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SAN DIEGO – San Diego police are looking for a faded black Jeep that was driven by a man who attempted to kidnap a 10-year-old girl and an 8 1/2-year-old boy as they were walking home from Jerabek Elementary School in Scripps Ranch.

SDPD is looking for a faded black mid-90’s model Jeep Cherokee similar to the one pictured. It's linked to a man suspected of attempted kidnapping near Jerabed Elementary School. (San Diego Police)

SDPD is looking for a faded black mid-90’s model Jeep Cherokee similar to the one pictured. It’s linked to a man suspected of attempted kidnapping near Jerabed Elementary School. (San Diego Police Department)

The pair noticed a faded black mid-90s model Jeep Cherokee following them as they walked alongside Scripps Trail near Timberlake Drive around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The driver repeatedly pulled over and waited for them to pass, and eventually got out through the passenger side door, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

The man tried to grab the boy, but the girl pushed him out of the way. The suspect then grabbed the girl’s backpack, but it slipped from his grasp, according to the officer. The children ran up a hill to get away as the suspect got back in his Jeep and fled.

Police described the suspect as roughly 5-foot-8 white man with dirty blonde hair and a “messed up” left eye. He was wearing a white T-shirt, camouflage pants and red and white shoes.

Anyone with information about the attempted kidnapping was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.