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Sketch released in attempted kidnappings in Moreno Valley

Police released a sketch of a suspect who tried to lure two females into his minivan on separate occasions in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

November 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A search is under way for a man suspected of attempting to kidnap two female high school students on separate occasions in Moreno Valley Wednesday.

The first incident occurred on Cottonwood Avenue and Rockcrest Drive. The suspect approached a female high school student and asked her to get in his white minivan and spend time with him, according to a sheriff's news release.

A second attempted kidnapping was reported on Eucalyptus Avenue and Heacock Street.

In both cases, the suspect fled after the girls threatened to call police.

The suspect was described as a heavy set male in his 40s with unshaven and short, dark hair. The man was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (951) 486-6700.