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Police seek kidnap suspect

November 18, 2009|Richard Winton

Los Angeles Police Department detectives searched Tuesday for a kidnapping suspect who tried to snatch a 13-year-old girl walking home from school in the San Fernando Valley.

The girl was walking near Magnolia Boulevard and Zelzah Avenue last Wednesday when a man jumped out of his parked vehicle and grabbed her as she passed, according to investigators.

As the man dragged the girl toward his car, she screamed and struggled and was able to free herself and run away.

The suspect immediately ran back to his car and drove away from the scene, police said.

The suspected kidnapper is described as a 30- to 40-year-old heavy-set Latino with a shaved head. He is about 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds and was wearing a white over- sized T-shirt and dark baggy shorts.

He may have been driving a white four-door 1995 to 2005 GMC Yukon, with a possible partial license plate number of "4Y-----". The vehicle is believed to have a broken right taillight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Larry Concepcion of the West Valley homicide unit at (818) 374-7725.

-- Richard Winton

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