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2 teens kidnapped on way to school

October 23, 2009 12:33:02 AM PDT
Police believe they may be dealing with a serial kidnapper in the Inland Empire after two young girls were taken at gunpoint on their way to school.Two teens were taken in separate incidents within a week in Chino and Fontana, and police said there are indications this is the work of one man.

The first attack was on October 14 in Fontana. A 16-year-old girl was walking to Fontana High School at about 6 a.m. when a man drove up to her in a silver or gray car, pointed a gun at her and forced her into his vehicle. He allegedly drove her to different locations and sexually assaulted her before finally releasing her.

"It's shocking because this is not only a good neighborhood, but we all watch out for each other," said Mynel Shelton of Fontana. "Now that something happened, all the residents, I can guarantee, are going to be on alert."

The victim described the suspect as a light-skinned Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5'8" tall, wearing glasses and a hooded sweatshirt.

Police said the description of suspect in the second attack is very similar.

A 15-year-old girl in Chino was walking to Don Lugo High School at about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday when again, a man in a silver or gray vehicle drove up and forced her into his car at gunpoint. He drove her around the block and attempted to sexually assault her, but police said she was not assaulted or harmed in any way.

The suspect went through her bag and let her go.

Students are urged to avoid walking alone to and from school.

"It's scary because it's one of your friends, and you think of all the possibilities that something could have happened to her, so you get scared," said Brianna Bugaran, a Don Lugo student.

Parents dropping their kids off in Chino say that everyone has to be alert.

"I have boys, and I don't even let my boys (walk alone). The parents just need to be more cautious. There's a lot of weirdos," said parent Tammy Herrera.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Chino Police Department at (909) 591-9861 or the Fontana Police Department at (909) 350-7700.


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