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Search for attempted kidnappers


Authorities this week sought public help to find two men who tried to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in the east Lancaster area on May 8.

The crime occurred about 5:30 p.m. that day at the corner of 27th Street East and Avenue J. The men were in a late 1990s- to early 2000s black Honda four-door sedan with tinted windows. The first digit of the license plate was 5.”

“The victim stated that the driver had a heavy Hispanic accent,” according to a sheriff’s statement. “The victim also observed (the passenger) at the Tierra Bonita Park on one occasion, three weeks prior to this incident.”

The driver was described as Hispanic, 30-35 years old, 5 feet 8 inchestall and 160 pounds, with a bald head and a silver stud earring in his left ear.

The passenger was also described as Hispanic and about 30-35, with brown spiked hair, and he also had a silver stud earring in his left ear.

“While this has been an isolated incident, we do ask (parents) to use caution, especially if you live in the area,” the sheriff’s statement said.

“As always, this is a great time to remind your children about stranger danger and encourage them to walk home from school in groups of friends.”

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call detectives at (661) 940-3844, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.