ONTARIO (CBS) — The public’s help is needed to identify a man who authorities say tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl Wednesday morning as she walked to school.
The girl was on her way to Colony High School at about 7 a.m. in the 3000 block of South Rocky Lane when a man in a truck tried to grab her and pull her into his truck, police said.
The student first noticed the gray truck as she walked in the area of Turner Avenue and Golden Trails Road, police said. She told police that the truck would pass her, turn around and continue to follow her.
“I started walking a little bit faster and then the truck started going faster and that’s when I started running,” Joanna Villegas told CBS2’s Stacey Butler in an exclusive interview.
Police say the suspect followed her for several blocks in his truck. When she began to run, the teen says he cut her off, nearly hitting her.
She says he pulled into a neighbor’s driveway and that’s when the struggle began.
“When he had tried to pull me in, I tried screaming but nothing would come out. I just bit his hand as hard as I could,” she explains.
As the driver allegedly tried to pull her in his truck, Villegas says he ordered her to perform a sex act and told her he wanted her to work for him.
“He’s like, ‘Don’t worry, there’s other girls. You’ll meet new friends.’ And that’s when I started panicking, that’s when I punched him in the stomach,” she said.
She says when she bit the man on the hand, he finally let go of her. She ran to a neighbor’s house and pounded on the door.
“She just said, ‘Help! Help! Somebody’s chasing me,’ and so we brought her in,” said Larry Gunguillen, a neighbor.
According to Ontario Police, the truck sped off. A neighbor’s security camera caught it on tape. Police say the teen identified it as her attacker’s.
The would-be kidnapper was described as a heavy-set, white man in his late 40’s with short or a shaved hair, wearing a gray T-shirt. His truck was described as a 2008 or 2009 gray Dodge pickup truck Mega Cab model that contained stock-sized wheels.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or recognizes the suspect can call Detective Ron Watson at (909) 395-2804.