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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Detectives from Wilshire Division released a crime scene sketch illustrating the suspect of a brazen daytime attempted kidnap of a school girl outside of her elementary school.

On Thursday, April 25, 2019 at approximately 7:45 a.m., a single suspect approached the victim as she was walking herself to school in the 1700 block of Vineyard Avenue.

The suspect stood directly behind the victim, causing her to turn. The victim then attempted to continue on her way to school, at which point, the suspect grabbed her backpack and said, "Let's Go". The victim managed to slip out of her backpack and run into the school grounds where she observed the suspect running south bound on Vineyard and out of sight.

Once notified, school staff attempted to check the area for the suspect but were unable to locate the suspect at the time.

The Suspect is described as a male Black, between 30-35 years-old. He stands approximately 6'02"-6'-04" tall with a medium build. The suspect was described as having curly black hair with red tips, and wearing a blue shirt and black pants.

Officers have not yet been able to recover any video footage, however a criminologist responded and created a rendering, with assistance from the victim. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Wilshire Robbery Detective D. Slater at 213-922-8217. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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