Girl’s screams saved her life in abduction attempt, deputies say
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. – A girl’s screams during an abduction attempt in front of a school in Solana Beach Monday saved her life, sheriff’s deputies say.
The man approached the 7-year-old girl near Skyline Elementary School at 606 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Monday at 3:30 p.m. and told her to get into his vehicle, sheriff’s investigators said.
The man tried to wrap the girl’s head in packing tape during the abduction attempt, Sheriff’s deputies revealed in a press conference Tuesday. The man then told the girl she shouldn’t scream if she ever wanted to see her mother again.
Undeterred, the girl screamed, which caused several staff members and parents to run toward her to help. The would-be kidnapper drove off when people ran at his car.
He is described as a 6-foot tall white man in his 40s with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a baseball jersey and carrying a baseball bat bag, authorities said. He was driving a black and silver “boxy” SUV-style vehicle, possibly a late-model Ford Flex, sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Montion said.
Other schools in the area were notified of the attempted kidnapping, authorities said. The circumstances involving the attempted kidnapping were not immediately released.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Sheriff’s department.