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LAPD searching for possible kidnap victim in El Sereno

Police and rescue workers Tuesday plan to resume a search for a teenage girl that witnesses said was dragged "kicking and screaming" into a wooded area near the El Sereno Recreation Center on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a call at about 8 p.m. reported that a girl, believed to be between 13 and 15, was being dragged away by a man believed to be between 18 and 21. Police said officers immediately began searching the area near the center at 4721 Klamath St. -- finding leggings and a pair of tennis shoes near the scene -- but postponed the search around 11:30 p.m. due to darkness.

"It got too dark. The brush up there is so thick that we needed to wait until daylight," said Sgt. Bruce Borihanh, who added that LAPD officers maintained a perimeter at the scene throughout the night in case the suspect or victim remained in the area.

Officials said there have been no reports of missing persons in the area and that it is unclear if the articles of clothing recovered were connected to the girl believed to have been kidnapped.

No description of the possible victim or suspect has been released.

"We don't know much yet," Borihanh said. "But we're treating this very seriously."

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-- Wesley Lowery

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