Sketch Released of Man Who Tried to Kidnap 13-Year-Old in Venice

The attacker asked his teenage victim if she wanted a ride before trying to force her into her car, police say

By Samantha Tata
|  Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013  |  Updated 9:25 PM PDT
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The LAPD investigates a man they believe could be linked to several attempted kidnappings. He attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old girl Tuesday night, and another young girl in Venice in early November. Kim Baldonado reports from Venice for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Kim Baldonado

The LAPD investigates a man they believe could be linked to several attempted kidnappings. He attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old girl Tuesday night, and another young girl in Venice in early November. Kim Baldonado reports from Venice for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl in Venice and who may be responsible for another attempted kidnapping in Torrance.

The attack happened about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 near Lincoln Boulevard and Milwood Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a new release this week.

A man driving a white four-door sedan pulled up along the teen and asked if she needed a ride, police said.

When the 13-year-old declined a lift, the attacker parked and ran up behind the victim, grabbing her arm and pulling her toward his car, police said.

The victim screamed and kicked the man, who released the teen’s arm, ran back into his car and drove south on Lincoln Boulevard. The girl ran away.

She described her attacker as a 35- to 40-year-old white male with brown hair and brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, police said.

A sketch of the attempted kidnapper was released this week in the hope that someone will recognize him and call police.

The composite drawing created after the Venice attack is “very similar” to a sketch of a man, pictured below, who tried to abduct a 16-year-old in Torrance -- 18 miles south of the latest attack -- on the morning of Oct. 16, police said.

That attack happened as the teen was walking to school near Artesia Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, and involved a man driving a silver or gray Honda with four doors.

The man in the Torrance incident is described as a white male in his late 30s with brown hair and brown eyes.

The 16-year-old said her attacker had moles on his cheeks, a chapped or cracked mouth, and finger nails that had been chewed.

Anyone with information in either case is urged to call Detective Yoon at LAPD’s Pacific Robbery Section at 310-482-6373 or the LAPD detective desk at 877- 527-3247; or Torrance Police Department detectives at 310- 328-3456.

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