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Police release sketch of Oceanside attempted kidnapping suspect

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jun 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 13:38:10-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — Police Saturday released a sketch of man who they say grabbed a 16-year-old in a "bear hug" and tried to kidnap her on her way to school.

The teenager was walking to El Camino High School on Thursday just before 7:30 a.m. when the suspect walked past her on Mesa Drive, Oceanside Police say. As the two crossed paths, the suspect turned around and grabbed her in a "bear hug."

During the struggle, the suspect fell to the ground and the teen was able to escape and make it to school, where she told campus security about the incident.

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Oceanside Police searched the surrounding area with a drone, but didn't find the suspect.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, in his 50s, standing about 5-foot-9, and weighing 150 pounds, and with a bald head and light brown hair on both sides.

Police added he's very thin and may be homeless. He also has a scab on the right side of his neck. The suspect was last seen wearing a tan pullover sweatshirt and black baggy, dirty jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oceanside Police at 760-435-4690.