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Hunt for O.C. attempt kidnap suspect

November 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities plan to go do-to-door on Wednesday and pass out fliers to find a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 5-year-old girl from a condominium complex in Mission Viejo.Two 5-year-old girl cousins were playing in a fenced patio area off the courtyard of a condominium complex at 22864 Via Pimiento at about 1:20 p.m. when a man approached and told one of the girls he wanted to show her something, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The man then grabbed the girl by the arm and took her to an empty condominium near another courtyard in the large complex, according to Amormino.

Her cousin went in and told her 60-year-old aunt, who was babysitting the girls, and the aunt ran outside, screaming and calling the girl's name, Amormino said.

Apparently scared off by her screams, the man let go of the girl, who ran back to her aunt, unharmed. The man fled when the aunt went inside to call police, he said.

The suspect was described as 20 to 30 years old with dark hair and a slender build.

"I don't know what's going through someone's mind to grab a little girl, just like that," said the victim's godfather Carlos Torres. "I don't want to think what would have happened."

Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call (714) 628-7170.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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