PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are on the hunt for two men who tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl who was walking to school Monday morning.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler said the teenager was walking on the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue when a man approached her and tried to engage her in a conversation. The girl ignored the man and continued walking.

That’s when the suspect grabbed her and began pulling her into the street towards a vehicle parked nearby. The girl said a second man was waiting in the parked car.

A struggle ensued and the teen was able to free herself. She ran to New Roads School and told officials there what happened, Trisler said.

Officers were notified and conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

The man who tried to grab the girl was described as a white male in his 20s with a slim build, 5 feet, 8 inches tall. The suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt, light blue jeans and tennis shoes. The suspect in the vehicle was described only as a male. The vehicle is said to be a black four-door sedan with tinted windows.

Anyone with information should 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.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463). If information provided leads to an arrest, a caller can receive a reward, up to $1,000. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting, or by visiting their website at Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers.

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