The Santa Monica Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying two suspects wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a juvenile Jan. 24.
The victim was walking in the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 8:20 a.m., when she was approached by a man who attempted to engage her in conversation, Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Trisler said. The victim noticed another man in the driver’s seat of an awaiting vehicle, and she ignored the man on the street, Trisler said.
The suspect then allegedly grabbed the girl and attempted to pull her into the street to the awaiting vehicle, Trisler said.
The victim struggled with the suspect and managed to free herself before running to New Roads School, where she immediately reported the incident to school officials, who contacted the Santa Monica Police Department, he said. The victim was not injured.
The primary suspect is described as white man in his 20s, 5-foot-8 with a slim build. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, light blue jeans and tennis shoes. The suspect in the vehicle is described only as a man, police said.
The suspects’ vehicle is described as an unknown make black four-door sedan, with tinted windows.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Michael Bambrick at (310) 458-8932, Sgt. Robert Almada at (310) 458-8486 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.