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Public’s Help Needed In Finding 2 Would-Be Child Predators In Lake Elsinore, Nuevo

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LAKE ELSINORE and NUEVO (CBS) — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding two men suspected in separate attempted kidnappings of children in Nuevo and Lake Elsinore.

One of the attempted abductions was reported at about 3:15 p.m. Monday near Lincoln Street and Wayfarer Lane in Lake Elsinore. An 11-year-old boy and his 18-year-old brother were walking south on Lincoln when a Toyota pickup truck, heading north, pulled alongside the boy.

“A (man) reached out the passenger side window and grabbed the juvenile by the right arm. The suspect told the victim to get inside his vehicle. The victim was able to break free from the suspect and move away,” sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Loeffler said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, about 60 years old, with a medium build, black hair, dark-colored glasses and a possible tattoo on his right forearm.

His vehicle was described as a silver, two-door Toyota pickup.

The other kidnapping attempt was reported at about 3:40 p.m. Monday on 10th Street near Lakeview Avenue in Nuevo. A 15-year-old girl told authorities she was walking home from school alone when a man pulled over in a minivan and tried to pull her inside. She broke free and ran into a nearby residence, according to a sheriff’s statement.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, between 20-30 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a thin, athletic build. He had short black hair, brown eyes, a thin mustache, and two vertical scars and a dark mole under his right eye.

The vehicle was described as a newer model, white minivan with paper dealership plates.

Anyone with information about the Nuevo incident were asked to call (951) 791-3400 and to call (951) 245-3300 regarding the Lake Elsinore incident.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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