LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Detectives with the LAPD’s Foothill Division are hoping the release of a sketch will lead to an arrest of an attempted kidnapping suspect.
Police said the suspect attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl in the Tujunga area on Sunday around 2 p.m.
The incident occurred in the 6600 block of Olcott Street.
The alleged suspect was driving a dirty sun-faded tan or burnt orange medium sized SUV with a torn tan or gray interior, according to officials.
Authorities said the vehicle also had large rims and tires.
The 11-year-old victim told police that a man that a man was following her and several friends walking near Mountain View Elementary School. She said he waited until she was separated from the group. He offered her a ride. When she said no, he got out of the vehicle and forcibly tried to put her in the SUV.
The girl screamed for help which led the suspect to release her and flee.
Officials described the suspect as a Latino in his early 40’s, 5 feet 3 inches, slender muscular build, almost bald with dark hair and dark eyes.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the vehicle is asked to contact LAPD Foothill Area Detectives at (818) 834-3115. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).