South LA kidnap/assault suspect sketch released


A man approached a 16-year-old girl on Gage Avenue near San Pedro Street on Thursday and forced her into a white van at knifepoint. He drove the girl to an alley near Imperial Highway and New Hampshire, where the girl was able to escape.

The suspect was described as a black man with a dark complexion, black hair and brown eyes, standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, between 20-33 years old.

The suspect vehicle was described as a white U-Haul cargo van.

Anyone with information concerning this crime are directed to contact LAPD at 24-hour toll-free number (877) LAPD-247. Tips can be emailed to Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."

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