Public’s help sought in finding suspect who attempted to kidnap teenager

<strong>Composite sketch of attempted-kidnapping suspect, based on victim’s description</strong>

The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a young girl that occurred on Monday, March 14, at approximately 8am.
The 14-year-old female victim was walking to school in the area of Lemon Avenue and 20th Street when she was approached by the suspect, who grabbed her by the arm and pulled her several feet down the street before exposing himself to her. The victim was able to get away from the suspect and report the incident to police once she arrived at school. 
The victim described the suspect as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds, with black short-cropped hair, light brown eyes and possible moles or acne pockmark-type scars above both cheeks. He was wearing a brown, hooded sweat jacket with yellow stripes running down each sleeve and navy-blue cargo pants.
Those with information regarding this incident are urged to call Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Patrick Jennings at (562) 570-7368. Anonymous tips can be sent by text or email by visiting longbeach.gov/police.

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