Friday, January 16, 2009

Third Attempted Kidnapping Victim Comes Forward

After becoming aware of the attempted kidnappings of two11-year-old boys on January 12, 2009, a 12-year-old boy told his parents he too had been the victim of an attempted kidnapping on January 13, 2009, by a man matching the general description of the suspect detectives believe is responsible for the kidnapping attempts the day before. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Child Abuse detectives interviewed the 12-year-old victim who told them on January 13, 2009, at 4:25 p.m., he was walking near the area of Dawes Street and Folsom Boulevard when he was approached by a man in a car. The suspect told the boy he needed help finding his lost dog. The boy ran from the scene and was able to escape without harm.

The suspect in the third incident was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20’s. He had short dark hair with a duck-tail in the back. He had a goatee and a mole or cold sore on his the right-side of his lower lip. He had a small earring in his right ear lobe and was wearing a short sleeve polo shirt with red and white stripes. The suspect was driving a shiny black four-door sedan.

On January 12, 2009, at 2:24 p.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) officers responded 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. 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 January 12th 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.

The Sheriff’s Certified Composite Sketch artist has met with each victim. The resulting composite sketches of the suspect are included below. Although there are noticeable differences between each sketch, detectives believe all three incidents were committed by the same suspect. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect 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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