Police were searching for two men who grabbed a girl from the front yard of her Whittier home and attempted to kidnap her Monday.
The 12-year-old girl was reading a book on the grass at around 9:30 a.m. in the 13400 block of Franklin Street when she was approached by a man, Whittier police said.
Her parents told NBC4 he grabbed the girl from behind, covered her mouth and placed her inside a car.
"They touched her face and they told her she was really pretty," one of the victim's parents, who did not wish to be named, said. "And they assaulted her."
Two men in the 2000 model, four-door green Chevy Malibu or a similar type of sedan drove the victim a mile and a half down to Dittmar Avenue, police said.
"They told her she was never going to see her family," her mother said. "They were saying vulgar things and cussing back and forth to each other."
When the men stopped the car and got out of the vehicle, the victim escaped and ran to get help.
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One of the men was described as a male Hispanic in his 20's with black hair and a beard. He has a shaved line across his left eyebrow and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
The second man was described as a male Hispanic in his 30's with a shaved head. He was wearing a white tank top and tan pants and had a dragon tattoo on his right bicep.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police at (562) 567-9255 or the Crime Tipline at (562) 567-9299.