A 16-year-old teenager is safe today after fighting off an attempted kidnaping! She escaped on Tuesday when the would-be kidnapper tried to pull her into his vehicle at Southwestern College.
The girl was reportedly walking across the Chula Vista campus as a shortcut to her high school, Bonita Vista High School, just after 9am, when a man in an older white Chevrolet Blazer pulled up and asker to give her a ride. He then offered her money when she declined, and then attempted to grab her when she declined again.
Fox 5 San Diego reports:
When the teen declined, the stranger offered her $200 to get into the truck, said Dave Nighswonger, acting chief of the Southwestern College Police Department. She again refused, at which point the man grabbed her and wrapped his arms around her.
Following a brief struggle, the victim was able to break free. As she was running off toward her home, she saw the man speeding away to the east on H Street.
About a half-hour later, the girl returned to the college and reported what had happened. She described the assailant as a Latino in his 30s with a trimmed beard and mustache. Though she told officials the man appeared to be wearing a construction-style vest, images captured by a campus security camera showed that he was clad in an orange long-sleeved shirt.
The surveillance video also revealed that the perpetrator, who remained unidentified and at large in the mid-afternoon, had been driving through parking areas at the college for about 15 minutes prior to the attempted abduction, Nighswonger said.
Yikes. This is really scary. It is sad to know that people still try to kidnap children, even in broad daylight! Encourage your children to learn self defense and to always say “No” to strangers! Stranger danger techniques could save their life one day.