Women scared to walk alone in Southcrest after attempted kidnapping

Posted at 6:19 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 21:19:09-04

Women who walk alone are preparing for the worst after a 16-year-old girl was almost kidnapped in Southcrest. Police are searching for the man who they say grabbed her while she was walking near Cesar Chavez Elementary School Wednesday night.  

Two teenagers were walking on the sidewalk near Alpha and 40th Street when a man ran up behind them. Police say he grabbed one of the girls by the shoulder and pulled her toward him. Both girl fought back and got away safely. The man then got into a white Acura sedan and drove off with another woman who was sitting in the passenger seat. 

10News spoke to several women in the area who say they're doing everything they can to stay safe. 

You can often find her walking alone.

"I walk around everyday between four to fie kilometers."

Tresa Saz is always prepared. 

"Your telephone, put that aside," said Saz. "Don't be so distracted on your phone that you don't know what is happening."

She knows women are often a target. 

"Its happening, they are there, they are looking for any opportunity that you are distracted or anything."
10News reporter Jennifer Delacruz asked her what she would do in that situation.
"I would run. Don't try to be a hero. Run."
She does everything she can to protect herself with no distractions. That means trying not to wear headphones.
"Even if I have them I have one in one ear and then the other out. I try not to. I'll sing to myself."
She keeps her dog close by so she's never alone. 
"I like to have it because the dog alerts me of anything so it's like being with somebody else."
Most importantly, she always carrys pepper spray. Not just one can, but two--because you can never be too safe. 
"If I don't have to use it, okay good. But if I have to, why not?"
Both the man and the woman in the car are described as Hispanic in their 20's or 30's. If you have any information contact San Diego Police.