Man Sought in Series of Child Abduction Attempts in Culver City

Authorities on Wednesday were searching for a man they believe was involved in at least two of three recent child abduction attempts in Culver City.

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Police released this sketch of man sought in attempted child abduction in Culver City. (Credit: Culver City Police Department)

The most recent incident took place at about 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, when a 16-year-old girl was walking home from school, according to a Culver City Police Department news release.

While the girl was in the area of Overland Avenue and Virginia Avenue (map), a white or Hispanic man pulled alongside her in a green four-door car and told her to “get in the car,” the news release stated.

The man allegedly continued to follow the girl as she walked away. Fearing for her safety, the girl turned and ran back to the school and contacted her mother, police said.

The incident was connected to a similar abduction attempt on April 22, when a man tried to lure a girl into a green Ford Taurus as she was walking home from school in the area of Overland Avenue and Farragut Drive (map), Detective Ed Baskaron of the Culver City Police Department confirmed on Wednesday.

That man was described as being in his 30s, with a goatee, and a sketch was released.

An anonymous caller reported a third incident to police on Monday at about 6 p.m.

The caller told police that a vehicle pulled alongside her at Sepulveda Boulevard and Machado Road (map) at about 3:15 p.m.

She immediately fled the area, and there was no contact between her and the driver, according to police.

It was unclear if this incident was connected to the other two, the news release stated.

All of the incidents took place within a short distance of Culver City High School.

Anyone with information was asked to contact detectives at 310-253-6319 or the watch commander at 310-253-6202.

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A map of the recent child abduction attempt incidents reported in Culver City. (Credit: Google Maps)