PASADENA >> A young woman escaped a would-be kidnapped who tried to drag her into his pickup truck in Pasadena on Saturday night with the help of some good Samaritans who intervened in the attack, officials said.
The attempted abduction unfolded about 8:15 p.m. as a woman in her late-teens was walking on the sidewalk in the 400 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, just north of the 210 Freeway, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
A white, late-2000s-model Dodge Ram pickup truck pulled up beside the woman, according to Grisafe.
“The occupant exited the truck, grabbed her from behind and attempted to drag her into the truck,” he said.
The woman screamed for help, drawing the attention of several nearby witnesses.
As the good Samaritans rushed to the woman’s aid, the attacker released her, returned to his truck and sped away, the lieutenant said.
Grisafe said the woman suffered minor injuries to her knees and elbows as a result of being dragged by the failed kidnapper.
Police described the attacker as a Latino man in his early 20s, with a light complexion, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and of thin build.
He was last seen driving west along Maple Street before getting onto the westbound 210 Freeway.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.