- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he kidnapped a 16-year-old Los Angeles girl as she walked home from school, raped her, then doused her with gas and tried to set her on fire.

Robert Ransom Jr. entered pleas last week to nine felony counts.

Prosecutors say Ransom forced the girl into a van at knifepoint on March 20, drove her to another location where she was raped and then drove her to an alley where she managed to run away.

City News Service says a witness reported seeing the teenager running naked down the alley with her mouth taped shut, her hands bound and her body dripping with gasoline.

Ransom’s girlfriend, Juliana Tobar, pleaded not guilty last week to robbery.

Both remain jailed.

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