WESTMINSTER (CBS)  — Westminster police were looking for a man who tried to allegedly abduct a La Quinta High School student just before classes started Monday.

The 18-year-old student was walking alone near Brookhurst Street and Bishop Place when the man grabbed her from behind about 7:35 a.m., Westminster police Cpl. Van Woodson said.

The student screamed and struggled as the man forced her toward a parked car, but she managed to get free and ran to some nearby classmates while the suspect got into a newer-model white, full-sized sedan and sped away, Woodson said.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10 Latino man about 30 to 40 years old with an average build and short, “fluffy” dark hair, Woodson said. He was clean-shaven and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

“This incident has us very concerned due to the suspect’s aggressiveness,” Woodson said. “Happily, this girl was brave and stood her ground and was able to fight this guy off.”

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Comments (4)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Could you please post a picture of the police sketch on this article?

    I know someone’s child who was nearly abducted about a month ago, and would like to see the sketch to see if it may be related to this case.

    1. duh says:

      No disrespect intended… but… how can you be so dense that you make this request to a news website versus.. maybe.. THE WESTMINSTER PD???

  2. Jose Luis De La Vega Gonzales Romero Sanchez says:

    5-foot-10 Latino man about 30 to 40 years old with an average build and short, “fluffy” dark hair.

    Uh, they’re everywhere….

  3. Marco says:

    Public Safety 101


    You dont have to run once the assailant gets into the car.

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