ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - A North County high school student claimed to fight off a would-be kidnapper while walking to school Thursday.
An Orange Glen High School student was walking in the 600 block of Linwood Street just after 7:30 a.m. when the suspect grabbed the student, Escondido Union High School District officials said. The student was able to fight off the suspect and run away.
District officials said the student got ahold of people nearby, who followed the suspect and were able to catch a photo of him.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, heavy set, with a beard and dark hair. He was last seen wearing dirty jeans and a dark-colored t-shirt with "TH" imprinted on the front, according to EUHSD.
Escondido Police are currently investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call EPD detective Terese Ruiz at 760-839-4790.
EUHSD reminded students to always walk in groups to school and be aware of their surroundings.