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Mother fights off would-be kidnapper in Morena area

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 19:08:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Police released a composite sketch Tuesday in the search for a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 3-year-old girl in the Morena area.

The incident happened Sunday about 4:30 p.m. as the girl’s mother was taking her daughter for a walk in her wagon on Savannah Street at Buenos Avenue, police said. The area is residential and two blocks away from busy Morena Boulevard.

A man parked his sedan but left the engine running, then approached the mother and child from behind, according to investigators. The man tried to grab the girl from the wagon but her mother heard her struggle. Police said the mother hit the man in the face multiple times.

Officers said the man released the girl and drove east on Savannah Street, south on Cushman Avenue, then west on Morena Boulevard.

The man’s vehicle is an older silver or gray Honda Civic or similar vehicle with Baja license plates, the girl’s mother told police.

The mother told investigators the man is Hispanic, 21-25 years old, 5’4” to 5’5” tall, between 125 and 140 pounds, with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing a white tee shirt with black print, dark jeans, and blue high-top sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SDPD’s Western division at 619-692-4800 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.