Women Warned After 2 Attempted Abductions Reported in Santa Monica

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Police on Friday were investigating two reports of attempted kidnappings in Santa Monica that occurred over the past three days involving women who were grabbed on busy streets in broad daylight.

The first incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Wednesday as a woman was walking in the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue, according to a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department.

A car pulled over to the curb in front of the woman, the release stated. Police said a man got out of the vehicle and grabbed her as she walked by. The man let her go when a resident of a nearby apartment building walked outside, police said.

The would-be abductor was described as a black man in his 30s, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall , 200 to 230 pounds, with short hair and a beard. He was wearing blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. His vehicle was described as a late model black Volkswagen hatch-back with tinted windows, according to police.

In the second incident, which occurred Friday at 10:30 a.m., a woman was walking south on 14th Street near Olympic Boulevard when a man grabbed her from behind, the release stated.

The man ordered the woman to get into his car but, police said, she managed to get away.

The woman in Friday’s incident was not able to identify the man’s car, but did describe her attacker as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing dark colored shorts with an orange or red stripe on them and a matching short sleeve shirt, police said.

It was not known if the same man was involved in both attempted abductions.

Women were being asked to report any suspicious behavior to police by calling 310-458-8491.

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