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LAPD asks for help in finding man who tried to kidnap 11-year-old boy in Chinatown

December 23, 2010 |  4:23 pm

Composite Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in finding the man who they said tried to kidnap an 11-year-old boy off the street Dec. 14 in Chinatown.

The student, who attends Nightingale Junior High School, was walking home about 1 p.m., on Yale Street, near Alpine Street, when the kidnapper came up to the boy and grabbed  his arm. The boy struggled as the man grabbed his shirt and then fought him off.

The attempted kidnapping occurred near a park used frequently for youth sports. The boy described the kidnapper as appearing dirty, leading detectives to believe that the man possibly was homeless and frequented the area.

LAPD detectives described the kidnapper, whose composite they also released, as African American, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, about 135 pounds, and in his late 20 to early 30s.  The man, who had a small growth of beard and wore a "do rag” was wearing baggy jean shorts that reached to his ankles.

“The young man did the right thing to fight back,” said LAPD Det. Amy Sundquist.  “We encourage any victim to fight off a kidnapper and draw attention to one’s self.”

--Andrew Blankstein