LAKE ELSINORE – A man who attempted to grab a 10-year-old Lake Elsinore girl walking home from school and pull her into his car remained at large today.
The attempted abduction occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Nectarine Street and Rolando Boulevard, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
A child told authorities that she was on her way home when she noticed the driver of a light-blue four-door sedan tailing her, a sergeant said.
”The vehicle pulled next to the victim, a Hispanic male exited the vehicle, then attempted to grab her arm, saying ‘Get in the car,”’ sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Anne said. ”At that time, another vehicle drove by the suspect and victim, at which point the suspect got back into the vehicle and drove away from the area last seen heading east on Nectarine.”
The girl ran home and reported what had happened to her parents. She was not injured.
The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his 20s, thinly built, with short hair, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.
”There will be an increased police presence in the area of occurrence and in and around other schools as we continue to look for the suspect and any evidence involved in this case,” Anne said.
Anyone with more information was urged to call the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station at (951) 245-3300.
LAKE ELSINORE – On January 30, 2013, officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department were advised of a reported attempted kidnapping that occurred earlier that day around 2:30 p.m., in the area of Nectarine Street and Rolando Road in the city of Lake Elsinore.
Investigators were summoned to take over the investigation and interview the 10 year old female victim. It was determined the victim was walking home from a nearby school, when a light blue sedan began following her. The vehicle pulled next to the victim, a Hispanic male exited the vehicle then attempted to grab her arm saying, “Get in the Car!” At that time, another vehicle drove by the suspect and victim at which point the suspect got back into the vehicle and drove away from the area last seen heading east on Nectarine Street. The victim then went home and reported the incident to her parents.
The suspect was described as a thin Hispanic male adult, in his 20’s, with no facial hair, wearing a white tee shirt and blue jeans. The victim participated in the creation of a composite sketch and it is attached to this press release. The suspect vehicle was described as a light blue, 4-door sedan.
There will be an increased police presence in the area of occurrence and in and around other schools as we continue to look for the suspect and any evidence involved in this case. The Lake Elsinore Police Department would like to remind all children to walk in pairs or groups whenever possible, don’t talk or engage strangers, and call police as soon as possible or get the attention of a nearby responsible adult when being confronted with any harassment or suspicious behavior. The investigation is continuing and the Lake Elsinore Police Department is asking anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact Investigator Cornett at (951) 245-3300 or after hours and on weekends at (951) 776-1099.