Santa Maria girl escapes from would-be kidnapper, police say

Santa Maria police are searching for a suspect in a reported attempted kidnapping Tuesday night of a Santa Maria girl.

Sgt. Jesse Silva said officers were called to the 300 block of West Park Street about 7:30 p.m.

According to Silva, the juvenile victim told police she walking in the area, and when she passed the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect exited the vehicle, grabbed the victim by the arm and attempted to drag her into the vehicle.

Silva said a short struggle ensued and the victim was able to break free and run for help. Read more at »