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UPDATED: Girl evades kidnapper; suspect at large

Cops search for bald Hispanic man driving white compact car

Posted: October 12, 2009 11:28 a.m.
Updated: October 12, 2009 10:52 p.m.

On Monday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives released this alert with composite sketch of the suspect sought in the alleged attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl in Newhall Oct. 12.

 
Sheriff's deputies were searching for a man who chased and tried to kidnap a 15-year-old Canyon Country girl Monday in Newhall, authorities said.

About 6:30 a.m., the girl was walking along Meadowridge Drive near Newhall Avenue when a man in a white car pulled up to her and offered her a ride, according to a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station report.

The teen declined the offer and kept walking as the man followed her in his car, the report said.

The girl told him to leave her alone, but he instead cut off her path by pulling the car into a driveway in front of her, the report said.
The man reportedly got out of the car and grabbed the girl's arm, but she managed to kick him and run away while calling a friend for help on her cell phone, the report said.

As the girl fled, the man apparently became nervous, got back in his car, made a U-turn and fled down Meadowridge Drive, turning onto Newhall Avenue toward Valle Del Oro, according to the report.

The girl did not report the attack until about 8:30 a.m., the report said.

She reported the incident to a school resource deputy, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Cortland Myers.

The suspect, who is still at large, was described as a bald Hispanic man in his 40s, about 180 pounds and 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white leather gloves, the report said.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a white, four-door compact car with no license plates and damage to the front bumper area at the time of the incident, the report said.

Sheriff's officials advised residents to avoid dangerous situations by walking in well-lit and well-populated areas, walking with friends, avoiding places where people can easily hide and avoid talking to strangers when other risk factors are present.
More safety tips are available on the sheriff's Web site at incident.scvsheriff.com.

Deputies ask anyone with information about the incident to immediately contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.

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