Police looking for suspect in attemped kidnapping

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MESA - The following is a press release from the Mesa Police Department:

The Mesa Police Department is requesting assistance to identify an Hispanic male who attempted to kidnap a teenage female in Mesa.

On August 19, 2008 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 17 year-old teenage female was exiting Fiesta Mall in the area of Southern and Alma School when she noticed a male driving in the east parking lot.

The victim reported the driver called out to her but she could not understand him because he was speaking Spanish. The driver then asked the victim in broken English if she wanted a ride and she told him no then continued to walk toward her nearby residence.

As the victim was crossing Alma School and Southern, the driver shouted something to her but she could not hear him. He proceeded to follow the victim to the area of Westwood and 8th Avenue. As the victim was approaching her residence the driver was now parked by her walking path.

The suspect walked up to her, grabbed her by the arm and began pulling her toward his vehicle. While the victim was yelling for help, the suspect grabbed her second arm and attempted to force her into the vehicle. At the same time, the victim kneed the suspect between the legs, broke free, and immediately ran toward her apartment complex where she called 9-1-1.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect and vehicle are described as the following: - A dark skinned Hispanic male appearing to be in his early 20's to early 30's, 5"09" to 5'11", 160 to 200 pounds, black or brown eyes, with thick and greasy black hair. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans with paint or plaster stains on them. The car is a two-door Ford white extended cab truck, tinted windows, long bed with a box in the bed placed closer to the cab.

Anyone with information is urged to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.