The Chula Vista Police Department needs the public's help in locating a man in an attempted kidnapping of a teenager.
The 14-year old girl, a student at High Tech High School, was walking to school between 8 and 8:15 a.m. Wednesday when she first noticed a man trying to get her attention from his truck.
The man followed the girl down several roads then slowed and yelled "come here" and motioned for her to come over to him, according to Captain Gary Wedge of the Chula Vista Police department. The suspect parked his truck and started walking towards the victim, Wedge said.
After the suspect grabbed her by the arm, the girl said she managed to escape by kicking and elbowing him. She immediately ran to her school and reported the assault. She was upset, but not injured, police said.
School administrators told students to be aware of their surroundings when they left campus.
"Our principal came into our classrooms and pretty much said that when we leave school, because it's a minimum day, that we should leave with a partner or friends...someone," said High Tech High student Victor Flores.
Parents were notified of the incident by an email or phone message left by the school.
"I was in shock and I think I am still in shock," said Ruth Castro. "That could've been my son also. I think our community here at High Tech High, we have to take care more about each other."
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult about 28-30 years old. At the time of the incident he was wearing a gray baseball cap and zipped up gray jacket. The suspect weighs about 200 lbs. He has a heavy build and a mustache.
The suspect's vehicle was an older Ford F-150 with yellow lettering on the door. The truck was towing an empty black flatbed trailer with a possible license plate CA 4KW5935.
If anyone witnessed the incident or has further information, they should call the Chula Vista Police Department.