RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Riverside police are searching for a man who tried to kidnap a 10-year-old girl while she was walking to school last week.

The victim was on her way to Liberty Elementary School around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 6 when she was confronted by a driver at the intersection of Everest and Garfield streets, according to Sgt. Jeff Spencer.

The man offered to give her a ride in his truck.

When the child refused, the suspect got out of his vehicle and grabbed the girl. The girl, however, pulled away, kicked him and ran to the school, said Spencer.

The man fled the area.

The suspect was described as white, about 20 years old, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with a muscular build and short black spiky hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and work pants.

His pickup truck was described as similar to a 1995 black Ford Ranger with a chrome bumper and two dents to the passenger-side quarter panel.

Anyone with information on this incident was asked to contact Det. Roberta Hopewell at (951) 353-7124.

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