Grandma Fights Off Man Possibly Trying to Kidnap Her, Grandson From Wal-Mart Parking Lot: San Diego Police

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Police are searching for a man who attempted to abduct a woman and her grandson from a Wal-mart parking lot in the San Diego area on Wednesday.

San Diego police were called out to the Wal-Mart at 3412 College Avenue at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of an attempted kidnapping.

A woman and her 3-year-old grandson were loading groceries into their car in the parking lot when a man approached her from behind, investigators said. The man tried to cover the woman's mouth, but she fought back, scaring off her attacker, police said.

The man was last seen running under the state Route 94 bridge toward Lemon Grove. Police described him as a muscular, roughly 5-foot-8-inch man who appeared to be in his late 30s, with a dark complexion and tattoos on his arms, neck and upper chest.

The woman, whose name was withheld, suffered minor scratches in the attack, Lt. Christian Sharp of the San Diego Police Department told KTLA sister station KSWB.

"We don't know if he was targeting the child, targeting her, targeting the van," he added. "Right now we're going to investigate this as an attempt kidnapping."

Officers fanned out through the area and searched in vain for several hours for the would-be abductor.

A version of this story was first published by KTLA sister station KSWB and distributed by the CNN Wire.