Police today asked the public’s help to find a man who attempted kidnap a Cypress Park teenager on Wednesday morning as she was walking to school. A composite drawing of the suspect – described as a male Latino with acne scars and a light beard - was released this morning as the LAPD and school district police stepped up patrols in Cypress Park (click on the link below for more details of the suspect). The 16-year-old victim, who attends the new Sotomayor Learning Academies in nearby Glassell Park, suffered minor injuries as she fought off the suspect who was waiting next to a red pick up truck near Silver Street and Cypress Avenue. “He said he wanted to talk to her” before grabbing the girl and attempted to drag her into this vehicle, said Lt. Steven Flores with the Northeast Division during a press conference this morning. “She fought him very hard.”
Flores said there had been no other recent reports of similar incidents taking place in the area. Flores and Brian W. Pratt, Commanding officer of the Northeast Division Patrol Division, said there is no indication that the Cypress Park incident was connected to the deaths of two Lincoln Heights women, which had generated rumors and speculation about potential kidnappers on the loose.
Police advised students to walk with others to and from school. School Board member Bennett Kayser said he has advised the principal of the Sotoamyor Learning Academies to hold an assembly regarding the attempted abduction and to inform parents of the incident via automated phone calls.