Manhattan Beach Police Determine 2 Men Did Not Attempt to Kidnap Girl, 11
After an investigation into the reported attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl in Manhattan Beach, police detectives on Tuesday said they determined no crime had occurred.
Officers responded to the area of 27th Street and Vista Drive (map) after a caller reported the incident about 3:02 p.m., according to an earlier news release from the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
The girl said she was walking home from Grand View Elementary School, located at 455 24th Street (map), when a black compact car drove up from behind her.
After the driver told her to “get in,” the girl said, she feared for her safety and ran back toward the school.
The suspect vehicle drove away, heading west on 29th Street and then north on Vista Drive, the news release said. No weapon was used or seen.
A description of two men and a vehicle was later publicized by authorities.
The driver and passenger suspected of being involved in the incident were identified by investigators, the Police Department said in a subsequent statement Tuesday night.
The determination that no crime had taken place was based on interviews and evidence including video surveillance, police said.
The department encouraged parents to “talk with their children about ‘stranger danger’ awareness, as well as reporting incidents of suspicious behavior.”