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UPDATED: Detectives release sketches, seek suspects in Oct. 12 kidnap attempts

Two children attacked in SCV within hours, officials say

Posted: October 13, 2009 12:29 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2009 11:07 a.m.

This alert with composite sketch of the suspect at large in the attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl in Newhall Oct. 12 was released by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Monday night, Oct. 19.

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Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are investigating the second attempted kidnapping in one day after a man allegedly told an 11-year-old boy in Tesoro Del Valle to get into his car Monday afternoon, Oct. 12.

Detectives released the adjacent alert updates and composite sketches Monday night, Oct. 19, seeking help from the public in identifying and locating the suspects.

The attempt on the boy occurred just hours after an apparently unrelated incident in which a man grabbed and chased a teenage girl in Newhall at about 6:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, according to a Los Angeles County sheriff's report.

About 3:05 p.m., the boy was walking westbound on the 29200 block of Las Brisas Road when a silver car pulled up behind him, the report said.

A man reportedly got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and told the boy to get in the car, the report said.

The suspect is between 18 and 21 years old, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, the report said.

The boy ran away and the suspect got back into the car. The vehicle reportedly continued to follow the boy for about 50 feet, the report said.

After the boy took his cell phone from his pocket and called his mother, the driver of the vehicle made a U-turn and fled the area. The boy continued to walk home without further incident, the report said.

The incident was reported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station about one hour later. Deputies searched for the vehicle in the area but were unable to locate it. They immediately alerted officials at nearby Tesoro Del Valle Elementary School, the report said.

Authorities said teams of increased patrols would be at and around many schools, especially during hours children are released, the report said.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a man 30 to 40 years old.

The vehicle is described as a four-door, silver 1990s-model Toyota or Nissan sedan with two dents on the front passenger side door. Its license plate possibly begins with the number five, the report said.

In the earlier incident, a 15-year-old girl was walking on Meadowridge Drive near Newhall Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. when a man drove alongside her and offered her a ride, according to a sheriff's report. When she said no, he allegedly got out of his car and grabbed her arm, the report said.

She kicked him and ran away, calling a friend on her cell phone while he fled the scene in his car, according to the report.

The suspect in that incident is described as 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. His vehicle is described as a white, four-door compact car with no license plates and damage to the front bumper area, the report said.

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


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