Arrest in Otay Mesa West Attempted Kidnapping Case - NBC 7 San Diego

Arrest in Otay Mesa West Attempted Kidnapping Case

A man was booked on one felony count of attempted kidnapping and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.

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    An arrest has been made in the attempted kidnapping of a middle school student, San Diego police confirmed Friday. 

    Jose Plascencia, 50, was taken into custody on Dennery Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. 

    Plascencia was booked on one felony count of attempted kidnapping and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. 

    A 13-year-old girl walking home from school in Otay Mesa West Tuesday was followed by a man driving a black van. 

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    NBC 7's Dave Summers spoke to the victim's uncle and also heard from parents in the neighborhood.

    (Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018)

    The van pulled up next to her on Picador Boulevard near Palm Avenue around 5:17 p.m., police said. 

    The passenger door was opened and a man inside asked the girl if she wanted a ride home. He then grabbed her wrist and tried to pull her inside, police said. 

    The girl managed to pull away and run home, police said.

    A witness came forward and confirmed the girl's report, saying they saw the girl talking to a man in a van, so they made a U-turn to see what was going on. Soon after that, the girl was running from the van, the witness told police.

    The girl was a student at Montgomery Middle School and was staying late at school to complete extra credit assignments, according to her uncle. 

    No other information was available.

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