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Girl, 6, abducted, sexually assaulted; search continues for attacker

Police are searching a Santa Ana neighborhood for a man who abducted a 6-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her and dropped her off in her neighborhood.

Between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the girl and a 4-year-old boy were playing outside an apartment complex in the 1400 block of South Townsend when a man -- described by witnesses as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, heavy set and Latino -- pulled up in a charcoal gray two-door sedan and approached the children, said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The man told the girl he had something to give to her mother, Bertagna said. The man then grabbed the girl and fled south toward Edinger Avenue. He took the girl to a parking lot and sexually assaulted her, investigators later found.

"Nobody knows this individual," Bertagna said. "They believe that this is a stranger abduction."

The 4-year-old boy reported the abduction to nearby family members, who began searching the neighborhood. About an hour to two hours later, the girl was dropped off in the neighborhood, where she was found by residents.

"In most cases, the end result is not one where the victim gets released," Bertagna said.

Police are still looking for the attacker. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 245-8665.

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Photo: Sketch of the suspect. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department via KTLA-TV Channel 5

 
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