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Manhunt Underway For Santa Ana Kidnapper

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — Santa Ana police are searching for the man who kidnapped and allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl Sunday.

The 6-year-old was playing with a 4-year-old boy in front of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of South Townsend Street between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., according to Santa Ana police Sgt. Anthony Bertagna.

The victim’s sister told CBS2’s Michele Gile that the suspect tried to hand the little girl a piece of paper.

“He said ‘Here’s a paper, give it to your Mom.'”, she said. “That’s how they think he got her close enough to push her in the car.”

Police said the man drove to a parking lot in the area and sexually assaulted the child. About 90 minutes to two hours later, the suspect brought the girl back to the neighborhood and told her not to contact the police or he would come back for her.

Authorities issued a sketch made from descriptions from witnesses who saw the suspect driving around the neighborhood and others who saw him grab the girl.

The suspect is described as a man in his 30s or 40s with black hair, a beard, a mustache and a tattoo on his arm. He was driving a charcoal gray, two-door sedan with a moon roof.

Santa Ana police encourage anyone with information to call  (714) 245-8665.

(©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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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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