Warning issued after rape suspect escapes military custody

Authorities issued an alert Monday for a U.S. Army private and Palmdale native who escaped from military custody in Georgia and is believed to have raped a 15-year-old girl from Los Angles County.

Daniel Brazelton, 20, was being transferred from military to civilian custody last week when he took off from a van stuck in traffic, according to local news reports in Georgia.

Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said detectives with the Special Victims Bureau are concerned Brazelton might try to make his way back to Palmdale, where he grew up.

“Investigators believe he is possibly armed with a handgun and is considered dangerous,” Parker said. “He most likely is receiving help in evading law enforcement and may be attempting to return to L.A. County.”

Parker said the victim’s family has been notified about Brazelton’s escape.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD or (877) 710-5273.

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