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Young woman escapes would-be kidnapper in Otay Mesa

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 21:26:36-04

OTAY MESA, Calif. (KGTV)--An 18-year-old woman said a man tried to force her into his car Wednesday morning in Otay Mesa.

The woman told San Diego Police a man driving a red truck confronted her on 900 Orchid Way at 11:18 a.m.

The man got out of the truck, grabbed the woman by the waist, and forced her into his truck but she kicked him and ran away, said police. She hid until she felt comfortable returning to her home. 

Investigators said the man was Hispanic, 30-40 years old, wearing a gardening-style hat, a dirty white or grey shirt, and jeans with holes in them.  He also had a beard and mustache. 

His vehicle was an older red four-door truck with a metal tool box in the bed.

A neighbor tells 10News she's now worried about the safety of her kids in that area. 

"It's a bit of fear, you really do get worried," said Linda Olkowski. "I don't really feel comfortable as is having them walk around but to have it so close to your home really puts it in perspective of how real it is."

San Diego Police believe this report is credible.