2 Sought After Teen Girl Fends Off Possible Would-Be Kidnappers in Apple Valley

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was looking to identify two men in connection with a possible attempted kidnapping in Apple Valley on Sept. 12, 2016.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was looking to identify two men in connection with a possible attempted kidnapping in Apple Valley on Sept. 12, 2016.

Authorities have asked for the public’s help to identify two men who apparently tried to kidnap a teen as she walked home from school in Apple Valley this week.

The incident occurred Monday between 2:30 and 3 p.m near the intersection of Nisqually and Algonquin roads, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release on Thursday.

A 16-year-old girl was walking in the area when a maroon Dodge Charger approached her and a man exited the car. He then grabbed the victim’s arm, pulling her toward the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s release.

She fought with the man and was able to knock him to the ground, giving her time to run away, the release stated.

Authorities have released descriptions and sketches of two men wanted in connection with the incident.

The first man is described by the Sheriff’s Department as black, in his 20s, with short hair and a possible tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and black pants.

The second man sought is black, in his 40s, bald and has a gray beard, the release stated. He was driving a red or maroon Dodge Charger that had large custom wheels, tinted windows and front-end damage to the bumper.

Investigators have encouraged any witnesses or other possible victims to come forward and call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.