LAPD Searches for Man in Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault of Teen

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Police were asking for the public’s help Saturday to locate a man in connection with the kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a 16-year-old female in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

filephoto Los Angeles Police Department Patrol Car

File photo: Los Angeles Police Department patrol car

The teen was walking home from Fremont High School shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when a man approached her on Gage Avenue near San Pedro Street (map) and forced her into a van at knife point, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The man drove the teen to an alley in the area of Imperial Highway and New Hampshire Avenue (map) and tried to sexually assault her before she was able to escape, the release said.

Police described the person they were searching for as a black male, between 20 and 33 years old, with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.

He was driving a white U-Haul van with two doors in the rear and on the passenger’s side, and the number 19.95 displayed on the back, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the crime was asked to contact the LAPD at 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8744 or by texting a message beginning with the letters “LAPD” to the number 274637. Those who want to leave a tip online can go to http://www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”