Leonard Scroggins, 32, is a homeless man and registered sex offender who served time for rape. Police say he grabbed 13-year-old Guadalupe Perez on Tuesday as she was walking home from school in Southern California.
Police arrested Scroggins Wednesday night after a short car chase near San Diego. He had made his way to the San Diego area where he stole a purse from one woman and then used a knife to try and kidnap the teenage girl, cops said.
Thee girl fought back and says she cut her hand as she tried to pull the knife away from Scroggins.
"I might have ended up in a lake somewhere dead, cut in pieces." Guadalupe said. "I don't know. I'm just grateful I did what I did."
Scroggins faces robbery charges and attempted kidnapping charges and is also a wanted parole offender.