Just days after an attempted kidnapping was reported in South Merced, another teenage girl told authorities that a man tried to kidnap her while she was walking to school Tuesday.
The teenager told police that she was walking to her high school about 7:15 a.m. near East 16th and D streets when she heard someone running behind her, said Lt. Bimley West of the Merced Police Department.
She was grabbed by the man, described as a 5-foot-4-inch Latino in his 30s weighing about 150 pounds, West said.
The suspect pinned the teenager's arms down, but the two fought and struggled, and the girl eventually broke free and ran away, West said. The suspect ran in the opposite direction.
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"Surprisingly, she didn't say anything about this until she got home that day," West said, adding that when the victim got home, she told her mother about what happened.
The mother told her that the police needed to be called, and the girl notified a school resource officer Wednesday, West said.
Incident on Monday
Police aren't sure if the incident is connected with another attempted kidnapping that took place the day before.
Another teenage girl said she was the target of an attempted kidnapping while walking to school Monday morning in an alley on West 11th Street between H and I streets.
Police said the girl was walking through the alley when a two-door white hatchback with tinted rear windows pulled up alongside her.
The driver of the car grabbed her and pulled her into the car, police said. He then drove a short distance and stopped near 11th and K streets.
While the car was stopped, the girl fought with the man and escaped, police said.
"Our investigators are looking into it to see if it parallels with the other case," West said.
Anyone with information about either of these incidents can call the police department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.
Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.