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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Attempted Kidnapping in Vista

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Vista CA— The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigating an attempted kidnapping that took place on December 13, 2021 around 8:30 a.m.
A 13-year-old-student at Roosevelt Middle School told deputies it happened on December 13 around 8:30 a.m., but she did not tell her parents about the incident until the next day because she was understandably upset and wasn’t sure how to handle the situation.
She says she was on her way to a bus stop near the intersection of West Los Angeles Drive and Georgia Lane in Vista when a white van with no license plates passed her then made a U-turn. She told deputies a man got out of the vehicle and told her in Spanish to get into the van. He then grabbed the girl by her backpack and shoulder. She says she was able to escape by striking the man with her elbow. She then ran to the bus stop and the van drove away.
The student describes the man who grabbed her as a Hispanic man with a thin build and spiky brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, black jeans, black scarf or mask and black sunglasses. The student is unable to provide a description for the driver who never got out of the van.
Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their investigation.
If you recognize the man in the sketch or have any information about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Attempted Kidnapping in Vista