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Kidnapping Attempts “Rampant” February 1, 2009

Posted by David S. in Incidents, Law Enforcement.
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The Pasadena Star-News has this disturbing article you might want to note: Kidnapping Article.

Here’s an excerpt: Police are investigating a surge of kidnappings and attempted kidnappings that have been occurring throughout the region, authorities said.

There have been at least three incidents in the last three days in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said. But they are not limited to the area.

“We’re having a rash of these right now in the Southern California area,” said LA County Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit Sgt. Nancy Drake. “They’re different people, but for some reason it’s just rampant.”

A man tried to force a young woman into his car at gun point Thursday evening, authorities said. The incident occurred near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard about 8 p.m. Thursday.

“The suspect drove up to her, pointed a gun at her and told her to get in,” said Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ. “A bystander saw the look on the victim’s face, walked up to her and asked her if she was OK.” 

Russ said the man then drove off, possibly scared away by the bystander.