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Teen Fought Off Attacker in Encinitas Attempted Kidnapping: SDSO

Deputies asked the public to call the authorities if you see the suspected kidnapper

A 15-year-old teenage girl fought off a man who attempted to kidnap her while she was waxing a surfboard in her Encinitas driveway Wednesday, San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) said.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department released a sketch Thursday of the suspected kidnapper. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Neptune Avenue, near Moonlight State Beach.

The victim was waxing her surfboard in her driveway when a man came up to her from behind and pinned her to the ground, deputies said. He tried to drag her toward a pickup truck, parked along Grandview Street, where another man was inside, deputies said. 

The teen was able to fight back and escape the man's clutch, sprinting into her home. Deputies said she was not injured in the attack.

After that, the two men took off in a blue, older model pickup truck. Deputies said the truck had a suspension lift, metal racks and possibly an extended cab.

According to the victim, the suspect who grabbed her appeared to be 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a skinny build. He looked about 20 to 30 years old and was wearing board shorts.

The man waiting in the pickup truck was between 20 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a medium build. She said he had brown hair and a long brown beard.

There is no surveillance video or a witness of the actual incident. 

Deputies said the attempted kidnapping appears to be an isolated incident. 

Anyone with information about this case can call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477. If information helps lead to a felony arrest, you could be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this article reported similar incidents have occurred with suspects fitting the description in this case. This is not accurate, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Ryan Keim. We have corrected the article and regret the error. 

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