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Teen fights off would-be abductor

SAN DIEGO – A man grabbed a teenage girl and tried to pull her into his truck Wednesday in Otay Mesa, but she fought him off and got away, police said.

The attempted kidnapping happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Orchid Way, a block from Hawaii Avenue. The 18-year-old victim told police that a man pulled up alongside her in a red older-model pickup and asked her if she wanted a ride, according to San Diego Police Department spokesman Officer Billy Hernandez.  He then got out, grabbed her and tried to push her into the truck.

The young woman kicked the man, broke free and ran away, Hernandez said. The would-be kidnapper got back in his truck and drove away south on Hawaii Avenue.

The teenager, who was not injured,  described her attacker as  a Latino man in his 30s or 40s wearing pants with holes in them, a dirty gray shirt and a wide-brimmed sun hat.  The red four-door pickup he was driving  had a metal toolbox in the cargo bed, Hernandez said.