Officers were looking for two men who apparently tried to kidnap and rape a Davis High School student as she walked home from school Tuesday afternoon in north Modesto, a police spokesman said.
The 14-year-old girl fought off her attackers and made it home safely, said Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen. The girl was not injured. Police did not release her name to protect her safety.
Police urged students to be watchful of any suspicious people today and to take precautions if necessary as they walk to and from school.
The incident occurred about 3 p.m. in the 2500 block of Hemminger Way, a few blocks southwest of the high school and just northeast of Catherine Everett Elementary School.
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Findlen said the girl was walking along Hemminger when she was approached by a black man in his 20s standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a muscular build and brown hair in dreadlocks, wearing a black shirt.
The man was walking and started making comments to the girl. Based on the victim's account to police about what the man said to her, officers believe the men were intent on kidnapping and raping the girl.
The man in the dreadlocks then grabbed the girl's arm and tried to pull her inside a car parked nearby, Findlen said. Police described the vehicle as a red two-door Oldsmobile with customized black rims and a tinted rear window.
Findlen said the second man then approached the girl before he also grabbed her arm and tried to pull her into the car. Police described the second man as a Latino man in his 20s standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a skinny build and brown hair, wearing a white T-shirt.
The victim fought back, Findlen said, and hit one of the men at least once before she ran home to report the attack.
Modesto police have notified officials at the high school, who planned to inform parents and students about the incident. Findlen said residents should expect to see extra police patrols today near the school and where the attack occurred.
Walk with large groups
Police officials wanted to inform the public of the incident so parents and students can take any necessary precautions, such as arranging for a ride to and from school or walking in large groups.
"The larger the group, the better," Findlen said. "We want them to watch out for anything they feel is suspicious."
He recommended to anyone who is the victim of a similar attack to make as much noise as possible and run to the nearest authority figure.
Police ask anyone with information about this attack to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" and a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.