A Palmdale man is in custody for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl at the Antelope Valley Mall
Marque Clark, 31, was arrested late last night and booked for rape, said sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott of the Special Victims Bureau. Bail was set at $2 million.
A news conference was planned for later today to discuss the case.
The child was attacked at knifepoint about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the "Movies 10" complex at the Palmdale shopping center in the 1200 block of West Avenue P, Scott said earlier.
"The suspect pulled a young girl into an empty movie theater ... and raped her after verbally threatening her with a knife," Scott said when the crime was reported.
Rewards of $45,000 had been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors put the initial $10,000 into the reward fund earlier this month.
Since then, the city of Palmdale, the Antelope Valley Mall, the company that owns the theater complex and the United States Marshals Service have collectively contributed another $35,000.
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