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Teen girl fights off possible kidnapper

“He said, ‘Let’s go to the movies,’ and he grabbed my sister.”

A 16-year-old North County girl says Alan Sasseen attempted to abduct her 12-year-old sister outside of the Vista Library.
A 16-year-old North County girl says Alan Sasseen attempted to abduct her 12-year-old sister outside of the Vista Library.

We saw him when we were going in, he was just standing out there.” The pretty 16-year-old girl described the man outside the Vista library that Saturday in February as scruffy. “I didn’t think anything of it.”

Josie had her 12-year-old sister Lizzie (not their real names) with her that afternoon, February 17, 2018. The girls worked on their homework for about an hour, in the library, before they decided to go to get something to eat. Upon exiting the library, they saw that the man was still there. “He was waiting by the ramp.” They walked towards a long, sloping wheelchair ramp which led to the sidewalk.

The man looked odd to Josie. “He just seemed like someone who just woke up and decided to go out.” She spoke about the encounter two months later, in a witness box.

One attorney asked her if the man looked like a transient, but Josie hesitated; perhaps she was not familiar with the word “transient.” So that attorney asked Josie if the man looked as if he had gone out, “Almost like without a shower?” Josie answered, “Almost.”

Josie said the man approached them, and he spoke. “It just seemed like a random conversation,” Josie remembered. The two girls were walking side by side and, “He was talking to my sister, Lizzie.”

David J. Danielsen, San Diego Superior Court judge, said “He certainly seems dangerous,” and he ordered Alan Sasseen to stand trial on four felony counts.

Later, both girls said they had never seen the man before.

The stranger came within arm’s length and stood in front of the girls, “He was standing in between us, in front of us,” Josie said.

And then he reached for Lizzie. “He said ‘Let’s go to the movies,’ and he grabbed my sister.”

Josie continued, “He was talking about going to some movie theater with some other man. He said, ‘Me and him are going to the movie theaters to watch a movie.’ He said he was going to the movies with, I think, an uncle. And that’s all I remember.”

One attorney asked if it seemed that uncle was nearby, and Josie confirmed that. She added, “Like waiting.”

“He reached for my sister’s arm and tried to like pull her,” Josie said. “And that’s when I pushed her back.” Josie demonstrated in the witness box, she thrust one arm straight out and to her side, as if to block an intruder. She said the man was able to move her sister only a little when he pulled her, “Like a tug,” toward himself.

“I pushed her back and told him to back up.”

“I wasn’t gonna let anything happen to her,” said the big sister. “I thought he was gonna take her or something.” She said the man started to act differently, as soon as he grabbed Lizzie.

Little sister Lizzie

Josie’s 12-year-old sister took a turn in the witness box. Lizzie was much smaller than her tall, teenaged sister. In Lizzie’s speech she sprinkled the word like generously throughout, a habit common among California girls.

“Like a guy like tried to take me,” she told the court. “We were going up, and then he like came, like that. He was just like, ‘Hey let’s go to the movies’... and then he just grabbed me.”

Lizzie showed her arm to the judge, and she pointed near her wrist and said, “Like, tight.” An attorney asked if it hurt when the man grabbed her. “Not really,” said Lizzie, who was brave and matter-of-fact in court. Both of her parents were in the courtroom, but they were not as brave as Lizzie. They both cried while listening to their daughters’ testimony. The father leaned forward in his seat and appeared enraged while tears ran down his cheeks.

“I tried to move my hand back but I couldn’t.” Lizzie explained to a judge how she resisted the stranger. “My feet were trying to like keeping myself steady to pull away.”

“Afterward he tried to pull me, but my sister pulled me back,” Lizzie said. “She was like trying to move my hand back from him.

“After he grabbed me, my sister pulled me away, and then he just started hitting her. Like he hit her with a closed fist, but I’m not sure where. He hit her more than once, maybe more than twice, but I’m not sure.”

“Yeah, he was like afterward to my sister, I’m going to kill you.”

Her back was against the wall

Big sister Josie’s testimony confirmed that of her little sister. “That’s when he said he was going to kill me and started hitting me.”

The stranger pulled Josie’s arm away from her little sister and he threatened Josie. “In a loud voice. He seemed angry. I was in shock.”

He “started hitting my head and punching me.”

They were all near a low, concrete retaining wall. Josie said he pushed her backwards into the wall. “He was like three inches from my face and he just started punching me. More than three times. On my face.” She tried to move away from him and somehow they both fell to the ground. While they were both on the ground, he started kicking at her; this while they were close to each other. “We were facing each other, like one foot away.”

His kicking was striking her legs. Josie said he was “grinning” while he kicked at her.

The prosecutor produced an evidence photo which showed the girl’s glasses on the ground there.

Josie said she jumped up while the man was still on the ground. “And then I grabbed my sister and I was like, ‘We’re leaving, let’s go.’ And that’s when we ran to the lady.” There was a woman in the parking lot, near her car. The girls spoke to the woman, Josie said they were afraid because the strange man was still following them. “He was walking down like nothing happened.” In their direction.

Josie said the lady took photos of that man with her cell phone while she was by her car. And as they walked together, toward the library, the woman continued to take phone-camera-images of the strange man. The woman and girls all went inside the library, where the adult woman spoke with the security guard there.

Josie recalled that as the lady spoke with the security man, the stranger who had assaulted her “was trying to get inside the library.”

The security man went outside, “And he wouldn’t let him in.” After awhile the strange man walked away. The two girls stayed inside the library until a deputy arrived.

One attorney asked Josie if she had any pain, later, after the scuffle with the man. She said she got headaches and her back hurt for some hours after she was knocked into the wall. And, “I had a bump on my head. About five days.” In the witness box, she pointed to her forehead, above one eye. She did not go to a doctor nor emergency room.

At the end of the preliminary hearing on April 24, 2018, defense attorney Wil Rumble argued that there was no proof of intent for the charge of attempted kidnap, and there was insufficient evidence of injury for a charge of felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

Judge David Danielsen remarked, “He certainly seems dangerous,” and ordered Alan Ray Sasseen, 59, to face trial on four felonies.

Public records show that besides this new case, Sasseen has two prior, active cases; these are both misdemeanors, one for indecent exposure and one for battery of a spouse.

Sasseen remains in custody in lieu of $515,000 bail, and is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse on June 19.

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A 16-year-old North County girl says Alan Sasseen attempted to abduct her 12-year-old sister outside of the Vista Library.
A 16-year-old North County girl says Alan Sasseen attempted to abduct her 12-year-old sister outside of the Vista Library.

We saw him when we were going in, he was just standing out there.” The pretty 16-year-old girl described the man outside the Vista library that Saturday in February as scruffy. “I didn’t think anything of it.”

Josie had her 12-year-old sister Lizzie (not their real names) with her that afternoon, February 17, 2018. The girls worked on their homework for about an hour, in the library, before they decided to go to get something to eat. Upon exiting the library, they saw that the man was still there. “He was waiting by the ramp.” They walked towards a long, sloping wheelchair ramp which led to the sidewalk.

The man looked odd to Josie. “He just seemed like someone who just woke up and decided to go out.” She spoke about the encounter two months later, in a witness box.

One attorney asked her if the man looked like a transient, but Josie hesitated; perhaps she was not familiar with the word “transient.” So that attorney asked Josie if the man looked as if he had gone out, “Almost like without a shower?” Josie answered, “Almost.”

Josie said the man approached them, and he spoke. “It just seemed like a random conversation,” Josie remembered. The two girls were walking side by side and, “He was talking to my sister, Lizzie.”

David J. Danielsen, San Diego Superior Court judge, said “He certainly seems dangerous,” and he ordered Alan Sasseen to stand trial on four felony counts.

Later, both girls said they had never seen the man before.

The stranger came within arm’s length and stood in front of the girls, “He was standing in between us, in front of us,” Josie said.

And then he reached for Lizzie. “He said ‘Let’s go to the movies,’ and he grabbed my sister.”

Josie continued, “He was talking about going to some movie theater with some other man. He said, ‘Me and him are going to the movie theaters to watch a movie.’ He said he was going to the movies with, I think, an uncle. And that’s all I remember.”

One attorney asked if it seemed that uncle was nearby, and Josie confirmed that. She added, “Like waiting.”

“He reached for my sister’s arm and tried to like pull her,” Josie said. “And that’s when I pushed her back.” Josie demonstrated in the witness box, she thrust one arm straight out and to her side, as if to block an intruder. She said the man was able to move her sister only a little when he pulled her, “Like a tug,” toward himself.

“I pushed her back and told him to back up.”

“I wasn’t gonna let anything happen to her,” said the big sister. “I thought he was gonna take her or something.” She said the man started to act differently, as soon as he grabbed Lizzie.

Little sister Lizzie

Josie’s 12-year-old sister took a turn in the witness box. Lizzie was much smaller than her tall, teenaged sister. In Lizzie’s speech she sprinkled the word like generously throughout, a habit common among California girls.

“Like a guy like tried to take me,” she told the court. “We were going up, and then he like came, like that. He was just like, ‘Hey let’s go to the movies’... and then he just grabbed me.”

Lizzie showed her arm to the judge, and she pointed near her wrist and said, “Like, tight.” An attorney asked if it hurt when the man grabbed her. “Not really,” said Lizzie, who was brave and matter-of-fact in court. Both of her parents were in the courtroom, but they were not as brave as Lizzie. They both cried while listening to their daughters’ testimony. The father leaned forward in his seat and appeared enraged while tears ran down his cheeks.

“I tried to move my hand back but I couldn’t.” Lizzie explained to a judge how she resisted the stranger. “My feet were trying to like keeping myself steady to pull away.”

“Afterward he tried to pull me, but my sister pulled me back,” Lizzie said. “She was like trying to move my hand back from him.

“After he grabbed me, my sister pulled me away, and then he just started hitting her. Like he hit her with a closed fist, but I’m not sure where. He hit her more than once, maybe more than twice, but I’m not sure.”

“Yeah, he was like afterward to my sister, I’m going to kill you.”

Her back was against the wall

Big sister Josie’s testimony confirmed that of her little sister. “That’s when he said he was going to kill me and started hitting me.”

The stranger pulled Josie’s arm away from her little sister and he threatened Josie. “In a loud voice. He seemed angry. I was in shock.”

He “started hitting my head and punching me.”

They were all near a low, concrete retaining wall. Josie said he pushed her backwards into the wall. “He was like three inches from my face and he just started punching me. More than three times. On my face.” She tried to move away from him and somehow they both fell to the ground. While they were both on the ground, he started kicking at her; this while they were close to each other. “We were facing each other, like one foot away.”

His kicking was striking her legs. Josie said he was “grinning” while he kicked at her.

The prosecutor produced an evidence photo which showed the girl’s glasses on the ground there.

Josie said she jumped up while the man was still on the ground. “And then I grabbed my sister and I was like, ‘We’re leaving, let’s go.’ And that’s when we ran to the lady.” There was a woman in the parking lot, near her car. The girls spoke to the woman, Josie said they were afraid because the strange man was still following them. “He was walking down like nothing happened.” In their direction.

Josie said the lady took photos of that man with her cell phone while she was by her car. And as they walked together, toward the library, the woman continued to take phone-camera-images of the strange man. The woman and girls all went inside the library, where the adult woman spoke with the security guard there.

Josie recalled that as the lady spoke with the security man, the stranger who had assaulted her “was trying to get inside the library.”

The security man went outside, “And he wouldn’t let him in.” After awhile the strange man walked away. The two girls stayed inside the library until a deputy arrived.

One attorney asked Josie if she had any pain, later, after the scuffle with the man. She said she got headaches and her back hurt for some hours after she was knocked into the wall. And, “I had a bump on my head. About five days.” In the witness box, she pointed to her forehead, above one eye. She did not go to a doctor nor emergency room.

At the end of the preliminary hearing on April 24, 2018, defense attorney Wil Rumble argued that there was no proof of intent for the charge of attempted kidnap, and there was insufficient evidence of injury for a charge of felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

Judge David Danielsen remarked, “He certainly seems dangerous,” and ordered Alan Ray Sasseen, 59, to face trial on four felonies.

Public records show that besides this new case, Sasseen has two prior, active cases; these are both misdemeanors, one for indecent exposure and one for battery of a spouse.

Sasseen remains in custody in lieu of $515,000 bail, and is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse on June 19.

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Hmm. I wonder why this dude was hanging around in front of the library unchallenged for an hour or more. Sounds as if the security "guard" doesn't go outside at all, or if he does, fails to deal with loiterers. So, what good does it do to have security on duty if it doesn't keep the place secure?

BTW, that use of the term "transient" is something that came along a few years ago when reporters and others were seeking a neutral term for what would be better called street bums, or unwashed homeless people. No wonder that she didn't know what it meant.

May 17, 2018

Both girls described the strange man as trying to enter the library, but the security guard successfully blocked his attempts. The man was ultimately arrested by deputies.

May 18, 2018

Most cities are plagued with worthless homeless trash loitering around public buildings and shopping malls/strip malls. Unless they are committing a crime there is not much anyone can do.

May 21, 2018

Alan Ray Sasseen, now 62, is back in custody according to the San Diego County Sheriff's jail website. Sasseen is next due in court February 25, 2021. Sasseen was sentenced to 4 years California State Prison when he made a plea deal in December 2018. His current charges are felony failure to register as a sex offender, and misdemeanor indecent exposure. A search of the Megan's Law website, which lists names and photos and convictions of sex offenders, does not show an entry for Alan Sasseen.

Feb. 13, 2021

Alan Ray Sasseen, 62, is on calendar to be in San Diego County Superior Court tomorrow, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Sasseen is in the Vista jail and set to be in court by video. You can hear this case using this link,

http://www.sdcourt.ca.gov/portal/page?_pageid=55,1643277&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

scroll down the page to find North Department 21, clink on that hot link. Audio only is available on YouTube, you listen LIVE, it is not recorded and not stored on that site. Alan Sasseen is currently in local custody in lieu of $125,000 bail, accused of felony fail to register as a sex offender and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

https://apps.sdsheriff.net/wij/wijDetail.aspx?

March 16, 2021

In November of 2018, Alan Sasseen, then 60, withdrew his not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea, and admitted attempted-kidnapping of the 12 yr old girl, plus assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury on the 16 yr old sister. In the plea deal Sasseen got 4 years prison for the first felony, plus two years prison for the second felony to run “concurrent.”

However, Sasseen served less than 2 years in prison, he was arrested again last summer, in July 2020, charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. Sasseen was able to pay a $2,500 fee to Aladdin Bail Bonds for his $25,000 bail and he was freed September 1, 2020.

Three months later, in December 2020, Alan Ray Sasseen, now 62, was charged with felony indecent exposure. The newest complaint states he did willfully, lewdly and unlawfully expose his private parts in a public place where other persons were present and offended and annoyed thereby; this while he was out on bail. Sasseen is currently held in the Vista jail in lieu of $125,000 bail. His next court date is set for April 7, when his attorney will argue for reasonable bail.

March 22, 2021

Alan Ray Sasseen, 62, had a hearing yesterday, April 7 2021, but he did not appear in court. Although it was supposed to be streamed online, Judge James Simmons Jr. and both attorneys had a conference offline. The next hearing for Sasseen is set for May 12, in Dept 21 of the Vista courthouse. Sasseen has been held in lieu of $125,000 bail since December 10, 2020, and there is reportedly a plea deal available to Sasseen -- sometimes criminal cases are settled “for time served.”

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