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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Attempt Kidnap Suspect Caught on Surveillance Camera NR20268ti

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Area are seeking the public's help in identifying an attempt kidnapping suspect.

On October 18, 2020, around 6:00 p.m., the victim went to a local restaurant on the 100 block of West Manchester Avenue. The suspect walked up to victim as she was walking to her car and demanded that victim hand over victim's young brother. Suspect tried to grab the 1-year-old brother and claimed he was her child. Victims walked to their vehicle and the suspect followed them. Suspect once again tried to take the child from victim's hands. The victim asked for help and ran back into the restaurant. The same suspect then made her way to the 8000 block of South Main Street and entered a gated apartment courtyard. Several children were playing in the courtyard and suspect grabbed a 5-year-old child and tried to leave the area with him. Family members observed the suspect trying to carry out the child and stopped suspect from taking him.

The suspect has been described as a Hispanic female between 20 to 35-years-old, standing approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing around 135 pounds with short cropped brown hair. She was wearing a white shirt, light green shorts, and dark slippers.

Residents in the area should consider the following:
  • Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • If you feel you're being followed, walk to a well-populated area.
  • Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately.
  • Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact 77th Division, Crimes Against Person Detectives, Detective Preciado at 323-786-5412. 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.