The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of holding a knife to a woman’s throat while attempting to rape her in Twentynine Palms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman was standing in the front yard of a friend’s home in the 7000 block of Estrella Avenue about 10 p.m. August 16, when the suspect, identified as Lynel Roduck, 29, a Filipino transient, approached her.
Deputies say Roduck threatened the woman with the knife and forced her to walk about a block away from her friend’s home, saying he would stab her if she screamed. He then forced her to the ground and attempted to rape her while holding the knife to her throat. The woman’s friends came looking for her, which distracted Roduck, and the victim was able to kick him in the face and run away. Roduk then fled on foot and has yet not been located. Authorities say Roduk is known to frequent local bars in Twentynine Palms and is known to sexually harass females in the Twentynine Palms area. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and he should be considered armed and dangerous. Any information regarding his whereabouts should be directed to the Sheriff’s Deputy Cantu at 760-366-4175.