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Ceres girl escapes would-be kidnapper

POSTED September 24, 2010 9:13 p.m.

Stanislaus County Sheriff investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in apprehending the suspect who tried to kidnap a girl along a country road near Keyes.

The girl was able to escape the would-be kidnapper after a brief struggle with him, said sheriff spokesman Luke Schwartz.

The sheriff’s department said she was not seriously injured, but that she narrowly avoided harm by fighting off her assailant.

The sheriff’s department is releasing few details about the attack or the victim, including her age, out of concern that it could hamper the investigation.

The kidnapping attempt was reported at 8:01 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Moffett and Turner roads between Keyes and Ceres.

The girl was walking alone in that area when she was approached by the suspect, Schwartz said.

Upon her escape, the girl ran home.

After the incident was reported, deputies and the Ceres Police Department descended on the area, but the suspect was not located.

The adult man was described as Hispanic, approximately 30-40 years old, with a moustache, red T-shirt, black shorts and wearing a blue hat.  It was also believed he has a tattoo of some sort on his left hand.  He was driving a large, red vehicle believed to be a late 1990s or early 2000s model Lincoln Continental.  The vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on Mitchell near its intersection with Redwood.     

Witnesses and tipsters are urged to contact Family Crimes Unit Det. Kari Abbey with any information that may help lead to the apprehension of those responsible. She can be reached at 525-7091. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Stanislaus County Area Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-866-602-7463 or locally at 521-4636.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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