Public Assistance Requested To Identify Attempted Kidnapper

September 26, 2008

The Mesa Police Department is requesting assistance to identify an Hispanic male who attempted to kidnap a teenage female in Mesa.

On August 19, 2008 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 17-year-old female was exiting Fiesta Mall in the area of Southern and Alma School when she noticed a male driving in the east parking lot. The victim reported the driver caller out to her, but she could not hear him. He proceeded to follow the victim to the area of Westwood and 8th Avenue. As the victim was approaching her residence, the driver was now parked by her walking path. The suspect walked up to her, grabbed her by the arm and began pulling her toward his vehicle. While the victim was yelling for help, the suspect grabbed her other arm and attempted to force her into the vehicle. At the same time, the victim kneed the suspect between the legs, broke free, and immediately ran toward her apartment complex, where she called 9-1-1.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction. The suspect and vehicle are described as:

  • A dark-skinned Hispanic male appearing to be in his late 20s to early 30s, 5' 9" to 5' 11", 160 to 200 pounds, black or brown eyes, with thick, greasy black hair. He was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans with paint or plaster stains on them.
  • A two-door Ford while extended cab truck, tinted windows, long bed with a box in the bed placed closer to the cab.


Anyone with information is urged to call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377. The following surveillance pictures show the alleged suspect inside a local convenience store.


 photo of attempted kidnapping suspect



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