Man sentenced for his role in attempted kidnapping

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 20:01:33-04

VISTA (CNS) - A man who admitted participating in the attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl as she waxed her surfboard in front of a neighbor's home in Encinitas was sentenced Tuesday to 653 days in custody and ordered to stay away from the victim for 10 years.

Christopher White, 28, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to being an accessory to attempted kidnapping.

White's roommate, Jeremiah Owens, 29, pleaded guilty to attempted kidnap for rape of a minor and was sentenced last month to seven years in prison.

The victim testified at a preliminary hearing that she was waxing her board in a driveway last July 26 when Owens ran up behind her, grabbed her by the neck and forced her to the ground.

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Owens tried to pull the girl toward a truck parked across the street, where White was standing, but she fought him off and ran inside the home, where she called police and her parents.

Once police released sketches of the two defendants, community members and area businesses provided numerous tips to the Sheriff's Department, leading to the arrests.