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Police: Man Tries to Kidnap Girl on Lark

Girl is said to have fought kidnapper by refusing to get in his car, punching him in the face, kneeing him in the groin and running away.

An unidentified Hispanic man in his mid-40s is being sought by after a 17-year-old girl walking on westbound Lark Avenue said he tried to kidnap her Sunday afternoon.

According to authorities, the incident happened after 4 p.m. when the 5-foot-6-inches-tall man, who was driving a small dark brown or black car, offered her a ride and approached the young woman, on the north side of the street from the

Police described the suspect as weighing about 150 pounds, being clean-shaven, with black, slicked-back, medium-length hair, wearing a red T-shirt with a large circular logo on the front and dirty blue jeans with paint splatters on them. The victim said the suspect had no discernible accent and she didn't notice scars, marks or tattoos.

When she refused to get in his car, police say the suspect stopped the vehicle on the north curb ahead of her, exited the vehicle and opened the passenger door. He then approached the victim, grabbed her arm and bent down as if trying to lift her.

She pulled from his grasp, punching the suspect in the face and kneeing him in the groin, according to police. The suspect then released his grip of the girl, returned to the vehicle and drove away westbound on Lark toward Winchester Boulevard.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a sedan, hatchback or station wagon, possibly a mid-80s VW Jetta, or similar-looking vehicle. The girl also told police the car had several large areas painted dark blue or black and its rear windows were tinted and had a manual transmission.

An alert flyer was distributed to all Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies and the news, which police announced in a press release, was also shared with all Los Gatos and Monte Sereno schools.

Los Gatos Monte Sereno police detectives are actively investigating the incident and they ask anyone with information about the attempted kidnapping or know of a person or vehicle matching the suspect and car description provided, to contact Detective Kevin Elliott at 408-827-3211.

MichaelJ November 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Does the town have cameras that monitor public places along the most trafficked areas? I know bigger cities have had success with such programs to apprehend thieves and also resolve traffic disputes. Glad to hear she is safe and I hope they catch this person soon. People such as this guy really disgust me. I hope they throw the book at him. Another point, if you are walking alone along sparsely populated areas, it may be safer to walk opposite to traffic so you are aware of who may be approaching you.
R. King November 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Great to hear that she put up a fight! That is always the best thing to do during a kidnapping attempt. Most attackers will look for a "weak" individual and do not want to deal with someone who will cause a scene or put up a fight. We have a large number of police officers that train at the Academy of Self Defense in Santa Clara (http://academyselfdefense.com/vanguard_krav_maga.html) and we frequently hear similar stories from them. I can't stress enough how important it is these days for women to get involved in a self defense program. I'm not referring to a one day seminar, but rather an ongoing program so that the techniques and skills learned become second nature. Ongoing training in a self defense program such as Vanguard Krav Maga not only provides the necessary tools to escape a violent situation but also builds environmental awareness, confidence, and increases fitness.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) November 14, 2011 at 11:51 PM
R. King, thank you for the comment and for providing information about what's the appropriate thing to do in such a situation. I just think this attack was so brazen, in broad daylight, with the suspect getting out and motioning her into the vehicle and then actually trying to pick her up. So sorry for the victim and worried for young women out there who don't fight back. Thank you again for the information.
Steve November 15, 2011 at 02:29 AM
i hope she was wearing her soccer cleats when she kicked him in the family legacy..
Geoff Mitchell November 16, 2011 at 06:23 AM
You know, as a parent and just as a caring human being, I'm very pleased to see a response to this promoting fighting back and not "looking" like an easy target. I will say, however, that the link and repeated references to your academy and programs strikes me as a potentially disturbing effort to use this as an opportunity to promote your own business. I certainly hope that's not the case, but the inclusion of an active URL, business name and programs... well... perhaps I'm wrong. In any event, the core message of being aware, seeking knowledge and skills, and not letting something happen without putting up a fight... that's spot on. And a groin kick, shin kick or eye gouge is certainly fair game when it comes to self defense!

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