Deputies Need Public’s Help Identifying Man Who Tried to Kidnap Girl From East L.A. Park

By EGP Staff Report

A composite sketch of a man suspected of attempting to kidnap a young girl at over the weekend at a park in unincorporated East Los Angeles was released today by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

At approximately 2:47 p.m. on Saturday, deputies assigned to the Parks Bureau received a 9-1-1 call of an attempted kidnapping at Salazar Park, located at 3646 Whittier Blvd.

According to deputies, two juvenile sisters were walking towards the water fountain near the restroom area on the east side of the park when the older sister saw her younger brother talking to the suspect.

The older of the two girls told authorities she confronted her brother, asking why he was talking to a stranger. That’s when the suspect grabbed the younger sister, but the older sister was able to pull her away from him.

The suspect then began pulling the older sister in the direction of the men’s restroom, deputies said. As the older sister screamed at the suspect to let her go, she fought back, punching the suspect several times.

L.A. County Sheriff composite drawing of suspect in attempted kidnapping Saturday at Salazar Park in unincorporated East L.A.

L.A. County Sheriff composite drawing of suspect in attempted kidnapping Saturday at Salazar Park in unincorporated East L.A.

She was able to break away, grabbed her little sister and ran to their mother, telling her what had occurred.

The mother confronted the suspect near the men’s restroom as he was fleeing from the scene. She quickly alerted park staff and followed the suspect north through the park, but he crossed Whittier Boulevard and disappeared, authorities said.

The attempted kidnapping comes just two days following a public meeting at Salazar Park where speaker after speaker told county officials, including the captain of the East L.A. Sheriff’s Station, they fear for their safety due to a large uptick in crime at the park and in the surrounding area.

Capt. Steven Biagini told the audience the department has stepped up patrols in the area.

Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the man in the sketch. He’s described as a male Hispanic male, between 30 and 40 years old, with brown eyes, black hair, a small mustache and goatee. He is 5’7” to 5’9” tall and weights160-180 lbs. He was wearing a white T-shirt and faded black pants a the time of the attack, and has a tattoo of a dragon wrapped around his right arm with the head of a creature on the back of his hand.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau, Sergeant Kemp, at (909) 394-9705.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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