Officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are asking the public for help in finding a suspect involved in an attempted kidnapping Wednesday night near Bridgeport Park.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., a 12-year-old female soccer player from Santa Clarita United was running with her team when she developed a cramp and fell behind. Elisabeth Perez, the girl’s mother, said that is when a man approached her daughter in the vicinity of Bridgeport Lane and Waterside Court.
“He asked her a couple of questions and then grabbed her arm and tried to pull her to his vehicle,” Perez said. “She kicked him in the leg, and he let go, and she ran up to her group who wasn’t that far away from her.”
The suspect got back in his car and fled.
Deputies were called to the scene. The girl described the man as a tall, Caucasian male with brown hair, 40-50 years old, 6-foot-5 to 6-foot-6, weighing 150-175 pounds, wearing a black jacket and jeans.
He was driving a black sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota, with tinted windows and a dent on the passenger side from what appeared to be a prior collision.
Perez said her daughter was OK but still in shock.
“She is shaken up and a bit traumatized,” Perez said. “We are, too.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.