A 17-year-old girl fought off an unknown attempted kidnapper in Spring Valley Thursday morning, officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
According to deputies, the attempted kidnapping happened around 10:45 a.m. near the intersection of Kenwood Drive and Campo Road.
The teen was walking when two unknown black men drove up to her in an older, burgundy, four-door vehicle and offered her a ride, saying, “Hey beautiful, need a ride?”
The girl declined the ride and deputies say that’s when the passenger of the car got out and grabbed the girl on the arm and shoulders in an attempt to force her into the car.
The teen fought the man off and ran away.
Deputies say the suspects were last seen driving away westbound on Campo Road toward a nearby Wendy’s restaurant.
The teen sustained minor injuries. Deputies say no weapons were used in the attempted kidnapping.
Investigators describe the passenger suspect as a black man in his 40s with a stocky build. He’s 5-foot-8 with short black hair, is unshaven and has acne scars. He was wearing a black shirt, dark jean jacket and black nylon pants. The driver of the car is described as a black male adult.
Deputies are asking anyone with information on this case to call the sheriff’s department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Officials want to remind parents to teach their children to always be alert and aware of the people around them and, whenever possible, walk with a friend.
Last Thursday, another teenager girl fought back and resisted a kidnapping attempt in the Emerald HIlls area. In that incident, the girl was grabbed by a man inside a van and dragged a short distance as he tried, unsuccessfully, to get her into the car.