Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Attempted Kidnappings

On January 12, 2009, at 2:24 p.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) officers responded to the report of an attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old male juvenile as he was walking on Mapola Way near Williamson Elementary School. At 2:42 p.m. RCPD officers responded a short distance away to the report of a second attempted kidnapping of a second 11-year-old male juvenile as he was walking near Cordova Lane Elementary School on Cordova Lane.

Investigators believe the two attempted kidnappings were committed by the same suspect. Both victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 30’s. He had black hair, a mole on the left side of his face and he was unshaven with a goatee. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Both victims described the suspect’s vehicle as a mid-sized 4-door sedan either black or dark-green in color.

In both cases, the suspect drove up to the victims and asked them to help him find his lost dog. In both cases, the victims refused to engage the suspect in conversation and fled. The suspect attempted to grab the second victim through the window of the car before he fled. The first victim ran to Williamson Elementary School and notified the school staff. The second victim ran home and told his mother. The first victim reported the suspect did not threaten him with it, but he saw a small, black semi-automatic pistol in the suspect’s vehicle.

Officers were unable to locate a suspect or suspect vehicle in the area. Anyone with information regarding these cases is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00.

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