LAPD Looking For Attempted Kidnapping Suspect

By EGP News Report

Police released a composite sketch of a man who allegedly tried to drag a local high school student into his car near Cypress Avenue and Silver Street in Northeast Los Angeles late last week.

According to police, the 16-year-old Cypress Park girl, a student at Los Angeles River High School (located at the Sotomayor Learning Complex), was running late to class at about 8:20am on March 14 when a man suddenly grabbed her as she passed his pickup truck.

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The teenager managed to escape, but not before suffering minor injuries as she tried to fight the suspect off, police said during a press conference last Friday morning.

“We are not describing the injuries at this time due to our investigation, but I can tell you that she fought off the suspect and ran,” Northeast Juvenile Detective Marco Rodriguez told EGP.

The girl said she had not seen the suspect, who appeared to be in his 20s, before. She also described him as Hispanic and an English-speaker, Rodriguez said.

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Police say they don’t believe the incident is connected to the deaths of two Lincoln Heights area women, Bree’ana Guzman and Michelle Lozano. “We have no evidence or information leading us to believe that it is tied to any of those cases at the moment. Robbery Homicide Division is handling the other cases and I do not know the particulars in those” cases, Rodriguez said.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds, with acne or chicken pox scars on his face. He had a light beard at the time of the incident.
His vehicle is described as a faded red Toyota pickup truck with scrap metal or tools loaded in the rear.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the attempted kidnapping call Northeast Division detectives at (323) 344-5741, reference case number DR# 12-11-00622.

Police are urging the public to observe some potentially life saving tips when walking to school or other locations, such as always walking in groups, taking a route with high pedestrian and vehicle traffic, removing earphones and not texting or talking on the phone while walking. Looking distracted could make you a target of opportunity, according to police.

“Our victim did the right thing. It is never recommended to comply and go into the vehicle, Rodriguez said. “Yelling, fighting and running were the appropriate response for our victim.”

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