Police searching for man who attempted to kidnap 14-year-old girl in La Mesa

Authorities asking for public's help

LA MESA, Calif. -  Police asked for the public's help Wednesday to find a man who tried to grab a 14-year-old girl as she rode her bicycle home in La Mesa.

The girl said she was riding her bike in the 8600 block of Dallas Street when the man jumped out of a parked vehicle near Nagel Street about 6:20 p.m.

Tuesday, according to La Mesa police Sgt. Bret Richards. He lunged at the girl in an attempt to grab her off her bike but missed and she continued to ride eastward,  with the man chasing her for a time, he said in a statement.

Police described the man as being of mixed race, possibly black and white. He appeared to be 20-30 years old, had a medium to stocky build and stood around 5 feet 8, according to the sergeant.

The man was last seen wearing a red and white jacket and black baseball cap with logo. The vehicle he jumped out of was a newer model medium-size pickup with a white camper shell, Richards said.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.


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