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Man Attempts to Kidnap 5-Year-Old in Azusa

The suspect was described as an Hispanic man in his 20s, 5 feet 4 and 150 pounds, with a bald head. He was wearing blue denim shorts and a short- sleeved white-collared shirt with a blue and red stripe.

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A woman foiled an attempted kidnapping of her 5-year-old daughter in Azusa, police reported today.

The abduction attempt occurred in the 500 block of East Gladstone Street around 8:30 p.m. Monday, said Azusa police Sgt. Chris Grant.

Grant said a woman was watching her daughter and friend playing at an apartment complex when she was momentarily distracted. At that point, Grant said, the woman heard one of the children screaming.

Grant said the mother saw a suspect pulling her daughter out through the complex. He released the child when confronted by the woman, and fled, Grant said.

The suspect was described as an Hispanic man in his 20s, 5 feet 4 and 150 pounds, with a bald head. He was wearing blue denim shorts and a short- sleeved white-collared shirt with a blue and red stripe.

Anyone with information on the reported kidnapping attempt was urged to call Azusa police at (626) 812-3200.

—City News Service

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