SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police are investigating after a possible attempted kidnapping of a 3-year-old in San Diego’s Bay Ho neighborhood Saturday morning.
According to police, the child was playing with his 9-year-old brother on the 3100 block of Mandan Way around 10:30 a.m. when an unknown man picked the child up and carried him 50 feet before letting go.
Police say the two children were the only witnesses in the incident.
Based on statements, police believe the pair of children were riding the 9-year-old’s bicycle when the man knocked the 3-year-old off the bicycle and carried him 50 feet before setting him down and walking away.
“Both children ran to their home and told their mother what occurred,” police said.
According to the most recent statistics by the city's Automated Regional Justice Information System, the Bay Ho area has a very low crime rate. For every 1,000 residents, there is an average of 1.09 violent crime incidents.
10News spoke to neighbor, Amanda Hansen, who said the entire neighborhood is on high alert.
"It's pretty shocking," Hansen said. "My sister actually came around the neighborhood yesterday with my niece to sell Girl Scout cookies, and I was like just keep her nearby because I heard something was going on."
The man is described as being in his 30s with caramel-colored skin, approximately 5-foot-8 with long black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, black sweat pants and dark-colored flip flops.
Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 858-552-1732 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.