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Man tries to kidnap 9-yr-old girl in El Monte

El Monte police released this composite sketch of a man suspected of grabbing a 9-year-old girl by the arm and trying to yank her into his van.

January 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
El Monte police were searching Thursday for a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 9-year-old girl.The incident happened at around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of Gibson Road.

Police said the suspect grabbed the girl by the arm and tried to pull her into his van. The girl pulled away and during the struggle the suspect's gun fell to the ground.

The girl was able to escape while the man was picking up his gun. The suspect then fled the scene.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a 1990s era full-sized black van. There was a passenger in the van described only as a male wearing a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call El Monte police at (626) 580-2100.