Man Tries to Kidnap 11-Year-Old Girl Near Tujunga Elementary School

The man followed a group of girls and tried to force one into his SUV, police said.

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Monday, May 27, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 PM PDT
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Man Tries to Kidnap 11-Year-Old Girl

Los Angeles police on Monday, May 27,2013, released this sketch of a man suspected of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old girl in Tujunga on Sunday.

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Police on Monday were asking for the public's help to find a man who tried to kidnap an 11-year-old girl near a Tujunga elementary school over the weekend.

The crime happened about 2 p.m. on Sunday in the 6600 block of Olcott Street, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

A group of girls were walking near Mountainview Elementary School when a tan or burnt-orange SUV began following them.

Once one of the girls was alone, the SUV's driver offered her a ride. He then got out of the vehicle and tried to force her inside, but she resisted and screamed, causing him to release her and flee, police said.

The suspect was described as a Latino man in his early 40s, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, with a slender, muscular build, dark hair, nearly bald, with dark eyes.

Anyone with information about this case can contact LAPD detectives at (818) 834-3115. During non-business hours or on weekends, call (877) 527-3247. Anonymous tipster can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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