Sketches released in recent Azusa kidnapping attempts

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AZUSA — Sheriff’s officials have released suspect sketches in connection with two recent attempted kidnappings of teenage girls in an unincorporated county area near Azusa.
The failed abductions, reported Thursday and July 28, involved similar vehicles and suspect descriptions, leading investigators to suspect the same man may be responsible for both crimes.
Both girls described their attackers as a Latino man in his 30s, driving a white pickup truck, possibly a Nissan, with a black or dark colored tool box in the bed, investigators said. The victim in Thursday’s crime recalled the man having short hair, while the previous victim recalled long hair, both described men of similar builds and facial features.
The most recent incident took place about 1:10 p.m. Thursday in the area of Citrus Edge Street and Orangecrest Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kirk Smith said.
A 14-year-old girl was walking when a pickup truck drove up next to her, officials said. The driver reached out through the window and tried to grab her, but she managed to escape his grasp and run away.
The July crime involved a 16-year-old girl and took place about 2:20 p.m. in the area of Fenimore Avenue and Orkney Street, Smith said.
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The girl also reported that a man in a pickup truck had grabbed her through the window, according to sheriff’s officials. She managed to punch him in the face and get away.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700.
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