Man Sought After Attempting to Kidnap Girl, 11, Walking Home From School in Ontario: Police

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A file photo shows Monterey Street in Ontario, where an 11-year-old girl said a man attempted to kidnap her on Thursday, April 23, 2014. (Google Maps)

Police on Friday were searching for a man who attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl on a street in Ontario, officials said.

The incident was reported about 3:07 p.m. Thursday on Monterey Street, north of Sixth Street (map), according to a news release from the Ontario Police Department.

The girl was walking home from school when the man approached her from behind, put his arms around her and attempted to lift her up, the statement said.

After he told her to “be quiet,” the victim screamed, broke free from his grasp and ran home, where she told a relative what happened, police said. The man left the scene on foot, heading southbound on Monterey Street, the girl told investigators.

Officers responded to the area, conducted a search and notified nearby residences and schools about the incident, the news release said. No witnesses were found.

The would-be kidnapper is described as white, 18 to 20 years old, tall and thin, with short, spiky strawberry-blond hair. He is said to have a scruffy beard and was wearing a gray T-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ontario police detectives at 909-395-2001. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling 800-78-CRIME or visiting wetip.com.