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Man sought in attempted kidnappings of teen girls

August 18, 2012 |  9:04 pm

Capture Capture3Sheriff's detectives are searching for a suspect in the attempted kidnapping of two teenage girls in the San Gabriel Valley.

The suspect in both cases is a man in his 20s or 30s who allegedly attempted to grab the girls as he drove near them in a white two-door pickup truck.

The attempted kidnappings occurred within three weeks of each other in unincorporated residential neighborhoods near Azusa, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The first alleged kidnapping occurred July 28, a Saturday, at 2:20 p.m. when a man pulled up next to a 16-year-old girl walking in Capture2a residential neighborhood with two teenage friends, near Orkney Street  and Fenimore Avenue, less than 2,000 feet from Center Middle School.

 He then "reached out from his truck with his left arm and wrapped his arm around the victim’s buttocks area and pulled the victim towards him, authorities said.

"The victim punched the suspect on the left side of his face, broke free and ran," said a Sheriff’s Department statement.

Then, less than half a mile away, on Thursday  at 1 p.m., a 14-year-old girl was walking near Orangecrest Avenue and Citrus Edge Street -– less than 1,500 feet from Foothill Middle School -- when a man driving a white two-door Nissan pickup truck, possibly a Frontier,  pulled up alongside her and tried to grab her from his truck.

"She managed to escape the suspect's grasp and ran away," the statement said.

Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call the sheriff’s San Dimas station at (909) 450-2700 and ask for Dets. Tim Ruggiero or Alan Wetters.


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Photo: Sketches of the suspect. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Map: Locations of attempted kidnappings. Credit: Google