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Man Tries to Kidnap Teenage Girl in San Gabriel

The teenager told police that a man tried to grab her feet and drag her into his car.

A 16-year-old girl reported that a man tried to kidnap her in nearby San Gabriel, police said today.

The girl contacted police about 9 p.m. Tuesday to report that she had been sitting on the east curb in the 1900 block of South Jackson Avenue when a man drove by her, made a U-turn, and then parked his car along the curb near her, said San Gabriel police Lt. Brian Kott.

She stood up and started walking back to her family's residence when she had to pass the man, who said, "You need to come with me," while opening the rear passenger door of his car. He then grabbed her by the collar, causing her to the fall to the ground, Kott said.

He tried to grab at her feet while she kicked and struggled to escape.

Suspect Description

The victim described the suspect as being in his late 30s, about six feet tall, with a thin build, dark shoulder-length wavy hair, and was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans with holes in them.

He was driving a late 1990s black Nissan with tinted windows and chrome windows. The Nissan also had an inoperable passenger side headlight and a large dent on the front passenger side door.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Kott at (626) 308-2835 or the watch commander at (626) 308-2840.

- City News Service

Jay March 28, 2013 at 05:33 AM
I'm sorry, but why is a 16 year old sitting on a curb at 9:00 at night in the first place??
Brian Dees March 28, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Once again, the San Gabriel Police are useless in protecting the city. I see their cars all over the place in busy streets, giving out tickets for minor traffic violations, yet all the quiet streets with high chance of crimes are being unpatrolled. Lazy cowards.
LYNN March 28, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Thank God she is okay. Good for her for coming to her own rescue. Let us teach our children how to defend themselves. May her family and yours have a blessed Easter.

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