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PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Friday released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl last month.

The attempted kidnapping took place in the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the morning of Jan. 24. The victim, a 17-year-old student at New Roads School, told police she was walking when she was approached by a man who tried to engage her in a conversation. The girl ignored the man, at which time he suddenly grabbed her and tried pulling her into an awaiting vehicle. Another man was in the driver’s seat.

Police said the girl struggled and managed to free herself. She ran to New Roads and told school officials what happened. Police were notified and searched the area for the two suspects.

The primary suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a slim build. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, light blue jeans and tennis shoes, police said. The suspect in the vehicle is described only as a male.

The suspects’ vehicle was described as a black four-door sedan with tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Bambrick at (310) 458-8932 or Sgt. Robert Almada at (310) 458-8486 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495. 

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting from your mobile, or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers. 

kevinh@smdp.com

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