Police are looking for a man who they say attempted to kidnap two high school girls in two separate incidents earlier today in Moreno Valley, officials reported.
In both incidents the man, described as a black male adult, approached the girls and tried to talk them into getting into his van.
The first attempt took place on Cottonwood Avenue. When the victim refused to follow the suspects orders, he grabbed her arm and pulled her toward him, Sgt. Larry Gyll stated in a sheriff’s press release.
She was able to break free and run away.
In the second attempt on Eucalyptus Avenue, the man exited his van and approached the female student and asked her to get in his van.
The girl refused and told the man she was going to call the police prompting him to flee the area, Sgt. Gyll said.
The suspected kidnapper is described as a heavy-set black male approximately 40-years-old, unshaven with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Detective Bureau at 951-486-6700.
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