Police searched today for a girl who was heard screaming and may have been kidnapped in the El Sereno area, authorities said.
The calls reporting a screaming victim being dragged up into a hillside area around 4900 Klamath St. started coming at 7:52 p.m. Monday, said Officer Bruce Borihanh, a Los Angeles police spokesman.
“Witnesses reported seeing a a young Hispanic girl between 13 and 15- years-old screaming as she was being dragged up into the hillside by a man believed to be between 18 and 20 years-old,” Borihanh said.
Officers from the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division were sent to the scene and began a search of the area, he said.
“The officers found some leggings and tennis shoes near the reported site of the abduction and brought in bloodhounds and helicopters to search the area, which is more than 350 acres,” Borihanh said.
An air search was suspended about 11 p.m. but the entire search was starting up again at daybreak, he said.
“We will be bringing in more dogs and the helicopters to search the heavy brush in the area,” Borihanh said. “We have not received any missing person’s report that matches the description of the girl but we are treating this as serious and responding with an abundance of caution.”
A command post for the search was set up near the intersection of Klamath Street and Eastern Avenue, according to Sgt. Karen Stanwix, the watch commander at the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station.