HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – Parents say they are concerned to learn the suspect in a violent attack last week that left a teen with a severe head injury has spent a lot of time around young people.
Xavier McDaniel is being held on a $1 million bond after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl in her home on April 4.
Parents say they are concerned because McDaniel worked at Rubio’s in Highlands Ranch. The Mexican restaurant is near Valor High School and Highlands Ranch High School and is a popular spot for teenage students.
“It’s a little scary. In your own backyard it’s different,” parent Kendra Horton said.
McDaniel had reportedly been working at the restaurant for a long time, and he was on duty on Saturday when Jefferson County deputies arrested him.
Last January McDaniel was arrested in a separate case of unlawful sexual contact. His court date in that case had been scheduled for April 10.
“You just never know who’s going to do what. It’s just sad,” said a man who lives nearby. “There’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Just keep an eye out.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office said McDaniel lives in the same complex where the attack took place, and there are no apparent ties to his workplace. Still, many parents told CBS4 they are worried.
“As a mom, you think about all the teenagers around here, all the kids,” Horton said. “Like Highlands Ranch High School. There must be groups of them that come in.”
Rubio’s screens all of its employees. Marc Simon, the CEO of the restaurant, shared the following statement with CBS4.
“We hold our employees to the highest of standards and comply with all state and federal laws, as well as any investigative agencies. It is our corporate policy not to comment on employees or their status of employment.”
The victim in the case was released from the hospital and is recovering from her injuries.