SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A Santa Ana man is behind bars, after police say he and an accomplice tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl walking to school.
Police are still searching for the alleged accomplice.
It happened around 8:25 a.m. Wednesday as the girl was walking in the 1200 block of South Sullivan Street on her way to Valley High School.
She walked past a red compact car, and a man, later identified as 28-year-old Moises Rendon, of Santa Ana, jumped out of the passenger seat, according to Santa Ana police.
“He was wearing gloves and had a rag in his hand,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
“The suspect ran toward the victim and attempted to grab her. The girl was able to escape and ran.”
The man then returned to the car — with a driver was waiting inside — and the pair fled.
Witnesses to the attempted kidnapping immediately reported the vehicle and suspect description to police.
Santa Ana police officers quickly learned the man involved may reside in the 1400 block of South Sullivan Street and went to the home, where they detained Rendon.
The victim, during a “field show-up,” made a positive identification of Rendon, authorities said.
Rendon was being held on suspicion of attempted kidnapping at the Santa Ana Police Department Jail.
Santa Ana police are continuing to search for the driver of the car. The vehicle is described as a red Toyota Corolla with a spoiler on the rear trunk.