Homeless teen held in rape attempt
A 16-year-old homeless boy will be prosecuted as an adult on attempted rape charges in Montgomery County, police said.
Herson Guardado, a native of El Salvador, was arrested Monday on charges he grabbed a 25-year-old woman from behind at a Lansdale park, held a knife to her side, and demanded sex, police said. The alleged victim was putting her three young children in her car about 4:45 p.m. at Stony Creek Park when Guardado allegedly approached her, police said.
Guardado, wearing a blue mask, tried to forcibly walk the alleged victim into a wooded area. The alleged victim broke free and called 911 as Guardado was fleeing, police said.
A police manhunt ensued, and officers found Guardado near the 500 block of Church Road in Upper Gwynedd. Police said Guardado matched the description of the suspect and said they found a knife and a small amount of marijuana on the boy's possession.
Guardado was charged as an adult with attempted rape, possessing a weapon in a crime, possession of drugs, and related offenses. He did not post the $100,000 bail Monday. Police said Guardado was jailed at the Montgomery County Correctional facility awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 27.
- Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman