Authorities were searching for an attempted kidnapper Friday who pulled a child off a park bench in Buena Park before the 10-year-old managed to escape.
The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday at San Marino Park, which is adjacent to San Marino Elementary School, the Buena Park Police Department stated in a news release.
A child was sitting on a bench at the park about 30 minutes after the elementary school had released students for the day when a man approached rom behind.
The man covered the child’s mouth and dragged the 10-year-old for a few feet before the child managed to break free and get away, according to the Police Department.
Authorities described the attacker as a heavyset white man with brown hair and a goatee. He was said to be in his 40s and stood about 6 feet tall.
The attacker was wearing a red shirt, jean shorts, red hat and sunglasses.
It was unclear if the man escaped on foot or in a car.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the Police Department at 714-213-0721.