A man pleaded no contest Thursday to a charge of attempted kidnapping for trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint as she walked to school in Rancho Palos Verdes last year, authorities said.
Garret Evans Webber, 55, of Rancho Palos Verdes faces up to 14 years in state prison when he returns to the Torrance branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court for sentencing on Dec. 20, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.
In addition to pleading no contest to the attempted kidnapping charge, Webber also admitted the special allegation that he personally used a handgun in the crime, prosecutors said.
The failed abduction took place on Oct. 30, 2017, as the girl was walking in the 28700 block of Highridge Road while on her way to school, the District Attorney’s Office said.
“(Webber) exited his vehicle and pointed a firearm at her head trying to force her into his vehicle,” according to the statement. “The young victim was able to escape the defendant’s grasp and call for help from nearby good Samaritans.”
One of the bystanders was able to get the license plate number of Webber’s car, leading to his arrest by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies, officials said.
Webber initially faced an additional charge of assault with a firearm, but that charge was dropped when he entered his plea.
If he had been convicted as originally charged, Webber could have faced up to 19 years in prison.