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Suspect in Teens’ Abduction Wounded by Police

September 23, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man suspected in the abduction and slaying of a teen-age girl was shot and wounded Tuesday as he tried to flee authorities, police said.

The man resembled a composite drawing of the suspect and his motorhome was similar to the one described by a teen-age girl who survived the weekend attack, police said.

Roland Norman Comtois underwent surgery at County USC Medical Center on Tuesday after he was shot twice in the abdomen when he ran from officers who approached him near Dodger Stadium, said police Lt. Dan Cooke.

Comtois’ condition wasn’t immediately known, Cooke said.

″He is going to be charged with the murder,″ said detective Lt. John Zorn said. ″We believe we have the right suspect.″

Cooke said Comtois, about 50, was shot as he tried to scale a 12-foot fence after he fled the officers.

″He took off running and ran into a gated area, where he tried to crawl over the fence,″ Cooke said. ″After the officers shot him, he either fell or jumped over to the other side, where he was taken into custody.″

The girls were on a midnight walk Friday in an affluent San Fernando Valley neighborhood when they were lured by a cocaine-sniffing couple to a motorhome, driven to a remote area and shot.

Wendy Masuhara, 14, of Chatsworth was killed. A 13-year-old whom police have not identified publicly was wounded in the hand and neck, but managed to flag down a passing motorist early Saturday morning.

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