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Police searching for additional victims in San Diego kidnapping attempt

Posted: 3:56 PM, Jun 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 00:18:28Z
San Diego police

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police are searching for additional victims after arresting a man they say tried to drag a 17-year-old girl to his car in North Park in late May.

According to police, the attempted kidnapping happened around 7:15 a.m. on the corner of 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard May 31.

Police say Thomas Luis Salas, 38, approached the 17-year-old at a bus stop before making casual conversation.

He then extended his hand for a handshake and, when the juvenile shook his hand, police say Salas tried to grab her arm and pull her toward his light blue 2011 Ford Escape.

The 17-year-old fought back and was able to get away.

Investigators were able to track down and identify Salas as the suspect in the case. He was arrested on attempted kidnapping charges. His bail is set at $750,000.

Police are asking additional victims to come forward.

Salas is a Hispanic man five feet, nine inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He was unshaven with a goatee. Police say Salas’ eyes have a “sleepy” appearance. He also has a large tattoo on his right arm of a cartoon face inside a “sunburst” or “Flame” design.

According to police, Salas may have approached other juvenile women with his phone out attempting to engage in conversation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Deanna Mora at 619-516-3066 or Detective Sergeant Don Williams at 619-516-3006.