WHITTIER, Calif. (KTLA) — Police in Whittier are searching for a suspect who tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy from a park in Whittier on Tuesday.
It happened around 7:25 p.m. at Parnell Park, located at 10711 Scott Avenue.
Police say two brothers, ages 13 and 14, were playing basketball, while their 12-year-old brother was on the swings.
The 12-year-old was approached by the suspect, who covered the boy’s mouth and put him in a headlock.
The boy made noise, and his brothers rushed over and began punching and kicking the suspect until he released the 12-year-old.
The suspect then ran away from the location in one direction, while the boys took off in another direction.
He is described as a Hispanic male about 30 to 40 years old, 5’8″ tall, with a stocky build.
He has a scar on his cheek and had an unshaven face.
Whittier police are investigating a possible connection to prior kidnapping attempts that happened last month.
In that case, two girls were kidnapped near Founders Memorial Park, located six miles away.
The victims were both separately thrown in the suspect’s car but managed to escape.
According to police, however, there is no indication Tuesday’s incident is connected to the Feb. kidnapping attempts.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9241.