Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to kidnap a five-year-old little girl in Azusa earlier this week.
The attacker was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He had a bald head and was wearing a short-sleeve collared shirt with a blue- and red-stripe design and blue jean shorts.
The little girl was playing with a friend on the front lawn of their apartment complex in the 500 block of Gladstone Street around 8:30 p.m. Monday night when a man approached, pulled her by her hair and attempted to drag her away, police said.
The girl’s mother had stepped away to set down a sleeping infant, but was quickly alerted by the screams of the girl’s friend.
The little boy chased the man, kicking at him, and the girl’s mother joined the chase.
The girl continued to struggle and eventually he let go.
Police searched into the night, but surveillance cameras didn’t provide a good look at the man.
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The little boy who saw the attempted kidnapping said he has seen the suspect in the area before, and police said they are looking into any neighborhood connection.
"We don't know, we can only speculate, if the suspect had been watching the children or if he happened to see them when the children were unsupervised,” Cpl. Jorge Sandoval said Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Azusa Police Department.