibility of parole.
On Monday, Jan. 20 at 10:35am, a 9-year-old female was walking with her mother and grandmother at Hillbrook Park in Signal Hill, located at the corner of Temple Avenue and E. Wall Street, when the family noticed Sok sitting at a picnic table nearby who appeared transient. While playing, the victim strayed away from her family, and Sok ran over to her, grabbing her from behind, according to the SHPD. Sok picked up the girl and ran approximately 10 feet with her before her parents intervened and the suspect dropped her. The suspect then fled the scene on foot, and patrol officers apprehended him a few blocks away. Sok’s bail was set at $100,000.
Sources: LA DA’s Office, SHPD