Police in Inland Empire seeking man who abducted two girls
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they believe abducted two teenage girls at gunpoint in separate incidents in Chino and Fontana. In at least one case, the man tried to sexually assault his captive.
In that incident, a man approached a 15-year-old girl from behind as she walked to school around 6:20 a.m. Thursday in the 13200 block of Ballestros Avenue near Chino and Ramona avenues in Chino, said Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for the Chino Police Department.
The man, who was armed with a black, semi-automatic handgun, forced the girl into a silver car, Van Der Linden said.
“He drove her around the block, where he attempted to sexually assault her and rob her,” Van Der Linden said.
The teenager was not assaulted but her abductor rifled through her bag before dropping her off at the spot where he had originally confronted her.
A similar incident occurred last week in Fontana, Van Der Linden said. Fontana police officials were not immediately available for comment, but Van Der Linden said a young girl was abducted under circumstances similar to what the Chino teenager experienced.
“They appear to be similar cases,” said Van Der Linden. “The description of the suspect and the car are similar.”
The suspect is described by Chino police as a Latino, between the ages of 25 and 35 with clean-shaven, clear skin, short dark hair and wearing prescription wire-framed square glasses. He was wearing a light gray zippered hoodie jacket, a white shirt and dark baggy pants, police said.
The vehicle is described as a silver, two-door coupe with a third brake light to the rear on the trunk.
“We’re hoping that someone recognizes this individual and contacts the Chino police," Van Der Linden said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.
--Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Sketch of suspect wanted in abductions. Credit: Chino Police Department.
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