Authorities looking for attempted kidnapping suspect
Placer County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man they believe tried to kidnap a young girl at the beach in Kings Beach on Monday afternoon.
Authorities say several girls between 11 and 16 years old were approached by a Hispanic man who appeared to be 40 years old. After initially asking for money, the man allegedly grabbed one of the girls by the arm, kissed her hand and pulled her toward him.
Then, the man approached another girl leaving the restrooms and allegedly asked her to go back into the bathroom with him, according to sheriff’s office reports.
Investigators are unsure why the man tried to lure the girls away with him, said Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Ingalls.
Other individuals may have been approached by the suspect, he said.
“There are potentially other victims out there,” said Ingalls.
Sheriff deputies say the suspect is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, heavy set and had a mustache and goatee. The man was missing some of his front teeth, had a lazy eye and spoke in Spanish and broken English, according to sheriff’s office reports.
Witnesses had varying accounts of what the suspect was wearing. Accounts said her was wearing a paid shirt with blue jeans. He was either wearing a dark cowboy hat or a dark baseball cap, according to witnesses.
He was last seen on foot near the beach.
Apart from a charge of attempted kidnapping, the suspect in this case could also face charges of unlawful contact, battery or annoying or molesting a child under 18, said Ingalls.
Ingalls warned locals to “be extra vigilant.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Placer County sheriff’s Detective Jeff Davis at 581-6326.