Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in Los Angeles.
The incident was reported March 1 around 4:40 p.m. near Pickford Avenue and Sherbourne Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported in a news release Friday.
Police said the girl was walking home from school when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her backpack.
"She had gotten off of the bus and was walking home from school," said Sgt. Brody Seagrave with the LAPD. "This victim was ultimately approached by a suspect who grabbed her from her backpack."
The girl was able to fight the suspect off, get away and tell her parents.
"She fought valiantly and was able to fight that suspect off. A pretty brave young lady," Seagrave added.
Police released a sketch of the suspect, describing him as a Caucasian man, approximately 50-years-old, with grey hair.
"It creeps me out and it makes me angry and it makes me want to look over my shoulder constantly," said Alicia Esken, a neighbor. "It's basically an orthodox neighborhood that's mixed. People are walking their animals and people going back and forth from temple all hours of the night. There's lots of activity, as you start seeing, it scares me."
He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to call West Los Angeles Det. Schlegel at 310-444-1541.