Police searching for kidnapping suspect

DOWNEY - Downey Police are searching for a man who attempted to abduct a teenage girl while she walked to school Tuesday morning. The girl was walking in a residential neighborhood near Old River School Road on her way to a local high school at about 7:30 am. when she noticed she was being followed, police said.

Police are not releasing the name of the girl's school.

The suspect stopped his vehicle behind the girl and exited through the passenger side door. The girl ran but the suspect chased after her, grabbing her by her upper arm.

After a struggle, the girl was able to break free from his grasp. She ran to school and notified school officials, who called police.

The suspect got back in his car and drove away. He is described as a man in his 30s with a light complexion, possibly Hispanic, about 6 feet 1 inches tall, medium build, with short dark brown shaggy hair.

He was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

His vehicle was a dark gray or black primer colored, older model 2-door coupe with black rims and a loud exhaust. It may be an early 1990s Ford Probe or similar style.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call police.

********** Published: November 1, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 29