By Gina Yarbrough
Vista, CA–Sheriff’s Department detectives are searching for a man wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl on Tuesday in Vista.
The Roosevelt Middle School student told deputies the incident occurred on December 13 around 8:30 a.m., but she did not tell her parents until the next day because she was “upset” and wasn’t sure how to handle the situation.
Detectives said the victim was on her way to a bus stop near the intersection of West Los Angeles Drive and Georgia Lane when a white van with no license plates passed her then made a u-turn. She told deputies a man got out of the vehicle and told her in Spanish to get into the van. He then grabbed the girl by her backpack and shoulder. She says she was able to escape by striking the man with her elbow. She then ran to the bus stop and the van drove away.
She described the man who grabbed her as a Hispanic man with a thin build and spiky brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, black jeans, a black scarf or mask, and black sunglasses. She was unable to provide a description of the driver.
Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.