Man Suspected In Two Scary Kidnapping Attempts Near Koreatown
Police believe the attempted kidnapping of two children in Harvard Heights near Koreatown may be related to another attempted kidnapping, this time of an adult woman, only blocks away. Authorities say a man jumped a fence on August 10 and tried to snatch two young children—ages 2 and 3—from an apartment complex in the 1700 block of S. Westmoreland Boulevard, KTLA reports. The two children were playing in the complex's courtyard with a number of other kids when the man grabbed them. The sister of one of the children screamed. Ricardo Ramos, the girl's father, told CBS LA the man told her to be quiet, but soon got scared and dropped the two kids and ran. He was caught on surveillance footage leaving in a red pickup truck.
Another incident happened yesterday morning, only a short distance from the first attempted kidnapping. A man in a white Chevy Astro van with a utility rack on it pulled up near a woman in the 2100 block of Washington Boulevard. He first asked her for directions, then showed her pornography on his phone. He then instructed her in Spanish to get in the van, "or you know what will happen." Spotting a gun in the van's console, the woman fled and called the police.
Investigators think the two kidnapping attempts may be related, but even if they're not, LAPD Lt. Jonathan Tom said that "it's someone who is not scared to be seen. It's someone who is willing to use force, if necessary."
The man has been described as a Hispanic man, about 25 years old, 6" and 150 pounds, with braces with blue rubber bands on them. He was also wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, a red T-shirt, jeans and white shoes at the time of the first incident.
Anyone with information should call the LAPD Olympic Division at 213-382-9102.