Sketch released in possible Corona del Mar abduction attempt


Police said a green Subaru station wagon driving on the 600 block of Iris Avenue in Corona del Mar about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday stopped at a residence where a 14-year-old girl was sitting on the front stairs.

The passenger got out and approached the girl asking for directions to a fast-food restaurant. The girl said she could not help with directions. Police said the man then became persistent with demands to return to the vehicle, where he said he had a map.

Concerned for her safety, the girl armed herself with a large stick, police said. The man returned to the car and told the driver to leave the location.

The Hispanic man was described as about 50 years old, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He had a goatee and was wearing a brown T-shirt turned inside out, blue jeans with holes, and white running shoes.

The vehicle was described as a dark-green 4-door Subaru wagon with a white oval "Anaheim" sticker in black letters on the back window. The car had a California license plate thought to be 6*****4, with the middle numbers unknown. The driver was only described as a Hispanic man.

Anyone with further information on this incident, or the ability to identify the vehicle or the involved subjects, is encouraged to call Detective Penny Freeman at (949) 644-3776 or the Newport Beach Police Department's Hotline at (800) 550-NBPD. Messages can be left anonymously if so desired.

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