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Attempted kidnapping suspect arrested

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

A man suspected of attempting to kidnap a young girl at the beach in Kings Beach is in custody after a local citizen led law enforcement to him.

Lucino Estrada, 46, a Mexican citizen who Placer County sheriff’s deputies believe is a legal, permanent resident of the United States, is being held without bail on charges of attempted kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported.

He was arrested Wednesday only steps from where authorities say a man tried to lure a young girl into the beach bathrooms, and grabbed another young girl, kissed her on the hand, and pulled her toward him on Monday.

The girl the suspect allegedly grabbed, screamed and alerted her father, which scared the suspect away.

The citizen who alerted officials on Wednesday noted Estrada fit the description mentioned in news reports, said Placer County sheriff’s Detective Jeff Davis.

The sheriff’s department had beefed up patrols in Kings Beach following the incident, and deputies detained and then arrested Estrada.

A witness of the alleged attempted kidnapping identified Estrada as the suspect.

Estrada had previous arrests on suspicion of being drunk in public and of defrauding an innkeeper, Davis said.

He was sleeping on a couch in a trailer in Kings Beach and is originally from Durango, Mexico, said Davis.

Placer sheriff’s deputies are following up on information on similar incidents in Truckee, Sacramento and Nevada that they have been alerted to, in which the suspect had a similar description, Davis said.

Estrada was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, according to authorities.

Anyone who may have information about Estrada’s activities is asked to contact Detective Jeff Davis at 581-6326.


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