Highland Sexual Assault Suspect Faces November 3 Court Date
Jerry Finn San Bernardino County booking photo
HIGHLAND – A San Bernardino man, wanted for an attempted rape in Highland, turned himself in to law enforcement on Saturday, October 24.
Jerry Finn, 57, is a convicted sex offender, was taken into custody when he surrendered at the Redondo Beach Police Department in Los Angeles County just after midnight. Finn faces a November 3 San Bernardino Superior Court date.
The crime apparently took place on Sunday, October 18 when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence at the 7700 block of Church Avenue. A woman reported that Finn, a co-worker, had sexually assaulted her.
Reports are that the victim, who worked with Finn at a rehabilitation center for convicted felons, had hired him to perform various odds jobs around her home. Finn reportedly lured the victim into a shed on that property. Allegedly, he punched her several times, attempted to tie her up, then used a knife to threaten her and to cut away her clothing.
The victim fought back during the sexual assault, eventually freeing herself. Finn, meanwhile, stole the victim’s car and drove to Manhattan Beach, near Los Angeles. The car was eventually recovered in Manhattan Beach and taken back to Highland for further processing, .
Finn has prior convictions for rape and sexual assault, having been paroled in 2013. Charges against him include assault with intent to commit rape, oral copulation by force, false imprisonment and grand theft auto, according to court records. Finn, who is also known as Gerald Finn, is being held on $3 million bail.