A 12-year-old girl suffered significant injuries to her face when a felon on parole attempted to steal her father’s car at the Bank of America Monday morning on Barton Road in Grand Terrace, the Sheriff’s Department reports.
At 7:20 a.m. the victim’s father parked his vehicle in the bank parking lot and walked up to the ATM machine, according to a press release. The victim remained inside the parked vehicle, with the ignition running. James Porter, a 28-year-old Colton resident, entered the vehicle and physically assaulted the victim, numerous times, as he shouted at her to exit the vehicle.
“The victim sustained significant injury to her face as a result of the assault,” the report says. “The victim’s father ran toward the vehicle and Porter exited the vehicle and ran away.”
At approximately 10:30 a.m., deputies responded to multiple reports of a subject matching Porter’s description, trespassing on their property near the Bank of America at 22365 Barton Road. Deputies located Porter and identified him as the suspect of the earlier attempted carjacking and assault.
Porter, was on Post Release Community Supervision for attempted vehicle theft as a result of California Assembly Bill 109.
As part of Assembly Bill 109, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the state to lower its prison population offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in courty jails and be placed on local supervision through county Probation.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact Detective Sarah Ferguson at the Sheriff’s Central Patrol Station (909) 387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1(800) 78-CRIME (27463) or wetip.com