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7-year-old girl fought off attempted kidnapper, O.C. deputies say

March 21, 2012 |  7:47 am

 Orange County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man they believe tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl in San Juan Capistrano.

The girl lives with her family in a townhouse complex in the 26500 block of Camino de Vista and was on her way to play with friends near a laundry room about 6:15 p.m. Monday. As she walked by, an older man who had been standing near trash bins grabbed her arm, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

“He stated, ‘Come with me, I’m bringing you to my car,’ ” Amormino said.

The girl resisted, scratching the man’s hands and kicking and screaming until he ran away, he said. She ran home and told her parents, who called the Sheriff’s Department.

“She definitely did all the right things,” Amormino said.

The man is described as a white male in his 60s with long gray hair, a gray beard and mustache. He was wearing a black beanie, purple shirt and has a dragon tattoo on his forearm, Amormino said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

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-- Paloma Esquivel

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