Suspect Sought in Boyle Heights Attempted Kidnapping

By City News Service

Los Angeles Police Department sex crimes detectives on April 12 asked for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect responsible for an attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl.

Police said the girl was walking home from Hollenbeck Middle School in the 1900 block of East Fourth Street in Boyle Heights around 2 p.m. on April 10 when the suspect stopped her.

He blocked her path and asked, “What is your name? Do you need a job? How old are you? You’re beautiful. I love your lips.”

She spoke briefly to the suspect and then walked way. The suspect got into his car, which was parked on the northeast corner of Fourth and State streets.

As the victim continued walking east on Fourth Street toward Boyle Avenue, the suspect drove alongside her and continued to ask if she needed a ride.
The suspect then drove past the victim and turned north onto Pecan Street.

When the victim reached Pecan Street, she saw the parked car on the northwest curb of Pecan Street about 40 feet north of Fourth Street near the entrance to the Hollywood (101) Freeway.

This time the suspect waved cash and yelled, “Here, you want money?” as she crossed Pecan Street.

“Just leave me alone,” she yelled back.

The suspect then drove up to the victim, got out of the car, grabbed the girl by the shoulders and tried to force her into the back seat of his car.
She fought off the suspect and ran to a nearby market for help.

She sustained bruises to her back shoulder and legs.

The suspect was described as 35 to 45 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with short cut hair, pock-marked face and a tattoo of a dragon or snake on his left forearm. He was wearing a blue short-sleeve dress shirt, black pants and black dress shoes.

Composite sketch of attempted kidnapping suspect on April 10 in Boyle Heights. (LAPD composite sketch)

The car may have been a black, four-door sedan, possibly a Mercedes- Benz, with what resembled a peace symbol on the hood.

Anyone with information on the kidnapping attempt was asked to call Detective David Meza at (323) 342-8993.

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