Girl’s screams saved her life in abduction attempt, deputies say

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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.

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    • Sarah

      The suspect tried to take her from inside the school, not on the street. Even worse. He tried to wrap her face w packing tape. She kicked and screamed and was able to run away.

    • JJ

      Pay attention when you’re reading and you won’t miss the key elements such as, “the girl screamed, which caused several staff members and parents to run toward her to help”

    • Arthur

      May I suggest that you read the whole article again, particularly the 4th paragraph? The answers to your questions are there.

  • Email Recipient

    Solana Beach and extended Community Friends,

    A parent’s worst nightmare was averted yesterday in broad daylight at Skyline School as our daughter was the victim of a botched abduction. We are very fortunate that she thought quickly and kicked and screamed until she was heard by nearby teachers. She is now safe at home.

    I typically keep to myself and not much into mass emails, but felt compelled to share to try to catch this person and assist everyone with the protection of their children. We also want everyone to know the details regarding the incident so you understand what kind of crazy person is still running around out there.

    This was not an incident where a man hung out on the fringe of the Skyline campus and attempted to lure the first child he saw. This man parked in the top Skyline parking lot, walked through the heart of the school, past the front office, and up to the main part of school only 15 minutes after the dismissal bell rang. He tried to wrap packing tape around her head multiple times around. He was also attempting to pick her up and carry her off of campus. We share these details with you so you understand how reckless and crazy this person is.

    1. Please have the discussion with your kids. “Stranger Danger” and the importance of not complying. The “if you want to see your mommy again” was used in our case as he tried to lure her behind the garden and attempted to tape her up. Yell, scream, draw as much attention as you can. This is what saved our daughter.
    2. This person got away. He is still out there. Please report any sighting of a silver Ford Flex with a black roof a man fitting this description: white male about 6’0”, 200 lbs. facial stubble, and wearing a red and white striped baseball jersey, white baseball pants, green baseball hat, and a duffel bag. Teachers and a janitor pursued him, but he was able to race off in his vehicle. If you see anything, please call 911 or Detective Frank Feliccia at 619-544-7017.

    We need to catch this person so it doesn’t happen to anyone else. If an entire community and City are looking out for him, the chances are greater. Officers are pulling over every Ford Flex that meets this description. Please report it.

    There were witnesses that saw this individual as he ran away. They have met with detectives and a sketch will be available by today. I will share any info that I obtain.

    Never in our wildest dreams would we think this could happen to us. Please forward to as many people you can to help prevent it from happening to others.

    Mike Paeske

    • Drew

      Why not search car registrations for all similar vehicles? Why not search cell-phone tower records to see who was in the area? Why not search credit card databases for buyers of men’s baseball clothes? If you triangulate all these data points, you could have your guy. I hope they find this SOB..

          • Kay James

            You’re an idiot, and I can’t believe you’re using the attempted abduction of a child as a forum to prove how smug and superior you are. Apparently you have no clue how big California is. There are thousands of these vehicles on the road, and no guarantee that he even used his own. No guarantee that he used his phone or that he doesn’t have a burner. No guarantee that he bought his outfit recently or used a credit card for the purchase. Why don’t you let the cops do their job, and you concentrate on joining reality instead of believing everything you read online without question. Bet you’re dating a French model that you met online, because everyone knows that everything on the internet is true, right? You’re not a cop, and there’s clearly a reason for that.

          • Drew

            @Kay — easy does it man. I just want this creep caught as quickly as possible — but I’m glad you have unquestionable faith in the police to leave no stone unturned.

      • jared

        THat’s silly. Talk about a needle in a haystack. 100’s of people are in an area at any given time and it’s likely they all have cell phones. It’s a matter of whether his location services were even on as well. Plus it’s not that easy to get a cell phone carrier to give up the information on their subscribers based on a hunch and without a warrant. You may not watch TV, but those are certainly not viable ideas when they could just search for registered sex offenders who drive ford flex vehicles in the black color. That’s more likely to whittle it down than searching for a “man who likes baseball”.

        • D

          1) Read the MIT study; 2) look up the definition of triangulate; and 3) ‘location services’ allows YOU or third party apps to track your location – but wireless providers always know where you are regardless of your settings.

    • Carol E

      While you are shocked and terrified this happened to your family, you should also be proud of the fact that you taught your daughter well and that she listened. Give that girl a big ol’ hug from the us and remind her that she did really good!

  • elisabeth

    Thank you for sharing your story. I just stopped and had the stranger danger discussion with my boys. Something I have been putting off because they are so young.

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